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9 Projects Selected for AIA Education Facility Design Awards

William Rawn Associates / The Berklee Tower. Image © Robert Benson Photography
William Rawn Associates / The Berklee Tower. Image © Robert Benson Photography

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of its CAE Education Facility Design Awards, which honor 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.”

A variety of project designs, such as public elementary and high schools, charter schools, and higher education facilities, were submitted to the Committee, many of which incorporated “informal and flexible spaces for collaboration and social interaction adjacent to teaching spaces,” as well as staircases with amphitheater or forum designs.

Find out which projects received awards, after the break.

White Stone Studios / Benjamin Hall Design

  • Architects: Benjamin Hall Design
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Design Team: Benjamin Hall, Matt O’Bright
  • Unit Area: 450 ft2
  • Area: 3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Matt Winquist

© Matt Winquist © Matt Winquist © Matt Winquist © Matt Winquist

Sport and Fitness Center for Disabled People / Baldinger Architectural Studio

© Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia

Vali Homes Prototype / colab studio + 180 degrees design

© Mark Bosclaire © Mark Bosclaire © Mark Bosclaire © Mark Bosclaire

Link / The Ranch Mine

© Jason + Anna Photography © Jason + Anna Photography © Jason + Anna Photography © Jason + Anna Photography

AD Interviews: Will Bruder / Will Bruder Architects

A self-trained American architect residing in Phoenix’s urban desert, Will Bruder, FAIA, has built a reputation for being one of Arizona’s most prized place-makers. For more than 40 years, Bruder has refined his craft with the completion of over 500 commissions ranging from large-scale civic and cultural projects to private residences and multi-family housing. 

The Sprawled Desert City of Phoenix Sets Sights on Walkability

When the profit-driven bulldozing of virgin desert quickly transformed into unfinished ghost towns in 2008, the city of Phoenix, Arizona, reset their sights on a more sustainable and desirable way of living: walkable communities. With the establishment of the city’s first light rail, the once car-centric communities of its urban core have turned into swaths of pedestrian havens. This has not only improved the city’s desirability, but has also been good for business. See how else Phoenix is trying to “pull off an urban miracle” and reverse it’s sprawled image here on Fast Company

Weddle Gilmore and !melk Redesign Phoenix's Hance Park

Within a decade, the city of Phoenix, Arizona will transform a 32-acre downtown urban park into a vibrant cultural hub. Spanning over one half mile of U.S. Interstate Highway 10, the recently-approved, competition-winning masterplan was envisioned by New York's !melk and locally based WEDDLE GILMORE black rock studio.

More on the masterplan, after the break...

Phoenix Determined to Build BIG Pin

Although Arizona developer Novawest was determined to build BIG’s 420-foot observation tower in downtown Phoenix before the 2015 Super Bowl, failed negotiations has left them without a site. Once planned for the interior courtyard of the Arizona Science Center, the privately-funded project is now being considered for an undisclosed downtown site with completion rescheduled for 2016. Considering the project has received a considerable amount of support from city officials, it seems inevitable that the BIG pin will eventually be built despite harsh criticism from nearby residents. Modifications for the new site will be minimal. You can review the design here

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit 2013

Taking place October 24-26 at the Phoenix Art Museum, the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit 2013 consists of a 2-day, 5 to 6 session event that gathers voices of architects serving in various leadership roles, including, principals, educators, owners, designers, environmentalists and innovators, in an intimate setting to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women practicing architecture today. The Summit strives to engage speakers and attendees in an open, conversational setting to share both personal and work experiences toward positive contributions through the practice of architecture. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

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

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman

Dialogue House / Wendell Burnette Architects

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman
  • 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

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman

Phoenix Observation Tower / BIG

  • Architects: BIG
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Architects in Charge: Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader: Iannis Kandyliaris
  • Project Team: Thomas Fagan, Aaron Hales, Ola Hariri, Dennis Harvey, Beat Schenk
  • Collaborators: MKA (structure), Atelier10 (sustainability), Gensler (local architect), TenEyck (landscape)
  • Client: Novawest
  • Area: 70,000 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of BIG Architects

