Archinect - Features 2015-10-04T17:28:16-04:00 Deans List: Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-10-02T08:38:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T07:52:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List</strong></a> is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the head honcho &ndash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment. For this issue, we spoke with <strong>Kenneth Schwartz</strong>, the Dean at <a href="" target="_blank">Tulane University's School of Architecture</a>.</p> An interview with Bogotá-based Giancarlo Mazzanti Laura Amaya 2015-09-30T12:18:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T12:28:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Giancarlo Mazzanti</strong>&nbsp;is the Colombian architect behind such transformational works as the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Espa&ntilde;a Library in Medell&iacute;n</a>&nbsp;and El Porvenir Kindergarten in Bogot&aacute;. Founder and principal of El Equipo de Mazzanti, he has developed an innovative aesthetic based on high quality design as a catalyst for social change.</p> Deans List Special: Nader Tehrani shares his thoughts as he transitions to his new appointment at Cooper Union Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T13:38:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T18:49:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 2, students at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art returned to a school in rocky flux. Faltering under the weight of a $12 million deficit, the New York institution defaulted on its more than 150-year founding tradition, and began charging undergraduate tuition for the first time in the fall of 2014. The decision was a messy one, carrying the baggage of both a financial and identity crisis for the school.</p> The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-23T09:02:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T11:22:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The white cube museum to end all white cube museums has touched down in Los Angeles. This past Sunday, the personal post-war and contemporary art collection owned by billionaire philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, housed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro&rsquo;s meshed white box, opened for public viewing as the brand new Broad Museum, located just south of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Walt Disney Concert Hall on downtown&rsquo;s Grand Avenue.</p> UpStarts: Christian Lahoude Studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-19T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T13:19:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When just starting out, firms often struggle to find clients, and beef up their portfolio with small projects for friends and family. It can be difficult to establish a client base strong enough to keep the work flowing and the referrals positive, especially if the firm is hoping to specialize in a specific market. With some luck though, and knowing when to harness some momentum, the leap into a strong client base can be made pretty quick out the gate, as <a href="" target="_blank">Christian Lahoude Studio</a>&nbsp;managed in 2012.</p> Imagine that: review of “Imaginary Apparatus: New York City and Its Mediated Representation” Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T06:37:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="775" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Like an infrastructural Ouija board planchette, the Foucaultian &ldquo;apparatus&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t exactly a device, but rather the effect of a multiplicity of participants. Each of these participants, whether they are the media, philosophical traditions, physical objects or even legal proceedings, exert a complex and nuanced force on the other, helping to control the method by which reality is shaped.&nbsp;</p> And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Pragmatic" category, are... Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T00:17:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As much of the US is put through a record heatwave and the drought in California staggers on, jurors for Archinect's&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a>&nbsp;competition have been sweating through the entries to find which proposals will prevail. After reviewing the many submissions, and discussing them at length, the winners have been selected!</p> And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Speculative" category, are... Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T00:20:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Even with an epic El Ni&ntilde;o&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">expected</a>&nbsp;to appear on the horizon, California remains locked in its severe and historic drought. But while water may be scarce in the country's largest economy, provocative and thoughtful submissions to Archinect's&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a>&nbsp;competition weren't.</p> Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-08T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T23:16:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With all the media attention on California&rsquo;s drought, the &ldquo;atoning L.A.&rdquo; narrative has gotten pretty common. The city&rsquo;s gluttonous lawns, sprawling infrastructures and indulgent residents &ndash; in short, its sinful stereotypes &ndash; have become untenable as the drought, a housing crisis and pressing sustainability measures come knocking at the city&rsquo;s door.</p> The Architecture Job Application Hints & Suggestions from Employers: Part II Julia Ingalls 2015-09-04T11:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T23:14:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the best way to apply for an <a href="" target="_blank">architecture job</a>? We <a href="" target="_blank">once again</a> asked <a href="" target="_blank">employers</a> on Archinect to tell us what they look for in <a href="" target="_blank">job candidates</a>, including portfolio tips, desired software skills, and the best way to impress during an in-person interview.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Here&rsquo;s what&nbsp;we asked employers:</strong></p><ol><li>How important is it for applicants to grasp/articulate the underlying philosophy of the firm in their cover letter/application materials?</li><li>What software skills do you wish applicants to have?</li><li>How much work should an applicant include in their portfolio? Should that work be tailored to the specific types of projects the firm undertakes, or is it important to see a broad range of what the applicant can do?</li><li>How should an applicant prepare for the in-person interview process?</li><li>How important are references?</li><li>How important is your website, and the applicant's knowledge of your website, to the interview process?</li><li>What are the most common mistakes potential employees make on their applications?