Feature Articles Index

July 1, 2021

Kristen Richards, 1952-2021

 by Tami Hausman, PhD

February 18, 2021

Resurrection: Architecture Rebuilds Community Connections in Memphis

The site of a dying mall is reinvented with an assembly of public buildings and activities designed to create a critical mass of vibrancy and social cohesion.

 by Tom Marshall, AIA, LEED AP

January 28, 2021

The Architecture of Public Buildings

The aspirations of a program that encourages good design should not be expressed in terms of style. The key difference between good and bad architecture is quality, not whether the structure is clad in rusticated limestone or perforated titanium.

 by Samuel G. White, FAIA

January 14, 2021

Nature of Order #3: Nos. 9-15 of Christopher Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties of Wholeness

In contrast with the first eight, something feels more primal and elemental in these properties.

 by Dave Hora

December 17, 2020

Consider the Place

The idea of place is a much freer, more far reaching, and potentially more inspiring understanding of setting than one that simply extols the virtues of contextual design.

 by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

December 16, 2020

Trahan Architects and Spackman Mossop Michaels reveal their design for the renewal of Luther George Park in downtown Springdale, Arkansas

The project is made possible by a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation in conjunction with its Design Excellence Program.


December 15, 2020

Predicting the Unpredictable - 2021 Workplace Trends

Several emerging trends will improve our ability to navigate the future with employee health and wellness in mind.

 by Turan Duda, FAIA & Jeffrey Paine, FAIA

December 3, 2020

Nature of Order #2: The First Eight of Christopher Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties of Wholeness

These are properties that describe how centers work together to produce life in a given scope of the structural fabric we inhabit, the wholeness.

 by Dave Hora

November 19, 2020

Patrick MacLeamy: The Pyramid Strategy

In this excerpt from his new book, "Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm: The People, Stories, and Strategies Behind HOK," the former HOK CEO contends that just as buildings need strong foundations, companies on firm footing stand a better chance of long-term success.

 by Patrick MacLeamy

November 12, 2020

Amid Social & Economic Uncertainties, Major Public Art Welcomes & Elevates

Tripling value of 1% for Art: Merging of art, architecture, and client mission

 by Gordon Huether

November 5, 2020

Building for the Next Generation #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces

With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.

 by Richard Hyams

October 29, 2020

Nature of Order #1: Christopher Alexander's work and its importance in shaping a healthy, living world

There is an undercurrent of the idea that architecture, when carried out with processes that Alexander presents in "The Nature of Order," can indeed lead to a more whole and humane society.

 by Dave Hora

October 15, 2020

"Stanford White in Detail" by Samuel G. White; photographs by Jonathan Wallen

A rich presentation of the sensual and scenographic effects created by the legendary architect. For White, every surface was an opportunity, and few opportunities were neglected.

 by Samuel G. White, FAIA, LEED AP

September 24, 2020

RISE IN THE CITY 2020 Launches: Building Africa's Future Through Enterprise

Grow your business and help hundreds of vulnerable youth start theirs, with "rise in the city," a virtual networking and mentoring initiative.

 by Daniela Gusman, Founder, rise in the city

September 17, 2020

INSIGHT: Design's Impact on Mental Health on Campus: A Well State of Mind

Designing for mental health requires architects to prioritize the student experience by providing privacy, community, and comfort in their built environments.

 by Turan Duda, FAIA & Jeffrey Paine, FAIA

August 27, 2020

Health and Safety in Urban Housing

RKTB’s Infill Housing Prototype offers a model for developing affordable urban housing on a neighborhood scale, and that also addresses health and safety measures.

 by Carmi Bee, FAIA

August 20, 2020

The Role of Buildings in Combating COVID-19

As information on how to address the potential spread of COVID-19 via airborne aerosol emissions is hard to find, contradictory, and minimal at best, a group of industry leaders launch a petition to the World Health Organization to work with built environment experts to develop much-needed indoor environment guidance.

 by Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED Fellow & Joyce Lee, FAIA, WELL AP, LEED Fellow

July 30, 2020

Additions to Historic Buildings: The Legacy of Paul Spencer Byard

The author of "The Architecture of Additions," published 20 years ago, proposed parameters for evaluating additions to historic buildings - more timely than ever considering the proposed Executive Order mandating classical architecture for federal buildings.

 by Samuel G. White, FAIA

July 23, 2020

Lesson Plan #10: Life in Ornament

Throughout history, ornament has been used to transform the built environment into a friendlier and more empathetic place. Not to teach this higher role means to not value part of our centuries-old cultural history.

 by Miguel Córdova-Ramírez

July 9, 2020

Left Coast Reflections #7: Plague 2.0

Architects, for the most part, are idealists but have little power to affect change beyond altering the built environment one building at a time. What does COVID-19 portend when economic growth is driven by "greed-ocracy."

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

June 25, 2020

The New Norm, Part 2: Finances

Recommendations and mandates to fight the Covid-19 pandemic impacted architectural practices immediately. The operational changes have financial consequences.

 by Peter Piven, FAIA

June 11, 2020

Lesson Plan #9: Ideas on Architectural Education

Schools of architecture have not found ways of teaching the art of building that is effective. We want, collectively, to make architectural teaching better, and through that, to make architecture better.

 by Christopher Alexander

June 2, 2020

Wild about Saffron: Revisiting Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates"

New York City: a February Tuesday in Central Park. 55 degrees and sunny… (originally posted February 21, 2005)

 by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

May 28, 2020

Quiet and Disquiet Together: A Quarantine-Induced Assessment of Downtown Manhattan

We savor the city, lingering on the rich detail, walking down streets that we neglected in busier times. It does feel like the proverbial music has stopped. How could it not? Hopefully we'll emerge from our collective timeout recommitted to creating a more equitable and resilient city.

 by Dan Kaplan, FAIA, LEED AP

May 21, 2020

Remembering Michael Sorkin, Critic and Activist

The wickedly funny Sorkin, known to many as Comrade, was a social justice warrior. He maintained perpetual outrage in the course of writing 20 books and hundreds of articles, honing his invectives for gentrification, Disneyfication, waste, and conspicuous consumption. We have lost a polemicist who urged us toward the best of our architectural principles.

 by Katie Faulkner, FAIA

May 14, 2020

INSIGHT: Design for Wellness: What Now?

Designers must be at the forefront of ensuring that the spaces of the future embrace the lessons of 2020 without sacrificing beauty, comfort, and our shared need to come together safely and to foster human wellbeing.

 by Jeffrey Paine, FAIA & Turan Duda, FAIA

May 6, 2020

The New Norm: A Report by Peter Piven, FAIA

The results of a survey of firm principals across the U.S. about the differences they envision in technology/working remotely, in markets and marketing, in work life and culture, and in society in our post-pandemic future.

April 30, 2020

Book Review: "Villas and Gardens of the Renaissance" by Lucia Impelluso with photography by Dario Fusaro

What better escapist yet relevant book could an architect desire? The splendors of Italian Renaissance architecture illuminate our Dark Age and transform eye candy into brain food.

 by Norman Weinstein

March 12, 2020

Piranesi Drawings: Why his architectural art matters more than ever

The exhibition catalogue for a new British Museum exhibition provokes questions about neglected levels of classical heritage.

 by Norman Weinstein

February 20, 2020

Left Coast Reflections #6: Charrette

The word "charrette" has evolved and taken on a new meaning - one that belies its origins. In 19th-century Paris, charrettes were not at all collaborative. Some Beaux-Arts terms are still used in architectural parlance, and many have retained their original meanings - "atelier" is often used as a pretentious substitute for office.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

February 13, 2020

INSIGHT: 2020 Trends in Landscape Architecture

Three trends we anticipate growing this year: addressing air quality as part of climate change; cultural and ecological inequities; and converting antiquated roadways into green infrastructure systems.

 by Jim MacRae, PLA, LEED AP, and Jason Ficht, AICP CUD, APA, ASLA, CNU-A

January 23, 2020

INSIGHT: Incorporating Form, Function & Culture: Designing for Commercial Office Success

Commercial interior design looks beyond form and function. Architects and designers are creating spaces that promote company culture and go well beyond the physical design of a space.

 by Jaimelynn Shah, Assoc. AIA, CID, LEED AP, Gensler, and Andre Filip, CEO, ELA Advertising

January 16, 2020

Building Abundance #6: An Interview with Dr. Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University

"We have the solutions to climate change and they can be implemented right now." So says Stenger. Read on to learn more about his hopeful prognosis for the climate crisis.

 by Edward McGraw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

January 9, 2020

Lesson Plan #8: Petition of the British Architecture School Inmates

Students are taught how to tinker with computers and how to plug into a corporate design culture that aids and abets precisely what drives the petitioners to seek reform.

 by David Brussat

December 19, 2019

Cultural Fit

What is cultural fit when design firms merge or acquire, and how do you achieve it?

 by Peter Piven, FAIA

December 18, 2019

Venice Gift Guide for the Venetophile in your life!

Many Venetian artisans and small businesses suffered extensive damages in the unprecedented acqua alta flooding in November, so when you invest in their creativity, you are helping them to repair, restart, and recover.

 by JoAnn Locktov

December 17, 2019

New York Unpacked: Reflections on Jean Holabird's "Paper City"

The artist's 3D watercolors of New York City buildings go on view today in a display window of Ralph Walker's former Western Union Building (1930).

 by Janet Adams Strong

December 12, 2019

Scarpa and Botta Interventions Severely Damaged in Venice Floods

Fondazione Querini Stampalia initiates fundraising for restoration of its architectural and cultural treasures.

 by JoAnn Locktov

December 12, 2019

Lesson Plan #7: An Implicit Rather than Explicit Model for Teaching Architecture

I would institute an annual prize, with substantial cash awards, for architecture students who would be given the task of designing a building that surpasses an iconic monstrosity in ugliness.

 by Dr. Theodore Dalrymple

December 5, 2019

Top Architecture and Design Books of 2019

10 books offering historic sweeps, global visions, and heroic quests.

 by Norman Weinstein

November 21, 2019

INSIGHT: Designing Landscapes to Adapt to Hurricane Season

By focusing on cultivating native ecosystems, landscape architects can help to build landscapes that are both more resilient and more authentic to place.

 by Conners Ladner, PLA

November 14, 2019

Lesson Plan #6: Teacher, Don't Teach Them Nonsense: Reforming Architecture's Broken Education

A curriculum overhaul alone cannot fix the problem; rather, the practice of architecture must first reform itself for any pedagogical reforms to make sense.

 by Mathias Agbo, Jr.

November 7, 2019

The End of Design Movements

We are in the greatest time of change since the Industrial Revolution. When things change, Movements happen. But is the Era of Movements over?

 by Duo Dickinson

October 31, 2019

Lesson Plan #5: Letter from an architect to the gurus [teachers] and chelas [disciples] of architecture

From India, Shirish Beri writes this special letter out of the restlessness that arises from a genuine concern for the present state of architectural education and profession, as well as that of our society.

 by Shirish Beri

October 23, 2019

Building Abundance #5: Small City Rejuvenation and Architectural Abundance

Schools are more than conduits of knowledge - education is critical to both social and economic stability. Through regenerative design, architects can rethink of how learning is delivered that emphasizes its importance to small cities and rural areas.

 by Edward McGraw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

October 17, 2019

INSIGHT: Three Trends to Know in Community Park Landscape Design & Planning

A look at the relevant trends that Design Workshop incorporated into the planning and design of the new Branch Park in a mixed-income, mixed-use urban village in Austin, Texas.

 by Claire Hempel, PLA, AICP, LEED GA

October 8, 2019

Lesson Plan #4: Response to Open Letter for Curriculum Change: A New, Biological Approach to Architecture

This response, in two parts, is from two instructors at the Boston Architectural College.

 by Ann Sussman, RA, and A. Vernon Woodworth, FAIA

September 25, 2019

Who Isn't a Born Architect?

Simon Unwin envisions children in their playful place-making defining architecture's essence in "Children as Place-makers."

 by Norman Weinstein

September 24, 2019

What is a Sage? Climate Week and the Design Profession

This is not about fighting climate change. This is about standing with the planet, our communities, our youth.

 by Maxinne Rhea Leighton, Assoc. AIA

September 5, 2019

Report from the 2019 North American Passive House Network Conference (NAPHN19)

Of particular value during the two-day conference were presentations by Passive House practitioners, developers, and city agencies who have advanced PH implementation in their own practices and businesses - and in public policy.

 by Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C, PMP, CAHP

August 22, 2019

Lesson Plan #3: Beauty and Sustainability in Architectural Education

We were greatly heartened to see architecture students call for a curriculum change to address the social, political, and ecological challenges of our time, and we want to say something about how their proposals intersect with the work of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

 by Nicholas Boys Smith and Roger Scruton

August 1, 2019

Maestro, Please: Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Berkshires, welcomes its first new facility in 25 years - to applause

The Linde Center for Music and Learning, designed by William Rawn Associates Architects with Reed Hilderbrand

 by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

July 25, 2019

Lesson Plan #2: A Time of Change

The coming technological changes in architecture will impose a full deconstruction of the way we educate architects.

 by Duo Dickinson

July 11, 2019

Beginning the Bauhaus

"Bauhaus Beginnings" at the Getty Research Institute lives up to its name - it is so impressive that, after a preview tour, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wondered, "How can there be so much great Bauhaus material outside of Germany?"

 by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA

July 10, 2019

Lesson Plan #1 "Signs versus Symptoms": A Reply to the Open Letter from British Architecture Students Calling for Curriculum Change

Asking for radical reforms in architectural education, this courageous appeal could help this latest effort be taken seriously, and not simply dismissed, as previous cries for reform have been.

 by Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros

June 6, 2019

Aaron Betsky: Experiment and Experience at Taliesin - and Beyond

Architecture, according to Betsky, is everything that is about building or buildings: how we design, represent, and discuss them, what they mean, and how they act in our society.

 by Effie Bouras, Ph.D.

May 30, 2019

Martin Puryear ... artist, sculptor, and possibly architect?

