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Gensler Ranks First in the 2020 U.S. Top Architecture Firms, for the Ninth Year in a Row

Comparing revenues from the previous year, Architectural Record lines up annually a list of the Top 300 U.S. Firms. Based on the 2019 data, Gensler tops again the selection, for the ninth year in a row, and Perkins and Will takes the second position. Third, fourth and fifth places were presented for Engineering Architecture firms HDR, Jacobs, and AECOM. Other companies in the top 10 include HKS and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

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Arizona Center / Gensler

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  • Architects: Gensler
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  120000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Lumion, Concrete Collaborative, Kovach, Oldcastle APG, +9

University of Texas at Dallas Engineering and Computer Science West / SmithGroup

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University of Houston Clear Lake Recreation and Wellness Center / SmithGroup

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  • Architects: SmithGroup
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  81000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

VH R-10 G House / Architecture-Infrastructure-Research

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2005
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Expanko, Kohler, Falmouth Glass, Insulpan, Will Parry Custom Windows + Doors

Desert Courtyard House / Wendell Burnette Architects

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Scottsdale, United States

Rammed Earth Construction: 15 Exemplary Projects

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This week, we're highlighting a selection of the best images of projects built using rammed earth. These 15 works show the attractive aesthetic finish created by the superposition of multiple layers of compressed soil. Despite having been neglected as a construction technique for years, this type of construction is now experiencing a renaissance in architecture. Read on for a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Filip Dujardin, João Morgado, and Nic Lehoux.

23 Beautiful Ways to Save Space With Sliding Doors

With a clean and elegant appearance, sliding doors improve the lighting and ventilation of a space.

They also provide several advantages when it comes to design: they frame stunning views and emphasize nature. On the other hand, when using them as an enclosure it is possible to generate a greater fluidity between the interior and exterior spaces, creating an illusion of a larger space.

If you are looking for ideas on how to incorporate sliding doors into your project, keep reading on for 23 impressive examples.

Ghost Wash House / Architecture-Infrastructure-Research

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Paradise Valley, United States

Hidden Valley Desert House / Wendell Burnette Architects

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Cave Creek, United States

Canyon House / HK Associates Inc

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9 Homes With Indoor/Outdoor Spaces for All the Summer Vibes

Tropical Box House / WHBC Architects. Image © Kent Soh
Tropical Box House / WHBC Architects. Image © Kent Soh

For many, summer brings a sharp increase in time spent outdoors. Whether that be a dip in the pool after a long day at work or a casual stroll to the office, the summer months are best enjoyed outside. Admittedly, there are times when the summer heat can be too intense, and A/C is needed, but why not enjoy the great outdoors while you're at it?

Architecture provides the unique opportunity to meld the comfort of the indoors with the experience of being outdoors. Selected from our project archives, these nine houses offer the perfect combination of indoor/outdoor spaces ripe for summer living.

AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Small Project Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected eleven recipients in its 2018 Small Projects Awards. Established fifteen years ago by AIA’s Small Project Practitioners, the program “recognizes small-project practitioners for the high quality of their work” and “aims at raising awareness about the value and design excellence that architects can bring to projects, no matter their size or scope.”

Grand Lake Pool House /  Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image © Timothy Soar Rear Window House / Edward Ogosta Architecture. Image © Steve KingRosewood Park Beach Improvements / Woodhouse Tinucci Architects. Image © Bill TimmermanShadow Play / Howeler + Yoon Architecture, LLP. Image © Matt Winquist+ 23

AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Housing Awards

Underhill; Matinecock, New York | Bates Masi + Architects. Image © Michael Moran
Underhill; Matinecock, New York | Bates Masi + Architects. Image © Michael Moran

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of their 18th annual Housing Awards, which recognize the best in housing design for new constructions, restorations, and renovations. This year the five-person jury selected eleven projects to receive awards in four categories: one- and two-family custom residences; one- and two-family production homes; multifamily housing; and specialized housing.

The Bear Stand; Gooderham, Ontario, Canada | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © Nic Lehoux150 Charles; New York City | COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design. Image © Bilyana DimitrovaSouth 5th Residence; Austin, Texas | alterstudio architecture. Image © Casey DunnMariposa1038; Los Angeles | Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects . Image © Paul Vu+ 65

Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art

How does contemporary religious architecture adapt to the needs of the modern world? Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) award acknowledges the best in religious art and architecture. This year’s winners included 27 projects spanning in religious denomination, size, and location. Beyonds this, the award recognizes three common trends present in religious architecture today: re-adaptation of existing facilities, community-based sacred spaces, and simplicity in design. Read on to see all 27 winners.

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Tooker House at Arizona State University / Solomon Cordwell Buenz

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  458000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Viracon, Grand Rapids Chair Company, Koraseal, Zodiac

The Key Architectural Elements Required to Design Yoga and Meditation Spaces

For several decades, a set of oriental practices and techniques have strongly infiltrated the western world. A new program that, as architects, we must start solving more often, and that poses interesting challenges from the point of functional, environmental, and aesthetic.

These disciplines are completely focused on the human being, as they seek to work and satisfy their physical, psychological and spiritual needs, and that's why it seems important to analyze how these needs are being met spatially by architects. Many of the operations taken in these spaces create enabling environments for reflection, introspection, healing, and therefore could also be applied in other relevant programs, such as housing, educational, hospital, and even office spaces.

This article seeks to draw lessons from some projects already published on our site, in order to perform a kind of guide for designs that helps our community of readers to find inspiration more effectively.

Estudio Para Yoga-Kamadhenu / Carolina Echevarri + Alberto Burckhardt. Cundinamarca, Colombia. Image © Juan Cristobal CoboAYC / DX Arquitectos. Santiago de Chile. Image © Pablo BlancoCentro Holístico Punto Zero / Dio Sustentable. Putaendo, Chile. Image © Jean Pierre Marchant y Fernando J. RomeroRitual House of Yoga / goCstudio. Seattle, United States. Image © Kevin Scott+ 29

Beus Center for Law and Society / Ennead Architects

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  • Architects: Ennead Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  260000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: GKD Metal Fabrics, ACGI, Kovach, ACGI ISEC, Barrett-Homes, +5