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Blackbird House / Will Bruder Architects

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Mariposa Land Port of Entry / Jones Studio

  • Architects: Jones Studio
  • Location: Nogales, AZ, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Phoenix—Neal Jones, AIA (principal in charge), Eddie Jones, AIA (principal designer), Brian Farling (lead designer), Jacob Benyi (project director), Melissa Farling, FAIA, Maria Salenger, AIA, Joanna Noonan, Rob Viergutz, Bill Osborne, AIA, J. Barry Moffitt, AIA, Tom Conner, Kevin Jones, Brian Lee, Ashley Kenneally, Brett Marinoff, Nick Nevels, David Takeuchi, Amit Upadhye, Eric Weber
  • Area: 115772.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman

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Four Practices Shortlisted for Tucson's January 8th Memorial

The January 8th Memorial Foundation has selected four finalists out of the 60 practices and artists, both national and international, who submitted applications to create a permanent memorial and master plan concept for the El Presidio Park in Tucson, Arizona. The permanent memorial would commemorate the January 8, 2011, mass shooting that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, killed six people and injured 12 others. The memorial is also intended to honor the spirit of the Tucson community in its responses to the tragedy and to inspire future generations to work together on community issues. The four finalists are:

Take a Moment to Enjoy ArchDaily's 12 Most Popular Outdoor Spaces on Pinterest

Architects are notorious for working long, consecutive hours. So, in an attempt to remind you to take a break, we've compiled the top 12 most re-pinned images of inviting, well-designed outdoor spaces from our Pinterest. Take a look, after the break, then step away from the screen and go outside for some much needed fresh air. 

Beach House E-3 / Vértice Arquitectos. Image © Juan Solano Stone Creek Camp / Andersson Wise Architects. Image © Art Gray La Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo Santa Ynez House / Fernau + Hartman Architects. Image © Richard Barnes

AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 11 exemplary educational projects to receive its 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Awards. Representing projects from across the United States, the eleven projects also include a variety of types of educational facility, including a child development center, elementary schools, high schools, college and university buildings and a library.

The AIA awards projects which it believes "further the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

Check out all the winners after the break

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc. Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman

From the Desert to the City: An Interview with Wendell Burnette

Since childhood, growing up on a farm outside of Nashville, Wendell Burnette has been inspired by nature; indeed, the amplification of the natural site has highlighted his body of work. In the following question and answer by Guy Horton of Metropolis Magazine, the Pheonix-based architect speaks about memories, inspiration and experience. 

Wendell Burnette’s journey through architecture has taken him from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, where he has designed a type of architecture that resonates with the power of natural surroundings. It has also taken him to one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Phoenix, Arizona, where his practice, Wendell Burnette Architects, is based and where he calls home. More recently it has brought him to Los Angeles where he is the current Nancy M. & Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic at the USC School of Architecture. He is also Professor of Practice at The Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts.

I spoke with Burnette about his approach to architecture, the importance of direct experience, and the meaning behind his current USC studio, “Earth Curvature”.

Welcome to the Wellness Center: A New Breed of Recreation Design

The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College & State University. Image Courtesy of JWest Productions
The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College & State University. Image Courtesy of JWest Productions

Until recently, student health and counseling services have predominantly been offered independently of athletics and recreation. But as institutions contemplate a more unified approach to health and wellness, the boundaries of these traditionally separated campus services are becoming blurred. Many believe that unifying these various programs and services under one roof is in the best interest of their students’ long-term health, as well as a potential budgetary and operational boon. 

This recent shift in mindset has supported the emergence of a new breed of recreation centers that is only anticipated to multiply. “We’re seeing more and more universities come to us with a new set of challenges and program needs, as opposed to simply saying ‘we need this type of building,” says Brad Lukanic, Cannon Design’s executive director of education. 

More on this new breed of Wellness Center, after the break...

School of Earth & Space Exploration / Ehrlich Architects

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  • Architects: Ehrlich Architects
  • Location: Center for Meteorite Studies, South McAllister Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
  • Executive Architects: HDR Architecture, Inc
  • General Contractor: SUNDT Construction
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman

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Central Arizona College / SmithGroupJJR

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  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: 8470 North Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128, USA
  • Design Director: Mark Kranz
  • Project Manager: Eddie Garcia
  • Project Architect: Joshua Vacca
  • Designer: Justin Trexler, Carrie Perrone
  • Photographs: Liam Frederick, Bill Timmerman

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J2 Residence / assemblageSTUDIO

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ASU Health Service / Lake Flato Architects

  • Architects: Lake Flato Architects
  • Location: 451 East University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Lake Flato Architects
  • Architect of Record: Orcutt Winslow
  • General Contractor: Okland Construction
  • Civil: Evans, Kuhn & Associates
  • Structural: Caruso Turley Scott
  • Area: 34500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman

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Health Sciences Education Building / CO Architects

  • Architects: CO Architects
  • Location: The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix, 550 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
  • Design and Executive Architect: CO Architects
  • CO Architects Team: Paul Zajfen, FAIA, RIBA, design principal; Scott Kelsey, FAIA, principal-in-charge; Jonathan Kanda, AIA, LEED AP, project architect; Andy Labov, AIA, LEED AP, senior architect; Jenna Knudsen, AIA, LEED AP, senior architect; Arnold Swanborn, AIA, LEED AP, senior design architect Tony Moretti, FAIA, technical principal; Jatin Kayastha, designer; Luciana Tagliaferri, LEED AP, designer Lilit Ustayan, LEED AP, designer; Shiyi Zhang, LEED AP, designer; Joqua Jordan, project assistant; Jesse Carrillo, designer; Kevin Kavanaugh, project team; Marie Malone, project team
  • Associate Architect, Master Planner: Ayers Saint Gross
  • Ayers Saint Gross Team: Jack Black, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate principal; Sean R. Rosebrugh, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, project manager; Eric Zobrist, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, project architect; Michelle Kollmann, LEED AP BD+C, designer, interiors; Kristina Abrams, RA, LEED AP BD+C, technical production; Justin Dahl-James, RA, LEED GA, technical production; Eliseo Ramirez, technical production; William Whitfield, technical production
  • Area: 268000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman

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Dialogue House / Wendell Burnette Architects

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  • Architects: Wendell Burnette Architects
  • Project Team: Wendell Burnette, Christopher Alt
  • Client: Thomas and Laura Hyland
  • Structural Engineer: Rudow + Berry, Inc.
  • Electrical Engineer: C.A. Energy Designs
  • Landscape Design: Debra Burnette Landscape Design
  • Contractor: The Construction Zone, Ltd.
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman

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Levin Residence / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

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Field House / Wendell Burnette Architects

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Field House / Wendell Burnette Architects © Bill Timmerman

Architect: Wendell Burnette Architects Location: Ellington, Wisconsin Project Size: 5,000 square feet Photography: Bill Timmerman

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