The United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Arte 2019: "Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà"

 by Johannes M.P. Knoops, Assoc. AIA, FAAR

May 23, 2019

Building Abundance #4: Abundance from Regeneration - Our Opportunity as Designers

Design strategies that are driven by an understanding of place, community, and full intentionality can achieve abundance.

 by Susanne Angarano, ASID, CID, NCIDQ

May 21, 2019

Book Review on the Day of a Book Launch Party for nARCHITECTS

"Buildings and Almost Buildings - nARCHITECTS" by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang wryly showcases their journey to create "near buildings."

 by Norman Weinstein

May 21, 2019

I.M. Pei, 1917 - 2019

Pei was as urbane as his best buildings.

 by Fred A. Bernstein

May 9, 2019

Best Bauhaus Books to Peruse During the Bauhaus Centenary

New publications offer invaluable biographical insights and contemporary global responses.

 by Norman Weinstein

April 18, 2019

Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone

Three vignettes excerpted from the second part of "Design Thinking," Andrew Pressman's recently published book, which focuses on how design thinking is applied to real-life challenges.

 by Andrew Pressman

April 4, 2019

Building Abundance #3: Abundance in Architecture Starts with Abundance in Human Health

Just as buildings became an incredible tool in the movement for environmental sustainability, they can and must become our greatest asset when it comes to human sustainability.

 by Rick Fedrizzi

March 14, 2019

Deborah Talbot: Downtown is for People

An excerpt from Talbot's "Who the Hell is Jane Jacobs? And what are her theories all about?" (Bowden & Brazil, March 4, 2019).

 by Deborah Talbot

March 12, 2019

Winner and Finalists Announced in the "rise in the city" Design Competition for Affordable Housing in Lesotho, Africa

The competition brief sought sustainable designs for a home that could be scaled up so that one family could add extensions, or be replicated as row housing.


February 21, 2019

Raw Elegance in Black and White: Q&A with JoAnn Locktov

The editor and publisher of "Dream of Venice in Black and White" talks about her creative process and strategies in creating the third book in the "Dream of Venice" trilogy.

 by Saxon Henry

January 22, 2019

rise in the city 2018 Update: Student Designs for Affordable Housing in Lesotho Shine. A Few Prized Blocks Needing Sponsors Remain

Student designs for affordable housing in Maseru, Lesotho, Southern Africa, are in and - hot-off-the-press - winning designs will be prototyped!


January 17, 2019

New Beginnings: Interview with Bernhard Karpf, FAIA, Managing Principal, Richard Meier & Partners Architects

RMP's leadership is working to restore the firm's reputation, managing ongoing projects, and the team's plans going forward.

 by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

December 20, 2018

Book Review: "An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles: Fully Revised 6th Edition" by David Gebhard and Robert Winter

Whether Los Angeles is more urbane, or simply more urban, the revised edition contains a new generation of public architecture, as well as the past editions' wealth of historic landmarks and buildings of cultural interest, or just curiosity.

 by Sam Hall Kaplan

December 20, 2018

Building Abundance #2: Three Keys to Abundant Design

Hint: Designing for less bad won't get us there. Aiming for abundant design requires seeing and working in new ways that are largely unfamiliar, challenging - but oh so worth it!

 by Josie Plaut

December 6, 2018

Best Architecture and Design Books of 2018

10 Books to deepen historical awareness and stretch imagination.

 by Norman Weinstein

November 28, 2018

rise Up - be part of the solution for Africa's housing crisis

Sponsors are cheering on their student/architect teams working to find low-cost, sustainable housing solutions - but there are still teams that need sponsorship. Join those who are already reaping the rewards of the partnerships!


October 25, 2018

Writing About Architecture As If Only Art Matters

A new coffee table book about Frederic Church's Olana combines resplendent photography with essays reflecting architectural myopia.

 by Norman Weinstein

October 18, 2018

Building Abundance

Creating abundance is more than sustainability or resilience, and should be a driving force in architecture.

 by Edward McGraw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

October 17, 2018

rise in the city 2018: Call for Mentors and Sponsors

Students are already busy working on their submissions for an international competition to design affordable housing in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa. Now, mentors and sponsors are needed.


October 4, 2018

Venice in Three Parts - Part 3

There are treasures and treats to be found beyond the confines of the Giardini della Biennale.

 by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA

October 3, 2018

Venice in Three Parts - Part 2

There were three distinct types of displays at this year's La Biennale di Venezia: immersive experiences, artistic expressions, and marketing efforts. Guess which are most satisfying?

 by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA

October 2, 2018

Venice in Three Parts - Part 1

As a first-timer to La Biennale di Venezia, I was awed, delighted, and enchanted at the spectacle of architecture in so many expressions.

 by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA

September 27, 2018

INSIGHT: Essentials to Repurposing & Reinvigorating Old, Outdated, or Abandoned Campus Buildings

Some see repurposing existing buildings as limiting and lackluster compared to new construction, but magic can happen when the essence, character, and value of an existing building is re-imagined as flexible and sustainable for future use.

 by Deborah Fritz, AIA, LEED AP, and Rebecca McDuffie

August 16, 2018

Welcome New Books Reveal the Heart of the Matter in Architectural Design

Kenneth Frampton's new edition of Kengo Kuma's works, along with Kate Franklin and Caroline Till's global survey of novel thinking about sustainable materials, offer new slants on how materials matter.

 by Norman Weinstein

August 9, 2018

The Pop-up Phenomenon, Made in America

To meet a growing demand, Hofmann Architecture's Living Vehicle is an architectural platform offering mobile, easily deployable business and housing options.

 by Shirley Styles

July 12, 2018

Nuts + Bolts #19: The Challenges Firms Face when Talented Staff Decide to Leave

Talented staff resignations have become more commonplace, and the challenges of "firm building" are now more about staff retention than recruitment.

 by Ralph Steinglass, FAIA, Teambuilders, Inc.

June 28, 2018

Girl UNinterrupted Presents Equity Survey Findings, Launches Tips Manual at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

From Young Female Designers to Firm Leaders: The Boston Experiment: What's possible when you bridge the gap between young female designers and leaders in architecture? Key takeaways from Boyadzhieva and Chun's illuminating survey.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 19, 2018

Nuts + Bolts #18: More Than Meets the Eye: The Value of Architectural Photography

When you have a great project with equally great photography, the possibilities - and the pay-offs - can be endless.

 by Brad Feinknopf

June 14, 2018

Left Coast Reflections #5: San Francisco's Tilting Tower

Is the Millennium Tower likely to fall over? In a word: NO.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

June 7, 2018

"Freespace"... The One Word of the 2018 Venice Biennale, the 16th Exhibition of Architecture

A survey of just 10 of the 65 national pavilions chosen for their translation of "Freespace" - and in no particular order other than my own itinerary.

 by Johannes M. P. Knoops, Assoc. AIA, FAAR

June 7, 2018

Kenneth Frampton, a New York Lion ... now a Golden Lion of the Venice Architecture Biennale

As the Ware Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he has taught since 1972, he has shaped more than one generation of architects.

 by Johannes M.P. Knoops, Assoc. AIA, FAAR

May 24, 2018

Scenes from a Distance: Sanaz Mazinani and Rola Khayyat at North of History, New York

"Appearances & Disappearances" erases the distance of time and place by bringing us face-to-face with the violence of the two women's past, which shapes their present - as well as our own.

 by Bonnie Clearwater

May 3, 2018

Nuts + Bolts #17: The Dismissal Luncheon (or Breakfast)

If your boss asks you to join him or her for breakfast or lunch during a period of uncertainty and there is no specific agenda, beware. Something is afoot. He or she may want to drop the boom and do the deed in a controlled setting away from the prying eyes of the office staff.

 by Stanley Stark, FAIA, LEED AP

April 5, 2018

One-on-One: Architecture is an Endless Process for Learning: Interview with Fumihiko Maki

The multi-award-winning architect talks about why he avoids using exposed concrete outside of Japan, why the Metabolist movement didn't quite catch on, and Yoshio Taniguchi's buildings: "He is our Mies van der Rohe."

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

March 8, 2018

From the Treetops #3: Is Art Redefining the Architecture of Sacramento?

Temporary, multi-disciplinary arts projects are transforming the proverbial "white cube" gallery town by elevating the discourse around what art can be and the potential spaces it could occupy.

 by Jason A. Silva, AIA, LEED AP

March 1, 2018

One-on-One: Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows: "If a product is designed and crafted well, it should not go out of fashion."

BassamFellows' "Craftsman Modern" is based on the partners' devotion to Modernist architecture, high-level craftsmanship, and the use of beautiful, natural materials.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

February 15, 2018

Nuts + Bolts #16: What's in a Name?

Branding can be a bit of a foreign concept to established (and even to newer) architecture firms. Here are some central takeaways from a firm rebranding itself after 40 years in practice.

 by Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP

February 8, 2018

Educating Future Architects to Think Like Curious Clients

Expanding architectural education to include more about client consciousness is a key to enriching the profession.

 by Norman Weinstein

February 6, 2018

INSIGHT: Thinking Outside the Big Box

Gone are the days when the question was: What retailer can take this large space? The question now is: How can the box be reinvented to create experience and community?

 by Simon Perkowitz, AIA

February 1, 2018

Architectural Education at the Crossroads?

Educators Duo Dickinson and Phil Bernstein look in opposite directions when assessing architecture school quality - but the next architecture school transformation may emerge from where no one is looking.

 by Norman Weinstein

February 1, 2018

"Five Artists + Architecture" at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York

The variety of works by the five fine artists/teachers illustrates the breadth of opportunity available to students to integrate a range of visual arts studies into their studio design education and design research work.

 by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA

January 25, 2018

From Warehouse to Wired Green Workspace

The Alliance Center in Denver, designed by Gensler for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, offers a model for how aging buildings can be transformed into thriving, sustainability-focused, collaborative workspaces.

 by Ashley Lovell, Ph.D.

January 18, 2018

Left Coast Reflections #4: Iceberg Architecture

A London cabbie asked if we had heard of the "iceberg houses." We should keep our pencils above grade most of the time. And we should support theories that preserve real icebergs before they trickle away completely.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

January 11, 2018

Q&A: Marwa Al-Sabouni on mass housing, sustainability, and the social role of architecture

"Architects and planners have the responsibility to be engaged in the lives of those for whom they design - and offer solutions. We often lack this in our profession."

 by Clotilde Angelucci

December 21, 2017

Best Architecture & Design Books of 2017: The Underside Keeps Turning

This year's best reading subverts shopworn stylistic and historic categories.

 by Norman Weinstein

December 21, 2017

Chrysalis of Crystal

The award-winning Bahá'í Temple of South America, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, proffers a new kind of sacred space.

 by Michael J. Crosbie

December 19, 2017

Drama in Architecture: Three Books that Defy Expectations

These choices are well off the beaten path but enjoyable in the views of the road least taken.

 by Christian Bjone

December 14, 2017

Time for Jazzing Up Architectural Imagination?

A monumental catalogue of a great exhibition architects need more than they may know - hurry to Cleveland if you missed it in Manhattan. Explore "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s."

 by Norman Weinstein

December 14, 2017

Arthur Cotton Moore: Bold Citizen-Architect

Some of the ideas seem impractical. Others would be ruinously expensive. Still others are sensible and ought to be considered, or at least admired for their audacity. A sampling from Moore's new book, "Our Nation's Capital: Pro Bono Publico Ideas."

 by Fred A. Bernstein

December 8, 2017

One-on-One: "I Don't Have Any Competitors Because My Projects Are Unique": Interview with Zhang Hua

The Tianjin, China-based architect talks about why architecture needs theory, fractal geometry, teaching, and how seeing a Gaudí for the first time made him cry.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

November 30, 2017

"rise in the city" UPDATE #2: Online Benefit Auction Continues!

Just in time for the holidays (and only until December 15!), a cornucopia of creativity - there's something for everyone (including that difficult-to-shop-for friend, colleague, and relative - or yourself!).


November 9, 2017

Stormy Weather: Landscape Design Responses for a Changing Climate

As designers and engineers move forward to adapt communities to changing weather patterns, providing flood protection while integrating social and ecological benefits will generate value and multi-functional infrastructure.

 by Steve Albert, PE, CFM, Josiah Cain, ASLA, Prentiss Darden, MLA, and Jim Remlin, PE, LEED AP

November 2, 2017

From the Treetops #2: Sacramento Riverfront Development Brings New Life to an Overlooked Part of River City

There is a laundry-list of possibilities for creating those oh-so important physical and the more elusive perceived connections to our urban waterfront. Critical to the success of riverfront development: access, activation, and awareness.

 by Jason A. Silva, AIA, LEED AP

October 26, 2017

Left Coast Reflections #3: The Wall

The wall may never be built, but the real damage the Trump Administration is likely to inflict on the built environment will have lasting consequences.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

October 19, 2017

"rise in the city" UPDATE: Top 10 Artists Announced for the Inaugural Fundraiser in New York City on October 25

Lesotho, Africa, comes to NYC through art created and donated by architects, designers, artists, and sponsors from around the world.


October 12, 2017

Apurva Bose Dutta: "Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos"

The architectural journalist talks about how and why her first book came together, and highlights some of the thoughtful voices she encountered.

 by Apurva Bose Dutta

October 5, 2017

Memo to: The Next Generation of Architects. Re: What would I have done differently if I had known then what I know now?

Leaders with the skills and sensibilities of an architect are needed now more than ever. I call it Leadership by Design.

 by Richard N. Swett, FAIA

September 28, 2017

rise Inaugurates "rise in the city" in New York City on October 25

The non-profit is hosting an art-filled fundraiser, auctioning 100 works of art by architects, designers, and artists for the organization's inaugural project: expanding and upgrading an overcrowded orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.


August 23, 2017

CLT: A More Efficient, Cost Effective Design Partner for Sustainable Buildings

Using cross-laminated timber in place of the old standards like steel and concrete is one way to reduce the environmental impact of a structure without compromising on the advances we've made in modern structural integrity.

 by Casey Malmquist

August 10, 2017

Nuts + Bolts #15: From Adversary to Partner: Managing Relationships in Construction Projects

Three core practices to help keep the peace while keeping a project moving forward.

 by Lisa Anders, LEED AP

July 20, 2017

From the Treetops #1: Sacramento: Unheralded City of the Future?

Sacramento is on the cusp of something big, building the city's economy around innovation and creativity. But innovation is only worthwhile if put to use.

 by Jason A. Silva, AIA, LEED AP

July 13, 2017

Nuts + Bolts #14: Start Me Up: Taking Cultural Cues From Our Tech Sector Clients

Why can't the rules (or lack thereof) of start-up culture apply to an AEC firm?

 by Christian D. Giordano

June 29, 2017

Book Review: Reading the Grain: "Wood" by William Hall

Designer William Hall's photographic essay of wood architecture spanning a 1,000 years broadens thinking about a trendy material so it appears as an ever-changing, perennial, and crucial one.

 by Norman Weinstein

June 22, 2017

Left Coast Reflections #2: "Architect" is Not a Verb, Ivanka

The profession has a problem, and the advice proffered in "Women Who Work" (or any other insipid milkshake) is no cure.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

June 15, 2017

Sitting Down with Kevin Roche: "I learned everything I know about architecture from Eero."

