20 Creative Business Cards for Architects

08:00 - 20 April, 2016

Establishing professional contacts in architecture – and well, in any field, really – has changed dramatically in the last decade, passing from the paper world to the virtual realm. However, small details can still make a big difference when it comes to captivating a potential new client or establishing a new partnership -- and these details aren’t unique to the virtual world.

Among these smaller, but powerful, details is the business card. Timeless and effective, the impact that a business card can have when meeting someone new cannot be overlooked. While simple, monochrome cards with muted prints are well liked among architects, exploring new forms, unusual materials and bold colors can result in a unique card that will leave a lasting impression on the person who receives it.

Below we’ve compiled some examples of cards that can serve as inspiration for architects, engineers, designers, landscapers and urbanists: 

Ingenhoven Architects Reveal Plans for Green Towers in Tokyo

06:00 - 20 April, 2016
Ingenhoven Architects Reveal Plans for Green Towers in Tokyo, A new office tower (height 185 m) and a residential tower (height 220 m) will be built on both sides of the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower. Together they will form the new Toranomon business and lifestyle center. (Competition proposal image). Image © ingenhoven architects
A new office tower (height 185 m) and a residential tower (height 220 m) will be built on both sides of the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower. Together they will form the new Toranomon business and lifestyle center. (Competition proposal image). Image © ingenhoven architects

ingenhoven architects has released its design for the Toranomon Project, a new business and lifestyle development that will include a 175,000-square-meter office tower and a 122,000-square-meter residential tower, which will become Tokyo’s highest residential building at approximately 220 meters tall.

Located in the Toranomon area of Tokyo, the project will be built around the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, with respect for the existing structure, but with its own identity as a set of nodes in the larger urban green network.

58 VPO Torresolo / IDOM

05:00 - 20 April, 2016
58 VPO Torresolo / IDOM, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Euzko Gudariak Kalea, 13, 48940 Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain
  • Lead Architects

    Iñaki Garai Zabala, Inés López Taberna, Ricardo Moutinho
  • Area

    8170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +28

Civilization in Perspective: Capturing the World From Above

04:00 - 20 April, 2016
Civilization in Perspective: Capturing the World From Above, Forbidden City, Beijing, China. Image Courtesy of Daily Overview. © Satellite images 2016, DigitalGlobe, Inc
Forbidden City, Beijing, China. Image Courtesy of Daily Overview. © Satellite images 2016, DigitalGlobe, Inc

As recently as a century ago the idea of viewing the world from above was little more than a fantasy: the airplane was still in its infancy, with rocketry and satellites still decades into the future. Those who could not take to the air had no recourse but drawing in order to represent their world from an aerial perspective. This limitation is difficult to imagine today when access to plan photography is never further than the nearest Internet connection. Anyone with a smartphone has, in essence, the entire world in their pocket.

Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen

03:00 - 20 April, 2016
Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen, © Rasmus Norlander
© Rasmus Norlander
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lillehammer, Norway
  • Team

    Håkon Matre Aasarød, Berta Gaztelu, Joana Branco, Kurt Breitenstein
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander +16

EDP Headquarters / Aires Mateus

02:00 - 20 April, 2016
EDP Headquarters  / Aires Mateus, © Juan Rodriguez
© Juan Rodriguez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. 24 de Julho, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

  • Design Team

    Manuel Aires Mateus, Francisco Aires Mateus,
  • Area

    46222.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Juan Rodriguez © Juan Rodriguez © Juan Rodriguez © Juan Rodriguez +29

De Fu Junior High School / Atelier GOM

22:00 - 19 April, 2016
De Fu Junior High School  / Atelier GOM , © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +35

Roc Von Restaurant / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

20:00 - 19 April, 2016
Roc Von Restaurant / Vo Trong Nghia Architects, © Hoang Le Photography
© Hoang Le Photography

© Le Anh Duc (AIF Studio) © Hoang Le Photography © Le Anh Duc (AIF Studio) © Hoang Le Photography +18

Galmuri Publisher / ThEPluS Architects

19:00 - 19 April, 2016
Galmuri Publisher / ThEPluS Architects, © In Keun Ryoo
© In Keun Ryoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    464-56 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Hanjun Cho
  • Area

    133.12 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    In Keun Ryoo, Youngchae Park, Courtesy of ThEPluS Architects

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © In Keun Ryoo © In Keun Ryoo +36

City Beach Surf Club / Christou Design Group

17:00 - 19 April, 2016
City Beach Surf Club  / Christou Design Group, © Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

© Douglas Mark Black © Douglas Mark Black © Douglas Mark Black © Saltywings +28

Zaha Hadid Architects Will Complete Four Projects in 2016

16:05 - 19 April, 2016
Zaha Hadid Architects Will Complete Four Projects in 2016, © Zaha Hadid Architects
© Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has 36 projects underway in 21 countries, and four of them will be completed this year. The Salerno Maritime Terminal will open later this month, the Port House, Antwerp, in September, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, in October, and the Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum in London, in December.

