I2-house / Masahiko Sato

© Ishii Norihisa

Architects:
Location: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture,
Area: 52.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ishii Norihisa

Female Architects Earn 20 Percent Less Than Male Architects in US

Source: Table of 2013 American Community Survey estimates, U.S. Census Bureau

In 2013, there were 145,439 full-time, year-round architects in the United States - roughly 31,000 of which were women. Making up just over 21 percent of the workforce, these women were on average paid just 80 percent the salaries of their male counterparts, according to the latest statistics released by the US Census Bureau. This means the median income for male architects was $14,877 more than female architects. 

Mynt Flagship Store / Dear Design

© Xavi Torrent

Architects: Dear Design
Location: Barcelona, Barcelona,
Art Director: Ignasi Llauradó
Design Team: Paulina Calcagno, Sebastián Pereyra
Client: Mynt
Area: 40.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Xavi Torrent

AZPML and SHARE Selected to Design 115-Meter Viennese Office Tower

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AZPML and SHARE architects have won a competition to the design a new prominent office tower in Vienna. The building, Schnirchgasse 11 “aims to strike a balance between a distinctive identity for the complex and an efficient operation, both in terms of flexibility of use and environmental performance,” by taking on a rhomboidal shape derived from the site’s geometry and shade conditions.

More about the competition-winning scheme, after the break.

Windhover Contemplative Center / Aidlin Darling Design

© Matthew Millman Photography

Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: University, 450 Serra Mall, , CA 94305, USA
Principal In Charge : Joshua Aidlin (registered architect)
Principal: David Darling (registered architect)
Project Manager: Roslyn Cole (registered architect)
Project Designer: Kent Chiang
Project Team: Melinda Turner, Michael Pierry, Jeff LaBoskey
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Matthew Millman Photography

RSHP Wins Planning for Massive LSE Redevelopment

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The Westminster City Council has granted Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners planning permission for their competition-winning scheme to redevelop part of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) campus. The largest project in the school’s 120-year history, the “Center Building Redevelopment” plan will replace an existing cluster of LSE buildings along Houghton Street – Clare Market, The Anchorage, the East Building and part of St. Clements – with a modernized, sustainable and multifunctional academic building.

Brooklyn Row House / Office of Architecture

© Ben Anderson Photo

Architects: Office of Architecture
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Anderson Photo, Courtesy of

Synthesis Design + Architecture Utilizes Gradient 3-D Printing in “Durotaxis Chair”

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Los Angeles-based practice Synthesis Design + Architecture has created a 3-D printed chair which uses the latest gradient technology to apply different material properties to different parts of the chair. Originally asked by leading company Stratasys to design a piece that would not be possible without utilizing , chose to go one better, designing a chair that would not be possible without the Stratasys Objet 500 Connex3, which is capable of combining a range of material properties into a single print run.

View All 1,070 Entries for UNESCO’s Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition Online

Winning Entry: Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCO

Last month the UNESCO office in Afghanistan, in collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, announced the winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center. An Argentina-based team, led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martínez Catalán and Franco Morero, was selected from 1,070 design entries from teams in 117 different countries. Now, all of these submissions will be posted in an online gallery on the Bamiyan Culture Centre website for the next three months. “The competition achieved beyond expectation and contributed to portray a new and positive image of the culture sector in Afghanistan. This exhibition aims to showcase the extraordinary effort that the architectural community and each and every applicant put into this competition,” writes UNESCO.

With generous financial aid from the Republic of Korea, the culture center will be built on land adjacent to the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of Bamiyan World Heritage property. The center aims to promote art, history, music and community interaction. When evaluating the submissions the seven-member jury focused on “design principles emphasizing innovation, community needs, environmental consciousness, sustainability, and connection to the natural and cultural landscape of the Bamiyan Valley.”

Read on after the break for a round-up of images from some of the most interesting, unusual and unique proposals. You can search by ID number, Team Leader or Country to view the full project board with descriptions, renders and plans on the online gallery.

