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A Conversation with HOK's Kenneth Drucker re: Architect-US Professional Career Training Program

The design principal of HOK's New York City office discusses the benefits of participating in the program for both U.S.-based firms and young international architects.


June 22, 2015

Keeping Supertalls Grounded, Connected: Q&A with SWA's John Wong, FASLA, FAAR

Tall buildings "are beautiful, sleek structures, truly awe-inspiring, but a lot of a building's long-term economic success is dependent on the integration and beauty at the ground level."


June 11, 2015

Shanghai Tower: overall landscape plan

Nuts + Bolts #12: The Importance of Mentorship: Debunking Mentoring Myths in the AEC Industry

Mentoring can help anyone make meaningful professional connections, and it should be considered rewarding and an honor for everyone involved.

by Donna Maltzan

June 4, 2015

(Johnathan Ward)
INSIGHT: A Focus on Local: Structure and Design of the Columbus Museum of Art Expansion

How DesignGroup worked with the museum to become more visible, relevant, and connected to the community as a meeting point between art, the public, and the physical city.

by Michael Bongiorno, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

May 22, 2015

The copper-clad exterior of the new wing as seen from the special event balcony during construction.
(Michael Bongiorno)

Architecture's New Scientific Foundations, Part 2

Architects often assume that complexity, in general, must be designed. That's a misconception, and rarely conducive to human wellbeing.

by Nikos A. Salingaros

May 12, 2015

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.
Delight & Design: "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio"

Wonder and joy pervade the exhibition and enchant its viewers. Skip - don't walk - to experience it.

by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

May 1, 2015

“How do you turn a paper mill into a gin distillery?”: Distillery, Laverstoke, England (2010-14), foreground. Installation at the Hammer Museum, LA, through May 24, 2015.
(Brian Forrest)

West Street: A Little-Noticed Success

If a 19th-century method of moving traffic can succeed in a city as congested as Manhattan, it can work in many other cities as well.

by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

April 29, 2015

West Street in the West Village, looking south; towers on left are Richard Meier & Partners’ Perry Street condos.
Architecture's New Scientific Foundations

A new book-in-progress aims to change the way architecture is evaluated and, thus, to change the way it is practiced.

by Nikos A. Salingaros

April 7, 2015

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.

INSIGHT: Speaking with a Quiet Voice

Some notes on designing the Huntington Education and Visitor Center, San Marino, California

by Stephen J. Farneth, FAIA, LEED AP

February 27, 2015

Arrival Pavilion, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
(Tim Street-Porter, courtesy Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens)
Nuts + Bolts #11: CAPitalizing on Culture Change

How candor, authenticity, and provocation (CAP) can create a firm culture that drives thoughtful, positive, and creative change.

by James Crispino, AIA, NCARB

February 19, 2015

(Johnathan Ward)

Delicately Rearranging Intangibles in Public Space: The Art of Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers in "Learning Through Practice"

A new monograph highlights transformative designs by a firm strikingly dedicated to re-enchanting public space.

by Norman Weinstein

February 12, 2015

Inexhaustible Nostalgia, Inexhaustible Shocks of the New: How to Navigate Through a Fake Controversy

A path to avoid the quagmire of architecture's style wars.

by Norman Weinstein

January 29, 2015

Lebbeus Woods, SLIP House, from the series San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, 1995.
(Collection SFMOMA. © Estate of Lebbeus Woods)

Book Review: "Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space," by Victoria M. Young

A history of the making of a contemporary sacred architectural masterpiece transcends its subject and becomes a broadly applicable study of peerless client-architect communication.

by Norman Weinstein

December 19, 2014

(University of Minnesota Press)
Nuts + Bolts #10: Charting a Course from Career Bewilderment to Career Betterment

Be curious, be adventurous and, when necessary, be assertive.

by Stanley Stark, FAIA, LEED AP

December 5, 2014

(Johnathan Ward)

Op-Ed: Top of the Heap

Since 1931, the Empire State Building has been New York City's GPS, but with a spate of supertalls obscuring the building, it could become hard to tell Manhattan from Kowloon or Pudong or Shinjuku or Canary Wharf.

by Fred A. Bernstein

November 21, 2014

(Kristen Richards)
Spaceship Lucas Lands in Chicago

Given the civic importance of the site, it's difficult to imagine how this vision for "Chicago 2020" won't stir up a lot of very vocal opposition to it. And rightly so.

by Martin C. Pedersen

November 6, 2014

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, conceptual rendering
(© MAD Architects)

New York Falls in Love with Gaudí's Complexity

A school of architecture displays the Sagrada Familia as a collective masterwork.

by Vicente Jiménez, El País; translated by Prof. Lisa Paravisini-Gebert

October 31, 2014

Views of “Sagrada Família - Gaudí's Unfinished Masterpiece” at CCNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, New York City, on view through May 15, 2015
(Gordon Gebert)
Why the Starchitect Debate isn't "Stupid"

Starchitecture is just a symptom of a much bigger problem in the profession.

by Michael J. Crosbie

October 10, 2014

(l-r): Foster, Zumthor, Diller, Gehry, Libeskind, Koolhaas, Hadid.
(Dr. Imdat As)

What Does Recovery Look Like?

The current recovery efforts in Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami draws many parallels to our post-Sandy conditions in the Northeast U.S., and should temper our expectations and help illuminate realities of our road ahead. Do they have the answers we seek?

by Illya Azaroff, AIA

September 26, 2014

Artist Nishiko’s visualization of the height of waves from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Seawalls are being proposed across the region to meet these heights (up to approximately 65 feet).
INSIGHT: When to Remember Not to Renovate

The story of the Berkeley South Branch Library is a case study of when a Midcentury Modern building is arguably best remembered and respected through photographic and historic archives rather than reuse.

by Avery Taylor Moore, AIA, Field Paoli Architects

September 5, 2014

Berkeley South Branch Library: 1961 photo of the original library interior.
(Karl H. Riek, courtesy of the Berkeley Public Library)

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