In spite of the untimely death of the practice’s namesake last month, the firm has pledged to continue with its slate of projects, stating, “Zaha is in the DNA of Zaha Hadid Architects. She continues to drive and inspire us every day, and we work on as Zaha taught us – with curiosity, integrity, passion and determination.”

Bureaux Ekimetrics 02 / Vincent & Gloria Architects

15:00 - 19 April, 2016
Bureaux Ekimetrics 02 / Vincent & Gloria Architects, © Arnaud Schelstraete
© Arnaud Schelstraete

© Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete +12

TERRA Award for Earthen Architecture Unveils 40 Shortlisted Projects

14:00 - 19 April, 2016
The Great Wall of Western Australia (Pilbara, Western Australia, Oceania) / Luigi Rosselli. Image © Edward Birch
The Great Wall of Western Australia (Pilbara, Western Australia, Oceania) / Luigi Rosselli. Image © Edward Birch

Terra Award, the first international prize for contemporary earthen architectures, has released a shortlist of 40 projects competing for awards in nine categories. The finalists selected span five continents and 67 countries. Each entry was evaluated on a range of topics including: architectural quality and landscape integration, environmental approach and energy performance, creativity and innovation, technical performance, local economy and social intensity, and showcasing of skills. Project materials range from light clay to cob, poured earth, wattle and daub, compressed earth block (CEB), adobe, rammed earth, and others.

Pavilion Ruca Choro (Cauquenes, Chile, South America) / Patricio Merino Mella. Image © Patricio Merino Mella 21st Century Vernacular House (Ayerbe, Spain, Europe) / Angels Castellarnau Visus. Image © Angels Castellarnau Visus The Great Wall of Western Australia (Pilbara, Western Australia, Oceania) / Luigi Rosselli. Image © Edward Birch Zenkonyu x Tamping Earth (Marugame, Japan, Asia) / Tadashi Saito and Atelier NAVE. Image © Toshihiro Misaki +12

A Monolith In Zinc / Tengbom

13:00 - 19 April, 2016
A Monolith In Zinc  / Tengbom, Courtesy of Tengbom
Courtesy of Tengbom
  • Architects

  • Location

    Södra Ringgatan 23, 441 33 Alingsås, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Tengbom
  • Project Leader

    Marcus Zetterberg, Forsen Projekt AB
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Tengbom

Courtesy of Tengbom Courtesy of Tengbom Courtesy of Tengbom Courtesy of Tengbom +22

Hou De Sousa Win Two Competitions with Raise/Raze and Sticks Proposals

12:00 - 19 April, 2016
Hou De Sousa Win Two Competitions with Raise/Raze and Sticks Proposals, Courtesy of Hou de Sousa
Courtesy of Hou de Sousa

Hou de Sousa (Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa) have recently won two competitions for temporary installations in Washington DC and New York, both using salvaged materials. The first, Raise/Raze, is the winning proposal for DC’s Dupont Underground, an abandoned trolley station repurposed as a contemporary arts and culture space. The project reuses the balls from Snarkitecture’s “The Beach” installation at the National Building Museum for a new environment-generating initiative, which opens on April 30.

As winners of the 2016 Folly Competition held by the Architectural League of New York, Hou de Sousa will also soon build a pavilion in Socrates Sculpture Park, in Queens. A simple wooden canopy, the structure is a multi-purpose space made of standard dimensional lumber, but has been accentuated with shingles of scrap wood found on-site. Known as Sticks, the pavilion will open to the public on July 9.

Courtesy of Hou de Sousa Courtesy of Hou de Sousa Courtesy of Hou de Sousa Courtesy of Hou de Sousa +20

Courtyard Village / Kéré Architecture

11:00 - 19 April, 2016
© Giovanni Desandre
© Giovanni Desandre

© Giovanni Desandre © Piercarlo Quecchia © Giovanni Desandre Courtesy of Kéré Architecture +18

How to Improve Architectural Education: Learning (and Unlearning) From the Beaux Arts Method

10:00 - 19 April, 2016
How to Improve Architectural Education: Learning (and Unlearning) From the Beaux Arts Method, © Steven Lin
© Steven Lin

Learning how to design is hard. It requires students to learn an entirely new way of thinking and seeing the world. It even requires a whole new vocabulary. So architecture school is rightly hard. However, architecture school is known for being hard for the wrong reasons; studio is considered a mystical place on college campuses full of sleep-deprived students who are designing simply because professors decree that they must—so much so that when a non-architecture student meets an architecture student on the Quad they immediately offer their condolences. This perception exists because studio culture has not yet evolved from its rigid hierarchy, originating in the Beaux Arts teaching method, that thrives on competition and intensity and creates a breeding ground for unhappy students.

House for Someone Like Me / Natura Futura Arquitectura

09:00 - 19 April, 2016
House for Someone Like Me  / Natura Futura Arquitectura, © Cristhian Guerrero, Natura Futura
© Cristhian Guerrero, Natura Futura

© Cristhian Guerrero, Natura Futura © Cristhian Guerrero, Natura Futura © Cristhian Guerrero, Natura Futura © Cristhian Guerrero, Natura Futura +20