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12 Projects Win 2017 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

16:10 - 15 September, 2017
12 Projects Win 2017 AIA Education Facility Design Awards, Bates Technical College -Advanced Technology Center; Tacoma, Washington / McGranahan Architects. Image © Dane Gregory Meyer
Bates Technical College -Advanced Technology Center; Tacoma, Washington / McGranahan Architects. Image © Dane Gregory Meyer

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of the 2017 CAE Education Facility Design Awards, honoring the year’s best educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

“Education continues to evolve, and the projects from this year’s Education Facility Design Awards program—presented by the AIA and the Committee on Architecture for Education—represent the state-of-the-art learning environments being developed in today's learning spaces,” explain the AIA. “These projects showcase innovation across the entire learning continuum, displaying how today's architects are creating cutting-edge spaces that enhance modern pedagogy.”

See the 12 winning projects, after the break.

A Brief History of the Impoverished Culture of Architectural Research

09:30 - 2 August, 2017
A Brief History of the Impoverished Culture of Architectural Research, Courtesy of Common Edge
Courtesy of Common Edge

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "The Confused and Impoverished State of Architectural Research."

For a discipline that thinks of itself as learned, scholarly research eludes the architectural profession. This is a long standing problem. “Failure,” John Ruskin wrote in his 1848 introduction to The Seven Lamps of Architecture, “is less frequently attributable to either insufficiency of means or impatience of labor, than to a confused understanding of the thing actually to be done.”

Roughly 150 years later, Harry Nilsson—surely singing to architects—opined in his song, Joy that if you’re unable to find the answer to a question, you may not have a question worth asking (and probably don’t have a problem worth solving). In between Ruskin and rock and roll, is William Peña, the author of the architectural programming guide, Problem Seeking, who nearly a half-century ago wrote that “you can’t solve a problem unless you know what it is.”

7 Projects Announced as Winners of 2017 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards

14:00 - 24 July, 2017
7 Projects Announced as Winners of 2017 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, Harvey Pediatric Clinic; Rogers, Arkansas / Marlon Blackwell Architects. Image © Timothy Hursley
Harvey Pediatric Clinic; Rogers, Arkansas / Marlon Blackwell Architects. Image © Timothy Hursley

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected seven recipients of 2017 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, given to the year’s best projects in healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects were selected for displaying “conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.”

The award is given in four categories: Category A: Built, Less than $25 million in construction cost; Category B: Built, More than $25 million in construction cost; Category C: Unbuilt, Must be commissioned for compensation by a client with the authority and intention to build (No projects were selected in this category this year); and Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt.

See all the winners below.

Do You Know How the Newly Released 2017 AIA Contract Documents Affect Your Projects?

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Do You Know How the Newly Released 2017 AIA Contract Documents Affect Your Projects?

To keep up with industry trends and important court decisions, every 10 years the AIA core set of contracts are reviewed and updated. The newly revised set of AIA contracts and forms were released April 2017. Major changes include a single Sustainable Project Exhibit that can be added to any AIA document to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable projects; document title changes; new agreements containing a fill point to prompt the parties to discuss and insert an appropriate “termination fee” for terminations for convenience; and an added evaluation provision by the architect if the contractor proposes an alternative means and methods.

AIA Announces Winners of the 2017 Small Project Awards

16:30 - 22 June, 2017
AIA Announces Winners of the 2017 Small Project Awards, © Jesse Kuroiwa
© Jesse Kuroiwa

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 11 recipients of the 2017 Small Project Awards. This is the 14th edition of the program, which was established to recognize "small-project practitioners for the high quality of their work and to promote excellence in small-project design."

This year the winners have been placed into three categories: 

  • Category 1: small project construction, object, work of environmental art or architectural design element up to $150,000 in construction cost
  • Category 2: small project construction, up to $1,500,000 in construction cost
  • Category 3: small project construction, object, work of environmental art or architectural design under 5,000 square feet

This year’s winners include a wide variety of program types and sites. Continue after the break for the list and descriptions of the projects.

