Archinect - Features 2017-01-17T08:04:54-05:00 How To Get A Job At: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Archinect 2017-01-16T14:21:00-05:00 >2017-01-16T14:21:17-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical. Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Peter Zellner of ZELLNERandCompany Nicholas Korody 2017-01-16T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-01-16T12:30:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chances are, when you first considered pursuing architecture, you imagined forging your own path. But, of course, the realities of practicing architecture in the 21st century make that easier said than done. Starting your own small practice is no small feat. We&rsquo;re interviewing a variety of different, small-scale practices about the difficulties they&rsquo;ve encountered and the rewards they&rsquo;ve reaped. For this installment, we talk with <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a> of <a href="" target="_blank">ZELLNERandCompany</a>, an award-winning design firm based out of Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 13 January 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-01-13T03:28:00-05:00 >2017-01-13T13:13:19-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With 2 months to go before Article 50 is enacted we are no nearer knowing what Brexit means.</p><p>Obviously the Government is not likely to reveal details which might undermine their negotiating position but it would be well advised to outline its objectives and strategy. A statement has been promised but is now well overdue.</p> The Exhibitionary Complex Nicholas Korody 2017-01-12T12:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-14T17:16:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One morning I woke up to a surprising text: my friend was on TMZ. For reasons never communicated to me, she had been hanging out with a celebrity of some renown when, as they walked to a club, they were surrounded by paparazzi. To distract them, my friend impulsively decided to lift up her shirt. &ldquo;FRIEND FLASHES BOOBIE DECOY &hellip; Photogs Forced to Choose,&rdquo; the headline read.</p> How to Inject Poetry into Architecture: Carme Pinós in Conversation with Orhan Ayyüce Nicholas Korody 2017-01-10T13:28:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T20:25:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Can architecture be both poetic and serve the needs of the people who use it? That&rsquo;s the question that orients this conversation between Orhan Ayyuce and Carme Pin&oacute;s, the award-winning Spanish architect. Conducted at the former home of the famed architect <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a>&mdash;what is now the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences&mdash;the discussion was occasioned by a lecture Pin&oacute;s delivered at Cal Poly Pomona, upon her acceptance of the 2016 Neutra Award for Professional Excellence.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Safura Salek of Mass Studio Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T12:51:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T11:49:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this new series, Small Studio Snapshots, we're taking a look at the ups and downs, ins and outs of running a small architecture studio. For this installment, we're talking with Safura Salek of <a href="" target="_blank">MASS STUDIO</a>,&nbsp;a bicoastal design collective based out of New York and Los Angeles. Run by two sisters, their work focuses on developing high-end residential, commercial, and hospitality projects.</p> No Particular Place To Go: Cuba, 2016 Evan Chakroff 2017-01-06T13:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T00:39:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s no divorcing architecture from politics. Every construction project beyond a certain size necessitates coordination - cooperation, or coercion &ndash; and an organization of effort and labor in service of a design. Until the day a builder can direct a swarm of drones to lay brick or erect steel, architecture will by necessity remain a collaborative effort; buildings and cities the work of societies, not individuals.&nbsp;</p> The Ulm Synagogue Mixes Modern Design with Memory Nicholas Korody 2017-01-06T12:00:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T00:01:18-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the night of November 9, 1938, members of the&nbsp;<em>Sturmabteilung,&nbsp;</em>the Nazi paramilitary force, and German citizens took to the streets, smashing the windows of Jewish-owned businesses and destroying over 1,000 synagogues. At least 91 people were murdered and some 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps. One of the synagogues destroyed that night, now known as&nbsp;<em>Kristallnacht</em>, was in the city of Ulm, along the River Danube. Just over 70 years later, the architecture studio&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">kister scheithauer gross architects and urban planners</a> (ksg)&nbsp;was tasked with building a new synagogue on the site, which would both enshrine its history and look towards the future. We got in touch with ksg to hear more about the project.</p> Michael Rotondi Opens Up About the Faith Propelling His Life and Work Nicholas Korody 2017-01-05T11:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-12T09:32:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"It&rsquo;s a practice rather than a religion, but the practice is essentially living by principles and then meditation," states Michael Rotondi. "It&rsquo;s Buddhism without beliefs, I guess would be a way to look at it."</p> Dean's List: Kate Schwennsen's balancing act at Clemson University Julia Ingalls 2016-12-27T10:02:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T23:46:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1000" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kate Schwennsen, Dean of Clemson University's School of Architecture, is hoping to strike that ideal balance between theory and practice that will prepare students to not only tackle the day-to-day challenges of working in architecture, but give them the inspiration to explore new conceptual territory.&nbsp;</p> Director of Global Diversity at Perkins+Will: Work-Life Balance Isn't Just a Health Issue – It's About Talent Retention Archinect 2016-12-23T12:25:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T09:42:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Managing a healthful work-life balance for any profession is difficult, but too often, architecture takes pride in an unhealthy one. Long hours and slow professional development can keep practitioners neck-deep in work, with the hopes that it will all pay off in the end, when most likely, it back-fires. Ultimately, it's in an employer's best interest to foster their employees' work-life balance &ndash; such that the employee consistently delivers stellar work, and is more likely to stick around. We asked Gabrielle Bullock,&nbsp;director of global diversity at Perkins+Will, about their outlook on work-life balance, and why it's so vital to talent retention.