Archinect - Features 2019-11-14T22:27:51-05:00 Exploring the Future of Narrative in Architecture with Natasha Sandmeier and Nathan Su of UCLA's IDEAS Entertainment Studio Katherine Guimapang 2019-11-14T20:30:00-05:00 >2019-11-14T20:23:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Narrative, drama, and fiction have always played a key role in the production of architecture.</p> <p>During the 19th Century, for example, architects like Louis Sullivan and McKim Mead &amp; White mixed organic and formal languages to tell stories about the activities that took place within the buildings they designed, while Modernist architect Le Corbusier often worked through episodic vignettes while designing buildings and urban plans alike. In the 1980s, Jon Jerde mixed these approaches to create his trademark "experience architectures," precedents that architects like Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid melded with an urban focus to create buildings that extend the street indoors and create seamless collections of spaces that blur the distinction between inside and outside.</p> <p>In recent years, architecture's narrative turn has largely focused on a variety of digital fronts, where virtual and augmented reality experiments, filmic approaches, and sophisticated visualizations are creating yet another ...</p> Living Walls: Balancing a Plant-Centric Process with People-Centric Design with Habitat Horticulture's David Brenner Katherine Guimapang 2019-11-14T10:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-13T19:49:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The built environment shapes our lives daily. Yet as we further explore the landscapes of the metropolitan areas we call home, designing with plant life is often seen as an accessory or an afterthought. However, for the San Francisco-based multidisciplinary design firm <a href="" target="_blank">Habitat Horticulture</a>, the possibilities for plant-centric spaces and the potential plants have to make our lives better is extremely high.&nbsp;</p> <p>Founding principal and lead designer David Brenner explains that his passion for plant life started at a young age in his grandparents' garden. Today, Brenner seeks to shift the perception people have about plant life, often portrayed as &ldquo;static accessories&rdquo; to the built environment,&nbsp;by creating a way for people to experience these beautifully complex entities through larger than life living wall installations.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, Brenner talks about his multifaceted team and how they create structural feats that go beyond standard plant management and cultivation. Ac...</p> Studio Visits: CO-TA Arquitectura Ellen Hancock 2019-11-12T09:19:00-05:00 >2019-11-12T11:13:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Heading up the Tulum-based <a href="" target="_blank">CO-TA Architecture</a> is Paulina Villa who was born in La Paz, Baja California Sur, but grew up in Monterrey. Not intending to open a practice in Tulum, she found herself lured in by exciting opportunities and convinced to stay by the ease and simplicity of the transition to the Caribbean coast. The office, which involves a small team of full time staff and a network of regular freelancers and contractors in the local area are currently working on a number of hotels spread along the coast, as well as residential and commercial projects inland.&nbsp;</p> <p>Based in the town of Tulum they share their office with a clothing atelier and a digital arts studio specializing in animation, mixed media and virtual reality. I met up with the team to find more about how the local environment informs their work and what the next steps for CO-TA&nbsp; Arquitectura are.</p> Alloy Development: "We get to define the program, priorities, and the principles of how we engage" Antonio Pacheco 2019-11-08T14:45:00-05:00 >2019-11-12T15:26:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Alloy Development is a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>-based architecture, development, and building management practice with over $1.6 billion in projects under its belt. The 17-person firm pursues an integrated and collaborative approach to practice that unifies design, finance, and construction to pursue a series of handsome buildings that manage to simultaneously prioritize design and the bottom line, a not-too-easy feat given the city's predominantly profit-driven development model.&nbsp;</p> <p>Founded in 2006 by Katherine McConvey, Jared Della Valle, and AJ Pires, the firm works to not only develop its own projects but also invests the profits generated by the work it performs back into the practice itself. According to the firm, "We pursue our own work in a fun and granular practice where the definition of value unique to each project is the ultimate aspiration."</p> <p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, Archinect was able to connect with Della Valle and Pires to discuss, among other topics, how a firm's legacy c...