Archinect - Features 2017-06-23T22:02:31-04:00 This small Ann Arbor Studio shows us how to work as a T+E+A+M Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-19T12:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T12:10:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">T+E+A+M</a>&nbsp;is comprised of four professors based&nbsp;out of the <a href="" target="_blank">Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor</a>. All holding principal positions within the small practice, this structure is quite unusual for a firm of their size. As they currently complete their <a href="" target="_blank">residency at the Ragdale Foundation</a>, we catch up with the quartet to discuss how they manage creative production with so many principals.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Neven Sidor of Grimshaw, 19 June 2017 Neven Sidor 2017-06-19T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T14:26:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;They need us more than we need them&rdquo;. My blood boils when I hear this delusional nonsense repeated by politicians who should know better. It doesn&rsquo;t matter how many cars Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and BMW sell into the UK, they sell a hell of a lot more to the rest of the world, and let&rsquo;s not forget that 44.6% of our trade is with the EU. The Brexit negotiations will dispel some of these fantasies and highlight our reduced place in the world. The UK will be poorer, smaller and, I fear, meaner.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Studioshaw Ellen Hancock 2017-05-29T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T16:01:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a new, weekly series&nbsp;in which we investigate the ins and outs of running a small architecture practice.</p><p>This week, we're talking with <a href="" target="_blank">Studioshaw</a>, a practice set up in 2016 based in Shoreditch, London.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 26 May 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-05-26T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T17:24:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>An eventful month indeed. Theresa May took everyone by surprise by announcing an election. I still can&rsquo;t understand why the opposition didn&rsquo;t table an amendment to have the election later &ndash; say in September &ndash;&nbsp;to give them time to get their act together whilst not appearing to be running scared</p> Architecture in the world of DIY: an interview with Weather Projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T12:07:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T23:11:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Weather Projects</a> was founded in 2012 by Shannon Han and Hunter Knight who wanted to flush out their own ideas after respective stints at SHoP and Morphosis. We talked with the two about working in Los Angeles, the general population's growing interest in design, and having stake in one's own projects. This week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio</a>&nbsp;also happens to be hiring! Check out their listing <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> GoCStudio, a Small Studio in Seattle, Shares Some Secrets for Starting From Scratch Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T00:06:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we sit down with the Seattle-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">goCStudio</a>, founded by Jon Gentry and Aim&eacute;e O&rsquo;Carroll in 2012. The team fills us in on how being a small business allows them to create close relationships whether it be with a client, a craftsman, or the photographer of their next project.</p> From Architecture to Marijuana Edibles, Christine Smith is Working out of the Box Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-03T12:29:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T13:04:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2015, Oregon joined Colorado, Washington and Alaska in being one of a handful of states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Along for the ride was Christine Smith, founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Gr&ouml;n</a>, a cannabis-infused fair trade chocolate company.</p><p>For this installment of <a href="" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>, our series on architects with alternative career paths, we talk with the architect-turned-weed-chocolatier about her transition into the burgeoning marijuana industry and how her architectural prowess allowed her to sail right through the growing (no pun intended!) industry.</p> Why we're starting a print magazine after 20 years of publishing digitally Paul Petrunia 2017-05-02T15:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-03T01:56:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When I started Archinect 20 years ago, in the summer of 1997, the internet was still many years away from becoming a replacement for newspapers and magazines. Since then, the media landscape has changed drastically, with most print publications now dedicating the majority of their time and budget to their digital platforms. Today we consume media in a different way than we have ever done in the past, for better or worse. We expect more content, with higher quality, but human nature tends to give in to the quick and gratifying. Journalism has struggled to monetize quality investigations and writing as sites like Buzzfeed have proven that listicles, fun photos, and quick content bites offer a much greater return in dollars and followers.</p> May Day: a Round-Up of Articles on Working Conditions and Labor in Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-01T20:41:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T13:38:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While most of us might be spending our May Day in the office, that doesn't mean we can't take the occasion to discuss issues surrounding working conditions in the field.&nbsp;</p> How 3 Architecture Firms Are Using Showreels to Present and Promote Their Work Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T11:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T17:08:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a director or actor, putting together a showreel&mdash;a short video of spliced footage&mdash;is the first step in securing a gig. One may think of it as a cinematic portfolio: the means by which one presents work to the world of one's profession when the work is in motion. It might seem redundant, then, for an architect to have one too.&nbsp;After all, buildings are, by and large, static objects&mdash;and drawings, plans, photos and renderings can tell a lot. But, for those architects that do attempt to encapsulate their portfolio with real, edited footage&mdash;usually in combination with either voice-over or text statements&mdash;the rewards can be great. Not only does it make their work very accessible, it's also a bit of a control freak&rsquo;s dream: the narrative of the practice is orchestrated, down to the millisecond.</p> From Bjarke Ingels to Kengo Kuma, Ian Gillespie is a Developer that Appreciates the Value of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T20:59:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Making the leap from paper to brick and mortar (or from the screen to IRL) tends to require a fair amount of financial support. Back in the old days, that would mean a wealthy patron like a Medici or a Guggenheim. And today&mdash;well, it also usually means a wealthy patron. For big projects, like a <a href="" target="_blank">BIG</a> tower, they&rsquo;re often developers. But, as every architect knows, few developers actually support innovative design. Enter someone like Ian Gillespie, the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Westbank</a> and the backer of many significant projects by major architects, from <a href="" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a>.