"The Trumpeteers" – LACMA gets Lautner, AIA gets Spacey on Archinect Sessions #53
We swear, no BIG or Trump on this episode. We discuss the donation of Lautner's breathtaking Sheats-Goldstein house, complete with jungle, nightclub and infinity tennis court, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to become the museum's first acquired piece of architecture (along with a sizable... View full entry
Rem Koolhaas to deliver keynote on day 3 of AIA National Conference
If you're planning to head to this year's AIA National Conference in Philadelphia, you're in for what should be a great talk: Rem Koolhaas, renowned founder and principal of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), has just been announced as the keynote speaker for the third day of the... View full entry
Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain
Following a generally positive performance in 2015, the Architecture Billings Index has begun this year modestly dipping back into negative terrain. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.6, down slightly from the mark of 51.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 55.3, down from a reading of 60.5 the previous month.
The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of January:Regional averages: West (50.8), Northeast (50.4), South (50.3), Midwest (48.9)Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (51.9), commercial / industrial (50.5), institutional (49.9), mixed practice (49.0)Project inquiries... View full entry
Keyser Söze keynote speaker at 2016 AIA convention (okay, Kevin Spacey, but still)
Kevin Spacey will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia, partly because he is described on the AIA's website as having a "talent for disruption and drive to challenge the status quo." Disruption seems to be trendy in the architectural community of late... View full entry
Eighteen recipients win in the 2016 AIA Honor Awards
A new year, a new set of winners for the 2016 AIA Institute Honor Awards. Held annually, the awards are considered to be the profession’s highest recognition for projects that best exemplify design excellence in the categories of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Regional & Urban... View full entry
Use the AIA's visualized home design survey results to keep track of emerging trends
The AIA recently revamped their AIA Home Design Trends Survey into a visual-friendly format for the 2015 findings, so this could be a handy reference tool for any home designers who want to stay on top of emerging trends that may come to the forefront in 2016. The new visual lets users quickly... View full entry
AIA creates new Commission to further investigate equity in architecture
Six months after the AIA voted in favor of the Equity in Architecture resolution, it looks like the organization is turning their words into actions. Most recently, they announced the establishment of the Equity in Architecture Commission, a 20-member panel of leading architects, educators, and... View full entry
Editor's Picks #431
Laura Amaya interviewed Giancarlo Mazzanti, founder and principal of El Equipo de Mazzanti. The two discussed "architecture for social inclusion...from a political point of view", play or leisure, and "an architecture made of parts...or open work". Meanwhile the latest editions of Deans List... View full entry
Editor's Picks #430
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, Editorial Manager for Archinect, reviewed "Shelter" the debut exhibition at the Architecture and Design Museum’s new location in Los Angeles' Arts District. Despite what you might assume "Shelter isn’t about designing for the 21st century family, or the millenial, or... View full entry
Giving Props: AIA Launches Media Engagement Series to Ensure Architects Get Credit
If you come across an article that wrongfully excludes the name of an architect, send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I fear this poor author, Matt Tinder, is going to be inundated with emails. We've all seen the article in the local newspaper announcing a new development along with a gleaming rendering of the building with the credit tag "Artists rendering". This makes steam come out of my ears!Matt's article... View full entry
Editor's Picks #426
Julia Ingalls reviewed "Work on Work" the current exhibition at Los Angeles’ Architecture + Design Museum, co-organized by Gensler and UCLA’s cityLAB. Therein she writes "This feeling of being at an un-airconditioned business conference is not helped by the next section of the exhibit, in... View full entry
AIA speaks out against unpaid internships in new emerging professionals campaign
The Center for Emerging Professionals introduces a campaign dedicated to informing all generations of architects about the value Emerging Professionals bring to the field and the importance of getting paid for internship hours.
Responding to ongoing debates regarding unpaid internships and the devaluing of the profession, the AIA has launched a new educational campaign called "Know Your Worth", to inform and publicize how architects should value themselves in today's profession.In a pair of videos introducing the... View full entry
AIA group initiative for Nepal vies to overcome common obstacle of delayed rebuilding efforts
By planning ahead now, while the humanitarian response is underway, this reconstruction program can bring additional resources to those efforts, overlapping the relief phase so as to rebuild communities that feel like home - but in an accelerated manner. This is what we don't see currently happening when disaster strikes, and so this effort presents a unique opportunity to standardize a model that can be followed by others - nationally and internationally - moving forward.
— Huffington Post
As Nepal continues to deal with the aftermath of the deadly April 25 earthquake, the American Institute of Architects Foundation — now known as the Architects Foundation — recently announced with relief group All Hands Volunteers a two-year $3 million initiative for the reconstruction of... View full entry
Editor's Picks #424
News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that Zaha Hadid Architect's design for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium would be scratched in favor of a complete redesign. Prior to the cancellation Tadao Ando (chairman of the design committee) stated "We shouldn’t drop Ms. Hadid’s design... View full entry
Women at the pinchpoints of architecture
All those things that people talk about but you don't realize it until you go through it yourself... not feeling adequate, feeling like a failure...
Rosa Sheng, founder of Equity by Design and architect at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in San Francisco, talks with KQED's Aarti Shahani about the hemorrhaging of women in architecture after graduation. Nowadays, about half of architecture graduates are women, but in the practicing workforce, that... View full entry