</p> Portable Us: Exploring States of Motion With Charles Weinberg and Shai Ben-Ami Katherine Guimapang 2019-11-06T06:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-06T12:59:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Thesis Review</a>&nbsp;is a collection of conversations, statements, and inquiries into the current state of thesis in academia. Thesis projects provide a better understanding of the academic arena while painting a picture for the future of practice. Each feature will present a contemporary thesis project through the voice of those that constructed it.&nbsp;</p> <p>This week, we chat with <a href="" target="_blank">Charles Weinberg and Shai Ben-Ami</a> from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design</a> in Jerusalem and their thesis titled, "Portable Us&mdash;Journey Anywhere, Nowhere, Everywhere." The work won the Meisler Prize for&nbsp;outstanding graduation project at Bezalel.&nbsp;</p> Deans List: University of Calgary's Dr. John Brown Discusses the Importance of Fostering Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship Katherine Guimapang 2019-11-05T06:00:00-05:00 >2019-11-04T21:13:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Deans List</a>&nbsp;is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the dean &mdash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty, and academic environment.</p> <p>For this installment, Archinect spoke with Dr. John Brown, dean at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape</a>. A seasoned architect and academic, Brown's background has allowed him to explore how academia can not only teach students but foster a level of thinking. From running a practice filled with people-centric design, research, and entrepreneurial spunk, Brown expresses for students to "look at what it is they want to do and how they can do that most effectively without being constrained by conventional practice."&nbsp;</p> <p>A supporter of design innovation and entrepreneurship, Brown shares the challenges the program has faced and how the blending of research and multidisciplinary has led t...</p> Abruzzo Bodziak Architects Embraces the Beautiful Complexities of Architectural Practice Through Optimism and Narration Katherine Guimapang 2019-11-01T15:45:00-04:00 >2019-11-13T13:01:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What happens if running a practice can be viewed as one long project? With this perspective and approach to establishing themselves as a formidable architecture studio, the Brooklyn-based duo of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Abruzzo Bodziak Architects</a> has continued to make their design imprint within the fabric of New York's diverse design community.&nbsp;</p> <p>As practicing architects and academics involved in teaching and fellowship, Emily Abruzzo and&nbsp;Gerald Bodziak use their multidisciplinary approach to design solutions that work toward a built environment which "engenders belonging."</p> <p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, Archinect connected with Abruzzo and&nbsp;Bodziak to learn more about their journey as a budding architectural practice and showcasing the "synthetic process" of the built form through narrative.<br></p> How SHoP is Re-thinking Skyscraper Design and Transforming New York’s Skyline in the Process Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-30T11:50:00-04:00 >2019-11-13T01:01:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One doesn&rsquo;t need to visit <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> in order to understand that the city&rsquo;s skyline is undergoing drastic change, both within and&mdash;increasingly&mdash;outside of Manhattan.&nbsp;</p> <p>In an attempt to better understand the micro- and macro-forces at play shaping the city&rsquo;s skyline, we&rsquo;re taking a look at three recent distinctive tower projects designed by <a href="" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a> in partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">JDS Development</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Property Markets Group</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Spruce Capital Partners</a>, including: 111 West 57th, a spindly supertall under construction on Billionaire&rsquo;s Row; the American Copper Buildings, two metallic skyscrapers overlooking the FDR expressway; and 9 DeKalb, a forthcoming supertall tower set to become Brooklyn&rsquo;s tallest building.&nbsp;</p> <p>Together, along with a forthcoming set of acrobatic high-rises slated for the Brooklyn waterfront that SHoP has also had a hand in crafting, the featured buildings highlight several of the dynamic conversations taking shape within the realm of skyscraper design, as issues of extreme he...</p> Fellow Fellows: Ranitri Weerasuriya, the 2018 Goodman Fellow at GSAPP Katherine Guimapang 2019-10-25T13:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-25T21:11:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Fellow Fellows</a></em>&nbsp;is a series that focuses on the increasingly important role&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">fellowships</a>&nbsp;play in architecture academia today. These prestigious academic positions can bring forth a fantastic blend of practice, research, and pedagogical cross-pollination, often within a tight time frame. They also, by definition, represent temporary, open-ended, and ultimately precarious employment for aspiring young designers and academics.