</p> Talking Intra-Office Communication with LADG Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-17T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T12:22:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2004 by principals Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Design Group</a>&nbsp;straddles the line between being a service-oriented firm dedicated to building real projects and an experimental laboratory.&nbsp;</p><p>This week on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the partners about intra-office communication, the proverbial grandma's closet, and the difficulties in teaching methods of experimentation.&nbsp;</p> Studio Visits : Studio WOK, Milan 6th April 2017 Ellen Hancock 2017-04-11T03:57:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T06:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While exploring the streets of Milan for Design Week we took the opportunity to visit local architecture practice, <a href="" target="_blank">Studio WOK</a>. They showed us around their studio, talked us through past and present projects as well giving us a few hot tips for Milan.&nbsp;</p> Trying Something New with Matter Design Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T14:21:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee of <a href="" target="_blank">Matter Design</a>&nbsp;- an interdisciplinary studio founded in 2008. Recent finalists of the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 AZ Awards</a>, the duo discuss their love of taking on experimental projects, merging the design and making process, and even give us a little background on the history of the architecture studio.</p> Keeping control by staying small with STAT Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-03T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T12:21:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the founder of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">STAT Architecture</a>, a New York City-based firm specializing in residential and mixed-use projects, who was motived by a desire to have true ownership over her work. And while the firm might be planning on staying small, they are currently&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">looking to add</a> a few more members to their team!</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 20 March 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-03-20T07:25:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T19:50:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I am writing&nbsp;this month's&nbsp;Brexit Blog at MIPIM, the annual international property conference. The bill to leave received Royal Assent during the week with ironic timing. MIPIM is a good opportunity to find out about the real drivers of the property market and study changes&nbsp;post referendum.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: 31/44 Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-03-13T12:13:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T17:59:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a new, weekly series&nbsp;in which we investigate the ins and outs of running a small architecture practice.</p><p>This week, we're talking with <a href="" target="_blank">31/44 Architects</a>, a practice with studios in both Amsterdam and London established in 2010. &nbsp;</p> Screen/Print #52: Getting Rid of Shelf Life May Radically Alter the Urban Realm Julia Ingalls 2017-03-10T11:30:00-05:00 >2017-03-13T13:35:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is the eradication of shelf life in commercial storage processes creating an urban infrastructure that ultimately only serves corporate interests? In this essay by Clare Lyster, the potential society-changing effects of how items are purchased, shipped, and processed are examined on a macroscopic level.&nbsp;</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Kirkwood McCarthy Ellen Hancock 2017-02-27T12:09:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T21:35:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a new, weekly series&nbsp;in which we investigate the ins and outs of running a small architecture practice.</p><p>This week, we're talking with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Kirkwood McCarthy</a>, a <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>-based architecture and design studio established in 2013 by Fiona Kirkwood and Sophie McCarthy. Known for working on constrained and often overlooked sites, the two discuss how opportunity and creativity can arise during even the most trying times.</p> Can Skwerl Bring Architecture into the “On-Demand” Economy? Nicholas Korody 2017-02-23T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-02-24T12:18:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Technologies, from computation to automation, have certainly and radically altered architecture. So have the economic transformations that accompanied their emergence as well as the concurrent financial crisis. But, in the era of mass disruptions, technological and otherwise, architecture has remained, in at least one way, largely unscathed.&nbsp;That is to say, the firm structure (for better and worse) persists while other industries have succumbed to an &ldquo;on-demand economy&rdquo; marked by flexible hours, scant job protection, and little-to-no employee benefits. Is that about to change?</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 14 February 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-02-14T05:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T17:12:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I am writing this en-route to Australia where we are trying to win our biggest project to date. So I&rsquo;m in a particularly - but not unusual - optimistic mood. I sense more optimism around generally following the PM&rsquo;s long awaited speech spelling out our Brexit aims and also her visit to USA.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Peter Zellner of ZELLNERandCompany Nicholas Korody 2017-01-16T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T01:12:38-05:00 <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 >2017-01-18T01:19:06-05:00 <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> 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> 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> 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> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 23 November 2016 Chris Williamson 2016-11-23T04:20:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T19:43:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When I started to write this monthly update about the impact of the referendum result I thought we would all soon run out of things to say and the 2-3 year process would be tedious. Far from it. This month there have for me been four standout issues.</p> Does Teaching Architecture Enhance Architectural Practice? Julia Ingalls 2016-10-24T12:08:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T00:31:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As if running a practice wasn&rsquo;t challenging enough, numerous <a href="" target="_blank">architects and designers also engage regularly in teaching</a>, whether it&rsquo;s giving one-off lectures around the world or teaching full studios and courses at universities. So how does teaching influence the practice of architecture, and vice versa?</p> Working Out of The Box: Emily Hunt Turner Archinect 2016-10-14T11:20:00-04:00 >2017-01-17T05:33:41-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="639" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Emily Hunt Turner</strong></a>, a Twin Cities-based architect, turned lawyer, turned restaurateur with an admirable social mission.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p>