"The most important thing one can achieve in any building is to get people to communicate with each other. That's really essential to our lives. We are not just individuals, we are part of a community."

 by Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA

June 8, 2017

Taliesin East: "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959" by Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel (Book Excerpt)

A Plaza home and office had much to offer the architect, including prestige, prospect, and refuge - an elegant perch from which to survey the city he loved to hate.

 by Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel

June 1, 2017

Nuts + Bolts #13: Safe Harbors: A Case Study on End-game Strategies

A new way of dealing with ownership transition that can benefit some principals who face difficulties in achieving successful exits.

 by Peter Piven, FAIA

May 25, 2017

Book Review: "The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple: Economy as Ethic": Transforming the local and commonplace into the global and rare

Robert McCarter (with a little help from his friends) crafts a majestic survey long overdue.

 by Norman Weinstein

May 18, 2017

One-on-One: "I wanted to be in the middle of things": Interview with Vito Acconci

In this never-before published Q&A from 2015, the late Acconci revealed his highly personal way of imagining his architecture as a pursuit of creating a total work of art that is at once poetry and architecture.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

May 11, 2017

Left Coast Reflections #1: The Sustainable Spoon

The idea that humans are able to create sustainable artifacts is, indeed, here to stay. But as designers of the largest artifacts on the planet, we architects need to be especially vigilant.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

May 4, 2017

Preface to "One Hundred & One Hosannas for Architecture"

"It is a truism to say that journalism is the first draft of history. Historians always place great weight on contemporary accounts...a work of architecture is not complete until it has been written about."

 by Shane O'Toole

April 27, 2017

2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award Winners: An Interview with Bill Leddy, Marsha Maytum, and Richard Stacy of LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects

"Our track record of pushing to make a difference shows that a small firm can make a difference." - Marsha Maytum


March 23, 2017

Passive House is not so Passive Anymore: Q&A with Zack Semke, NK Architects

Passive House architecture sits squarely in the realm of information technology and science-based innovation. That is a potential game changer for buildings' role in the clean energy transition.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 16, 2017

Endangered Species: A conversation with "The Gargoyle Hunters" author John Freeman Gill

The novel "is informed by both my emotional connection to the lost city, and by everything I learned about architectural history and historic preservation as a journalist."

 by ArchNewsNow

February 16, 2017

Book Review: "Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation" by Edward Humes

The systems that bring materials and goods from their far-flung sources to end-consumers' doorsteps, as this Pulitzer-winning author shows, are astonishing. The infrastructure supporting them is "breaking the world."

 by Bill Millard

October 20, 2016

A West Coast Firm Establishes an East Coast Base: An Interview with Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A

Do clients on the East Coast want stadium seating and wacky graphics and Airstream trailers? "Is that a satirical note I hear in your question?

 by ArchNewsNow

October 6, 2016

INSIGHT: Communication Issues in A/E/C Firms

10 predominant communications failures that hinder both individual career growth and business success.

 by Donna L. Maltzan

September 27, 2016

Call for Entries: Green Skyline - Country Garden - Forest City Landmark Architecture International Design Competition

Seeking a green skyline for a new and sustainable smart city in Malaysia.


August 25, 2016

One-on-One: "Architecture is the Construction of a New World": Interview with Nikita Yaveyn

The Russian architect talks about creative freedom (and sometimes lack thereof), wooden architecture, and what St. Petersburg might look like in 50 years.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

July 7, 2016

Return of the Broken Pediment

A review of three recent books involving the life of Philip Johnson

 by Christian Bjone

June 30, 2016

A Filtered View #6: The Sustainable Building Artistically Considered

In our culture of fashion-driven design, a sustainable building will have to succeed aesthetically to be truly sustainable.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

June 23, 2016

More Heart and Soul than Ever Before: 15th Venice Architecture Biennale "Reporting from the Front"

Architecture alone cannot change the world, but the issues that populate this year's Biennale, as curated by Alejandro Aravena, explore how we are all responsible for making an effort.

 by Johannes M.P. Knoops, FAAR, Assoc. AIA

May 5, 2016

The SFMoMA and Us

How Botta and Snøhetta each captured something about who we are.

 by Geoffrey Scott Gainer

April 28, 2016

A Filtered View #5: Jet Fuel

The perfect client offers up enough fuel to run the design jets at the most optimum level.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

April 4, 2016


A special issue. (updated April 12, 2016)

 by Kristen Richards

March 10, 2016

Q+A with Rob Rogers, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers

The New York City-based architect talks about the challenges and rewards of public projects, the value of competitions, and cross-disciplinary team work.

 by ArchNewsNow

February 18, 2016

INSIGHT: The Case for Permanent Infrastructure

Water mains burst, gas mains explode, drinking water is poisoned by lead, bridges collapse, roads break down, vehicles collide, and trains derail. Are these the systems we want? What would be required, and when will we respond to this compelling need for change?

 by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

February 4, 2016

A Filtered View #4: Where is Sustainability's Flying Buttress?

It may take a decade or so before photovoltaics and other energy-producing technologies find an aesthetic foothold, but for architecture to survive - they must.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

December 17, 2015

A Filtered View #3: Socially Progressive, Architecturally Conservative: A San Francisco Paradox

"Disruption" is the new buzz-word, but our new architecture (with a few exceptions) is anything but disruptive. A hallmark of a socially progressive environment is diversity - we need diversity in architecture, too.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

November 19, 2015

Book Review: "The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities Are Moving Beyond Car-Based Planning" by Peter Newman and Jeffrey Kenworthy

In a tightly packed yet readable marvel of comprehensiveness, Australian transportation scholars crunch the numbers on density and mode choices and come up with surprising grounds for optimism - provided planners get certain critical decisions right.

 by Bill Millard

November 16, 2015

Hurricane Sandy Victims Return to Resilient, Sustainable, Affordable Homes on Raritan Bay in New Jersey

The Rebuilding Union Beach demonstration project returns 14 families to new homes, and launches an online Project Guide for other communities needing to rebuild in the wake of a natural disaster.

 by Scott Lauer

November 12, 2015

A Filtered View #2: Ubiquitous Stuff - Why is Most of it so Ugly?

Maybe Apple should design all of this stuff; or maybe Philippe Starck.

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

November 4, 2015

A More Active Approach to Design Can Save Lives

Businesses are investing billions to make their workspaces more environmentally sustainable. But they should also consider how sustainable those workspaces are for the human beings who work in them.

 by Jonathan Webb

October 14, 2015

A Filtered View #1: Buckminster Fuller (Not Al Gore) Invented the Internet

 by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

October 8, 2015

Book Review: Clarifying The Art of Layering Space, or How Architects Outdo Superman's X-Ray Vision Daily

In "Time, Space, and Material: The Mechanics of Layering in Architecture," Anne-Catrin Schultz provocatively illuminates essentials of architectural layering, storytelling, interpretation, and wonder that are concentrated in the acts of creating and appreciating architecture, layer after layer.

 by Norman Weinstein

October 1, 2015

Frank Gehry's Urban Renewal

Throughout "Frank Gehry" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the repeated and insistent message is that his work "distinguished him as an urbanist," as if trying so hard to convince us that it's true. The curator doth protest too much.

 by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

September 15, 2015

Architecture's New Scientific Foundations, Part 3

Adaptive vs. Random Complexity, Part 2. Nourishing environments are complex yet highly organized, but cannot be minimalistic.

 by Nikos A. Salingaros

September 10, 2015

Being Frank Gehry

Paul Goldberger's account of the architect's rise is also a tale of things not going Gehry's way.

 by Fred A. Bernstein

September 1, 2015

New Name and New Directions: Boddewyn Gaynor Architects, DPC

Q&A with the firm's principals about the changes they've made, and how they affect the firm’s operations and future plans.


August 25, 2015

Swimming with the Fishies: SeaGlass Carousel by WXY architecture + urban design

David Dunlap was right: the new carousel in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park is like no other you've ever ridden...oooh's and aaah's will ensue.

 by Kristen Richards

August 5, 2015

Nuts + Bolts #13: Hiring Interns for the Summer? What You Need to Know

Architecture and engineering firms engaging unpaid interns can avoid liability in connection with their internship programs by meeting six specific requirements.

 by John Balitis

June 22, 2015

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 11, 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 4, 2015

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

May 22, 2015

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 12, 2015

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 1, 2015

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

April 29, 2015

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 7, 2015

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

February 27, 2015

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 19, 2015

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 12, 2015

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

January 29, 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

December 19, 2014

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 5, 2014

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

November 21, 2014

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 6, 2014

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

October 31, 2014

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 10, 2014

Why the Starchitect Debate isn't "Stupid"

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

 by Michael J. Crosbie

September 26, 2014

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 5, 2014

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

August 27, 2014

Avoiding the Greenwash

Don't be swayed by eco-friendly claims. Questions to ask, and resources for answers, to help select products that will best meet green projects' - and the planet's - sustainability needs.

 by Cameron Forte

August 21, 2014

Nuts + Bolts #9: The 80/20 Architect: How to Spend Wisely by Investing in Your Clients

Focusing on your top clients can increase your confidence, stability, and profitability.

 by Steve Whitehorn

July 31, 2014

Sociologists Rather than Signature Architects: Q&A with Behnisch Architekten Partners

They pull no punches in discussing the challenges of urban planning, the differences working in Europe and the U.S., architects' social and ethical responsibilities, and what their dream projects would be.

 by Alexander Gutzmer

July 17, 2014

The Great Compilation: 14th International Exhibition of Architecture di la Biennale di Venezia

Rem Koolhaas has irrevocably changed the Venice Biennale's focus away from starchitects to architecture itself. Indeed, I left impressed and invigorated, but curious as to what might follow.

 by Johannes M.P. Knoops, FAAR, Assoc. AIA

June 24, 2014

Notes from the Giardini - La Biennale di Venezia 2014

"Fundamentals" is certainly not the typical way one would think of displaying architecture.

 by Terri Peters

June 2, 2014

One-on-One: A Cult of Objectivity: Interview with Massimo Vignelli

A conversation at Vignelli's home in Manhattan in 2012 is infused with his sincerity, wisdom, and, of course, his sense of style.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

May 21, 2014

INSIGHT: Anonymous Cities: The Erosion of Urban Identity

If we embrace the special characteristics of our American cities, we could begin to construct new projects that enhance the sense of place within the distinctly different urban settings that still exist.

 by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

April 8, 2014

Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?

Why the criticism that crowdsourcing design sites like Arcbazar are taking jobs away from architects doesn't wash.

 by Michael J. Crosbie

April 2, 2014

Drawing an Elegant Conclusion: Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee

Houston: In the somewhat arbitrary hierarchy of fine art media, where painting is king, drawing is often considered less valuable. The new MDI elevates the medium by providing a distinguished, respectful home.

 by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

March 26, 2014

Opening a New Chapter on Designing Public Libraries

Why Robert Dawson's photographic essay on the public library plays it safe by looking back when architects need to scan an emerging horizon.

 by Norman Weinstein

March 13, 2014

Magnusson Architecture and Planning: Looking back at the last 30 years and toward the future

 by ArchNewsNow

February 19, 2014

Informed by Learning: Interview with Joe Valerio and Randy Mattheis of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates about education for the future at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

"We wanted to dive deeply into the culture of the school and understand its core values, so one of the first things we did was to participate in its daily life."

 by ArchNewsNow

February 7, 2014

Nuts + Bolts #8: Best Friends Don't Make the Best Partners

For the successful partnership, it's all a matter of balance.

 by Michael M. Samuelian, AIA, AICP

January 24, 2014

What is "Quiet Design" and Why Should It Matter? Some Troubling Queries for Cathleen McGuigan and Sundry Fans of "Architectural Quietism"

Can great architecture be so subdued that we remain unconscious of even experiencing it as architecture?

 by Norman Weinstein

January 10, 2014

Lost in Space: Calori & Vanden-Eynden on the Positive Payoffs of Integrated EGD

Ever been lost in a building, feeling your stress level rise by the minute? If so, the lack of effective EGD - environmental graphic design - is very likely the culprit.

 by Claire Wilson

December 20, 2013

One-on-One: Architecture is not exactly global: Interview with Orlando Garcia

The Colombian architect talks about how good architecture and urban design can reach the greatest number of ordinary people.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

December 12, 2013

Nuts + Bolts #7: Leveraging Your Passion

Principals already know what they love to do. It is learning to let go of the other, more mundane tasks that they find difficult.

 by Steve Whitehorn

December 4, 2013

INSIGHT: The Place of Architecture as an Art Form in the Changing Cultural Landscape

The fine arts today do not have the shared social purpose they once did. But the built environment is different. Architecture is a collective art form and a collective endeavor.

 by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

November 22, 2013

It is always Friday afternoon in Dealey Plaza

An urban setting seared into the national consciousness.

 by Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA

October 24, 2013

Nuts + Bolts #6: Changing Habits: The Secret to Successful Time Management

Some practical steps to make time for business development when you've been avoiding it or aren't sure how to fit it into your day-to-day practice.

 by Donna Maltzan

October 22, 2013

You Get Learning Units for This? A Weekend at the Monterey Design Conference

Dinners were better, breakfast was not, but the weather was stunning, and the AIACC did a great job recruiting regional, national, and international architects.

 by Kenneth Caldwell

October 11, 2013

Op-Ed: Which "Past" Should Architects Embrace and Why? Posing Alternatives to Architectural Nostalgia

Witold Rybczynski's "How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit" might be his most urbanely written and sensibly organized books - but his traditional definition of architecture’s past might be passé.

 by Norman Weinstein

September 20, 2013

Book Review: "Never Built Los Angeles" by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin; foreword by Thom Mayne

The contradictions and challenges of Los Angeles as a metropolitan conceit of perpetual promise continue.

 by Sam Hall Kaplan

September 6, 2013

Monterey Design Conference: 1 Mile of Beach. 3 Days. 20 Speakers. 50 Hours. 100s of Conversations. 1,000s of Ideas

The Julia Morgan-designed Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA, will be abuzz at the biennial event September 27-29, 2013.

 by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

August 20, 2013

Architects EAT Melbourne

How things are panning out on Melbourne's burgeoning skyline is questionable. But in the shadow of those weird towers, firms like Architects EAT are doing work that is subtle, refined, location-appropriate, and very beautiful.

 by Jonathan Lerner

August 8, 2013

The Blob That Could Eat Los Angeles

The history of our ill-fated Los Angeles County Museum of Art is told in "The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA": I'm a fan of Zumthor, but this building could be cool almost anywhere else.

 by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

August 6, 2013

Nuts + Bolts #5: Why Mid-Sized Design Firms Should Hire a Director of Operations

Hiring a DOO has the potential to significantly increase revenues while creating an environment where designers design, not manage!

 by Michael Bernard, AIA, and Mary Breuer

July 12, 2013

A Conversation with Gordon Young, Author of "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City"

Place is not always the result of the work of well-intended design professionals.

 by Kenneth Caldwell

July 9, 2013

Saarinen's TWA Terminal Revisited

It was great to move once again within this swooping, multi-level building with its sunken lounges, suspended bridges, and shallow steps that invite gliding rather than climbing (and that tile work!).

 by Janet Adams Strong, Ph.D.

