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Want to Land a Job at One of the Top 50 Architecture Firms? Here Are the Skills You Need to Have...

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Want to Land a Job at One of the Top 50 Architecture Firms? Here Are the Skills You Need to Have..., Cannon Design Regional Offices (Cannon Design was one of Architectural Record's Top 50 Architecture Firms in 2013). Image © Architectural Imageworks, LLC
Cannon Design Regional Offices (Cannon Design was one of Architectural Record's Top 50 Architecture Firms in 2013). Image © Architectural Imageworks, LLC

This article was originally published on Black Spectacles.

Ever wonder what software skills and licensure/accreditation are required to get a job at the top 50 Architecture firms in the world? Our study has compiled it all...

We surveyed 928 job postings at the top 50 architecture firms, based on Architectural Record's July 2013 Top 300 Architecture Firms study, and compiled the software requirements and the licensure/accreditation requirements listed for each job.   We then sorted them by average, and then by the experience level required, from 0-3, 4-10 and 11-20+.

The results are in the infographic below:

Milan Expo 2015: Vo Trong Nghia's Lotus-Inspired Vietnamese Pavilion

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Milan Expo 2015: Vo Trong Nghia's Lotus-Inspired Vietnamese Pavilion, Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled designs for the Vietnamese pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the lotus, the pavilion features a number of bamboo clad, umbrella-like structures supporting trees above a pool of water, in a composition reminiscent of their Kontum Indochine Cafe.

"The Lotus is Vietnam’s national flower, a symbol of purity, commitment and optimism for the future," say the architects. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof that patience can turn difficulties into advantages."

Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects +14

Dogarilor Apartment Building / ADN Birou de Arhitectura

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Dogarilor Apartment Building / ADN Birou de Arhitectura, © Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir
  • Architects

  • Location

    Strada Dogarilor 30, Bucharest, Romania
  • Design Team

    Andrei Șerbescu, Adrian Untaru, Claudiu Forgaci, Valentina Ţigâră, Bogdan Brădăţeanu, Simina Ignat
  • Interior Design

    ADN BA, Simina Ignat
  • Area

    8537.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir +27

ARCHIZOOM: Close-Ups of Architectural Favorites

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ARCHIZOOM: Close-Ups of Architectural Favorites , Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina is back with his latest illustration! This time, he explores 23 works of architecture through the lens of one interesting or intense detail that speaks to the character of the work as a whole. Seeing these illustrations as movie posters, which use visual imagery to suggest, insinuate, and convey "the essence" of the film, each illustration reflects the work and the architect's aesthetic overall. See all 23 after the break! 

Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina +23

Elisabeth And Helmut Uhl Foundation / modostudio

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Elisabeth And Helmut Uhl Foundation / modostudio, © Laura Egger
© Laura Egger
  • Architects

  • Location

    Laives Bolzano, Italy
  • Design Team

    Fabio Cibinel, Roberto Laurenti, Giorgio Martocchia
  • Area

    1450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Laura Egger © Laura Egger © Laura Egger © Laura Egger +31

Education Center for the University of Cordoba / Rafael de La-Hoz

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Education Center for the University of Cordoba / Rafael de La-Hoz, © Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Córdoba, Spain
  • Project Team

    Hugo Berenguer, Belén Rivera, Fernando de la Fuente, Zaloa Mayor, Álvaro Rivero, Susanne Forner, Monika Kussewska, Laura Díaz, Silvia Villamor, Ángel Rolán.
  • Graphic Design

    Luis Muñoz, Daniel Roris
  • Models

    Fernando Mont, Víctor Hugo Coronel
  • Area

    5448.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +9

La Fromagerie / Vincent Coste

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La Fromagerie / Vincent Coste, © Toulon Azur
© Toulon Azur

© Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur +17

Architect to Buy/Re-Purpose Rudolph's Orange County Government Center

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Architect to Buy/Re-Purpose Rudolph's Orange County Government Center, The Brutalist-style Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y., closed since 2011, and designed by Paul Rudolph, may get a shot at preservation. Image © Randy Harris
The Brutalist-style Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y., closed since 2011, and designed by Paul Rudolph, may get a shot at preservation. Image © Randy Harris

Some people hate Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York, while others love it. Despite the Brutalist building's eligibility for landmark status, its current fate is up in the air. Gene Kaufman, a partner at Gwathmey Siegal Kaufman Architects, has offered to buy and repurpose the building. To learn about his proposal, head to the New York Times to by clicking here

Proyecto Helicoide: Reviving Venezuela's Unfinished Modernist Utopia

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Proyecto Helicoide: Reviving Venezuela's Unfinished Modernist Utopia, © Proyecto Helicoide
© Proyecto Helicoide

Although construction was never completed, "El Helicoide" ("The Helix") in Caracas is one of the most important relics of the Modern movement in Venezuela. The 73,000 square meter project - designed in 1955 by Jorge Romero Gutiérrez, Peter Neuberger and Dirk Bornhorst - takes the form of a double spiral topped by a large geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. It was characterized by a series of ascending and descending ramps meant to carry visitors to its variety of programmatic spaces - including 320 shops, a 5 star hotel, offices, a playground, a television studio and a space for events and conventions. 