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Lighthouse for the Dutchman / Urban Playground

Courtesy of Urban Playground
Courtesy of Urban Playground

Designed by Urban Playground, the ‘Lighthouse for the Dutchman’ project was proposed for the chapel at the entry of the Los Dutchman State Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Through a rearrangement of an embryological, mathematical reference known as “Shrek’s Surface”, spatial varieties are derived as a way to alter the combined experiences of both the spiritual and natural environment in the Arizona desert. The prototypical, curved surface is morphed and manipulated, creating contextual and functional relationships that are then translated into a series of parameters for the building’s morphology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

will bruder+PARTNERS Splits into Two

Agave Library / will bruder+PARTNERS © Bill Timmerman
Agave Library / will bruder+PARTNERS © Bill Timmerman

Starting today, one of Arizona’s most well-known architecture firms will no longer be will bruder+PARTNERS. After a successful 17-year history, the practice has branched into two independent firms with diverse architectural offerings due to a “natural evolution of individual and collective goals relating to firm size, design methodology and management.” Together, the internationally respected firm has created landmark buildings throughout the state, including projects such as the Burton Barr Library and the Agave Library. And now, each will go their separate ways as the firm has split into Will Bruder Architects and WORKSBUREAU.

Continue after the break to learn more about each firm.

Phantom Developments of the Southwest

© / Gobeirne
© / Gobeirne

During the housing boom in Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs, enormous swaths of land were graded and prepared for endless subdivisions as far as the eye could see. Following the burst of the housing market and prolonged recession, these unfinished construction sites have sat vacant – remnants of unbridled optimism in the Valley of the Sun. A recent article on discusses some of the alternative visions for re-appropriating these phantom lots that propagate the greater Phoenix area. Various methods of breathing new life into these chasms left behind include rezoning the numerous residential lots for mixed-use, or tearing up the infrastructure and letting nature take back control. For those unfamiliar with the rapid pace of development that was taking place prior to the recession, Maricopa, a small town just south of Phoenix was approving over 600 residential home permits per month. With an inventory of over 16,000 dedicated to residential homes, the measures that are required to remediate the impact of such an ambitious plan need to be ingenious.

Exhibit: Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century

 Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, 1955. Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona
Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, 1955. Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, studio and architectural campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum presents Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century. The exhibit will explore Wright and his relevance today through a survey of more than 40 projects shown through rarely seen drawings, models, furniture, films and photographs.

The Arizona exhibit will be open to the public from December 18th, 2011 to April 29th, 2012 at the Steele Gallery in the Phoenix Art Museum.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Arizona State Capital, “Oasis,” Phoenix, Arizona, 1957 © 2010 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona Frank Lloyd Wright, Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois, 1905-08 © 2010 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona Frank Lloyd Wright. Lenkurt Electric Company, San Carlos, CA, 1955 © 2010 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann House, “Fallingwater,” Mill Run, Pennsylvania, 1934-37 © 1936 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona

AIAS FORUM 2011 To Be Held In Sunny Phoenix Arizona


The annual AIAS FORUM meeting for 2011 will take a break from the snow of the past two years (2009 Minnesota, 2010 Toronto) and be held in sunny downtown Phoenix, Arizona. FORUM is the annual meeting of the AIAS and the premier global gathering of architecture and design students. The conference provides students with the opportunity to learn about important issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet students, educators, and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects through keynote addresses, tours, workshops and seminars, last years FORUM was attended by over 1,000 young and ambitious architecture students and AIAS members. This years Keynote Speakers will be Jeffrey Inaba, founder of C-Lab and former project manager with Rem Koolhaas and OMA, Brad Lancaster, author of, and University of Californa, San Diego architect and professor Teddy Cruz.