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Sir David Adjaye Will Design Princeton Art Museum to be a "Place of Mind-Opening Encounter"

14:00 - 19 September, 2018
Sir David Adjaye Will Design Princeton Art Museum to be a "Place of Mind-Opening Encounter", The existing Princeton University Museum of Art. Image © Flickr user throgers. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
The existing Princeton University Museum of Art. Image © Flickr user throgers. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Sir David Adjaye has been selected as design architect for the new Princeton University Art Museum. Working in collaboration with executive architect Cooper Robertson, Adjaye will engage with the design of a “cultural gateway” located on the museum’s current site at the center of Princeton’s campus.

The new museum will present “dramatically enlarged space” to exhibit and showcase the institution’s extensive collections, as well as classrooms and office space for 100 staff.

New Video by Spirit of Space Showcases Princeton University's Lewis Arts Complex

16:00 - 18 September, 2018
New Video by Spirit of Space Showcases Princeton University's Lewis Arts Complex, Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol
Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol

Opening its doors last fall, Princeton University's Lewis Arts Complex by Steven Holl Architects and BNIM created a new campus gateway and state-of-the-art facilities for the arts. Expanding performance, rehearsal and teaching spaces, the complex has now been featured in a video directed by Spirit of Space. The footage shows how the building was designed to shape campus space while maximizing porosity and movement. Welcoming its second year of students, the complex is made to take the arts at Princeton to even greater heights.

Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton University. Image © Paul Warchol + 6

A Definitive List of the Best U.S. Architecture Schools 2019

12:00 - 17 September, 2018
A Definitive List of the Best U.S. Architecture Schools 2019, via Shutterstock
via Shutterstock

Earlier this month, we published the results of DesignIntelligence’s annual ranking of U.S. architecture schools, listing the top Undergraduate and Graduate schools for 2019. Using feedback from architecture and interior design professionals, the full analysis delves deeper than a generic “Most Admired Architecture Schools” list, and instead breaks the rankings down into twelve categories, focusing on technology, design theory, and more.

Free and open to the public, the full list on DesignIntelligence’s website offers comprehensive top-10 listings at both Undergraduate and Graduate level across the twelve categories, attained from surveys from approximately 6000 professionals, 360 academics, and 5500 students. Below, we have summarized the findings in a top-5 format, with the full listings ready to be explored on the official website here.

Simons Center for Systems Biology / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

17:00 - 14 September, 2018
Simons Center for Systems Biology / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, © Brian Rose
© Brian Rose

© Brian Rose © Brian Rose © Brian Rose © Brian Rose + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Princeton, NJ, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Rafael Pelli, David Hess, Magdalena Kowalska
  • Design Team Leader

    David Hess, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Senior Design Principal

    Rafael Pelli, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Project Architect

    Magdalena Kowalska, LEED AP BD+C
  • Area

    13740.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Construction Begins on Steven Holl's Institute for Advanced Study Campus Building

14:00 - 27 March, 2018
Construction Begins on Steven Holl's Institute for Advanced Study Campus Building, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

The groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for Rubenstein Commons, a $20 million campus building for the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the scheme aims to provide space for enhanced collaboration and communication between faculty and scholars at “one of the world’s leading centers for curiosity-driven basic research.” The ceremony took place on March 14th, the birthday of famed physicist Albert Einstein, who spent the last twenty-two years of his life working at the Institute.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects + 9

Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building & Louis A. Simpson International Building / KPMB Architects

16:00 - 6 March, 2018
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building & Louis A. Simpson International Building / KPMB Architects, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Princeton, NJ, United States
  • Lead Architects

    David Jesson (Senior Associate), Bruce Kuwabara (Design Partner), Shirley Blumberg (Partner-in-Charge)
  • Design Team

    Dina Sarhane, Rachel Cyr, Kristina Strecker, Samantha Hart
  • Associates

    Mark Jaffar, David Smythe, Gabriel Fain, Annie Pelletier, Ya’el Santopinto, Elizabeth Paden, Victor Garzon, Clementine Chang, Carolyn Lee
  • Area

    197000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Lewis Arts Complex / Steven Holl Architects

09:00 - 9 October, 2017
Lewis Arts Complex / Steven Holl Architects, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Princeton, NJ, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Steven Holl Architects with BNIM Architects
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