</li><li>Can you offer any other ...</li></ol> Greening Piano’s roof: a conversation with ecologist Paul Kephart Julia Ingalls 2015-08-31T09:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T02:16:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A masterful work of architecture, like a great symphony, relies not just on the vision of the conductor, but on the imagination of its individual players. Many highly-regarded buildings are the result of collaborations between architects and professionals from other disciplines who, on first glance, would have no business in an architectural studio. Yet it is often the interplay between these professionals' expertise and an architect's sensibility that creates noteworthy work.</p> Architecture at the limits of instability: an interview with Smiljan Radić Nicholas Korody 2015-08-20T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T11:28:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We&rsquo;re perched high above Santiago de Chile in an unassuming meeting room, near the top of a nondescript office tower at the base of the famous San Crist&oacute;bal hill. Visually-speaking, we&rsquo;re as far away from the architecture of Smiljan Radi&#263; as possible. There are no boulders or found objects, just a wooden table separating us and some relatively simple chairs. &ldquo;Why should an architect have to design furniture?&rdquo; Radi&#263; asks with a laugh, gesturing at the furnishings. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s enough of it around already.&rdquo;</p> Screen/Print #36: Harvard Design Magazine's "Well, Well, Well" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-14T10:32:00-04:00 >2015-08-18T17:55:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Well, Well, Well&rdquo;, the fortieth issue from the <em>Harvard&nbsp;Design Magazine,</em>&nbsp;explores the&nbsp;tricky business of designing for health, and provokes considerations on the flip-side of neglecting to do so.</p> Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House Gary Garvin 2015-08-07T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T08:37:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="154" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There are small problems that vex as much as they intrigue us, whose answers only lead to larger questions.</p> Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-05T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-17T16:29:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 13 of this year, Los Angeles will get its first major exhibition of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s work, ever. Despite being the adopted hometown of the world-famous architect, and the city whose new-millennium architectural identity has been inflected most by his work, Los Angeles has not yet hosted a show exclusively on Gehry's retrospective.</p> "Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space Julia Ingalls 2015-07-31T11:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T19:07:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If the current exhibition at Los Angeles&rsquo; Architecture + Design Museum was titled by a sarcastic person, it would be called "Work/Life Balance: Pshaw!" As it is, the infographic-laden collection of vinyl banners loosely mounted to stacks of brown boxes, co-organized by Gensler and UCLA&rsquo;s cityLAB, is called "Work on Work", and it is both the history of and the proposed future for society's daily grind. And man, what a grind it is.</p> Screen/Print #35: PennDesign's "LA+" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-23T17:58:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T19:38:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="585" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It all comes back to the land. <em><strong><a href="" target="_blank">LA+</a></strong></em>, the new publication produced by the Landscape Architecture Department at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design</a>, places landscape architecture at the origin point of a diverse panoply of disciplines. Put out twice annually, <em>LA+</em>&#8203; features precisely curated content from an array of professions that all come to focus on the landscape.</p> Upstarts: Design, Bitches Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T13:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T03:37:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the name suggests, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Design, Bitches</strong></a> is a synergy of creativity and earthiness. Combining a refined sense of order with playful humor, the Los Angeles-based firm founded by Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph distills the splendor of urban chaos in their graphic branding, art projects, and commercial and residential interiors.</p> A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture Julia Ingalls 2015-07-10T12:22:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T22:58:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sun never sets on Gensler. One can visit their website and watch in real time as the bell curve of night fails to shadow all 46 of their office locations. Founded in 1965 by M. Arthur J. Gensler Jr., the firm has grown to <a href="" target="_blank">employ</a> over 4,500 people in 16 different countries. It&rsquo;s the kind of sprawling, vast enterprise that draws more analogies to <a href="" target="_blank">historic tea companies</a> than design firms. How can an architecture firm of this size maintain a unified studio culture? Or should it?</p> Screen/Print #34: KTISMA's "Lick Your Buildings" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-30T09:48:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T22:40:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="657" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Student-run, annual, peer-reviewed journal <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>KTISMA</strong></a>, from the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Oregon&rsquo;s School of Architecture and Allied Arts</a>, does not appear to have any specific agenda. Instead, it aims to poke and prod a diverse community of professional peers into writing on whichever facet of environmental discourse they can imagine &ndash; any amalgamation of architecture, design, art, and their respective rhetorics is fair game.</p> What's the hottest new job in architecture? Julia Ingalls 2015-06-25T13:27:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T17:29:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture: it&rsquo;s not just glue gun burns and x-refs anymore. In an industry known for playing canary in the employment coalmine, architecture is once again experiencing a hiring boom. Additionally, thanks to changes in technology, both in design software and in the more general way people communicate online, several fields have either newly appeared or considerably expanded in architecturally-related work.