</p> Brexit Diaries: Keith Brewis of Grimshaw, 22 December 2016 Keith Brewis 2016-12-22T05:08:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:34:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I don't like the finality of the term, "Brexit", or how it seems to be playing out right now, both socially and politically. Within the basic world of business, connections and relationships sit as the primary foundation, and therefore national borders work in opposition to this platform. I hope that as Britain withdraws from its association with the European Parliament (which is possibly all that the referendum actually proposed), that our connectedness and hospitality transcends other predominantly self-centred responses or craving.</p> Designing the House of One, a Worship Space for Three Religions by Kuehn Malvezzi Nicholas Korody 2016-12-21T13:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T12:26:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the Mosque&ndash;Cathedral of C&oacute;rdoba to the Hagia Sophia, there are many spaces that have, at one time or another, served different <a href="" target="_blank">religions</a>. But, by and large, each religion has a monopoly on the space at a given time. Few religious spaces are truly shared between different faiths, even if they have competing claims to the site. But with the House of One, a worship space designed for the historic Petriplatz in Berlin, a single site will be shared by the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. We got in touch with the architects, <a href="" target="_blank">Kuehn Malvezzi</a>, to hear more about the project.</p> Growing Up by Scaling Down Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T11:53:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:37:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="619" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While working in a large, hundred-plus person firm certainly has its benefits, boutique practices offer the partners the chance to create their own designs in their own way.&nbsp;I spoke to two firms: <a href="" target="_blank">r+d studio</a>, a firm started by a married couple who used to work for Frank Gehry, and <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Hillier</a>, a practice that was initially started in 1966 by J. Robert Hillier, merged with the enormous U.K.-based firm <a href="" target="_blank">RMJM</a>, and then was purposefully relaunched by the founding partners as a small studio in 2011. I asked each set of partners about the challenges of scaling down after having worked in the big leagues.</p> Sustainable slate tiles dress this Danish family’s energy-efficient “Future House” Sponsor 2016-12-19T15:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:40:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In Scandinavian design, it&rsquo;s the little things that count. When this Danish family wanted to design and build their own home, they wanted all the little things to add up to a balance of energy efficiency with light and atmosphere, cost with comfort, aesthetics with sustainability. All that would combine to create something that lasted, both functionally and aesthetically. The resulting &ldquo;Future House&rdquo; by Danish firm <a href="" target="_blank">Novaform Arkitekterne</a> gets the job done elegantly, harnessing a modest structure to diverse ends.</p> Menis Arquitectos use local building techniques to create a sharp-edged sacred space Nicholas Korody 2016-12-16T12:54:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:33:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Some 100 kilometers off the coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are an archipelago of islands and autonomous community of Spain. Tenerife, the largest island, has a population of just under 900,000 people&mdash;the vast majority of whom are Catholic. It&rsquo;s no surprise, therefore, that the island has a fair share of churches and cathedrals, including the historic La Laguna Cathedral, built at the beginning of the 20th century in a syncretic mix of styles including Neoclassical and Neo-Gothic. Not too far away (about 4km) sits the Holy Redeemer Church, built in 2012 by Menis Arquitectos&mdash;a wildly different approach to ecclesiastical architecture, but just as impressive.</p> Strapping on the Sacred: When Religion Enters Virtual Reality Nicholas Korody 2016-12-15T12:14:00-05:00 >2017-01-14T21:27:26-05:00 <img src="" width="1727" height="1080" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A few months ago, I found myself a lone skeptic in a sea of believers at the VR L.A. Expo. I watched heads tilt toward the sky (then the ground, then side to side). I navigated long lines that snaked through a grid of cardboard booths, filled with eager believers awaiting communion not with God but with pixels. I heard the feverish whispers of the prophets of our 2D wilderness (they who consume Soylent instead of locusts and honey). A New World is coming, they said.</p> Screen/Print #48: "Lobby" Investigates Faith in Architecture Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T01:07:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:56:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="912" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The fifth issue of <em>LOBBY</em>, the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London's publication of thematically related essays and interviews, explores the meaning, fragility, and ultimate worth of a unifying architectural "faith."</p> How To Get A Job At: JERDE Archinect 2016-12-12T12:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T21:13:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical. Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list in their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> Drinking the Kool-Aid: The Architecture of Fringe Religions Nicholas Korody 2016-12-09T12:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T21:06:10-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Religions have inspired some of the great architecture of human history. Reims Cathedral. The Blue Mosque. Angkor Wat. But what about those faiths that aren&rsquo;t exactly major? Or are controversial? Or aren't religions at all?