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AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017

13:15 - 13 April, 2017
AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017, Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg
Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the fourteen projects selected as recipients of the 2017 Housing Awards. Now in its 17th year, the AIA’s Housing Awards program was established to recognize "the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life." Projects are awarded in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. 

The 2017 AIA Housing Award recipients include: 

8 Exemplary Libraries Selected as Winners of 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

14:10 - 6 April, 2017
8 Exemplary Libraries Selected as Winners of 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected eight projects as recipients of the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. Founded to “encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries,” the award draws attention to the changing role of libraries in society, and how exemplary community spaces can change to reflect the needs of their surrounding residents.

The eight winners of the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are:

Acoustics and Auditoriums: 30 Sections to Guide Your Design

06:00 - 9 March, 2017
Acoustics and Auditoriums: 30 Sections to Guide Your Design

Seeing the space of an auditorium in section is a key tool in allowing us to approach a design's of acoustics, accessibility, and lighting. These components are what make the design of an auditorium a complex task, requiring detailed and specific studies.

There are a number of ways to design an auditorium that offers multiple responses to these challenges. For this reason, we have selected a number of sections from different auditoriums that can help you understand how other architects have solved the challenge.

Check out the 30 auditorium sections below, they are sure to inspire you!

The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2017

12:00 - 28 January, 2017
The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2017, ReUrbano / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Miguel de Guzmán
ReUrbano / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Miguel de Guzmán

Each year, The Architectural League of New York awards its prestigious Emerging Voices award to eight practices across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, whose work “represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment."

This is Emerging Voices' 35th year running, with the competition organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach and reviewed by an esteemed jury.

"The 2017 Voices personify the versatility of contemporary practice. Many firms take on multiple roles of designer, developer, and/or builder to address pressing issues in housing, institutional design, and the public realm. They embrace material experimentation, challenging sites, and an economy of means within budgetary constraints to create exemplary architecture," said Rieselbach.

This year’s recipients are…

La Tellera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo Whistler Cabin / Scott and Scott Architects. Image © Scott and Scott Architects MA House / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Sandra Pereznieto Treehouse / LEVER Architecture. Image © Lara Swimmer +9

Owensboro-Davies County Convention Center / Trahan Architects

14:00 - 13 December, 2016
Owensboro-Davies County Convention Center / Trahan Architects, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley              © Timothy Hursley              © Timothy Hursley              © Timothy Hursley              +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Owensboro, KY, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Victor F. “Trey” Trahan III, Brad McWhirter, Leigh Breslau
  • Area

    169000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Manzeum / Modus Studio

15:00 - 24 November, 2016
Manzeum / Modus Studio, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fayetteville, AR, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Chris M. Baribeau, AIA
  • Area

    3446.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The 6 Architects Who Have Won MacArthur "Genius" Grants

12:20 - 22 September, 2016
The 6 Architects Who Have Won MacArthur "Genius" Grants, Blur Building. Exposition Pavilion: Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002. Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Blur Building. Exposition Pavilion: Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002. Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Today, the MacArthur Foundation announced the 23 recipients of their 2016 MacArthur Fellowship Grants, which are awarded annually “to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $625,000 for the recipients to use for individual pursuits, paid out in equal quarterly installments over a five year period. Fellows are selected based on 3 criteria: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

This year’s fellows include artists, playwrights, geobiologists, poets, jewelrymakers, novelists and historians, but, for the fifth straight year, no architects. In the program’s 36 year history, just 6 recipients have come from architecture-related fields.

Architect Magazine Names the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2016

16:35 - 7 September, 2016
Architect Magazine Names the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2016, Images © Raul J. Garcia, Timothy Hursley & Matthew Anderson
Images © Raul J. Garcia, Timothy Hursley & Matthew Anderson

Architect Magazine has unveiled the latest edition of the “Architect 50,” their list of the 50 best architecture firms in the United States. The 2016 rankings are based on scores from three categories: business, design and sustainability; the last of which was calculated using a new methodology this year. Topping the list this year was ZGF Architects, who also were given the distinction of top sustainable firm, while William Rawn Associates and Marlon Blackwell Architects finished number 1 in business and design, respectively.

See the top 10 from each category after the break.

Marlon Blackwell On Working in Arkansas and Why We Should "Recreate Strangeness" in Architecture

10:11 - 4 August, 2016

In this video entitled Building Between, Marlon Blackwell advocates for a kind of regionalism which isn’t as divisive as “regionalism.” As a 24-year resident of Arkansas, he recalls his work and process in a place which he states is both “an environment of natural beauty and a place of real constructed ugliness”—showing the nuanced and self-critical awareness of place beyond the utopian glorification of genius loci which earlier this year earned him the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture.