&nbsp;In this series, we&rsquo;ll be spotlighting specific new careers within architecture, including a basic description, the ideal background you should have for this position, any particular software/tools you should master, and the most likely regions where you can find this type of work based on <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's&nbsp;job board</a>.</p> As COSMO gets ready to 'Warm Up,' we sit down with Andrés Jaque of the Office for Political Innovation Nicholas Korody 2015-06-21T11:11:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T16:23:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This Tuesday, the eagerly-awaited, annual <em><a href="" target="_blank">Warm Up</a>&nbsp;</em>series of concerts and events will launch beneath the orbicular forms of <a href="" target="_blank">COSMO</a>, the winning entry of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">MoMA PS1&nbsp;</a><a href="" target="_blank">Young Architect&rsquo;s Program</a> competition. Designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jacque / the&nbsp;Office for Political Innovation</a>, COSMO is not just a pavilion but also a complex water filtration system.&nbsp;Archinect got in touch with Andr&eacute;s Jaque to talk about the process behind the design as well as his hopes for its impact, both locally and abroad.</p> Don't Be a Tool: Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment Julia Ingalls 2015-06-18T10:39:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T02:27:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One must be smarter than the tools one is working with, but what exactly does that mean in a profession that increasingly relies on software initially developed for the aerospace industry? How important is it for a student to master <a href="" target="_blank">Rhino</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">REVIT</a> versus the intrinsic philosophy of great design itself? Most importantly, how does a student balance the need to become a high-end CAD monkey while developing creative thought?</p> What makes an artless museum? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-16T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T15:30:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architectural criticism that begins with &ldquo;it looks like [insert Platonic object here]&rdquo; is suspect at best, but the temptation to gamble with semiotic stickiness is too great: if I see a contraceptive sponge when I look at the new Broad Museum, I want to say that.</p> Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid internships across borders and industries Julia Ingalls 2015-06-11T12:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-01T10:41:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Social media has been accused of being many things: a time-waster, an intelligence-leveler, a privacy-invader. However, in the field of architectural <a href="" target="_blank">employment</a>, social media has oddly become a kind of virtual worker&rsquo;s union, helping to expose unethical <a href="" target="_blank">hiring</a> practices. A recent leaked email from Japanese firm <a href="" target="_blank">SANAA</a> advertised an unpaid internship for three months consisting of 12-hour days, 6-7 days a week, with the intern providing his or her own computer and software. <a href="" target="_blank">Juan Herrera tweeted the email on March 23rd</a> and it quickly garnered extensive press coverage.</p> The forever unfinished business: Curated thoughts from our conversation with Kevin Roche Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-10T11:50:00-04:00 >2015-06-14T23:16:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="624" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Kevin Roche speaks, you should listen. Roche is a hero of the long-game &ndash; during his sixty-five year career in the U.S. (and counting), he has trained or worked alongside seminal architectural vanguards Charles and Ray Eames,&nbsp;Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen, and on projects for such heavyweight clients as the Federal Reserve, MIT, Ford, Deutsche Bank and IBM. Still practicing today at age 92, Roche is a force to be reckoned with, thanks to an unflagging work ethic and realist approach to the profession&rsquo;s shifting tides.</p> Op-Ed: Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More, by Patrik Schumacher Patrik Schumacher 2015-06-08T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-08-23T09:52:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In mid-April I had posted a note entitled "<a href="" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>" on my Facebook page. This was <a href="" target="_blank">picked up and extensively commented on, here on Archinect</a>. I am thrilled about the lively debate that followed (in which I had participated as &lsquo;parametricist&rsquo;) and I am happy to get the opportunity to come back to this debate once more in this op-ed.</p> Screen/Print #33: the alternative history of Edith Farnsworth and her architect, from MIT's "Thresholds" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-06T12:53:00-04:00 >2015-06-14T19:59:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="746" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">MIT</a>&rsquo;s Department of Architecture is the oldest in the US, and its journal is comparably formidable. Known as <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Thresholds</em></a>, the peer-reviewed publication is issued annually, and not uncommonly features work by established leaders in architectural thought, associated with the school or not. It doesn&rsquo;t strive towards a single theoretical or conceptual framework as a whole, but unpacks a particular idea with each issue &ndash; featured here is &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Scandalous</a>&rdquo;.</p> 10 Ways Architectural Employers Can Maximize the Effectiveness of Their Employees Julia Ingalls 2015-06-04T10:57:00-04:00 >2015-06-11T13:01:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Management</a> is not a science; it is an art. Maximizing the effectiveness of a studio is not about implementing broad strokes out of a Step-by-Step guide, but rather requires understanding the nuances of <a href="" target="_blank">performance</a>, environment, and long-term goals. These ten suggestions serve as a starting point for creating a more holistic management strategy.</p> What should be in your portfolio? Firms tell you what they're looking for and how to get hired Julia Ingalls 2015-05-28T12:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:10:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Putting together a portfolio for a <a href="" target="_blank">job application</a> is practically a design commission in of itself. What projects should be included? How should they be presented? Most importantly, what does the compendium of work say about you, the applicant? After speaking with <a href="" target="_blank">employers</a>, we discovered that the work itself isn&rsquo;t necessarily as important as the <a href="" target="_blank">thought and agility</a> the portfolio demonstrates.</p>