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Design-Build Institute of America Announces Leadership Transition Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 10:24
The Design-Build Institute of America, the leading advocate and resource center for design-build industries, today announced that Lisa Washington, CAE will assume the role of Executive Director upon the retirement of current DBIA President and CEO Lee Evey.  The transition will be complete by June 2009.  As Executive Director, Washington will serve as DBIA’s chief executive and will be accountable directly to the DBIA Board of Directors.
 
“After a wonderful five-year tenure, it is time for me to move on,” Evey said. “I leave DBIA in Lisa’s tremendously capable hands.  She has worked side-by-side with me nearly every day since I came to DBIA and she embodies the values we all share. This will be a seamless transition.” 
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Continued homeowner interest in eco-friendly features and building materials Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 08:27

As the housing market continues to suffer, demand is declining for upscale products and features for kitchens and bathrooms. There is also a greater emphasis on accessibility and universal design to make home life easier and safer for an aging population. Renewable materials and products that promote energy efficiency are still growing in popularity.
 

Residential architects have reported the weakest business conditions in the four-year history of this survey, indicating that the housing market is not yet showing signs of recovery. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey focused specifically on kitchen and bathrooms in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2009 08:30
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Wing Luke Asian Museum Wins Two Design Awards Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2009 05:21

Wing_luke_01.jpgFeatured on Archinnovations last October, Wing Luke Asian Museum , designed by Rick Sundberg, FAIA LEED AP of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects has received awards in two major national design competitions: a Great Places Award given by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm, and Metropolis magazine; and the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) prestigious 36th Annual Interior Design Competition.

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NAHB Multifamily Community of the Year Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2009 02:56

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This housing complex  integrates affordable units into a larger development of market-rate, multi-family housing. Irvington Terrace units address the street or embrace landscaped courtyards to instill and encourage neighborhood and community interaction.


It received the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Multifamily Community of the Year 2009, and also a winner in the Best Affordable Apartment Community 2009. The project has also been recognized as a Best Affordable Project by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Nugget Awards 2008.

Photographs by Eric Figge

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2009 03:01
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US: GBI® and AIA Team Up to Promote Sustainable Buildings Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2009 08:38

The Green Building Initiative® (GBI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a memorandum of understanding, pledging to work together to promote the design and construction of energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings.
 
The agreement was recently signed by the GBI’s President, Ward Hubbell and the AIA’s EVP/CEO, Christine McEntee.
 
“We are happy to have this agreement in place,” said Ward Hubbell, President of the GBI. “The AIA’s support and expertise in the development of the Green Globes® Standard, through participation on the ANSI Technical Committee, has been invaluable. We look forward to continuing our work with them towards our shared goal of achieving widespread acceptance of sustainable design and construction practices.”

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