SOM launches Los Angeles Design Studio

The Partners of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) have announced their plans for a new design studio in Los Angeles to join their West Coast practice. With a commitment to urban, environmental and social sustainability in Southern , the studio will be lead by three former SOM architects – Michael Mann, FAIA; Paul Danna, AIA; and Jose Luis Palacios, AIA.

Craig Hartman, FAIA, the Design Partner in SOM’s San Francisco office, stated, “We want to be part of the dialogue in LA – a tremendously important cultural and talent hub and a diverse design-centric city. With Michael, Paul and Jose leading our studio,” Hartman continued, “we will be part of the conversation and be able to collaborate meaningfully with colleagues and institutions that we’ve known for years.

New commissions include UCLA’s new Medical Education Building that will become a entry point for the campus and the Medical School, a new mix-use project at UC Santa Barbara and a new courthouse for the Superior Court of California in San Diego, which will be the largest in the state. Find more information here.


Belen Police Station / EDU

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Architects: EDU
Location: – Medellin, Zona Sur Occidental – Comuna 16 Belén, Carrera 73 con calle 14
Project Team: Arq. John Octavio Ortiz; Arq. Carlos Mario Rodriguez, Arq. Andres Lujan, Arq. Carmen Hurtado, Prac. Arq. Patricia Arango
Construction: Coninsa Ramon HS.A
Project area: 4.098 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of EDU

ArchDaily + CEBRA Giveaway, announcing the winners

Our Cebra book giveaway contest is over! Thank you all for participating, and kudos to all fans and architectural conoisseurs among you! We got some really interesting entries – so be ready for more events like this one, coming soon. The two lucky winners are Mike Delvalle and John Putre. Congratulations, you just got a new something for the library!

And to everyone else, thanks so much for your enthusiasm. And stay tuned – next time could be your lucky break!

You can check the contest page (now closed) here – or follow our Giveaways category.

Architecture Sounds Dirty

So I just asked a simple question. “Are there any Architecture terms or phrases that sound unintentionally ….. ummm… dirty?”

Yep, 12 hours later I had 150 responses. The internet is awesome. And, you guys are disgusting.

So, here goes, I’ll list the terms I have so far. In fact, I’ll even include a pdf you can print and post in the breakroom – (HERE >> architecturesoundsdirty).

Feel free to add more in the comment section down there, or you can tweet them with the hashtag #architecturesoundsdirty

Scheduling the hardware
Nailing studs
Pipe penetrations
Fire-rated penetrations
Thru-wall penetrations
Undulating facades
Undifferentiated wedge

Houston Pavilion / Morris Architects

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Morris Architects shared with us their Houston Pavilion for the 8th International Garden Expo in , China, which is a showcase for a variety of landscape typologies throughout China and the world. The theme, “Better Garden, Better City”, promotes harmony between landscaped and built spaces. The City of Houston is one of thirty-two international cities invited to participate in the Expo. Morris Architects partnered with SWA Group to design the Houston Pavilion. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Fünf Häuser / TIP

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Architects: TIP
Location: Zürich,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Walter Mair, Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Lukas Lenherr

Reframing the Stats About Architecture

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Architecture press is buzzing with recent Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on unemployment and self-employment figures for those in the architecture field. The media have taken this data and made a plentitude of fearful predictions about the dark future of the architecture profession: there are more too many graduates, seemingly few positions, higher educational requirements and less prestige for the profession as a whole. They paint a somewhat dismal picture, both for those entering the field and those in mid-career, who are looking to start a firm.

The BLA Statistics and a recent study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education offer the following as signs of difficulty and doom:

  • Licensing requirements (for architects) include not only a professional degree in architecture (4-6 years of schooling), but also at least 3 years of practical work, training, and passing all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination
  • Architecture graduates face stiff competition, especially for jobs in the most prestigious firms
  • Undergraduate architecture students are facing 13.9 percent unemployment rates
  • About 21 percent of architects are self-employed—almost 3 times the proportion for all occupations

While these statistics could take one down a road of despair, there is more to the story. The reality is that the architecture field has naturally changed with a changing world. All professions are undergoing a profound evolution on several fronts: demographic, education and economic. These changes are not all bad, and actually may provide the basis for optimism.

Demographics

“Architecture was historically a gentleman’s profession,” said Michael Porter, AIA during an interview we conducted for Success by Design. He went on to say, “Even as recently as 50 years ago, architects were almost always male, came from wealthy families and pursued the career as a symbol of philanthropy more than for financial gain.”