July 2, 2013

Krier Answers Weinstein's Questions (and then some!)

Dear Mr. Weinstein: Thank you for mentioning my Speer reprint. I will respond gladly to your questions if you respond to my "pointed" questions.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 25, 2013

Review: "False Solution" by Oren Safdie

Safdie's third in a series of plays about architects and architecture makes its world premiere at La MaMa in Manhattan (only a few days left to see it!).

 by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

June 18, 2013

Op-Ed: Some Pointed Architectural Queries for Three Connoisseurs of Albert Speer's Monumental Classicism on the Occasion of the Re-publication of "Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-1942" by Leon Krier

 by Norman Weinstein

May 15, 2013

Nuts + Bolts #4: Spring into Growth Mode: Organize Your Process to Maximize Your Potential

Internal organization, clearly defined workflows, and a focused approach to the things you do best will put you on the right track to long-term growth.

 by Steve Whitehorn

April 19, 2013

Overdrive: L.A.'s Future is Present in its Past

Simultaneously hopeful and wistful, The Getty Museum's exhibition is about the evolution of a modern city seen through its architecture, confirming the truly layered nature of Los Angeles.

 by Julie D. Taylor

April 4, 2013

Book Review: "Original Copies, Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China" by Bianca Bosker

A must-have for those who wish to see a design phenomenon and trend explained in a clear and concise manner without the pretentious tribal signifiers that so plague academic writers.

 by Christian Bjone

April 2, 2013

Nuts + Bolts #3: Focus on the Future: Keys to Steady Growth in a Slow Recovery

Business forecasts are looking brighter, but steady, measured growth is still your best strategy for success.

 by Steve Whitehorn

March 22, 2013

Preservation Alert: P.S. 199, by Edward Durell Stone (1963)

The public school on Manhattan's Upper West Side could be facing demolition if a developer takes up New York City's offer to sell the site.

 by Fred A. Bernstein

March 7, 2013

Architects Opposing Prisons Gain Support

AIASF and international groups endorse human rights changes to AIA Code of Ethics.

 by Raphael Sperry, AIA

February 26, 2013

Nuts + Bolts #2: You Can't SELL If You Can't TELL

You talk all the time but are you communicating clearly? Use your words effectively to build your influence.

 by Tami D. Hausman, Ph.D.

February 19, 2013

How an Architect Stole the Stockholm Furniture Show

Gert Wingårdh's architectural folly proves the extraordinary power of architecture, even when a building lasts just four days.

 by Linda Hales

February 12, 2013

One-on-One: Revolution in Architecture: Interview with Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP Architects

"We never limit ourselves to simply designing an image. Part of our initial concept is always about knowing how something is going to be built."

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

February 5, 2013

Laurie Olin Remembers Ada Louise Huxtable, Champion of Urban Design

With eloquence, grace, and warmth, the master landscape architect shares his personal encounters with the most notable of critics.

 by Laurie Olin, FASLA

January 24, 2013

Nuts + Bolts: Mission Possible: Increase Your Value Without Lowering Your Fees

Fact or fiction: Lowering your fees makes you competitive? You decide.

 by Steve Whitehorn

January 11, 2013

ArchNewsThen: Life After Ada: Reassessing the Utility of Architectural Criticism (first published March 2, 2009)

Ada Louise Huxtable deserves mucho thanks and praise - but other questions moving us to a new flavor of criticism have to be asked. (ALH's response: "I couldn't agree more.")

 by Norman Weinstein

December 21, 2012

Ten Years and Counting...

Reflections on the year, ArchNewsNow's first decade, and our 10th ANNiversary Fête.

 by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

December 14, 2012

Best Architecture Books of 2012

10 books reflect the changing climate - in every sense - of the profession.

 by Norman Weinstein

November 16, 2012

Book Review: The Pesky Persistence of Psychological Encounters with Home Design

Edwin Heathcote elegantly meditates on the symbols and myths infusing domestic design in "The Meaning of Home."

 by Norman Weinstein

October 24, 2012

Tadao Ando's Thoughtful Heart

Two recent books track a trajectory of a spiritual engagement with Modernism.

 by Norman Weinstein

October 18, 2012

Prime Time for Landscape Architects: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects Masters the New Collaborations

The expanding influence of landscape represents a fundamentally different way of thinking about urbanism.

 by John Gendall

October 3, 2012

"Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design"

A new traveling exhibition celebrates the 90th anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the 20th century who followed his convictions and vision.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

September 21, 2012

"Just Trying to Do This Jig-Saw Puzzle"

How architecture's and urban design's practice can change through studying of a little-appreciated Renaissance art, intarsia.

 by Norman Weinstein

August 30, 2012

The Banal

Prix takes issue with the state of the Venice Architecture Biennale, saying "architects are playing on a sinking gondola while, outside in the real world, our leaky trade is sinking into powerlessness and irrelevance."

 by Wolf D. Prix/COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

August 16, 2012

Q&A with Nicole Migeon - Architect of "Warm Minimalism"

Designing places of respite for creative clientele

 by ArchNewsNow

July 19, 2012

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Marks 25 Years

New Director Anne-Marie Lubenau, AIA, reflects on the past, looks to the future.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 29, 2012

Campus Collective: Leers Weinzapfel Associates Rethinks Higher Education Design

Addressing the interconnectivity of campus environs and student experience

 by John Gendall

June 20, 2012

Albert Barnes Offers Critical Response to Placement of New "Barnes"

Barnes agrees to talk with fellow Central High School of Philadelphia alum after 61 years of silence, but only on the condition that his remarks remain unedited. This transcript respects his requirement.

 by Norman Weinstein

June 4, 2012

The Geeky Side of Design

"Architects are often phenomenal at connecting us to the outdoors, but horrible at disconnecting us when it's necessary. And that is the fundamental problem with architecture today," says Building Science Corporation's sometimes irreverent but always straight-talking Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng.

 by Wendy Ordemann

May 30, 2012

INSIGHT: Let's Quiet Down: The Case for Places, Regionalism, and Sustainability

Architecture should be concerned primarily with place-making, not object-making.

 by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

May 11, 2012

Who Designed the Space Needle?

Victor Steinbrueck's contributions have been given short shrift, leaving the design of what is arguably Seattle's most important structure clouded by assumption and innuendo to this day.

 by Dale Cotton

May 4, 2012

Imperfect Health: Probing the Porous Interface between Architecture and Health

A new book and website linked to a recent Canadian Centre for Architecture exhibition offer a healthy tonic countering academically anemic architectural education.

 by Norman Weinstein

May 1, 2012

Book Review: Social Media in Action: Comprehensive Guide for Architecture, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting Firms by Amanda Walter & Holly Berkley

This practical handbook is invaluable for practitioners who realize that social media is not a passing phenomenon and can play a part in their business.

 by George Calys

April 23, 2012

Rudolph Redux: The UMass Dartmouth Library Renovation/Addition by designLAB architects

A current project slated for completion this fall offers food for thought for the future of Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 5, 2012

Book Review: Advancing Windswept Design: Pointers from Art Nouveau, Zaha Hadid, and Charles Sowers

New books and installation art highlight breezy refinements in wind-inspired design.

 by Norman Weinstein

April 3, 2012

Colombia: Transformed / Architecture = Politics

The curators of the exhibition making its world debut in Chicago this week throw the spotlight on five Colombian architects who leverage brick, concrete, and glass forms to improve the lives of ordinary people.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky and Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP

March 16, 2012

Book Review: Laboratory Architecture for Observing Nature at Play

Books on Luis Barragan's house and BNIM's Omega Center for Sustainable Living reveal how transparently daring designs teach Nature's processes.

 by Norman Weinstein

March 13, 2012

You Survived: Part 3: Operations, Management, Business Development, Practice: Turn off the auto-pilot and engage

Ideas and tips to foster a thriving practice in 2012.

 by Michael S. Bernard, AIA, and Nancy Kleppel, Assoc. AIA

March 2, 2012

Book Review: Tracing a Hidden Track from Adolf Loos as Modernist Architect to Jennifer Post as Modernist Interior Designer

By considering this unlikely couple, we can air out that beleaguered term "architectural minimalism" and trace a trajectory of what might be better identified as "essentialist architecture."

 by Norman Weinstein

February 24, 2012

Two Books to Accelerate the Translation of Ideas into Practical Forms

New books on design research and transformational ideas through architectural history have potent practical uses: "The Designer's Guide to Doing Research: Applying Knowledge to Inform Design" Sally Augustin and Cindy Coleman; and "100 Ideas That Changed Architecture" by Richard Weston

 by Norman Weinstein

February 22, 2012

The Big Chill: Leers Weinzapfel Associates' Chiller Plants Reinvent the Art of Infrastructure Work

Thoughtful analysis, ingenuity, and the ability to envision design opportunities create a unique exercise to "make something of beauty" in urban settings.

 by Charles Linn, FAIA

February 14, 2012

INSIGHT: Bringing Art to the Streets without Breaking the Bank

An architect explains how he used innovative materials and a close-knit alliance of stakeholders to provide economical solutions to create an artful amenity for a city's public transit passengers.

 by Walter Geiger, AIA, FARA

January 26, 2012

Book Review: How to be a Useful Architectural Critic: Alexandra Lange's Perspicacious Primer Points the Way

"Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities" - use it often and you'll never think of the word "critic" pejoratively again.

 by Norman Weinstein

December 22, 2011

Good Deeds: Multi-Service Center South, St. Vincent de Paul Society, San Francisco

Q&A with Susie Jue, vice president of philanthropy for IIDA NC, about the Chapter's pro bono project to renovate the city's largest homeless shelter.

 by Kenneth Caldwell

December 16, 2011

Best Architecture Books of 2011

10 Books Sparking Creative Inspiration Plus Escapist Fare for Financially Fickle Times

 by Norman Weinstein

December 13, 2011

One-on-One: We architects are politicians: Interview with Giancarlo Mazzanti

"Now is the time to think of how architecture can change the world. We architects can assume that role and make a real difference in how people live and behave."

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

December 6, 2011

INSIGHT: At the Intersection of Medicine, Technology, and Design: Hybrid Operating Rooms

Technology has enabled the transformation of classic operating rooms into dynamic, multi-purpose environments - requiring a new design approach for architects.

 by Ross A. Cole, BAM Architecture Studio

December 1, 2011

Call for entries: ArchNewsNow / MOO Competition

If you could hand your business card to one person in the world, who would it be?

 by ArchNewsNow

November 22, 2011

"Unbuilt Washington": The National Building Museum explores some breathtakingly beautiful and some simply bizarre proposals to shape - or re-shape - America's capital

From a pyramid honoring Abraham Lincoln and a Modernist Ponte Vecchio for the Washington Channel Bridge to height limits, two architect/curators discuss the eye-opening array of what-might-have-been architecture and urban design projects that would have made Washington, DC look very different today (and tomorrow).

November 11, 2011

Michael Sorkin: Architectural Critic as Scam Scanner and Urban(e) Design Sage

Sorkin's "All Over the Map," a sprawling miscellany of recent essays on buildings and cities, a triumph of enlightened nay-saying and affirmation.

 by Norman Weinstein

October 18, 2011

Mixing It Up with Elders: An Interview with Byron Kuth and Liz Ranieri

"In its current state, the senior living industry is all about isolating senior communities from the larger communities around them. We're proposing a very different social structure."

 by ArchNewsNow

October 4, 2011

You Survived Part 2: Mapping the Path to your Next Project and a More Predictable Workload

It is essential to establish a specific, easy, and brief Go/No Go decision process, allowing you to quickly determine where to invest limited marketing resources.

 by Michael Bernard, AIA, and Nancy Kleppel, Assoc. AIA

September 30, 2011

When a Train Rumbles Past this Recording Studio, Nobody Hears It: SubCat Studios by Fiedler Marciano Architecture

Syracuse, NY: A downtown cultural redevelopment project has rapidly established itself as a catalyst to rebrand and revitalize the city's core by promoting a supportive environment for the arts within the downtown area.


September 27, 2011

INSIGHT: Small-Scale Solution to Alternative Energy Resistance

Why the assumption that an industrial-scale response is required to produce green energy in the vast quantities required to power this country is wrong.

 by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

September 23, 2011

Book Review: Pencils that Refuse to Die: Meditations about New Books on Architectural Drawing

Three recent books dealing with architectural drawing by pencil you need to read: "Eleven Exercises in the Art of Architectural Drawing: Slow Food for the Architect's Imagination" by Marco Frascari; "The Architect's Sketchbook" by Will Jones; and "Robbie Cornelissen: The Capacious Memory" by Lex ter Braak and Edwin Jacobs

 by Norman Weinstein

September 20, 2011

One-on-One: Architecture that leads to a point: Interview with Daniel Libeskind

"Every building, every city should have a story."

