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LEED Certification for HCM-Designed Friends Community Schools Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 09:14

Hord Coplan Macht, Inc. (HCM) announced yesterday that one of its projects entitled Friends Community School, located in Greenbelt, Maryland, has achieved LEED-New Construction Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
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As described by the architects, the 26,900-square-foot, high-performance building accommodates 200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade with a staff of 30. Planned to help teach the school’s core science and environmental curriculum – and built of a rapidly renewable material – its straw bale construction is ideal for its acoustical and thermal insulation qualities.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 June 2010 08:24
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Continued Weakness in Housing Market Prompting Shift Away from High-end Kitchen and Bath Features Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 10:53

Homeowner preferences lean to energy efficiency and simplicity in design

The AIA Home Design Trends Survey issued its monthly report evaluating the US housing market. Without the rapid appreciation in home values seen between 1995 and 2005, design of kitchens and bathrooms has recently been somewhat more modest. Functionality is now preferred to more and larger kitchens and bathrooms within U.S. homes. Households are placing a premium on products and features that promote energy efficiency, and adaptability in the use of space for seniors and those with accessibility concerns.

Residential architects continue to report declining business conditions, indicating that the housing market is not yet entering a full recovery phase. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2009, which focused specifically on kitchen and bathrooms.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 12:55
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Houston’s Hermann Park Lake Plaza Receives Leed Gold Certification From The U.S. Green Building Council. Print E-mail
Written by Claire Bloxom   
Monday, 08 March 2010 15:13

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Designed by Overland Partners Architects, the $11 million, eight-acre Plaza features landscaped grounds with native plantings, scenic promenades, and five new buildings


HOUSTON, March 8, 2010 – Houston’s Hermann Park Lake Plaza has officially been awarded LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Designed by San Antonio-based Overland Partners Architects, the $11 million, eight-acre Hermann Park Lake Plaza opened in May 2009 as the threshold to the 445-acre Hermann Park, Houston’s finest and most-visited public park.

The Plaza features newly landscaped grounds with native plantings, new scenic promenades, and five newly-constructed buildings, including a paddle boat pavilion with a boathouse, the Hermann Park Mini-Train depot with satellite stations around the park, a public restroom facility, a café and terrace, and a volunteer and maintenance building. Also, the Plaza’s new Tiffany & Co. Foundation Bridge arches across a 7.5-acre lake lagoon, offering romantic views from a newly accessible vantage point, increased connectivity within the park, and enhanced beauty of the area without disturbing the natural surroundings.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 March 2010 16:05
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Butler Rogers Baskett Architects Johnson Chapel Renovation at Trinity School in New York Wins AIA New York Chapter Interior Honor Award Print E-mail
Monday, 08 March 2010 15:09

BRB_Trinity_Johnson_Chapel_01Bulter Rogers Baskett Architects (BRB) has renovated the Johnson Chapel at the Trinity School, the 300-year old college preparatory, coeducational, independent day school on New York’s Upper West Side. The 1,000 square foot chapel will support a variety of activities, including regular services, memorials, religion classes, and talks by speakers from various religious traditions. The Johnson Chapel provides a place of repose amidst the vibrant bustle of school life.

The Chapel was recently honored with an AIA New York Chapter “2010 Design Award” for outstanding interior, one of only thirty-four overall winners in four different categories. Additionally, the Chapel has won a 2009 Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Professional Design Award, an Award of Merit in New York Construction’s “Best of 2009” competition and an Interior Design “Best of Year 2009” Award in the institutional category.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 11:41
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Publication Company sends an invitation for authors on architecture Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:25

Architects, photographers and writers connected with architecture and design who are interested in publishing their work in books on the international publishing market can send their proposals to Loft Publications. Any ideas can be sent to the e-mail address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , accompanied by a CV and a synopsis of the proposal.

Loft Publications is a publishing house specializing in books on architecture,
interior design, landscaping and town planning. It is based in Barcelona and has built up an
extensive worldwide distribution network after operating for over 10 years in this market.
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SOM's Bill Baker to Receive Highest Honor from The Institution of Structural Engineers Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 February 2010 10:04
William F. Baker P.E., S.E., FIStructE, Structural Engineering Partner at Skidmore, Owings  & Merrill LLP (SOM) will be recognized with the Gold Medal from The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) for his work as an internationally acclaimed structural engineer.  Founded in 1908 and headquartered in the United Kingdom, IStructE is the world’s largest membership organization dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering.

In response to receiving the news, Baker commented, “I am quite overwhelmed by the honor of receiving the Gold Medal.  I am humbled to be recognized by my peers and to be in the company of some of the greatest structural engineers of the modern age.”
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AIA Memphis announces the launch of the Paul R. Williams Project Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 08:14

The Paul R. Williams Project, a collaboration that focuses on the life and work of the pioneering architect, has been launched by the Memphis chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the University of Memphis, and the Memphis chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

Paul Revere Williams (1894-1980) was one of the most admired and successful architects of the 20th century and the first documented African-American member of AIA and the first to become a Fellow (FAIA). Although his work made a significant impact on the architecture of his time, especially on the image of Los Angeles in the popular imagination, information about him is limited and scattered. Williams’ office records were destroyed by fire during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. As of early 2006, the readily accessible body of knowledge about Paul R. Williams consisted of two publications by his granddaughter, Karen Hudson, an elegant 1993 photographic compendium and a children’s book about Williams’ life, an unpublished 1992 doctoral dissertation by Wesley Howard Henderson about Williams’ career strategies, plus a short list of articles about his work and a handful of Williams’ own writings.

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