Srygley Office Building. Image © Timothy Hursley Vol Walker Hall & the Steven L Anderson Design Center. Image © Timothy Hursley Fayetteville Montessori Elementary School. Image © Timothy Hursley St Nicholas Church. Image Courtesy of Marlon Blackwell Architects +4

Mood Ring House / SILO AR + D

09:00 - 21 May, 2016
Mood Ring House / SILO AR + D, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fayetteville, AR, United States
  • Design Team

    Marc Manack and Frank Jacobus, Principals; Joseph Weishaar, Project Designer; Esteban Ayala; Thomas Geeslin; Ethan Werkmeister
  • Area

    1920.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Architecture Software Revolution: From One Size Fits All to DIY

09:30 - 11 December, 2015
The Architecture Software Revolution: From One Size Fits All to DIY, Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design. Image © Benny Chan
Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design. Image © Benny Chan

We’ve always been a profession of hackers. Every building is a one-off made up of countless elegant hacks, each bringing disparate materials and systems together into a cohesive whole. But when it comes to the software that designers have come to rely on, most of us have been content with enthusiastic consumerism, eagerly awaiting the next releases from software developers like Autodesk, McNeel (Rhino) and Bentley (MicroStation).

It’s been 5 years since we officially launched our research program at the Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, and during that period we’ve come to understand the evolution of our process reflects the larger, changing relationship architects have with their means of production. Specifically, we've noticed that in late 2007 something changed. McNeel introduced a visual programming plugin called Grasshopper, and more and more architects began to hack their tools as well as their buildings.

Courtesy of Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign Courtesy of Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign Courtesy of Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign Courtesy of Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign +7

Srygley Pool House / Marlon Blackwell Architect

13:00 - 16 November, 2015
Srygley Pool House / Marlon Blackwell Architect, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Springdale, AR, USA
  • Design Team

    Marlon Blackwell, FAIA / Meryati Johari Blackwell, AIA, NCIDQ, ASID, LEED AP BD+D / William Burks, Assoc. AIA / Bradford Payne, Assoc. AIA / Stephen Kesel
  • Area

    945.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Book Excerpt: Safdie / Moshe Safdie

06:00 - 5 May, 2015
Book Excerpt: Safdie / Moshe Safdie, Courtesy of Images Publishing Group
Courtesy of Images Publishing Group

The prolific body of work produced over the last half century by Moshe Safdie and his firm is somewhat anomalous in the pantheon of high-profile living architects. It is unique in both formal and philosophical terms, nostalgically guided by the ethical precepts of bygone modernist theory while working in architectural languages significantly evolved from midcentury standards. In the course of a comprehensive review of his projects, it is perhaps the very lack of an isomorphic personal signature that makes his celebrity so unique. The Safdie “look” is chameleonic, deliberately adapting to culture and context without suffering from the burden of personal branding, unified by theory and a geometric playfulness that transcends architectural language and affect.

Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum (Jerusalem). Image © Timothy Hursley Library Square (Vancouver, British Columbia). Image © Timothy Hursley Class of 1959 Chapel, Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Image © Steve Rosenthal Exploration Place (Wichita, Kansas). Image © Timothy Hursley +11

AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2015

09:00 - 23 April, 2015
AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2015, E+ Highland Street Townhouses / Interface Studio Architects and Urbanica Design. Image © Sam Oberter
E+ Highland Street Townhouses / Interface Studio Architects and Urbanica Design. Image © Sam Oberter

Ten projects have been named the top examples of sustainable and ecological design by the AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) for the year 2015. Now in its 19th edition, the COTE Top Ten Awards program recognizes projects that adhere to the highest integration of natural systems and technology to produce spaces that positively impact their surroundings and minimize their environmental footprints.

All of the projects will be honored at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. See this year's top ten sustainable designs, after the break.

New Orleans BioInnovation Center / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. Image © Timothy Hursley University Center / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © James Ewing Sweetwater Spectrum Community / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. Image © Tim Griffith Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners. Image © Dror Baldinger +21

AIA Names 6 US Libraries as 2015's Best

19:00 - 2 April, 2015
AIA Names 6 US Libraries as 2015's Best, Cedar Rapids Public Library / OPN Architects. Image © Main Street Studio
Cedar Rapids Public Library / OPN Architects. Image © Main Street Studio

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed six libraries they believe to be the year's best. In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are intended to promote and honor exceptional designs in library architecture. Taking into account the evolving role of the library, these six award recipients are believed to have elevated the institution to one of congregation and community-specific programs.

See the winning designs after the break.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center / Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. Image © Timothy Hursley Vancouver Community Library / The Miller Hull Partnership. Image © Benjamin Benschneider Slover Library / Newman Architects with Tymoff + Moss Architects. Image © Newman Architects Mission Branch Library / Muñoz and Company. Image © Chris Cooper +12

The Cardinal / Modus Studio

14:00 - 4 March, 2015
The Cardinal  / Modus Studio, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    831 West Center Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701, United States
  • Principal Architect

    Chris M. Baribeau, AIA
  • Area

    370605.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

560 Vinson / Modus Studio

01:00 - 18 February, 2015
560 Vinson / Modus Studio, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fayetteville, AR, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Chris Baribeau
  • Area

    2158.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

AD Round Up: Mardi Gras Edition

00:00 - 17 February, 2015
AD Round Up: Mardi Gras Edition, W French Quarter / Nemaworkshop. Image © Michael Kleinberg
W French Quarter / Nemaworkshop. Image © Michael Kleinberg

February 17 is Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” traditionally a Catholic holiday that celebrates the last night of indulging in guilty pleasures before participating in the penitential season of Lent. Celebrated around the world with elaborate parties, parades, dancing, and other frivolities, its festivities are most famously celebrated within the United States today in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, the site of the first American Mardi Gras.