Harmon / Baran Studio Architecture

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Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Development: Dogtown
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Hargis

Capital One Lab / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: , CA, USA
Project Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Chris Lindes, Oren Aks, Alma Lopez, Kroeun Dav, Alfred Socias, Justin Ackerman, Sarah Dziuba, Chase Lunt, Jeorge Jordan, Elizabeth Guerrero, Holly Hursley
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Engine Company 16 FireHouse / DLR Group

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Architects: DLR Group
Location: 3901 South Wabash Avenue, , IL 60653, USA
Area: 20000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of DLR Group

GVSU Pew Library / Stantec

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Architects: Stantec
Location: 1 West Campus Drive, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401, USA
Architect In Charge: Janice Suchan
Project Manager: Jennifer Durham
Principal Designer: Tod R. Stevens
Area: 75150.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Stantec

Novartis Campus / Weiss/Manfredi

Office Building 335. Image © Paul Warchol

Architects: Weiss/Manfredi
Location: East Hanover, NJ, USA
Design Partners: Marion Weiss, FAIA and Michael A. Manfredi, FAIA
Project Managers: Clifton Balch (Office Building 335), Christopher Ballentine (Visitor Reception)
Area: 140000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Albert Večerka / Esto

Sunshine Canyon Residence / THA Architecture

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Architects: THA Architecture
Location: , CO, USA
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann

Courtyard House / NO ARCHITECTURE

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Architects: NO ARCHITECTURE
Location: , OR 97002, USA
Architect In Charge: Andrew Heid
Project Team: Christopher Purpura, Jack Hogan, Noa Peer
Year: 2013
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Michael Weber, NOA

AIA Announces Winners of National Healthcare Design Awards

Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower / Perkins+Will. Image © James Steinkamp

The AIA has announced 8 projects as winners of their annual National Healthcare Design Awards, rewarding the best in medical architecture from built projects to research excellence. The 8 projects were selected in four categories: built (less than $25 million); built (more than $25 million); Unbuilt; and Innovations in Planning and Design Research.

The awarded projects come from locations throughout the US, as well as one project constructed for Haiti. Read on after the break to see all the winners.

AD Classics: Thorncrown Chapel / E Fay Jones

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Hidden in the middle of the forests surrounding Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, Thorncrown Chapel rests amongst the oaks, pines and maples. The humble chapel, designed by Euine Fay Jones, is less than 35 years old – yet it’s on the U.S. Historic register, has been named one of the AIA’s top ten buildings of the 20th century, and has even been called the best American building since 1980.

Pandora Media Inc. New York Office / ABA Studio

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Architects: ABA Studio
Location: , NY 10168, USA
Architect In Charge: , Andrew Bartle Architects
Project Management: WG Project Managment
Year: 2014
Photographs: Durston Saylor

City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen

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Architects: Behnisch Architekten, Studio Jantzen
Location: Santa Monica, CA, USA
Architects In Charge: , , IPD International Parking Design
Area: 2,250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Matthiessen

Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects

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Architects: Specht Harpman Architects
Location: , CT, USA
Design Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Amy Lopez-Cepero
Area: 2400.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Taggart Sorensen

Godfrey Hotel / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

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Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Architects Personnel: Joseph Valerio, FAIA; David Jennerjahn, ; Louis Ray, ; Steve Droll, ; Brad Pausha, , LEED AP BD+C; Kurt Volkman, , LEED AP BD+C; Robert Webber, , LEED AP BD+C; Kathryn Soven, LEED AP BD+C; Lauren Shelton, , LEED AP
Area: 53,839 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Steve Hall – Hedrich Blessing

Mothersill / Bates Masi Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 6,027 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

Desert Courtyard House / Wendell Burnette Architects

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Architects: Wendell Burnette Architects
Location: , AZ, USA
Architect In Charge: Wendell Burnette
Design Team: Thamarit Suchart (lead design collaborator), Jena Rimkus, Matthew G. Trzebiatowski, Scott Roeder, Brianna Tovsen, Chris Flodin, Colin Bruce
Area: 7200.0 ft2
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Courtesy of

Zuckerman Museum of Art / Stanley Beaman & Sears

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Architects: Stanley Beaman & Sears
Location: Kennesaw, GA, USA
Design Team: Betsy Beaman, , Steve Denton, RA, Clay Cameron, Josh le Francois, Brian Peterka, Brenda Dietz and Chris Bowles
Photographs: Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears

Legacy ER Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative

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Architects: 5G Studio Collaborative
Location: 1310 West Exchange Parkway, , TX 75013, USA
Design Team: Yen Ong, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen, Danielle Cross, Christine Robbins
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Interior Design Team : Yen Ong, Danielle Cross, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen
Area: 8432.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Moran/OTTO

US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June

June 2014. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index () continued showing significant improvement in June, jumping to 53.5 from 52.6 in May, and hitting new records in the Projects Inquiry and Design Contracts indexes.

As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the new Projects Inquiry Index surged to 66.4, its highest level in the year to date. In addition, the AIA’s new Design Contracts Index hit 55.7 – its highest mark since the indictor starting being measured in October 2010.

“The recent surge in both design contracts and general inquiries for new projects by prospective clients is indicative of a sustainable strengthening across the construction marketplace,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With the first positive reading since last summer in billings at institutional firms, it appears that design activity for all major segments of the building industry is growing.  The challenge now for architecture firms seems to be finding the right balance for staffing needs to meet increasing demand.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…