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

August 18, 2011

Book Review: "One Million Acres & No Zoning": Lars Lerup's Outrageous Encomium to Houston Instructs and Infuriates

This isn't some dryly academic reconfiguration of trendy urban planning theory. I recommend it for the intrepid.

 by Norman Weinstein

August 17, 2011

One-on-One: Architecture of Emotion and Place: Interview with Bartholomew Voorsanger, FAIA, MAIBC

The architect's aspiration to create expressive, dynamic spaces is absolutely the key to his work.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

July 29, 2011

Book Review: Talkin' 'Bout (Not) My Generation: Uplifting Gen X Architects Showcase Pragmatic Optimism

In "New York Dozen: Gen X Architects" by architect Michael J. Crosbie, the framing of each architectural firm is extraordinary.

 by Norman Weinstein

July 22, 2011

"Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum": Bravura Example of an Architectural Documentary - Wright's Guggenheim Done Right

A look at great architecture as the product of the dance of the designer's intellect in an architectural film that doesn't miss a beat.

 by Norman Weinstein

July 19, 2011

2011 Rudy Bruner Award Winners Offer Innovative Models for Urban Placemaking

This year's winners reflect a common understanding of the critical role that citizens, institutions, and governments play in the creation of successful civic places.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 29, 2011

You Survived: Part 1: Regaining Profitability - and Moving Ahead

Take control of the financial life of your business, uncover hidden revenue streams and new service offerings while charting a more stable course for the future.

 by Michael S. Bernard, AIA, and Nancy Kleppel, Assoc. AIA

June 24, 2011

Book Review: A Shout Out for Leers Weinzapfel Associates: "Made to Measure" - Some Meditations on Rejuvenating Campus Architecture

 by Norman Weinstein

June 21, 2011

Poetry as Rescuing Angel: The Angel Island Immigration Station by Architectural Resources Group, Tom Eliot Fisch, and Daniel Quan Design

Angel Island, San Francisco Bay: Long abandoned and near demolition, an important part of American immigration history was saved by writings on the wall.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 14, 2011

You Survived: Introduction: Your Firm Survived the Recession - Now Foster a Thriving a Practice.

 by Michael S. Bernard, AIA, and Nancy Kleppel, Assoc. AIA

June 10, 2011

Book Review: "Post-Traumatic Urbanism," guest edited by Adrian Lahoud, Charles Rice, and Anthony Burke

A collection of essays highlights the recognizable and unrecognizable shifts and changes in cities following both mad-made and natural disasters.

 by Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee

June 3, 2011

Book Review: Diving into Architecture from Every New Angle: Reading Guillevic's "Geometries"

Why an obscure book of French poetry in a flashy translation goes to the heart of every architectural practice.

 by Norman Weinstein

June 1, 2011

INSIGHT: Collaboration and Compromise: A Misunderstood Aspect of the Design Process

True collaboration is a symbiosis between the architect's design ideas, a project's setting, and the intentions of its users.

 by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

May 27, 2011

Book Review: Wake-up Calls for Color-Challenged Architects: Two recent books point the way to advanced imaginings of color

"Light Color Sound: Sensory Effects in Contemporary Architecture" by Alejandro Bahamon and Ana Maria Alvarez, and "Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay" edited by Matilda McQuaid and Susan Brown

 by Norman Weinstein

March 25, 2011

Book Review: "Immaterial World: Transparency in Architecture": Marc Kristal crystallizes increasingly complex notions of transparency with a light touch.

Although most of the 25 projects discussed are well-known, they take on additional meaning in this sensitively curated selection.

 by Norman Weinstein

March 23, 2011

A Tale of Two Pools: Q&A with Paulett Taggart

It was the sunniest of pools, it was the foggiest of pools, but the architectural approach is similar: there is nothing unnecessary.


March 1, 2011

One-on-One: Architecture as a Social Instrument: Interview with Bjarke Ingels of BIG

It is not for nothing that this young architect is referred to as the "Yes Man" with a willingness - and ability - to please just about everyone.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

February 1, 2011

Book Review: "Visual Planning and the Picuresque" by Nikolaus Pevsner. Edited by Mathew Aitchison

A rediscovered manuscript unveils a portrait of the famed architectural historian as neglected urban designer. His commitment to the picturesque aesthetic for buildings and towns is as urgently needed as ever.

 by Norman Weinstein

January 28, 2011

Designers of the Year: An Interview with Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A

Today Contract magazine named Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla of San Francisco's Studio O+A Designers of the Year. We caught up with them in their office before they headed east for the festivities.

 by ArchNewsNow

January 21, 2011

The Ten Commandments of Architecture

 by Jim Childress, FAIA

January 14, 2011

Book Review: How New Urbanism's Case Triumphs Best Through "The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary" by Dhiru A. Thadani

Thadani's oversized reference charms, infuriates, and enlightens.

 by Norman Weinstein

January 11, 2011

Q&A with James Anderson, LEED AP re: Low Impact Development

LID is an alternative, cost-effective method for those who want to be sensitive to sustainability, but lack the resources to pursue LEED certification.

 by ArchNewsNow

January 7, 2011

Book Review: Cities for People, by Jan Gehl

Copenhagen's urban-space guru explains the principles, practices, and priorities that make cities more livable - beginning, but not ending, with dethroning King Car

 by Bill Millard

December 3, 2010

Best Architecture Books of 2010

Ten books pointing the way to larger professional horizons

 by Norman Weinstein

November 30, 2010

One-on-One: Putting Colors Together: An Interview with Will Alsop

For Alsop, it is the act of painting, the state of losing control - its imprecision and intuitiveness - that best define his initial vague intentions - and what ultimately brings him close to the mystery of inventing new architecture.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

October 28, 2010

A Meditation on the Beauty of Zaha Hadid's Door Handle

Hadid's design issues a challenge: define beauty by lyrically playing with illusion.

 by Norman Weinstein

October 28, 2010

Book Review: The Architecture of Patterns, by Paul Andersen and David Salomon

A new book considers how the Modernist adage "form follows function" has stuck around in a whole new guise.

 by Ann Lui

October 12, 2010

Book Review: "Architecture and Beauty: Conversations with Architects about a Troubled Relationship": Yael Reisner exuberantly interviews architects about beauty

Any of you architects seen Mr. Keats Lately?

 by Norman Weinstein

October 7, 2010

Flex Space: AECOM Design + Planning Office by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects

The global firm gets a New York office that's as flexible as its corporate style - and LEED Gold to boot.

 by ArchNewsNow

August 24, 2010

One-on-One: The Art of Ennobling Communities: Interview with Sara Caples and Everardo Jefferson

These architects have proven time and time again that architecture can transform reality and change attitudes.

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

August 19, 2010

INSIGHT: Save What's Left: Architects as Stewards of Our Planet

We need to develop a new design culture of responsibility, one that seeks in every instance to do as little damage as possible to natural systems.

 by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

August 12, 2010

Why "Greatest Hits" Lists by Architecture's Stars Should Be Mocked

Transferring the musical or cinematic "greatest hits" list mind-set to architecture is deleterious, and here's why.

 by Norman Weinstein

July 19, 2010

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Museo MAXXI by Zaha Hadid Architects

Rome, Italy: The ancient city's newest museum is a reminder that here is a woman at the top of the field - and a testament to the fact that women build, and build well.

 by Ann Lui

July 9, 2010

Barry Elbasani, FAIA, 1941-2010: A recent conversation with the gruff optimist and realistic urbanist about his history, inspirations, and aspirations.

The architect known for plans and buildings that revitalized American cities passed away last week at 69.

 by Kenneth Caldwell

July 2, 2010

Proper English, as in "Crikey, It's the Loo!"

What in the Sam Hill are lippings, we beseeched? Answer: trim. Conversely, our colleagues from across the pond were anxious to know who, precisely, Mr. Sam Hill would be.

 by Jim Coan

June 29, 2010

Small Firm, Global Practice: An Interview with Jim Goring and Andre Straja of Goring & Straja Architects

How they manage an international practice as a small firm.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 8, 2010

Book Review: Shedding Light on Concrete: Tadao Ando: Complete Works 1975-2010 by Philip Jodidio

Photographic presentation of a poet of light and concrete triumphs over lackluster commentary.

 by Norman Weinstein

May 25, 2010

Move the Farnsworth House

Mies built the Farnsworth in spitting distance of the mighty Fox River, and the house is paying a price for his hubris.

 by Fred Bernstein

May 17, 2010

An Open Letter to Susan Szenasy re: Frank Gehry

 by Fred A. Bernstein

April 27, 2010

Book Review: Sage Architectural Reflections from Architecture's "Athena": Denise Scott Brown's "Having Words" distills a lifetime of theorizing and practice into practical and succinct guidance for thriving through difficult times

Brown's occasional papers trace a trenchant trajectory of learning from Las Vegas to learning from everything.

 by Norman Weinstein

April 21, 2010

Disappearing Act: North Carolina Museum of Art West Building by Thomas Phifer and Partners and Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

Raleigh, North Carolina: A new museum building strives to nearly disappear, deferring to the beauty of the artworks and the surrounding landscape.

 by Lisa Delgado

April 1, 2010

Power to the Past: Cannon Design Regional Offices at The Power House

St. Louis: A design firm transforms a 1928 city landmark to support its highly collaborative, team-oriented work approach that includes space that can be used by the community as well.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 29, 2010

Celebratory Meditations on SANAA Winning the Pritzker Prize

 by Norman Weinstein

March 26, 2010

Book Review: Keeping the Architectural Profession Professional: "Architecture from the Outside In: Selected Essays by Robert Gutman" celebrates Gutman's legacy as invaluable outsider

Selected essays by a penetrating sociologist of architecture pose the kinds of tough-minded questions needed now to keep architectural professional on-track.

 by Norman Weinstein

March 23, 2010

INSIGHT: Iconic Architecture in the Digital Age

New technologies are helping to transform architectural surfaces far beyond the traditional canons of architecture.

 by Carlos Ferré

March 5, 2010

Book Review: "Design through Dialogue: A Guide for Clients and Architects," by Karen A. Franck and Teresa von Sommaruga Howard

A helpful communications primer offers case studies of winning collaborations between clients and architects, but as useful as this book proves, it leaves some uncomfortable questions about communication unaddressed.

 by Norman Weinstein

February 9, 2010

Twilight Visions: Vintage Surrealist Photography Sheds New Light on Architecture

An exhibition and book of photographs of Paris between the wars might just be the necessary correctives to the virtual sterility of digital imagery

 by Norman Weinstein

February 2, 2010

INSIGHT: Can Green Interiors Help Power the Recovery?

How the demand for sustainability and long-term value are shifting attitudes in the world of commercial interiors, creating an environment ripe for design professionals with incentives for both landlords and tenants to move the sustainability agenda forward.

 by Sascha Wagner, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, and Robin Bass, LEED AP

January 26, 2010

Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times #5: Market Research on Shoestring Budgets - 10 Tips for 2010

Firms operating on shoestring budgets can still create positive change if they follow the mantra of THINK

 by Frances Gretes

January 21, 2010

INSIGHT: Redeveloping Downtown Pittsburgh - The Last 20 Years

Many factors have led to an interesting take on the traditional tension between central city decline, suburban competition, and revitalization efforts to bolster Downtown's primacy in the region's economy and identity.

 by Michael A. Stern, ASLA, LEED AP

January 19, 2010

Beyond the Egg-crate Museum: Reflections on the Bloch Building

Q&A with Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Director/CEO Marc Wilson re: life at Steven Holl Architects' Bloch Building - three years after opening.

 by Norman Weinstein

December 18, 2009

Book Review: How to Make Versions of the Past Present: "Robert A.M. Stern Buildings and Projects 2004-2009"; Peter Morris Dixon, editor

Stern might just be "the squarest of the hip, and the hippest of the squares." That might also imply that he is one of the sanest and happiest people in the profession. For that and more, this book warrants our appreciative attention.

 by Norman Weinstein

December 10, 2009

A Star is Reborn: Fox Oakland Theater and Oakland School for the Arts by Architectural Dimensions, ELS Architecture and Urban Design, and Starkweather Bondy Architecture

Oakland, California: A faded movie palace - and the surrounding neighborhood - gets a new lease on life.

 by ArchNewsNow

December 9, 2009

Best Architecture Books of 2009

10 crucial volumes from the classic to the iconoclastic

 by Norman Weinstein

December 3, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Offer an Opening Statement That Frames a Broad Vista

Tip #20: The aim of an opening statement is to open a door to dialogue rather than to persuasively "hook" another into compliance with your message.

 by Norman Weinstein

December 3, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Communicating Architectural Edges

Tip #21: Write about meaningful circulatory patterns of light by personifying the interplay of architecture and light.

 by Norman Weinstein

December 1, 2009

INSIGHT: Alignment: Sustainability and Historic Preservation

Retrofitting existing buildings is a vital strategy for significantly reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions globally. To many, it is THE strategy.

 by Elaine Gallagher Adams, AIA, LEED AP

October 30, 2009

Book Review: "Gunnar Birkerts: Metaphoric Modernist" by Sven Birkerts and Martin Schwartz

A major architect in the history of Modernism finally receives recognition - and sundry asides about why Modernism never exited.

 by Norman Weinstein

October 15, 2009

Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times #4: Client Research - The Secret to Turning Prospects into Clients

If you carry on a dialog from an informed position, you will project confidence and immediately earn a position of trust.

 by Frances Gretes

October 13, 2009

Eclectic Tech: Facebook Headquarters by Studio O+A

Palo Alto, California: Employees were hands-on in designing the new HQ for the social media giant - and not everything is "Facebook blue."

 by ArchNewsNow

October 7, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Communicate to Clients an Evolving Perspective Rather than a Fixed Clarity about Projects

Tip #19: Choose words and phrases that depict your architecture as a mysterious promise, as well as a known product.

 by Norman Weinstein

September 24, 2009

Copenhagen Design Week 2009: The focus was firmly on the local and national design community - and environmental sustainability

Diverse offerings demonstrated that while classic, mid-century modern Danish design is inspiring, it's in the past; a new generation is looking towards sustainable and human-centered designs

 by Terri Peters

September 18, 2009

Book Review: "Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People," by Lance Jay Brown, David Dixon, and Oliver Gillham

To the credit of the erudite authors, their sketch of urban design brings levels of political, sociological, and architectural analysis together in a readable synthesis.

 by Norman Weinstein

September 15, 2009

INSIGHT: Sustainability -- The Great Divide

Do we nationalize and centralize sustainable policies or do we individualize and decentralize them?

 by Richard Carson

September 9, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Introduce Words that "Float" into the Flow of Communications with Clients

Tip #18: Replace prescriptive words and phrases "etched in stone" with language reflecting a collaborative project in flux.

 by Norman Weinstein

September 2, 2009

Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times #3: Strategic Market Research - Preparing for the Rebound

Are you ready for the rebound? Whether you are a sole practitioner or principal in a large firm, now is the time to sketch out your blueprint of where you are and where you want to go. The mechanism for determining these positions is the strategic plan.

 by Frances Gretes

August 4, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Work with Clients to Develop Plans That Place Human/Spatial Relationships First

Tip #17: Shape dialogues with clients to catalyze designs promoting clear meanings of human relationships in proposed spaces.

 by Norman Weinstein

July 30, 2009

HEAT Rises Down Under Despite the Economy:
Queensland's New Wave of Environmental Architects

 by Debra Pickrel

July 22, 2009

Book Review: "Everything Must Move: 15 Years at Rice School of Architecture 1994-2009"

There’s a Texas flood of architectural ideas that gives ample evidence of an architecture school that unsettles pat assumptions. Who could ask for anything more?

 by Norman Weinstein

July 9, 2009

Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times #2: Finding Leads

Finding leads that one can act on right away is a difficult task, especially during tough economic times, but these strategies can help.

 by Frances Gretes

July 1, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Faster! Deeper! Broader!