&nbsp;<em>Fellow Fellows</em>&nbsp;aims to understand what these positions offer for both the fellows themselves and the discipline at large by presenting their work and experiences through an in-depth interview.&nbsp;<em>Fellow Fellows</em>&nbsp;is about bringing attention and inquiry to the otherwise maddening pace of academia, while also presenting a broad view of the exceptional and breakthrough work being done by people navigating the early parts of their careers.&nbsp;</p> <p>This week, we talk to&nbsp;Ranitri Weerasuriya, the 2018-2019 <a href="" target="_blank">Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellow</a> from <a href="" target="_blank">Columbia University Graduate School of ...</a></p> Peterson Rich Office: Rethinking The Value (and Values) of a Small Architecture Practice Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-24T06:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-29T17:57:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Peterson Rich Office</a> (PRO) is a <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>-based architecture and design practice that pursues cultural and residential projects with an inventive and joyful spirit.&nbsp;</p> <p>The young firm, founded by&nbsp;Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich in Brooklyn in 2012,&nbsp;was awarded a New Practice New York prize by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter in 2018. Over the years, PRO has steadily produced provocative and challenging proposals that interrogate how finance, form, and use interrelate at the urban scale. Whether crafting a secluded artists' studio, mixed-use towers, or proposals for maximizing the land adjacent to public housing projects, the firm&nbsp;manages to think-through and sometimes entirely re-think the role architects can play in bringing transformative projects to life.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, Archinect was able to connect with Peterson and Rich to discuss, among other topics, how&nbsp;architects represent but one part of a "massive network of stakeholders for any bui...</p> Size Matters: A Conversation on Storefront for Art and Architecture’s History with Founder Kyong Park Eric Lawler 2019-10-23T12:49:00-04:00 >2019-10-23T12:49:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For art and architectural venues, growth is a commonly accepted measure of success. As the story usually goes, an upstart museum or gallery begins life small and then, with enough reputation and investment capital, gets a larger and larger space; with expansion and higher ticket sales comes the ability to support ever-larger shows that reach a broader public. But for New York City&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Storefront for Art and Architecture</a>, however, a small, irregularly-shaped 868-square-foot space provides a physical constraint that has long been a key part of its ability to showcase relevant, vital exhibitions.&nbsp;</p> <p>In an extended interview with Kyong Park, Storefront founder and director between 1982 and 1998, we take a look at the origins of The Storefront for Art and Architecture.&nbsp;</p> The Design Studios Leading Guadalajara’s Thriving Architecture Scene Karina Zatarain 2019-10-22T07:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-22T19:12:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When we speak of contemporary Mexican architecture, there are a handful of firms that take up most of the global spotlight. Architects such as&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Frida Escobedo</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Alberto Kalach</a>&nbsp;have created much buzz within the profession in recent years, for example, the former for snagging the commission for the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Serpentine Pavilion</a> and the latter for having spent several consecutive years at the top of speculative Pritzker Prize lists.&nbsp;</p> <p>Though both of these firms, along with nearly all of their renowned contemporaries, are based in Mexico City, there is a lesser-known&mdash;though just as intriguing&mdash;design scene brewing North of the country&rsquo;s capital. Let's check it out.&nbsp;</p> Balancing Studio With Other Classes Sean Joyner 2019-10-21T10:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-22T11:40:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In <a href="" target="_blank">architecture school</a>, everything takes second place to studio. It&rsquo;s an unwritten rule: you do whatever it takes to have a great studio project, and if your other classes fall by the wayside, then so be it. Is this a well-placed tendency? Perhaps it depends on what we believe architecture school is here for: to make us great designers, or maybe to accurately prepare us to be a professional. In any case, should studio reign over our other studies? Is our propensity to prioritize it over everything else warranted? Or is there a bigger picture to understand?