</p> The Architect Behind Noah's Ark Shares How Faith Influences His Practice Nicholas Korody 2016-12-08T12:07:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T14:28:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="638" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This month, in line with Archinect&rsquo;s December theme, Faith, we&rsquo;re talking to architects of various faiths about how their spiritual practice figures into their architectural practice. In this iteration, we speak with LeRoy Troyer, the president and chair of Troyer Group. Troyer Group is probably best-known for their project &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Ark Encounter</a>&rdquo;, a full-scale replica of Noah&rsquo;s Ark, built according to plans interpreted from Genesis.</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 7 December 2016 Chris Williamson 2016-12-07T04:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T23:33:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I remember standing stunned in a state of disbelief and despair outside 10 Downing Street in May 1979 amongst a cheering throng of enthusiastic supporters watching Margaret Thatcher appear as the new Prime Minister. As Jeremy Thorpe the Liberal leader awaiting trial at the Old Bailey said at the time "I am horrified. She makes Ted Heath look like a moderate.&rdquo;</p> Deans List Special: How Architecture School Leaders are Responding to Trump Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-06T12:11:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T22:49:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As seen in the recent <a href="" target="_blank">#NotMyAIA shake-up</a>, the election of Donald Trump provoked a heated response within the architecture community. Many architects felt that now, more than ever, they had to voice their concerns over the president-elect's policies that threatened their professional values&mdash;chief among them, the leveraging of architecture to perpetuate xenophobic rhetoric, through one of Trump's loudest campaign promises, the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S./Mexico border wall</a>.</p><p>Many in architecture schools also felt the responsibility to organize and speak out, perhaps especially because of their position to influence the next generation of architects. Since the election, we've been reaching out to academic leaders from across the U.S. to hear how they were handling Trump's presidency&mdash;and what they were telling their students. We've gathered their responses here.</p> Renovating My Religion: Johnson Fain Updates Philip Johnson's Crystal Cathedral Julia Ingalls 2016-12-05T12:06:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T14:43:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How does one design tangible structures for that most intangible of qualities, faith? More to the point: how does one renovate an existing place of worship to suit a new dogma? Johnson Fain&rsquo;s renovation of Philip Johnson and John Burgee&rsquo;s Crystal Cathedral is the culmination of metaphor, media, and the historical Christian tradition of repurposing.&nbsp;</p> At USC's 'Homeless Studio', Students Work Towards Real Solutions to the City's Homeless Crisis Nicholas Korody 2016-11-30T12:21:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T21:18:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just a few miles from the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Southern California</a>&nbsp;campus, Skid Row contains a significant portion of the homeless population of Los Angeles, a city in the midst of a declared <a href="" target="_blank">state of emergency</a>&nbsp;with nearly 47,000 people in total living in shelters and on the street. For R. Scott Mitchell and Sofia Borges, two instructors at the USC School of Architecture, this city-wide crisis demands an architectural response. &ldquo;The homeless are always thinking about architecture. It's time we started thinking about them,&rdquo; they wrote in the syllabus for their course, Homeless Studio.</p> How To Get A Job At: MASS Design Group Archinect 2016-11-29T11:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T00:41:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a>&nbsp;over and over again. However, no two&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">firms</a>&nbsp;are identical. Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> In Focus: Jim Stephenson Ellen Hancock 2016-11-29T05:06:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T00:38:19-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>In Focus</strong></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p><p>In this feature, we talk to Brighton-based photographer <strong>Jim Stephenson</strong>.</p> Short and Not-So-Sweet: A Collection of Architecture Haiku Criticism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T12:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T00:27:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In honor of <a href="" target="_blank">November's XS theme</a>, we asked readers to send us notes of architectural criticism, in haiku: the Japanese poetic form restricted to three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, in that order. And boy, did folks deliver. You can pack a lot of sour into 17 syllables, but also beauty. Below are the best haiku from our open call, and a few from Archinect's forum. Enjoy.</p> The Short Life and Bitter End to Munich's 'Yellow Submarine' Julia Ingalls 2016-11-26T12:26:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T12:30:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Made of 16 bathtubs with specially installed portholes, 'Yellow Submarine' was a hotel room/political housing statement, and one of the 24-winning designs in the&nbsp;2015 Shabbyshabby Apartments competition.&nbsp;Created by the Glasgow-based and Lithuanian-staffed collective Urban Restart along with Kurt Cleary, the design is purposefully referred to in the past tense: only two days after it was erected in Munich, it was destroyed. This prompted speculation that vandals, or right-wing extremists opposed to refugees, were responsible.</p> 'Open Mushware': Making the Invisible Visible in Tactical Urbanism Jochen Hartmann 2016-11-25T13:18:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T13:35:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2012, the Network Architecture Lab was invited to participate in the Museum of Modern Art&rsquo;s (<a href="" target="_blank">MoMA</a>) &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities</a>&rdquo; exhibition, curated by Pedro Gadanho. The exhibition was the third installment in the &ldquo;Issues in Contemporary Architecture Series,&rdquo; which included &ldquo;Rising Currents,&rdquo; a contemplation on future sea level rise in New York City, and &ldquo;Foreclosed,&rdquo; a study of the architectural responses to the foreclosure crisis.</p>