7 Alternative, Interdisciplinary Graduate Courses for Architects

09:30 - 5 July, 2017
The Harvard Graduate School of Design offers a "Master in Design Engineering (MDE)" in conjunction with the university's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/peterhess/5827571398'>Flickr user peterhess</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
The Harvard Graduate School of Design offers a "Master in Design Engineering (MDE)" in conjunction with the university's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Image © Flickr user peterhess licensed under CC BY 2.0

As final juries draw to a close, graduating architecture students are left with a crucial decision to make. While some might take a plunge into the scary real world looking to gain professional experience, others might choose to further reinforce their architecture education and skill set. Of the latter, most enroll in an MArch program, or take well-trodden paths into urban design and planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation, or theory and criticism. But in an increasingly complex world faced with myriad problems, what about those graduate architects looking to bolster their education in other related disciplines that will give them a more unique perspective on design problems? Here, we shortlist seven alternative, interdisciplinary graduate programs offered by architecture schools worldwide.

Introducing GSAPP Conversations' Inaugural Episode: "Exhibition Models"

09:30 - 24 February, 2017
Introducing GSAPP Conversations' Inaugural Episode: "Exhibition Models"

We are pleased to announce a new content partnership between ArchDaily and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in New York City.

GSAPP Conversations is a podcast series designed to offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice. Each episode pivots around discussions on current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests at Columbia, from both emerging and well-established practices. Usually hosted by the Dean of the GSAPP, Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the school’s influential faculty and alumni and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.

New Type of Marble Protection Derived From Human Teeth and Bones

08:00 - 17 February, 2017
New Type of Marble Protection Derived From Human Teeth and Bones , Courtesy of Pixabay User Falco License Public Domain
Courtesy of Pixabay User Falco License Public Domain

Researchers at Princeton University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have discovered that hydroxyapatite, the primary compound found in human teeth and bones, can be used to help preserve the condition of marble, which is prone to cracking and deteriorating as a result of the effects of pollution and the weather.

Kean University to Acquire Michael Graves Residence After Rejection by Princeton

12:00 - 30 June, 2016
Kean University to Acquire Michael Graves Residence After Rejection by Princeton, Michael Graves designed building for Graves School of Architecture's satellite campus in  Wenzhou, China. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture
Michael Graves designed building for Graves School of Architecture's satellite campus in Wenzhou, China. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture

The residence belonging to famed Postmodernist architect Michael Graves will be sold to Kean University, home to the new Michael Graves College for architecture and design, after receiving approval from its board of trustees. Following Graves’s death last year, the architect’s will stipulated that the residence, his studio, another property were to be donated to Princeton University, Graves’s neighbor and longtime employer. But Princeton University felt the buildings would be better served in another capacity and rejected the gift, allowing Kean to step in.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo is Suing Princeton. Here’s Why That Matters for Architecture.

10:30 - 26 May, 2016
Alejandro Zaera-Polo is Suing Princeton. Here’s Why That Matters for Architecture., The Facade exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale's "Elements of Architecture" Exhibition. Image © Nico Saieh
The Facade exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale's "Elements of Architecture" Exhibition. Image © Nico Saieh

With the 2016 Venice Biennale opening this week, it seems oddly appropriate that a dispute originating in the 2014 Biennale is finally hitting the courts. On Tuesday evening, a New Jersey court document was anonymously leaked to ArchDaily and a variety of other architecture publications. It showed that Alejandro Zaera-Polo, founder of AZPML and former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Architecture, was suing his employer over the events surrounding his own abrupt resignation as Dean last year.

The resignation itself was demanded* by Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber after Zaera-Polo was accused of plagiarizing parts of a text he produced for the “Elements of Architecture” exhibition curated by Rem Koolhaas at the 2014 Venice Biennale. From the start, Zaera-Polo has denied that his texts violate Princeton’s academic code of conduct, but nevertheless agreed to Eisgruber’s demand. In the documents leaked Tuesday, Zaera-Polo criticizes the actions taken by Princeton both before and since his resignation, arguing that they have damaged his reputation. He is thus suing them on four charges: “breach of contract,” “breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing,” “tortious interference with contract and prospective economic advantage,” and finally “trade libel.”