</p> Re-Imagining Housing Design with Marissa Kasdan, Director of KTGY’s R+D Studio Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-17T13:30:00-04:00 >2019-10-21T15:51:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With a rapidly aging population, an inward flux of new urban residents, and developmental pressures forcing displacement and homelessness on growing numbers of people, housing design finds itself at a critical nexus in the United States.&nbsp;</p> <p>And while many architecture firms are surely working on innovative housing projects, few have dedicated teams focused on pursuing housing innovation from an integrated, transformational perspective. <a href="" target="_blank">KTGY Architecture + Planning</a> is one such firm, however. <a href="" target="_blank">The&nbsp;R+D Studio at KTGY</a> exists to "explore new and emerging ideas related to building design and technology," with an eye toward integrating new housing developments into their surroundings, re-thinking existing design paradigms, and prototyping cost- and time-saving construction approaches all the while expanding the realm of housing design to include co-living arrangements, contemporary senior housing models, and supportive housing.</p> <p>We talked with Marissa Kasdan, director of KTGY's R+D Studio, to ...</p> The Emerging Female Architects of East Africa Hannah Wood 2019-10-16T13:09:00-04:00 >2019-10-16T13:09:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The East Africa region&mdash;which includes the countries of Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda&mdash;is currently in the middle of a construction boom that is transforming the region&rsquo;s built environment. According to Deloitte&rsquo;s 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">African Construction Report</a>, the total number of building projects in <a href="" target="_blank">East Africa</a> rocketed up by 96-percent between 2017 and 2018, with a substantial increase of 167-percent in the total value of projects. The report also notes that China is directly funding 25.9-percent of the construction projects in the region, far outweighing investment from the various East African governments, which valued at 12.9-percent. How will this new wave of fast-paced development reshape the landscape of East African countries in the decades to come?&nbsp;</p> <p>Since last November I have been living and working in southern Tanzania on a construction research project that looks into the effect of housing on family health. During...</p> The ARE Anxiety Phenomenon Sean Joyner 2019-10-14T12:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-17T17:48:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Architectural Registration Exam</a> is the gateway to licensure for thousands of aspiring architects across the country. Six divisions, hours of studying, years of schooling, and practice. It's an undertaking both exhilarating and debilitating, but at the same time, in its achievement, rewarding. For many candidates, however, preparation and study aren't the hurdle, but instead, it's the inescapable emotional obstacles that hold us back: the anxieties, distractions, and uncertainties surrounding the exam. We think of failing and try to fight off the fear that follows. "Everyone will think I don't have what it takes. I'll look like a fool," we might imagine. Why do things like this, and so many others cripple us? And how can we think about it in a new way?</p> HDR Chicago on Learning From Other Industries, Employee Empowerment, and Representing the Community Sean Joyner 2019-10-11T06:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-10T21:20:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Over the past few years, the field has received a growing amount of attention that has highlighted long-standing <a href="" target="_blank">labor issues</a> within the architecture industry, ranging from unsustainable pay models to <a href="" target="_blank">unwelcoming work environments</a>. Looking for an alternative, <a href="" target="_blank">the Architecture Lobby created the Just Design Initiative</a>, which recognizes fair labor practices in architecture. Beginning with nominations submitted by employees, and followed by an evaluation process, the team looked at practices that can serve as models of a new status quo within the profession.&nbsp;</p> <p>Archinect has teamed up with the Just Design crew to profile firms across the country that meet the initiative's standards. Whether it is a family-friendly work schedule or a health coverage plan that goes above and beyond, the series spotlights practices that honor the basic rights of their employees and can serve as exemplary models of what should become standard for the field.