© Nicolas Alan Cope © Andrew Pogue © Casey Dunn © Anmahian Winton Architects & Client + 61

3 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards

14:30 - 11 May, 2017
3 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards, Monteverde Senior Apartments; Hayward, California / Dahlin Group Architecture Planning. Image © Douglas Sterling Photography and Dahlin Group Architectural Planning
Monteverde Senior Apartments; Hayward, California / Dahlin Group Architecture Planning. Image © Douglas Sterling Photography and Dahlin Group Architectural Planning

Three exemplary housing projects have been awarded 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards.  Organized by The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Housing Knowledge Community, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the award is given to projects that “demonstrate that design matters… and offer examples of important developments in the housing industry.”

The prize is given to projects in four categories: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design; Creating Community Connection Award; Community-Informed Design Award; and Housing Accessibility - Alan J. Rothman Award (no projects were selected within this category this year). Read on for a brief description of each of the winners.

AIA Announces Winner of 2017 Latrobe Prize

06:00 - 8 May, 2017
AIA Announces Winner of 2017 Latrobe Prize, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityyear/5915040531/in/photolist-a1G8tr-d7YcWq-d7Ycmu-8onoLj-q9z5zT-puenXT-8aQDiV-4rjAY2-qqZf4M-qqZ4ek-93z5oj-dpQatA-87NYUz-93z6t9-dpQ9KG-dpQb47-a3ZENP-a43xjE-7jU2EN-nWxsEK-qqVQa7-kGQvse-puep26-a3ZF1v-7PDTLx-pueLQ6-qqZ7pi-93AbL7-qoGVhd-ptZDJm-q9yUz2-qqPeXF-aE4Fyt-qqVDK9-93x74H-93z9cG-93z8ph-5ZcB6g-8ojd72-iv2kXD-8ojd3H-aBfxYa-d7Y8hq-ekLoLj-puenbH-fTQ72r-d7YC63-9wbF3e-7xMyFJ-axK3Cr'>Flickr user City Year</a> licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. Image
© Flickr user City Year licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Image

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows has selected a team of three faculty members from Northeastern University’s School of Architecture and Resilient Cities Laboratory as the winner of the 2017 Latrobe Prize, for their study of “Future-Use Architecture.”

Awarded biennially for “a two-year program of research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession,” the Prize honors its winners with $100,000. This year’s winning study of “future-use architecture” focuses on the balance between flexible and fixed building systems to respond to unforeseeable circumstances and changes.

William J. Bates Elected 2019 AIA President

14:00 - 28 April, 2017
William J. Bates Elected 2019 AIA President, The election took place at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando. Image © Flickr user billmorrow. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
The election took place at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando. Image © Flickr user billmorrow. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the election of William J. Bates, FAIA, as the 2018 First Vice President and 2019 President-elect. Currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors (since 2011), Bates has served terms as a vice president and the chair of the Board Community Committee from 2015-2016. He twice served as president of AIA Pennsylvania, in 1991 and 2010, and was president of AIA Pittsburgh in 1987.

The US States With The Most (and Least) Number of Registered Architects

14:40 - 26 April, 2017
The US States With The Most (and Least) Number of Registered Architects, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

As architects around the country gather for the 2017 AIA Convention in Orlando, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has decided to share some initial results from their 2016 nationwide Survey of Architectural Registration, specifically, the number of architects licensed in each state.

The data tracks both the number of resident licenses and reciprocal licenses (licenses for a particular state held by a resident of another state). The 2016 survey found that the number of architects working in the US has held steady, and that architects are working across state lines more than ever before. While the total number architects dropped slightly from the previous year (0.4 percent) to 109,748, the number out-of-state licenses grew a full 3 percent to 126,554.

AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017

16:05 - 19 April, 2017
AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017, Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson
Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have named the recipients of the 2017 Top Ten Awards, celebrating buildings that best exemplify the integration of great design, great performance and sustainable design excellence.

Now in its 21st year, the COTE Top Ten Awards program was established to honor projects that protect and enhance the environment through an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.

AIA Pushes for Elimination of “Intern” Title for Young Architects

14:10 - 17 April, 2017
AIA Pushes for Elimination of “Intern” Title for Young Architects, © Jim Richards
© Jim Richards

For recent architecture school graduates setting off on their careers for the first time, being referred to by the traditional title of “intern” can feel a little trivializing – as a full-time employee with a completed degree and real responsibilities, the title does little to capture a new hire’s true role within the firm.

Cognizant of this discrepancy, the AIA is now taking steps to eliminate the use of ‘intern,’ a term grandfathered in from the days of architectural apprenticeships and more linear paths through the architectural profession.

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:

Michelle Obama Joins List of Keynote Speakers for 2017 AIA National Convention

11:45 - 31 March, 2017
Michelle Obama Joins List of Keynote Speakers for 2017 AIA National Convention, © Flickr user usdagov. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
© Flickr user usdagov. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the addition of former First Lady Michelle Obama to the lineup of keynote speakers presenting at the 2017 AIA National Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida.

Obama will participate in Day 1 of the conference, on Thursday, April 27. Her event is billed by the AIA as “A Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama,” where it is expected she will speak about the key initiatives she led during her time in the White House.

Pavilion Made from Aluminum Cans and Cracked Clay Wins 2017 City of Dreams Competition

08:00 - 23 March, 2017
Pavilion Made from Aluminum Cans and Cracked Clay Wins 2017 City of Dreams Competition, Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd)
Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd)

Cast & Place has been announced as the winner of the 2017 City of Dreams competition to create a pavilion for New York City’s Governors Island. Held by not-for-profit arts organization FIGMENT, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee, and the Structural Engineers Association of New York, the competition called for a design to be the hub of FIGMENT’s free community arts festival during Summer 2017, based on questions of the future of New York, how design can confront environmental challenges, and how architecture can be built from recycled or borrowed material.

With these questions in mind, Cast & Place was conceptualized as a pavilion made entirely from waste. 300,000 recycled aluminum cans, cast into the cracks of dried clay, will form structural panels that assemble into shaded spaces for performance and play.

Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd) Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd) Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd) Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd) + 9

14 Architects Selected as Recipients of 2017 AIA Young Architects Awards

12:10 - 9 March, 2017
14 Architects Selected as Recipients of 2017 AIA Young Architects Awards, Farmers Park / Hufft Projects. Image © Mike Sinclair
Farmers Park / Hufft Projects. Image © Mike Sinclair

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 14 recipients for the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award. Now in its 24th year, the award was founded to honor young architects - licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age - who have “shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.”

35 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA New York Design Awards

12:20 - 8 March, 2017
35 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA New York Design Awards, Grand Prize Winner: Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan
Grand Prize Winner: Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan

AIA New York has announced the winners of their 2017 AIA New York Design Awards, highlighting the best new projects located in the Empire State or completed by AIA NY registered architects across categories of architecture, projects, interior design and urban planning.

Within the four categories, winning projects have been granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” distinction. Each project has been chosen for its “design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.” The winners scale in scale from temporary exhibitions to large-scale urban interventions.

This year 22 of the 35 winners were New York City-located projects, including the grand prize winner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s striking Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University’s medical campus. Continue reading to see the full list of winners.

Displacements People: Designing for the Global Refugee Crisis

12:29 - 16 February, 2017
Displacements People: Designing for the Global Refugee Crisis, Displacements_People: Designing for the Global Refugee Crisis
Displacements_People: Designing for the Global Refugee Crisis

For the first event of our 2017 panel season "Displacements" the AIA-NY Global Dialogues Committee explores how designers are responding to the global refugee crisis through analysis, advocacy, documentation, and design.