Tip #16: How to balance high-speed communication with in-depth communication.

 by Norman Weinstein

June 30, 2009

A City's Artful Heart: Citygarden by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and studio|durham architects

St. Louis, Missouri: Two formerly vacant downtown blocks have been given new life as a serene urban oasis in the heart of the city.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 25, 2009

"Avenue of Light" as Urbanism: Soaring, illuminated sculptures by Cliff Garten Studio anchor major redevelopment efforts in the Ft. Worth's historic district

 by ArchNewsNow

June 24, 2009

Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times

#1 - Now More Than Ever: Why market research is so critical to a firm's success.

 by Frances Gretes

June 23, 2009

A Company of Generalists

An Interview with Joe Valerio of Valerio Dewalt Train

 by ArchNewsNow

June 11, 2009

Engaging Students in Smart-Building Design: Illinois Institute of Technology New Student Residence Halls by Dirk Denison Architects

Chicago: Performance-calibrated building design and student-centric spaces will give students control over their environment and generate performance data to be shared with university and architectural communities beyond the IIT campus.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 5, 2009

Book Review: A Subversive Book Every Architect Needs: "Architect's Essentials of Negotiation" by Ava J. Abramowitz

Supposedly architects don't need negotiating skills along with other communication skills because great design "sells itself." How lovely that an AIA legal counsel created this definitive book to shatter that thin myth.

 by Norman Weinstein

June 2, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Translate Images Into Touching Performances

Tip #15: Cultivate communication with clients that translates architectural imagery into experience at their fingertips.

 by Norman Weinstein

May 6, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Emphasize Words with Lasting Resonance

Tip #14: Cluster symbolic and mythically-charged keywords in communication with clients.

 by Norman Weinstein

April 28, 2009

Stylish Stacking: Container Housing Project by Group 41

Salt Lake City, Utah: Shipping containers will jump off the rails to form an innovative multifamily apartment complex near a commuter rail station.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 21, 2009

Book Review: A Perspective from One Elevation: "Conversations With Frank Gehry" by Barbara Isenberg

Gehry's conversations offer portraits of an astute listener as well as talker, an architect as aware of his flaws and limitations as of his virtues.

 by Norman Weinstein

April 16, 2009

Op-Ed: Designing the New Public/Private Model

Greater government involvement in design can be an opportunity - if done correctly. That requires architects to be to be at the table from the beginning.

 by Peter Schubert

April 14, 2009

One on One: Elusive Architecture: Interview with Kengo Kuma

"I want to create a condition that is as vague and ambiguous as drifting particles. The closest thing to such a condition is a rainbow."

 by Vladimir Belogolovsky

April 8, 2009

Book Review: Tripping Out to London and Paris

Time to become a homebody, shop frugally, eat in, and take a virtual tour led by Sam Lubell

 by Sam Hall Kaplan

April 2, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Re-invent Green Communication

Tip #13: Try the spectacular 2-step program to cut fat and reduce telltale signs of greenwash.

 by Norman Weinstein

April 1, 2009

Op-Ed: CAMP Notes

Forget Don Fisher. Do we want the art or not?

 by Kenneth Caldwell

March 19, 2009

When Your <i>New</i> Job is to Find Your <i>Next</i> Job

Some practical suggestions for opening new doors of opportunities in difficult times.

 by Marjanne Pearson

March 16, 2009

Happy Ending for the Little Beach House That Could

Venturi and Scott Brown watch their Lieb House sail by

 by Kristen Richards

March 13, 2009

Q&A: Public Architecture Co-founders John Peterson and John Cary

 by Kenny Caldwell

March 4, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Taking Advantage of Interruptions in Architectural Communication

Tip #12: Cogent communicators exploit opportunities offered by interruptions.

 by Norman Weinstein

March 2, 2009

Op-Ed: Life After Ada: Reassessing the Utility of Architectural Criticism

Ada Louise Huxtable deserves mucho thanks and praise - but other questions moving us to a new flavor of criticism have to be asked. (ALH's response: "I couldn't agree more.")

 by Norman Weinstein

February 27, 2009

Exhibition Review: "Yes is More": BIG at DAC, Copenhagen

Though the firm's housing projects are amazing and their enthusiasm is great, the comic book graphics are a bit much - it's hard not to roll your eyes, but definitely worth the roll.

 by Terri Peters

February 5, 2009

Loud on the Outside, Quiet on the Inside: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) by Grimshaw and Davis Brody Bond Aedas

Troy, NY: How do you "ground" a 221,200-square-foot building on a 30-degree slope? And how do you acoustically carve out grand venues that are designed for digital technology and electronic performance? Structural and MEP engineer Buro Happold explains.

 by Craig M. Schwitter, P.E.

February 3, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Faceting Architectural Communication

Tip #11: Effective communication evolves out of cross-reflective details.

 by Norman Weinstein

January 14, 2009

Community Building: Saratoga Avenue Community Center by George Ranalli, Architect

Brooklyn, New York: A new community center re-imagines public architecture and what civic buildings represent.

 by ArchNewsNow

January 8, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Use Space Creatively When Designing Your Client Communications

Tip #10: Use paragraph spacing in writing and pauses in conversation to promote "out of the box" thinking.

 by Norman Weinstein

December 17, 2008

Best Architecture Books of 2008

10 tomes from the superior to the indispensable

 by Norman Weinstein

December 11, 2008

Traditional Brick: A Contemporary Solution at University of New Hampshire by Anshen+Allen

Durham, N.H.: New forms and expressions with traditional materials create a forward-looking contemporary building that expresses the engineering disciplines it houses.

 by Gregory Hoadley

December 2, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Making Your Client's Contradictions Productive

Tip #9: Work with your clients' contradictions to discover possible solutions.

 by Norman Weinstein

November 4, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Initiate Conversations with Designs that Engage Your Clients.

Tip #8: Write dialogues engaging materials and processes with clients.

 by Norman Weinstein

October 31, 2008

Field Notes from the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part 2

The Giardini: "Experimental Architectures" offers a glimpse of 30 countries' current architectural debates and experiments.

 by Terri Peters

October 10, 2008

Field Notes from the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part 1

The Arsenale: Betsky's eclectic curating and the polished and thoughtful presentations of the exhibitors make it a challenging, entertaining, and provocative show.

 by Terri Peters

October 8, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Creating a Site Analysis That's Out of Sight

Tip #7: Write a site analysis using words referring to senses beyond sight.

 by Norman Weinstein

September 30, 2008

Book Review: You've Got to Draw the Line Somewhere: A review of Drafting Culture: a Social History of Architectural Graphic Standards by George Barnett Johnston

 by Norman Weinstein

September 23, 2008

A Treasure Reborn: The Currier Museum of Art by Ann Beha Architects

Manchester, New Hampshire: An important cultural resource reopens its doors after a thoughtful renovation and expansion.

 by ArchNewsNow

September 5, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Learning How to Persuade Through Learning Variations on a Theme

Tip #6: Master a communications tool that generates copious variations on your theme.

 by Norman Weinstein

August 28, 2008

INSIGHT: Failing to Protect: Three Actions Our Leaders Must Take in Order to Save America's Crumbling Infrastructure

Miles of Midwest land under 10 feet of water, a major bridge collapsing to the ground, a flood-ravaged New Orleans - these are all images we won't soon forget. But how can we keep history from repeating itself yet again?

 by Barry B. LePatner

August 26, 2008

Book Review: "NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith," edited by Franklin Sirmans: Sharpen your pencils - and get ready to do a NeoHooDoo shimmy

This audacious book is a welcome reminder that no term in contemporary architectural design is as taboo as "vernacular spiritual."

 by Norman Weinstein

August 25, 2008

Design by the Bushel: San Francisco design firms work fast to bring Slow Food Nation '08 to the city's front door, August 29 to September 1

 by ArchNewsNow

August 21, 2008

Green and Graceful: Sunset Community Centre by Bing Thom Architects

Vancouver, British Columbia: A new community center is now the focal point of culturally diverse neighborhood, both civically and architecturally.

 by ArchNewsNow

August 5, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Respecting Key Words as Materials for Building Durable Structures

Tip #5: Recognize the key vocabulary shaping your professional practice and share those keywords with your clients.

 by Norman Weinstein

July 18, 2008

Classic Nuance: Simon Hall at Indiana University by Flad Architects

A new research facility fits harmoniously with neighboring historic campus structures.

 by Gregory Hoadley

July 8, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Steering Your Client in the Appropriate Direction

Tip #4: See your writing as a navigational aid so your design intent clearly comes through to your client.

 by Norman Weinstein

June 24, 2008

INSIGHT: Bowling Alone in Urbanistaville

Is living in suburbia the social antidote?

 by Richard Carson

June 10, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Playing with the Flow of Communication

Tip #3: Use language that playfully enhances the flow of design intentions between you and your client.

 by Norman Weinstein

May 14, 2008

Break, Pivot, Fuse: Conundrums of Shifting Space: The Daly Street Lofts by Joseph Giovannini

Los Angeles: Live/work lofts take on a new life - temporarily - as experimental exhibition spaces open to the public for the next two weekends.

 by ArchNewsNow

May 9, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Clarifying Presentations to Clients through Rhythmic Emphasis

Tip #2: Use rhythmic accents to create a persuasive story to your client.

 by Norman Weinstein

April 15, 2008

Infill in Green: 22nd Street Condominiums by John Maniscalco/Architecture

San Francisco: Lorax Development backs up its environmental claims with a GreenPoint Rated label for an infill project in the city's Mission District.

 by Jennifer Roberts

April 11, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Coping with chaotic communication challenges

Tip #1: Learn to enjoy communicating with your client.

 by Norman Weinstein

April 9, 2008

Architecture Supermodels: Report from SmartGeometry Conference

Parametric design is set to revolutionize the way buildings are designed and built.

 by Terri Peters

March 30, 2008

Notably Nouvel: 2008 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

This year's recipient will be saying "merci" in Washington, DC.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 13, 2008

Transparent Connections: Princeton University School of Architecture Addition by Architecture Research Office (ARO)

Princeton, New Jersey: A contemporary connection revitalizes two wings of an existing campus building.

 by ArchNewsNow

February 27, 2008

INSIGHT: Art in Learning: Bringing the Tradition of Sculpture in Architecture to Education

Art incorporated into school architecture can enliven the educational process in unexpected ways.

 by Barry Svigals, FAIA

February 12, 2008

INSIGHT: Transit-Oriented Design: An Evolution from Societal Convenience to Environmental Solution

TOD is the model for what multi-family housing will look like in the years ahead.

 by John Burcher, AIA

February 5, 2008

A Bridge Between: California Academy of Sciences and Steinhart Aquarium Transition Facility by Melander Architects

San Francisco: So just where has Nemo been living while the new academy rises in Golden Gate Park?

 by ArchNewsNow

January 30, 2008

High Times in LoDo: As it approaches its 150th anniversary, Denver has become a "Great City" with substantial new housing downtown

 by ArchNewsNow

January 24, 2008

From Back Lot to Front Lines: BattleStations 21 by SmithGroup

Great Lakes, Illinois: A new naval training facility uses entertainment technology developed for video games and theme park rides to create more realistic battle simulations.

 by Mark McVay

January 22, 2008

Women in Green: A Conversation with the Authors

Is there a greener gender? Q&A with Kira Gould and Lance Hosey about their motivation and experience for writing the book, and what have they learned from the process.

 by Katie Swenson

January 18, 2008

Stern Seizes the Day: Tour Carpe Diem by Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The newest addition to La Défense is crystalline - and green.

 by ArchNewsNow

January 11, 2008

INSIGHT: Mod Mods: Manufacturing Markets for Modulars

With market forces finally putting wind in the sails of pre-fab, the promise of sales should finally save industrial production of housing from the utopia to which it has been consigned.

 by John Newman, AIA

December 13, 2007

Welcome to the Neighborhoods: Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Headquarters by IA Interior Architects

Chicago: The global real estate services and money management firm addresses corporate agility through space planning with a bold approach to redesigning its headquarters.

 by ArchNewsNow

November 29, 2007

Q&A with Peter Morrison and J. Robert Hillier, FAIA, re: RMJM Hillier

 by ArchNewsNow

November 20, 2007

A Civic Gateway: Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

Santa Monica, California: The humble parking garage is humble no more with a bold design that makes it a sparkling destination point in itself - oh, it's LEED green, too.

 by ArchNewsNow

October 25, 2007

Modern Focus on the Patient: Intermountain Medical Center by Anshen + Allen

Murray, Utah: A massive healthcare facility gives form to a parallel shift in medicine that emphasizes the art of healing rather than the mere administration of scientific procedures.

 by Gregory Hoadley

September 18, 2007

INSIGHT: Building Information Modeling: The Wave of the Future?

BIM promises to reshape the future design - and the way design professionals do business, but these basic risk management considerations should be taken into account to determine if BIM is right for you.

 by Gary Prather

September 13, 2007

A Tale of Two Cities: Mixed-use Development in China

New building types and approaches to development leverage the best of international and local talents and practices.

 by Tim Magill and David Moreno

September 5, 2007

INSIGHT: The Cultural and Environmental Differences of Global Project Types

As the world's economy becomes more global, western developers, designers, and engineers must keep developing innovative ideas for efficiency improvement if they want to keep ahead.

 by Reg Monteyne, P.E., and Gary H. Pomerantz, P.E.