Today, Proyecto Helicoide (Project Helix) seeks to rescue the urban history and memory of the building through a series of exhibitions, publications and educational activities. More details on the initiative, after the break.

Vive la France: A Round-Up of French AD Classics

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Vive la France: A Round-Up of French AD Classics, © Flavio Bragaia
© Flavio Bragaia

In honor of Bastille Day, we've rounded up some of our favorite AD Classics built in France. From Bernard Tschumi's Parc de la Villette to our most popular classic project, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, take a moment to revisit these renowned works. 

© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © flickr user thearchigeek ©Yuri Palmin © flickr user dalbera +7

AD Round Up: Happy Bastille Day!

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Nova Green / Agence Bernard Bühler. Image © Vincent Monthiers
Nova Green / Agence Bernard Bühler. Image © Vincent Monthiers

The fourteenth of July is Bastille Day, a day that commemorates the start of the French Revolution.  Named for the fortress prison that was stormed by revolutionaries on July 14th, 1789, Bastille Day is celebrated globally both by France and her former colonies, as well as many cities in the US.  In honor of this historic date, we’ve compiled some of our favorite French projects from the past few years.  In this round up you’ll find classics such as the Villa dall’Ava by OMA, as well as fantastic works like Nova Green by Agence Bernard Bühler, Pontivy Media Library and Louviers Music school by Opus 5 architectes, Platform Architecture’s Aquitanis Headquarters, L’Atoll Angers by Antonio Virga Architecte and AAVP Architecture, a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion by Jean-Luc Fugier, Kengo Kuma’s Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music, and Origami by Manuelle Gautrand ArchitectureJoyeux quatorze juillet!

Fermilab Office and Technical Education Building / Ross Barney Architects

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Fermilab Office and Technical Education Building / Ross Barney Architects, © Kate Joyce
© Kate Joyce
  • Architects

  • Location

    Batavia Road, Warrenville, IL, USA
  • Lead Design Architect

    Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
  • Design Engineer

    Arup
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Kate Joyce © Kate Joyce © Kate Joyce © Kate Joyce +17

Jiangyin Primary & Secondary School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

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Jiangyin Primary & Secondary School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +19

Residential complex Nová Terasa / Vallo Sadovsky Architects

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Residential complex Nová Terasa / Vallo Sadovsky Architects, © Tomáš Manina
© Tomáš Manina
  • Architects

  • Location

    Košice, Slovakia
  • Project Team

    Matúš Vallo, Oliver Sadovský, Branislav Husárik, Peter Janeček, Dušan Chupáč, Mateja Vonkomerová
  • Area

    20105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tomáš Manina © Tomáš Manina © Tomáš Manina © Tomáš Manina +20

5.5m x 5.5m / LVPH

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5.5m x 5.5m / LVPH, © Jérôme Humbert
© Jérôme Humbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Jérôme Humbert, Courtesy of LVPH

© Jérôme Humbert Courtesy of LVPH © Jérôme Humbert © Jérôme Humbert +25

Auditorium Of Bondy & Radio France Choral Singing Conservatory / PARC Architectes

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Auditorium Of Bondy & Radio France Choral Singing Conservatory / PARC Architectes, © 11h45
© 11h45
  • Architects

  • Location

    75 Avenue Henri Barbusse, 93140 Bondy, France
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45 +26

Does Architectural "Excellence" Put Embassies at Risk?

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Does Architectural "Excellence" Put Embassies at Risk?, The new US Embassy in London – designed by Philadelphia’s KieranTimberlake. Image via US Department of State.
The new US Embassy in London – designed by Philadelphia’s KieranTimberlake. Image via US Department of State.

“Embassies and consulates serve as the front door for US diplomacy. The safety and security they provide to our personnel are the first priority, but they must also reflect our national values of openness and ingenuity. Embassies and consulates must exemplify the best of American architecture, environmental stewardship, and innovation.” - Secretary of State John Kerry on the US Department of State’s Design Excellence program, November 2013

As the meeting point for diplomacy, embassies serve as the face of America abroad. Embassy location and architectural design have the potential to promote inclusion and openness, but when tucked behind tall fences and bunker-style architecture they can convey exclusion and hostility.

While protecting diplomatic personnel is critical, conveying core American values such as transparency, openness and equality is also key. But how do you balance security and openness? Does a focus on design put safety at risk?

These questions are currently at the center of debate, as the State Department’s embassy Design Excellence program is facing criticism for being too costly and jeopardizing security.

Official Image Released Of New York's 1775-Foot Nordstrom Tower

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Official Image Released Of New York's 1775-Foot Nordstrom Tower, Official render released May 2015. Image © Extell via New York YIMBY
Official render released May 2015. Image © Extell via New York YIMBY

Update May 20th 2015: Once again uncovered by New York YIMBY, development company Extell has released the first official rendering of 217 West 57th Street, also known as the Nordstrom Tower, as shown above. Below, see our coverage of the first unofficial images from last year.

The designs of the Nordstrom Tower in New York, the world's tallest residential building at 1,775 feet tall, have been revealed to New York YIMBY by an anonymous tipster close to the project. The project at 225 West 57th Street by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture will be one foot short of 1 World Trade Center, and with its 1,451 high roof will finally reclaim the title of United States' tallest roof from Chicago's Willis Tower.

More on the Nordstrom Tower after the break