Tunga Gallery / Rizoma Arquitetura

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Rizoma Arquitetura
Location: – MG, Brasil
Project Architects: Thomaz Regatos e Maria Paz
Collaborators: Sara Fagundes e Inácio Luiz
Project Area: 2194.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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Frei Otto and the Importance of Experimentation in Architecture

Image via Pinterest / User u2toyou 浅田

In their notes on the selection of Frei Otto as the 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate, the jury described him as an architect that took his work beyond the boundaries of the discipline, as an architect who was also a “researcher, inventor, form-finder, engineer, builder, teacher, collaborator, environmentalist, [and] humanist.”

To learn more about Otto’s multidisciplinary approach to architecture as well as his emphasis on experimentation, we turned to an interview he did with Juan María Songel in 2004, published in the book A Conversation with Frei Otto. In the interview, Otto discusses numerous topics of interest and relevance to architecture in the 21st century, and in particular the importance of experimentation and research, declaring: “Productive research must be brave!”

Texugueira House / Contaminar Arquitectos

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Architects: Contaminar Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: arch. Joel Esperança, arch. Ruben Vaz, designer Romeu Sousa
Collaborators: Frederico Louçano, Margarida Carrilho, Hugo Rainho
Area: 233.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

AD Interviews: Richard Francis-Jones / FJMT

At the World Architecture Festival () in Singapore we had the chance to speak with Richard Francis-Jones, the Design Director of Australian-based practice FJMT. FJMT has a strong focus on public buildings and community work, and their Aukland Art Gallery was selected as WAF’s 2013 World Building of the Year, after winning the Culture Category. “The role of the architect in society is an evolving question. I think in a way we reflect and represent the values of a society, the values of the culture that we’re part of,” he told us. “I think what an architect should do is perform that reflection in a very thoughtful and potentially critical way so that in a sense we’re mirroring the society, its values and its challenges, but at the same time providing a kind of potential insight into the way things could go, a kind of a promise of how things could evolve.”

FJMT’s Darling Quarter was also the winner of WAF’s Office Category in 2012 and as was their Liberty Place project in 2014. Watch the full interview above to see what else Francis-Jones has to say about the role of the architect in society, what it’s like to run your own practice and their Aukland Art Gallery design. And find out how to participate in this year’s WAF awards here.

4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition

First Place: “EMPTY” / Zigeng Wang. Image ©

The 2015 Fairy Tales competition, hosted by Blank Space, has drawn to a close with four winners and 11 honorable mentions emerging victorious. Now in its second year, the competition attracted over 1,200 entries from 65 countries and challenged participants in a number of fields to design architectural projects inspired and accompanied by fictional stories.

Check out the winning designs after the break.

Dublin Dental Hospital / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

© Christian Richters

Architects: Mccullough Mulvin Architects
Location: 4 Leinster Road, Louis Lane, Dublin 6,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters

Gekko / Moke Architecten

© Thijs Wolzak

Architects: Moke Architecten
Location: ,
Area: 2380.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Thijs Wolzak

Fresh Bid To Save Robin Hood Gardens From Demolition

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It has been reported that London’s Robin Hood Gardens housing estate, which was thought to be finally condemned in March 2012, has re-entered a state of flux due to governmental indecision. The former UK Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham, gave the housing scheme an immunity from listing certificate in 2009, meaning that no concerned party could bid for it to gain protected status under British law. This certificate, designed to ensure that the buildings would be swiftly demolished, has now expired. This has led the Twentieth Century Society (C20) to launch a new bid for the estate to be both saved and protected.

Casa SG / Tuttiarchitetti

Architects: Tuttiarchitetti
Location: CT, Italy
Architect In Charge: Daniela Finocchiaro, arch. Vincenzo Giusti, arch. Luigi Pellegrino
Year: 2014
Photographs: Salvatore Gozzo