The story will undoubtedly receive a lot of attention, given that it involves a controversial dispute between an internationally renowned architect and a university with an international stature. But the real story behind the dispute is not about Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s academic conduct or Princeton’s handling of its staff contracts; instead, it has everything to do with our expected standards for architectural research.

Princeton House / LEVENBETTS

09:00 - 19 August, 2015
Princeton House / LEVENBETTS, © Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

© Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Princeton, United States
  • Area

    2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Princeton Names Monica Ponce de Leon as Dean of Architecture

17:50 - 27 May, 2015
Princeton Names Monica Ponce de Leon as Dean of Architecture, © Adam Smith via http://www.princeton.edu/
© Adam Smith via http://www.princeton.edu/

Monica Ponce de Leon has been named as the next Dean of Princeton's School of Architecture. Ponce de Leon, who co-founded Office dA in 1991, and then founded her own firm MPdL Studio in 2011, is the current Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She also previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for 12 years, and is a recipient of the National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Koolhaas Denounces Plagiarism Rumors Surrounding Zaera-Polo's Princeton Resignation

14:30 - 16 March, 2015
Koolhaas Denounces Plagiarism Rumors Surrounding Zaera-Polo's Princeton Resignation , Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh
Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh

This past October Alejandro Zaera-Polo abruptly resigned from his position as Dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture amidst plagiarism rumors. The resignation, requested by University President Christopher Eisgruber, was the result of Zaera-Polo's removal of citations from his contribution to the “Facade” section of the Elements of Architecture exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale.

Claiming the rumors to be “demonstrably false,” Zaera-Polo has issued a “clarifying statement” outlining the purpose of his Biennale text to be polemic, and nonacademic, therefore it did not breach “any moral, ethical, or other applicable standards.” An email in support of Zaera-Polo sent by Rem Koolhaas to Eisgruber three days before the resignation has also released, denouncing any wrongdoing from Koolhaas’ perspective as the Biennale’s director.

Read Koolhaas' email, Zaera-Polo's clarification statement and a response from Princeton in full, after the break.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo Steps Down as Princeton's Dean of Architecture

00:00 - 1 October, 2014
Alejandro Zaera-Polo Steps Down as Princeton's Dean of Architecture, Courtesy of Princeton University Office of Communications, © John Jameson (2012)
Courtesy of Princeton University Office of Communications, © John Jameson (2012)

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, the head of Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture, today announced that he is stepping down as the Dean of Architecture at Princeton University's School of Architecture. Zaera-Polo was appointed to the position in 2012 having been a visiting lecturer at the school since 2008, but stepped down in order to devote more time to his research and professional activities. He will continue to serve as a professor at the school, and his predecessor Stan Allen will take up the role of Acting Dean until a permanent replacement is found.

Cantilevers on Sand, Ducks in a Bag & Other Adventures: A Conversation with FormlessFinder

00:00 - 3 May, 2014
Julian Rose (left) and Garrett RIcciardi (right) met at Princeton University and later started formlessfinder together . Image Courtesy of formlessfinder
Julian Rose (left) and Garrett RIcciardi (right) met at Princeton University and later started formlessfinder together . Image Courtesy of formlessfinder

Formlessfinder of New York City has a vision "to liberate architecture from the constraints of form." Samuel Medina of Metropolis Magazine recently interviewed the Princeton duo on contemporary architectural practice - fittingly naming them "Formal Renegades."

“We like architecture,” says Garrett Ricciardi, with real sincerity. “We want to save architecture.” But from what? Ricciardi is one half of New York–based formlessfinder, the experimental—you might say radical—architecture firm he founded with Julian Rose in 2011, just after the pair completed a joint thesis at Princeton University. Their project, which laid out the blueprint for Ricciardi and Rose’s subsequent collaborations, advanced a daring proposition: to liberate architecture from the constraints of form.

“The basic idea of the formless is about freeing up architecture to make it about what we want it to be about,” Rose says. “The idea is that form has sort of gotten in the way,” he adds, before checking off a laundry list of offenders: parametricism, digital fabrication, blobs, minimalism. Where form has “always served to limit and control,” the formless, as the architects have come to define it, is subversive by nature. It’s an operation rife with uncertainty, producing “messy, equivocal, and, most importantly, generative” results. 

Quarry House / Marina Rubina

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
Quarry House / Marina Rubina, © Halkin Mason Photography
© Halkin Mason Photography

© Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography + 14