August 20, 2007

Native American History in Tomorrow's Library: Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno, by AC Martin Partners in association with RMJM Hillier

Fresno, California: A new campus library looks to the future while embodying Fresno's Native American and agricultural heritage.

 by ArchNewsNow

July 12, 2007

Water Walls: Digital Water Pavilion by MIT and carlorattiassociati

MIT researchers design a building made of water that will flow at Expo Zaragoza in Spain next year.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 12, 2007

Designing Public Consensus: A Conversation with Barbara Faga, FASLA

Urban designer and executive vice president of EDAW discusses the trials, tribulations - and rewards of building public consensus.

 by Kenneth Caldwell

April 27, 2007

Civil Twilight Team Wins 2007 Metropolis Next Generation® Design Prize

Members of San Francisco design collective awarded $10,000 for energy-conserving "Lunar-Resonant Streetlights" proposal.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 11, 2007

Water = Life: Diamond Valley Water + Life Museums Campus by Lehrer + Gangi Design + Build

Hemet, CA: Two museums in the desert offer engaging environmental lessons, both inside and out.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 5, 2007

River Tunes: Elbe Philharmonic Hall by Herzog & de Meuron

Hamburg, Germany: The cultural centerpiece of HafenCity will be a crystalline ice sculpture atop an earthy warehouse - with beautiful music, luxury living, and a spectacular public plaza high above the River Elbe.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 29, 2007

INSIGHT: Searching for Architectural Excellence and Ready to be Bold

Arlington County, Virginia, launches community discussions on the elements of great design.

 by Roberto Moranchel

March 20, 2007

Sacred Simplicity: Park East Synagogue by Centerbrook Architects and Planners

Pepper Pike, Ohio: Age-old materials and a straightforward design fulfill a growing congregation's vision of a sacred place

 by ArchNewsNow

February 28, 2007

Urban Oasis: Gardner 1050 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

West Hollywood, CA: Simple forms and refined materials add high style to a speculative urban infill housing project.

 by ArchNewsNow

February 2, 2007

In Their Own Words: Abu Dhabi Cultural District

How Gehry, Hadid, Nouvel, and Ando envision their cultural venues on Saadiyat Island.

 by ArchNewsNow

January 30, 2007

Curtain Up: Billy Wilder Theater at UCLA Hammer Museum by Michael Maltzan Architecture

Los Angeles: The city has a new cultural "living room."

 by ArchNewsNow

January 3, 2007

Celebrating Green

The decade-long history of the AIA Committee on the Environment's Top Ten Green Projects program is a portrait of evolution in the field.

 by Kira Gould

December 14, 2006

A Grand Design Team Selected for Rutgers Grand Redesign Plans

Green spaces and connecting the campus to the river will create places as much for the community as the campus

 by ArchNewsNow

November 17, 2006

From Confinement to Liberty: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center by Blackburn Architects with BOORA Architects

Cincinnati, Ohio: A riverfront museum embodies the geography of escape.

 by John Meadows, AIA

November 7, 2006

Green Roots: New Jiang Wan Cultural Center by RTKL

Shanghai: While the skyline explodes in a thicket of skyscrapers, a cultural center beckons to a new era of environmental concerns.

 by ArchNewsNow

November 3, 2006

Found in Space: Griffith Observatory's New Exhibitions by C&G Partners, with Pfeiffer Partners and Levin & Associates Architects

Los Angeles, California: Innovative exhibits for an iconic institution are designed to build an appetite for discovery.

 by ArchNewsNow

October 20, 2006

Seeing Red: (Product) Red "Pop-Up" Store by WalkerGroup and Motorola

A temporary retail store in the heart of Chicago is all heart for a good cause.

 by ArchNewsNow

October 6, 2006

Natural Carpet Ride: North Carolina Museum of Art Expansion by Thomas Phifer and Partners and Peter Walker and Partners

Raleigh, North Carolina: Skylights and garden galleries create a firmly grounded museum expansion that sits softly on the land.

 by ArchNewsNow

September 20, 2006

New Frontiers in Science and Design: ASU Biodesign Institute by Gould Evans and Lord, Aeck & Sargent

Tempe, Arizona: When architects were asked to be as innovative and hi-tech as their client, collaborative team expertise delivered the vision.

 by ArchNewsNow

September 14, 2006

Sex and the City Part 2: Field Notes from the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale

The message seems to be that if we merge greater intelligence about the common good with our traditional urge to procreate as individuals, we might have half a chance to thrive as a species several generations hence.

 by Margaret Helfand, FAIA

September 12, 2006

Sex and the City Part 1: Field Notes from the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale

Libidos on fire in Venice: Urbanism may not be sexy, but our lives may depend on it.

 by Margaret Helfand, FAIA

September 7, 2006

INSIGHT: Sounding Good: Inspired by the classics, the acoustician for Nashville's new Schermerhorn Symphony Center explains how architecture and acoustics take a concert hall into the future

 by Paul Scarbrough, Akustiks

September 6, 2006

Please Walk on the Grass: Recreation and Play in the Contemporary City

An exhibition explores the reinvention of urban public spaces to meet the demands of 21st century recreation and leisure.

 by Zoë Ryan, Senior Curator, Van Alen Institute

August 22, 2006

INSIGHT: Iconicity: Finding Your Voice in a Changing World

Iconicity taps into the deeper emotional needs of consumers through experiential, implicit signals that transcend the more rational elements of price and convenience.

 by Kenneth Nisch

August 8, 2006

Fine Tuning: Utah State University Performance Hall by Sasaki Associates

Logan, Utah: Inspired by the surrounding mountains, a new building establishes a campus arts precinct that bridges the town/gown divide.

 by ArchNewsNow

August 1, 2006

Northwest Expansion: The Portland Art Museum by Ann Beha Architects and SERA Architects

Portland, Oregon: Sensitive historic restoration combined with contemporary design expands a museum into a dynamic new art center.

 by ArchNewsNow

July 19, 2006

"G" is for Genome (and Green): Terrence Donnelly Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Research by architectsAlliance and Behnisch Architekten

Toronto, Canada: A new campus building is a symbolic and physical bridge between an academic community and the city.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 27, 2006

Reference This

Two views on trends in public and academic libraries

 by Kenneth Caldwell

May 22, 2006

So Tall: International High-Rise Prize 2006 Goes to Barcelona's Torre Agbar by Jean Nouvel

Commendations to: Calatrava; Delugan Meissl Architects; mecanoo architecten; and Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop

 by ArchNewsNow

April 27, 2006

INSIGHT: Public/Private Space & Yonge-Dundas Square

Toronto: Pubic/private-sector collaboration and a shared vision deliver CPR to a once-blighted square, and offers a lesson in successfully blurring the lines between the two.

 by Effie Bouras, Assoc. AIA

March 28, 2006

Green Engineering: Northwestern University Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center by Davis Brody Bond

Evanston, Illinois: Engineering and design education now cross traditional departmental boundaries in a light-filled, LEED Silver campus building.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 24, 2006

Op-Ed: Cyclone Larry: Building After the Event

North Queensland, Australia: Post-cyclone, northern Queensland has a major opportunity to rebuild for a changing climate.

 by Tony Fry

March 14, 2006

Second Look: Pavilion and Colonnade Apartments by Mies van der Rohe, 1960

Newark, NJ: Current news about "starchitects" designing high-rise housing in New York is at an all-time high, but Mies did it across the Hudson River 46 years ago.

 by Fred Bernstein

February 28, 2006

Green Design as Great Design: The Architecture of Sustainability

A design competition and conference seek to merge technical ingenuity and compelling design.

 by Kyle Copas

February 15, 2006

Symbol and Celebration: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture by The Freelon Group and RTKL

Baltimore, Maryland: Modern design, vibrant colors, and symbolic interior elements help create a new cultural destination in the city's Inner Harbor and museum district.

 by ArchNewsNow

January 31, 2006

Good Neighbor: Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch Library by Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture

Los Angeles: A new library adds to the revitalization of a once riot-torn community.

 by ArchNewsNow

November 29, 2005

INSIGHT: Condos Breathe New Life into Old Offices

Historic office buildings are increasingly being reinvented as condominiums in CBDs (central business districts) across the country.

 by Mark Harbick, AIA

November 4, 2005

High Tech High-Los Angeles by Berliner and Associates, Architecture

Van Nuys, California: A new charter school is an incubator for new ideas and new approaches to learning - and teaching - technology.

 by ArchNewsNow

October 13, 2005

Second Look: Tracey Towers by Paul Rudolph, 1972

Bronx, NY: How did Rudolph, a restless and challenging architectural mind, end up doing subsidized housing in the Bronx?

 by Fred Bernstein

September 20, 2005

INSIGHT: Vancouverism vs. Lower Manhattanism: Shaping the High Density City

 by Trevor Boddy, Architecture Critic, The Vancouver Sun

August 11, 2005

INSIGHT: Downtown Vancouver's Last Resort: How Did "Living First" Become "Condos Only?"

 by Trevor Boddy

August 9, 2005

INSIGHT: Old Governor's Mansion: Turning a House into a Public Building

Milledgeville, Georgia: A preservation architect explains how HVAC systems were integrated and life safety codes addressed without destroying the historic fabric of a National Historic Landmark.

 by Susan Turner, AIA

July 19, 2005

Rethinking Form and Function: Swarthmore College Unified Science Center by Einhorn Yaffee Prescott and Helfand Architecture

Swarthmore, PA: A "green" science center becomes an intellectual and social magnet for an entire campus.

 by ArchNewsNow

May 17, 2005

Exhibition Review: "The 60s: Montréal Thinks Big" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

The 1960s: just long enough ago to be familiar, yet far enough in the past to look back at this time of radical urban redevelopment with some degree of objectivity.

 by Terri Whitehead

April 7, 2005

Discovery and Collaboration = Chemical Reaction: University of Missouri-Columbia Life Sciences Center by Anshen+Allen Architects in association with BNIM Architects

Columbia, MO: A variety of interaction areas, clustered faculty offices, and an inviting atrium encourage interdisciplinary research and make science a part of everyday campus life.

 by Gregory Blackburn, AIA

March 29, 2005

Remembrance: Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem by Moshe Safdie and Associates

Jerusalem: A new museum tells a dark story, and then bursts through to the light.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 15, 2005

Home-grown: Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner Takes on the World

Berlin: "Export" at the German Center for Architecture shows off home-grown talent exporting their architectural finesse around the world.

 by ArchNewsNow

February 21, 2005

Wild about Saffron

New York City: a February Tuesday in Central Park; 55 degrees and sunny...

 by Kristen Richards

January 20, 2005

Artful Elegance: University of Oklahoma Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art by Hugh Newell Jacobsen, FAIA

Norman, OK: A residential scale and crisp refinement form the perfect backdrop for a stellar art collection.

 by ArchNewsNow

January 13, 2005

Castle Keep: Boston Smith & Wollensky by Haverson Architecture and Design

Boston: Elegance and Americana make a perfect recipe for a classic steakhouse.

 by ArchNewsNow

November 30, 2004

The Daniel Performing and Visual Arts Center, Simon's Rock College of Bard by Ann Beha Architects

Great Barrington, Massachusetts: A unique school builds a cultural haven in the Berkshire Hills.

 by ArchNewsNow

November 23, 2004

Second Look: New York Hall of Science by Wallace K. Harrison/Harrison and Abramovitz, 1964; Polshek Partnership Architects, 2004

Queens, NY: Its power undiminished after 40 years, a 20th century cathedral to science is about to be rediscovered as a luminous addition debuts this week.

 by Fred A. Bernstein

November 11, 2004

In His Own Words: Luxembourg's New Concert Hall by Christian de Portzamparc

A new home for the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg is one of a number of cultural projects underway as the city prepares itself for its second stint as European Capital of Culture.


November 9, 2004

Beauty in Garbage: Naka Incineration Plant by Yoshio Taniguchi

Hiroshima: An incineration plant is devised as real-time science museum and tourist destination (complete with waterfront park).

 by Fred A. Bernstein

November 2, 2004

Second Look: George Washington Bridge Bus Station / Pier Luigi Nervi, 1963

One of Nervi's few completed projects outside Italy is a superb example of the poetry he wrought from ferro-concrete.

 by Fred A. Bernstein

October 21, 2004

Healing Stories: Renovating San Francisco's Ronald McDonald House

Architects answered yes in the 1980s and again in the new century.

 by Kenneth Caldwell

September 16, 2004

INSIGHT: Metamorphosis and Transcending Hype: Observations from the Field

The Venice Biennale offers a message of optimism and exuberant anticipation for architecture in a post-9/11 world -- for the most part.

 by Margaret Helfand, FAIA

September 8, 2004

Interview: Michelle Kaufmann and Glidehouse: Chic and Green

A conversation with the architect at the forefront of moving modular prefab (and green) houses into the mainstream.

 by Effie Bouras, Associate AIA

August 11, 2004

Modern Meets Tradition: University of Michigan Museum of Art Expansion/Restoration by Allied Works Architecture

Ann Arbor: Brad Cloepfil's design to expand a university museum should create a thoughtful dialogue between historical and contemporary architecture.


July 29, 2004

A Flexible Future: UCSF Genentech Hall by SmithGroup

San Francisco: Flexible laboratories, informal gathering spaces, and a soaring atrium emphasize collaboration among researchers.

 by ArchNewsNow

July 27, 2004

Healing Gardens: Samaritan Health Services System by Macdonald Environmental Planning

Oregon: A master planning approach to landscape design serves up a system of healthful opportunities.

 by Jack Rubinger

June 24, 2004

New Directions: Branding Spaces with Graphics - Hillier Environmental Graphics Studio

Cities and institutions like libraries and colleges are increasingly relying on environmental graphic design to brand and market themselves.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 2, 2004

Metaphors for Motion: University of Connecticut Farmington Musculoskeletal Institute by AHSC Architects

Farmington, Connecticut: A building articulates its purpose with muscle and grace.

 by James W. Tilghman, AIA

April 13, 2004

Straight A's: Horace Mann Elementary School by Moore Ruble Yudell

San Jose, California: A student "village" makes a good neighbor in the heart of an urban historic district.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 4, 2004

Stately Restoration: New York State Capitol Assembly Chamber Floor by Françoise Bollack Architects

Albany, New York: A treasure trove of 19th century design is restored and adapted for a 21st century democracy.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 22, 2004

Musical Catalyst: Max M. Fisher Music Center by Diamond and Schmitt Architects

The restoration and expansion of historic Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall sparks downtown redevelopment.

 by Effie Bouras, Assoc. AIA

March 9, 2004

Case Study: HGA Stakes Its Claim in California

 by ArchNewsNow

February 24, 2004

INSIGHT: San Francisco's New Vancouver-Mania - Part II

 by Trevor Boddy

February 9, 2004

Habitat 825 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

West Hollywood, California: An apartment building draws inspiration from its neighbor - Schindler's Kings Road House.

 by ArchNewsNow

January 27, 2004

On Track: Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction by Brennan Beer Gorman Architects

Secaucus, New Jersey: Commuting is made easier (and grander) with a transit hub 10 years in the making.

 by Mark Sheeleigh, AIA

January 22, 2004

INSIGHT: RINCONoitering: How Vancouver Ideas Do - and Do Not Help - in Shaping San Francisco's First High Density Neighborhood - Part I

 by Trevor Boddy

October 23, 2003

Iconic Arcs: Jubilee Church by Richard Meier & Partners

Rome: White concrete "sails" soar into a Roman neighborhood.

 by ArchNewsNow

October 21, 2003

Urban Aria: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts by Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Toronto: The art and science of architecture fuse to create poetry of form.

 by Effie Bouras, Assoc. AIA

October 7, 2003

In Full Bloom: The Conservatory of Flowers by Architectural Resources Group and Tennebaum-Manheim Engineers

San Francisco: Extreme historic and environmental preservation methods bring a deteriorated treasure back to life.

 by ArchNewsNow

August 25, 2003

INSIGHT: A Story of a Place: Transforming America's Cities

Placemaking is the art of architecture connecting spaces to communities.

 by Alexander Wu, KMD (Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz)

August 4, 2003

Housing the Machine: Co-generation Plants by Hillier

The idea of turning industrial facilities into more aesthetic, sculpted forms is gaining acceptance and is likely to become more prevalent in the future.

 by Elyse Kantrowitz

July 21, 2003

Tradition and Innovation in Sustainable Design: EHDD Architecture

Joseph Esherick's legacy of research and technical considerations that can inspire design continues.

 by Ron Nyren

July 8, 2003

INSIGHT: When Boomers Retire...

