November ABI Continues to Drop

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While the US Architecture Billing Index (ABI) has remained positive for seven consecutive months, the score continues to slowly drop and is now teetering on the edge of falling into the red. As the American Institute of Architects () says, any score above 50 reflects an increase in design services. However, November’s ABI score was 50.9, down from the mark of 53.7 in October, revealing a drop in demand. The new projects inquiry index was 58.8, following a mark of 62.7 the previous month.

“Demand for design services has slowed somewhat from the torrid pace of the summer, but all project sectors are seeing at least modest growth,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Architecture firms are expecting solid mid-single digit gains in revenue for 2014, but heading into 2015, they are concerned with finding quality contractors for projects, coping with volatile construction materials costs and with finding qualified architecture staff for their firms.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Burke Gilman House / Stettler Design

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Architects: Stettler Design
Location: , WA, USA
Design Team: Daniel Stettler, Will Payne
Collaborators: Paul Michael Davis Design
Area: 2300.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dale Lang

PV14 House / M Gooden Design

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Architects: M Gooden Design
Location: , TX, USA
Area: 3700.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wade Griffith, Kurt Griesbach

#ILookUp: AIA Seeks to Enhance Public’s Awareness of Design Importance

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What do you see when you look up? As part of the American Institute of Architects’ () #ILookUp campaign, this video seeks to elevate the public’s awareness of the impact and importance of the design profession by asking everyone to “look up.” It is the AIA’s goal to spark a two-way conversation on the value of architects and architecture. Please watch the video above and share your thoughts on social media using the #ILookUp.

OMA’s Pantheon-Inspired Faena Forum Set to Open in 2015

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Alongside the launch of Faena Circle, an experimental collaboration between in Miami Beach and its sister institution in Buenos Aires, comes new images of the OMA-designed Faena Forum. The new center for arts and culture planned for Miami Beach is designed to “catalyze experimentation within and across artistic disciplines and foster cross-cultural collaborations among artists throughout the Western Hemisphere.” A series of flexible spaces formed by interlocking cylindrical and cuboidal volumes will provide for a range of projects, commissions, performances and events. 

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership / Studio Gang

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Architects: Studio Gang
Location: , MI, USA
Owner: Kalamazoo College
Area: 10000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing, Iwan Baan

Studio Gang Tapped to Extend American Museum of Natural History

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Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects have been selected to design a new Center for Science, Education and Innovation for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Named after its largest donor, the $325 million Gilder Center will include 218,000-square-feet of existing and new space. It is slated to open on Avenue at 79th Street on the west side of the Museum campus, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary in 2019–2020.

SHoP Architects Reveal Restoration Plan for New York’s Seaport District

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SHoP Architects have revealed a mixed use proposal to pedestrianize ’s historic Seaport District. Extending the Manhattan grid out into the waterfront, the scheme seeks to harmonize pedestrian infrastructure and increase access to the shoreline, while proposing a 500-foot luxury residential tower by developer Howard Hughes Corporation that would jut out into the harbor. More about the proposal, after the break.

AIA Honors Edward Mazria with 2015 Kemper Award

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Edward Mazria, , founder of Architecture 2030, has been selected to receive the 2015 Edward C. Kemper Award. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) chose Mazria for “catalyzing the architecture community to address climate change through the design of decarbonized, sustainable and resilient built environments.”

AIA Honors Rural Studio with 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced Rural Studio as winner of the 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, recognizing the Newbern, Alabama–based design/build program for its student-led projects that have catered to one of the South’s poorest and most underserved regions.

“Rural Studio’s projects prove that an authentic conversation with the residents, no matter how unconventional the client, can yield ambitious architecture,” stated the AIA in their official press release.

Ehrlich Architects Win 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award

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Ehrlich Architects, a Los Angeles-based practice dedicated to the philosophy of Multicultural Modernism, has been selected to receive the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 . The award celebrates Ehrlich Architects’ 35 years of practice, which, as the AIA notes, has become renowned for “fluidly melding classic California Modernist style with multicultural and vernacular design elements by including marginalized design languages and traditions.”

The firm, originally founded by Steven Ehrlich in 1979 after working with the Peace Corps in Africa, is now led by four diverse partners: Ehrlich, alongside Takashi Yanai, Patricia Rhee, and Mathew Chaney. You can preview some of their most notable projects and watch an interview with Ehrlich, after the break.

AIA Honors Peter Eisenman with 2015 Topaz Medallion

AD Classics: Wexner Center for the Arts / Peter Eisenman. Image © Flickr user OZinOH

Following Moshe Safdie’s selection to be the next AIA Gold Medalist, the American Institute of Architects’ () and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture () has announced Peter Eisenman, FAIA, as winner of the 2015 Topaz Medallion. Eisenman, known for a lifetime of scholarly work and his long associations with Princeton, Harvard, Cooper Union and Yale, will be honored for his global impact on architectural education after more than 60 years of teaching.

“There are probably very few schools of architecture where Peter is yet to have lectured,” wrote Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, in a recommendation letter.

Brandywine House / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: Rock Creek Park, 3545 Williamsburg Lane Northwest, , DC 20008, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Anice Hoachlander, Allen Russ

Moshe Safdie Wins 2015 AIA Gold Medal

AD Classics: Habitat 67 / Moshe Safdie. Image © Jade Doskow

The American Institute of Architects () has just announced that Moshe Safdie, FAIA, will be the 2015 AIA Gold Medal recipient. Honoring him for his “comprehensive and humane approach to designing public and cultural spaces across the world has touched millions of people and influenced generations of younger architects,” the AIA believes that Safdie’s work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

“Moshe Safdie has continued to practice architecture in the purest and most complete sense of the word, without regard for fashion, with a hunger to follow ideals and ideas across the globe in his teaching, writing, practice and research,” stated Boston Society of Architects president Mike Davis in his nomination letter.

Columbus Metropolitan Library / NBBJ

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Architects: NBBJ
Location: 1422 East Livingston Avenue, , OH 43205, USA
Area: 15000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Matt Carbone/Sean Airhart

Tree House / Matt Fajkus Architecture

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Architects: Matt Fajkus Architecture
Location: , TX, USA
Area: 257.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brian Mihealsick, Bryant Hill, Twist Tours

Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: , FL, USA
Area: 135000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Robin Hill

The Room at Technicolor Postworks / Rafi Segal Architecture

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Architects: Rafi Segal Architecture
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Rafi Segal A+U , Sara Segal
Project Manager: Bill Topazio (PostWorks)
Area: 1400.0 ft2
Photographs: Kate Joyce