Information Portal / CEBRA

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Our friends from CEBRA have shared their new Information Center for Rebild Hills and Rold Forest, a winning competition entry in collaboration with HP BygViggo Madsen and exhibition architect Elisabeth Topsøe.  Situated in the amazing nature reserves of ’s Rebild Hills and Rold Forest in northern Jutland, the project was conceptualized as an open and accommodating buiding that serves as a gathering place to inform, guide and inspire the 400,000+ visitors who are guided through the forests each year.  “We have created an information portal, which is both building and nature, with a distinctive expression and character deriving directly from Nature’s own formal language and elements, which makes the building stand out from its surroundings and blend in with nature’s scenery at one and the same time,” explained CEBRA.

More about the project, including lots of CEBRA’s awesome hand drawings, after the break.

Spliced Towers / AQSO Arquitectos

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The project by AQSO Arquitectos, a high density residential complex in Guangyuan, , is conceived as a strong element in consonance with the surrounding hilly scene. The buildings rise over the landscape becoming a milestone, a sober and expressive landmark. This massing makes it possible to archive the desired plot ratio and increases the green areas on the ground, minimizing the building footprint. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Casalgrande Old House / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Kengo Kuma & Associates who completed the CCCWall and the CCCloud, and client, Casalgrande Padana, recently implemented a significant architectural restoration project inserted in the Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud system: the spectacular landmark completed for the Reggio company only one year ago. The Old House is the result of an interesting project for the requalification of the existing item designed by Kuma with the sensitivity that characterizes his approach to the themes of tradition. The pre-existing building, a typical farmhouse of the Reggio countryside that survived the deep industrial changes in the territory, has been completely restored and recovered to the function of historical archive and documentation center of Casalgrande Padana. More images and project description after the break.

36 BTrd / DP Architects

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Architects: DP Architects
Location: 36 , 329 605
Principal Architect: Jaye Tan Jia Yee
Main Contractor: Lay Construction
Site Area: 137.3 sqm
Building Area: 284.97sqm (GFA)
Photographs: Courtesy of DP Architects


Salt Research Center / SANAL Architecture/Urbanism

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Architects: SANAL Architecture/Urbanism, Alexis Şanal,
Location: Karaköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Gross Floor Area: 700 sqm
Structure: Historic 19th Century Load Bearing + Timber
Project Team: Ozlem Ozdemir Orkun Beydağı, Pillippa Tamsin, Sedef Zorbozan
Complete year: 2011
Client: Salt
Photographs: Refik Anadol

   

In Progress: Steven Holl Architects’ Campbell Sports Center Tops Out

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The Campbell Sports Center at celebrated its topping out last Wednesday. Steven Holl Architects designed the “inviting new gateway” for the Baker Athletics Complex – the primary athletics facility for the University’s outdoor sports program. With the structural frame place, the large interior space and amazing views of the city are already able to be experienced. Construction is two weeks ahead of schedule and the athletic complex is planned to open this fall. Continue reading for more images and information.

 

Binh Duong School / Vo Trong Nghia + Shunri Nishizawa + Daisuke Sanuki

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, , Daisuke Sanuki (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.)
Location: Binh Dương City,
Area: 5,300 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

House S / Keiji Ashizawa Design

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Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Location: , Japan
Project architect: Keiji Ashizawa, Rie Honjo
Structural engineer: Akira Suzuki
Photograph: Daici Ano

Mitikah Office Tower / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Richard Meier & Partners revealed today their most recent work in . The new Mitikah Office Tower is the third project designed in by Richard Meier & Partners which will be a state-of-the-art building in the Delegacion Benito Juarez area. The tower will be part of a mixed use master plan designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and developed by IDEURBAN/IDCity from Mexico. The scheme consists of commercial space, low-rise residential buildings, and a hotel and residential tower. More images and project description after the break.

House In Kaimakli / Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects

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Architects: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects
Location: Kaimakli, Nicosia,
House owners: Kalli Christoforou, Yiorgos Hadjichristou
Colaborators: Petros Konstantinou, Veronika Antoniou
Photographs: Christos Papantoniou, Yiorgos Kordakis

Update: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Renzo Piano

ArchDaily is once again updating you on the progress of  The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano.  We showed you initial plans for the building back in 2009.  Since then, we have been provided with more detail on the development of the project, which we continue to share with you.  As previously mentioned, the center will be a sustainable arts, education, and recreation complex that will contribute to the community of Athens, financed by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Plans for this building began five years ago but it was not until December 2011 that preparatory excavation work finally began.  Construction is scheduled for Spring 2012 and according to the foundation website:

The beginning of the construction phase comes at a very critical juncture in modern Greek history and brings a much-needed sense of optimism and hope, as well as a whole range of significant economic benefits to the country. Approximately €1 billion of total economic stimulus will be derived from the upfront commitment in the construction of the SNFCC, while 1,500 to 2,400 people will be employed each year to support SNFCC construction and all related industries.

More after the break.