Baby Boomers' retirement expectations are redefining an industry.

 by J. David Hoglund, FAIA, Perkins Eastman Architects

July 1, 2003

Mais Oui! Les Grands Prix: Commerce Design Montréal 2003

An awards initiative rewards all in a unique public/private collaboration between a city and its professional design and business community.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 21, 2003

UPDATE 07/16/03: Designing the High Line: Competition Insights - and Results

17 winners and 720 entries now online…
Three jurors, the competition coordinator, and Friends of the High Line co-founders offer their thoughts about - and hopes for - one of Manhattan's most unique urban environments.

 by Claire Weisz, AIA

April 7, 2003

Reinventing a Landmark: Museum of Arts & Design by Allied Works Architecture

New York City: Adored and reviled, misused and unused for years, 2 Columbus Circle is about to get a new lease on life - and an entirely new look. Is it the birth or death of a landmark?

 by Kristen Richards

March 27, 2003

BOOKSHELF: Women in Architecture

Books by or about female (and minority) architects and their work are few and far between...

 by Ellen Louer

March 24, 2003

Pampered Privacy: Malliouhana Spa by Earl Swensson Associates

Anguilla, British West Indies: A lush tropical setting offers design cues for a Caribbean spa.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 11, 2003

Enter Here: New Street Parking Garage by Frazier Associates

Staunton, Virginia: Strolling New Street, one would never guess there's a parking structure behind those charming facades.

 by ArchNewsNow

February 18, 2003

A 21st-Century Workplace: ADC Telecommunications Global Headquarters by Hammel, Green & Abrahamson (HGA)

Eden Prairie, Minnesota: An architectural vocabulary creates a transparent, democratic campus for the multicultural workforce of an international high-tech company.

 by ArchNewsNow

February 10, 2003

Good Urbanism: RiverPark Master Plan by AC Martin Partners

Oxnard, California: 700 acres of abandoned gravel-mining pits and a failed commercial project to be transformed into a model economically viable, environmentally sound, livable community.

 by ArchNewsNow

February 5, 2003

BOOKSHELF: The City of Brotherly Love takes center stage in two beautiful new volumes

 by Ellen Louer

January 30, 2003

A New Yet Familiar Neighbor: Goldman School of Public Policy UC Berkeley by Architectural Resources Group

A new annex becomes a hands-on experience in preservation and urban design policy that garners neighborhood groups and local preservationists approval.

 by Kenneth Caldwell

January 16, 2003

East Meets West on the Waterfront: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay by Michael Wilford & Partners; DP Architects; Theatre Projects Consultants; and Artec Consultants

Singapore: A performing arts complex 30 years in the making puts a strictly-business city on the international cultural map.

 by Kristen Richards

December 17, 2002

10 Titles to Inspire, Inform, and Amuse

From pleasures to patterns, and waterfronts to wonders (and even something for dummies)

 by Ellen Louer

December 10, 2002

Not Your Father's Car Dealer: Jaguar of Tampa by JGA, Inc. and Illuminating Concepts

Tampa, Florida: Classy cars take center stage in a traffic-stopping showroom.

 by Kristen Richards

December 3, 2002

INSIGHT: Creating an Arbor for Art in Fort Worth

Just how was Tadao Ando's design for Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth translated into a concrete reality? The engineers explain the solutions that range from the exotic to the purely functional.

 by David B. Spires, P.E., Leo J. Galletta, P.E., and Leonard M.

November 19, 2002

Symphonic Shimmer: Dortmund Concert Hall by Architekten Schröder Schulte-Ladbeck Strothmann

Dortmund, Germany: A new concert hall hits all the right notes for the renaissance of an urban neighborhood.

 by Kristen Richards

November 13, 2002

Exhibition/Award: Borneo Sporenburg Residential Waterfront, Amsterdam, by West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

Two docks in Amsterdam take on new life as a suburban-style housing project, pick up an award for urban design, and get star billing at an exhibition at Harvard Design School.

 by ArchNewsNow

November 5, 2002

City on a Site: Simmons Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology by Steven Holl Architects

Cambridge, Massachusetts: A new campus dormitory goes well beyond typical cinder block and laminates - the words "pixilated" and "audacious" come to mind.

 by David Sokol

October 29, 2002

Green Values: Environmental Defense Office by Envision Design (updated January 2005)

Washington, DC: An environmental organization doesn't give up having a beautiful space just so it can be "green."

 by Kristen Richards

October 24, 2002

Company Cultures: Red Tettemer Advertising and Electronic Ink by Agoos/Lovera Architects

Philadelphia: One firm gives two companies in the same Center City office building two very different personae.

 by Kristen Richards

October 15, 2002

Exhibition: Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Architecture of William McDonough + Partners at the Atlanta International Museum

"Being less bad is not being good" is a tune we all should learn.

 by Kristen Richards

October 9, 2002

Moribund Mall Makeover: Sherman Oaks Galleria by Gensler

Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles), California: An iconic shopping mall bucks the dead-mall trend with a mixed-use formula.

 by ArchNewsNow

October 3, 2002

INSIGHT: Chihuly Bridge of Glass By Arthur W. Andersson, AIA/Andersson-Wise Architects

Tacoma, Washington: An architect and an artist combine visions for a pedestrian crossing.

 by Arthur W. Andersson, AIA

September 23, 2002

From Caterpillar to Butterfly: DuPage Children's Museum by Peter J. Exley Architect/architectureisfun and Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Architects Planners

Naperville, Illinois: The metamorphosis of a retail lumber building into a place that combines learning and fun offered the same experience to the design team.

 by Sharon Exley, MAAE, and Kristin Baker

September 17, 2002

Healing Hearts: Genesis Heart Institute by Flad & Associates

Davenport, Iowa: A new cardiac clinic offers an environment that promotes well-being and optimism, helping patients and their families focus on healing.

 by ArchNewsNow

September 11, 2002

9/11: A Reflection

 by Kristen Richards

August 26, 2002

Architecture Parlante: The Darwin Centre by HOK International

London, UK: A modern building sensitive to its historic setting is designed to captivate and educate visitors who want to see millions of bottled zoological specimens and the scientists who study them.

 by Kristen Richards

August 21, 2002

INSIGHT: Art in Architecture: Ancient Simpatico By Gordon Huether

An artist partners his art with architecture - to the extent that he even has a patent for a glass art technique that meets stringent requirements of contemporary building codes.

 by Gordon Huether

August 19, 2002

Spatial Experiments: "Zaha Hadid Laboratories" at the National Building Museum

The evolution from project concept to completion is explored in an exhibition honoring an architect known for challenging popular convention.

 by Kristen Richards

August 12, 2002

Pioneering Forum Stimulates Urban Regeneration Debate

Leeds, UK: A British architect's vision to enhance the quality of projects that impact on our everyday lives brings together key players who shape cities and towns throughout Yorkshire.

 by ArchNewsNow

August 8, 2002

Luxurious Hospitality: St. Regis Shanghai Hotel by Sydness Architects, P.C. and HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates

Shanghai, China: A slender hotel tower adds distinctive grace to the skyline and offers elegant interiors for guests.

 by Kristen Richards

August 1, 2002

Modern Moderne: Berkeley Public Library Renovation and Expansion by Ripley/BOORA Associated Architects

Berkekey, California: An urban treasure is thoughtfully brought into the 21st century.

 by ArchNewsNow

July 29, 2002

Urban Crown: Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center by Moshe Safdie and Associates

Kansas City, Missouri: Graceful forms atop a hill signal a new international landmark - and urban renewal.

 by Kristen Richards

July 22, 2002

Sleek Signs: Acela Station Signage by Calori & Vanden-Eynden / Design Consultants

Signage design meets industrial design at stations serving Amtrak's futuristic bullet trains.

 by ArchNewsNow

July 8, 2002

Graceful Crossing: Vätternbridge by Erséus, Frenning & Sjögren Arkitekter and Scandiaconsult Sverige AB

Motala, Sweden: Traffic congestion in a town center will be relieved via a scenic route over a bay.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 25, 2002

Sustainable Showcase: Architects' Own Office by Geoffrey Reid Associates

London, UK: An architectural firm practices what it preaches for its own new home when it transforms a 1950's office building into a showcase for sustainable design strategies.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 20, 2002

Creative Collateral: Campbell Mithun Advertising West Coast Office by The McCulley Group

San Diego, California: A typical 80's office maze is transformed into a creative, collaborative environment.

 by Kim Lande

June 17, 2002

Adventure in Style: The North Face Beverly Hills by JGA, Inc.

Beverly Hills, California: A company well known for its high-performance gear celebrates its heritage of outdoor exploration by combining elements of exotic locales and high-tech product.

 by Kristen Richards

June 10, 2002

Healthcare, Southern-style: River Region Medical Center by Earl Swensson Associates

Vicksburg, Mississippi: A medical center that serves a large population pays attention to the details that will make individual users - patients and staff - comfortable.

 by ArchNewsNow

June 4, 2002

Home Swede Home: Bo01: The City of Tomorrow Apartment Block by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners and FFNS Arkitekter

Malmö, Sweden: Technology and environmental sustainability, along with natural light, playful colors and textures, and a garden, offer a civilized setting for urban dwellers.

 by Kristen Richards

May 23, 2002

North of the Border the Winners Are: Governor General's Medals in Architecture

Twelve projects by Canadian architects are honored.

 by ArchNewsNow

May 21, 2002

Exhibition: Windshield: Richard Neutra's House for the John Nicholas Brown Family at the National Building Museum

Destroyed by fire in 1973, the Windshield House lives on in a traveling show.

 by ArchNewsNow

May 15, 2002

Nurturing Nature: Marie Curie Cancer Care Centre by Allen Tod Architecture

Bradford, England: Sensitive architecture and therapeutic landscapes promote a sense of well being for a new hospice in Yorkshire.

 by Kristen Richards

May 13, 2002

And the Winners Are: Top Ten Green Projects Receive 2002 AIA/COTE Awards

Projects, large and small, prove the environmental, social, and economic benefits of sustainable design.

 by Kira Gould, Assoc. AIA

May 6, 2002

Riverside Reveries: The Museum of Life and the Environment by William McDonough + Partners; Ralph Appelbaum Associates; and Nelson-Byrd Landscape Architects

York County, South Carolina: A riverbank with ancient fish weirs and giant oaks inspires a "living museum."

 by Kristen Richards

May 2, 2002

Hillside Haven: Lexton/MacCarthy Residence by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Silver Lake, California: Grounded in the tradition of mid-20th Century modernism (and grounded by stringent building codes) a new house seems to "float" effortlessly above the canyons of Los Angeles.

 by Kristen Richards

April 29, 2002

The Master Plan for the New City of Modi'in, Israel by Moshe Safdie and Associates

Modi'in, Israel: An urban center rises within the contours of the land, not in place of them.

 by Len Abelman

April 25, 2002

RTKL: Designing for the Consumer Revolution in Health Care

Planning and designing buildings that respond effectively to the New Consumerism helps clients deliver a newer, better kind of health care.

 by Leeza Hoyt

April 22, 2002

And the Winners Are: 18 Projects Honored with Congress for the New Urbanism's Second Annual Charter Awards

All winners are infill projects - a positive trend, we hope.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 18, 2002

Pritzker Prize (Surprise!?!): Glenn Murcutt, Sydney, Australia

A sole practitioner who treasures - and respects - the Australian environment wins what is considered the "Nobel Prize" in architecture.

 by Kristen Richards

April 15, 2002

Exhibition : "Laboratories" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Montreal: Six young architectural firms take over CCA galleries to explore the shape of things to come.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 11, 2002

Custom Cuddles: Pawsenclaws & Co. by JGA, Inc.

Staten Island, NY: A retail environment for teddy bear lovers of all ages inspires gift-giving and supports the brand story (it's also a great setting for parties!).

 by Kristen Richards

April 8, 2002

Ruins Reclaimed: Scott and Montgomery Halls at San Francisco Theological Seminary by Architectural Resources Group

San Anselmo, California: Thoughtful planning and seismic engineering save two historically significant (and all but abandoned) buildings that have renewed campus spirit - and increased enrollment.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 4, 2002

Exhibition: "A New World Trade Center: Design Proposals" at the National Building Museum

If you missed this stunning, touching show in New York, you have until June to see it in Washington, DC.

 by ArchNewsNow

April 1, 2002

Once Upon a Time: Cedar House Residence by Walker Architecture

Chapelhill, Scotland: An architect builds his own "enchanted cottage" that integrates traditional rural aesthetics with modern environmental technology - and he offers tours by appointment.

 by Kristen Richards

March 25, 2002

Greening a Build-to-Suit: National Wildlife Federation Headquarters by Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK)

Reston, Virginia: An environmental federation actually walks the talk of sustainable design.

 by Kristen Richards

March 21, 2002

Exhibition: "US Design - 1975-2000" at the Denver Art Museum

A quintessential American city celebrates a quarter-century of American-based design.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 18, 2002

High-Tech and High Light: Medtronic World Headquarters and Research and Education Facility by HGA

Fridley, Minnesota: A high-tech corporate campus demonstrates the power of design to turn corporate culture into a tangible asset.

 by ArchNewsNow

March 14, 2002

Tastings: Biltmore Winery by Little & Associates

Asheville, North Carolina: A converted dairy barn regains its historic presence.

 by Kristen Richards

March 11, 2002

INSIGHT: Critical Ingredients in Urban Placemaking

Successful public spaces, whether new, revitalized, or reclaimed, rely on a number of elements.

 by Randall H. Shortridge, AIA, RTKL/Los Angeles

March 11, 2002

Fermenting Culture: Guinness Storehouse by Imagination and Robinson Keefe Devane (RKD) Architects

Dublin, Ireland: A global company affirms its commitment to its own home town.

 by Kristen Richards

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