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Compare Your Salary with the AIA Compensation Calculator

Alongside the release of the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) annual Compensation Report comes a new (free!) Salary Calculator Tool that allows you to compare your income with 17 architectural staff positions - from CEO to Intern 1. You can use the tool to see the overall mean and median salaries throughout the US or by region, and even by firm size (organized by annual firm revenue). Compare your salary here. 

PUCV School of Biochemical Engineering Building / Juan Pavez Aguilar + José Requesens Aldea + Fernando Miranda Monreal

  • Architects: Juan Pavez Aguilar, José Requesens Aldea, Fernando Miranda Monreal
  • Location: Av. Brasil 2085, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Project Area: 4830.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Marcelo Cáceres

© Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres

Excerpt: Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity

CCTV Headquarters in Beijing by OMA. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault
CCTV Headquarters in Beijing by OMA. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault

No matter what you think of it, these days there is no denying that a celebrity culture has a significant effect on the architecture world, with a small percentage of architects taking a large portion of the spotlight. Questioning this status quo, Vladimir Belogolovsky's new book "Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity" interrogates some of these famous architects to find out what they think of the culture which has elevated them to such heights. In this excerpt from the book's foreword, Belogolovsky asks how we got into this celebrity-loving architectural culture, and what it means for the buildings produced.

Not to be confused with other kinds of stars, the most popular of architects are identified as “starchitects.”* Is this a good thing? The notion of starchitecture is hated wholeheartedly by most of the leading architectural critics. They run away from addressing the issue because they think it has nothing to do with professional criticism. But what do the architects think? One of the architectural megastars, Rem Koolhaas, was astonishingly self-effacing in an interview for Hanno Rauterberg’s 2008 book Talking Architecture:

“I think what we are experiencing is the global triumph of eccentricity. Lots of extravagant buildings are being built, buildings that have no meaning, no functionality. It’s rather about spectacular shapes and, of course, the architects’ egos.”

Charles Birnbaum on the Need to Save DC's Pershing Park

Last May, we published an open call for the redesign of the National World War I Memorial at Washington DC's Pershing Park, situated between the White House and the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue. Opened as a park plaza in 1981, the park’s current state is in need of renewal.

The competition, hosted by the United States Federation for the Commemoration of the World Wars and sponsored by the World War I Centennial Commission, received over 350 entries. While these entries did generally follow the guidelines they were given, most of the designs incorporated the complete demolition of the park.

Now, because the park is one of the most significant works of Modernist landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg, with planting plan designs by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, landscape architecture organizations like The Cultural Landscape Foundation are speaking up against the possibility of demolition.

The BIC Structure is an Undulating Canopy Made from 10,000 Pens

© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

Since the invention of the product in 1950, over 100 billion BIC pens have been produced—now, 10,000 of those pens make up The BIC Structure, an experimental pavilion constructed by AAU Anastas,  Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos from the University of Miami and Yann Santerre for the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) symposium in Amsterdam.

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

Bank Office / Rubio Bilbao Arquitectos

© Kike Llamas © Kike Llamas © Kike Llamas © Kike Llamas

Rowan Moore on the "Quiet Revolution in British Housing"

In a recent article for The Observer, Rowan Moore discusses what he describes as the "quiet revolution in British housing." In compiling a list of practices and collectives from the recent past and present, he has created a compendium of people and organisations who he believes are creating exemplary dwellings in the UK. Noting that the British housing stock is not necessarily in the best shape (a symptom of the 1970s), Moore ultimately offers an optimistic message tinged with words of caution.

Metaphysical Remix / Marcante-Testa (UdA)

  • Architects: Marcante-Testa (UdA)
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Architect in Charge: A. Marcante, A. Testa
  • Collaborators: Eirini Giannakopoulou, Giada Mazzero
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Carola Ripamonti

© Carola Ripamonti © Carola Ripamonti © Carola Ripamonti © Carola Ripamonti

Exhibition: Lucas Blok - Paintings on Canvas

Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a] is proud to sponsor an exclusive Southern California exhibition of Lucas Blok’s large format paintings in the SPF:a Gallery. Like many artists featured in the gallery, Blok’s work intuitively explores the spatial relationship common to both art and architecture. His paintings emanate and pulse with a lyrical complexity that usher the viewer into a world of color relationships that play on both optical mechanics and the emotions alike.

Zi Bo The Great Wall Museum of Fine Art / ARCHSTUDIO

  • Architects: ARCHSTUDIO
  • Location: China, 淄博市张店区淄博 邮政编码: 255000
  • Design Team: Han Wen qiang, Cong Xiao, Huang Tao
  • Area: 3795.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO

Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO

Call for Submissions: The 32nd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) to be held at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, February 25-27, 2016, is seeking abstracts, paper and tinyTED submissions for peer review. Submissions are due October 5, 2015. Please see ncbds2016.org for more information.

Lianjiang Butterfly Bay / NEXT architects

  • Architects: NEXT architects
  • Location: Lianjiang, Fuzhou, Fujian, China
  • Area: 120000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of NEXT architects

Courtesy of NEXT architects Courtesy of NEXT architects Courtesy of NEXT architects Courtesy of NEXT architects

View Dynamic Glass Raises $150 Million to Create Windows with Responsive Tint

View has raised $150 million to fund their specialized Dynamic Glass tints. The new technology automatically responds to outdoor conditions or from a mobile phone, resulting in a reactive tint that reduces heat and glare. This, as the company said in a press release, allows for "greater occupant comfort and energy savings without ever compromising the view." The tinted windows have been installed in more than 100 locations across North America. The funds will be used to accelerate product development. 

Learning from Venturi / ELASTICOSPA + 3

© Jacopo Riccesi © Jacopo Riccesi © Jacopo Riccesi © Jacopo Riccesi

Taipei 101 Sets New Record During Typhoon Soudelor

Taipei 101, once the world's tallest building before losing the title to the Burj Khalifa, has set a new record. As Popular Mechanics reports, the 1,667-foot-tall skyscraper's internal "tuned mass damper" swayed more than it ever has before in last week's Typhoon Soudelor. Also known as a "harmonic absorber," the massive damper moved a full meter from its central position at the tower's top in an effort to keep Taipei 101 upright during the early morning storm's 100 to 145 mph winds.

The weighted ball, measuring 18-feet in diameter and weighing 728 tons, sits on hydraulic cylinders suspended between the 87th and 92nd floors. It was engineered for winds up to 135 mph. Watch the damper (and building) sway in the video below.