</p> The Gender Pay Gap in Architecture Eleanor Marshall 2019-10-10T08:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-16T23:29:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On both sides of the Atlantic there is a significant <a href="" target="_blank">pay gap</a> between men and women in architecture. In April 2019, the Royal Institute of British Architects (<a href="" target="_blank">RIBA</a>) issued <a href="" target="_blank">new guidelines</a> as it emerged that the pay gap in architecture is 15-percent in the UK. According to statistics from 2017, the pay gap is similar in the US, where it is 14-percent, with the American Institute of Architects (<a href="" target="_blank">AIA</a>) releasing similar guidelines in 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>What are the reasons for this, and why is it such a controversial subject?<br></p> Deans List: Berkeley's Vishaan Chakrabarti on Rejecting the False Choices Embodied by Recent Architectural Pedagogies Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-09T13:02:00-04:00 >2019-11-13T23:58:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Deans List</a>&nbsp;is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programs, pedagogical approaches, and academic goals, as defined by the dean&ndash;giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty, and academic environment.</p> <p>For this installment, Archinect spoke with <a href="" target="_blank">Vishaan Chakrabarti</a>, the founder of New York City's Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (<a href="" target="_blank">PAU</a>) who was recently&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">selected as the incoming dean</a> for the <a href="" target="_blank">College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley</a>. The school boasts a long history of nurturing multi-disciplinary approaches to improving the built environment while offering a slate of degree programs that include focuses on architecture, real estate development, urban design, and landscape architecture. As Chakrabarti prepares to assume deanship over the school in 2020, he offers a preview of what his tenure might hold, speaks out against the "false choices"&nbsp;...</p> Architect Deanna Van Buren on Designing Beautiful Spaces That "Amplify Self-Care, Love, Restoration, and Respect" Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-08T07:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-08T09:20:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Designing Justice + Designing Spaces</a> (DJDS) is an Oakland, California-based architecture and real estate development non-profit that is working to end mass incarceration by "building infrastructure that attacks its root causes: poverty, racism, unequal access to resources, and the criminal justice system itself," according to the firm's website.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">DJDS</a>&nbsp;is led by Deanna Van Buren, an architect who "designs spaces for peacemaking, inside and out" that is working to <a href="" target="_blank">envision a world without prisons</a>, and&nbsp;Kyle Rawlins, a real estate developer.&nbsp;The firm's necessary work involves upending America's blatantly unequal and inherently violent criminal justice system by proposing spaces that strive to instead achieve justice, healing, and reconciliation through alternative, human-centered means. The firm's work takes place both within correctional facilities through educational and self-care initiatives that help incarcerated people retain their humanity, as well as outside prisons, by helping re...</p> Yesomi Umolu on The "Unraveling of Our Received Language of Looking and Being in the World" Antonio Pacheco 2019-10-07T07:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-17T13:30:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Programming an international architecture biennial is no easy task, much less so when the goal is to create a program that seeks to recast prevailing narratives surrounding lived experiences of the built environment.</p> <p>For the <a href="" target="_blank">2019 run of the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> (CAB), artistic director Yesomi Umolu is attempting to do just that, however. By re-positioning, documenting, and indexing spaces, their materialities, and the narratives embodied by their existences, Umolu seeks to cast these elements as active participants in our society, as phenomena that transcend aesthetics, and instead embrace a multi-faceted and sometimes deeply problematic nature.&nbsp;</p> <p>Archinect caught up with Umolu to discuss the goals of the biennial's curatorial output, design practices that "reflect upon a broad set of spatial conditions and make space through a variety of means," and how the ways we look at buildings might be challenged by these broadly based approaches.&nbsp;</p> Postgraduate Students Present Final Projects at SCI-Arc’s EDGE Symposium Katherine Guimapang 2019-10-04T06:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-08T01:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>&rsquo;s 2019 academic year, each of the school&rsquo;s four postgraduate programs engaged with a different design phenomenon or technological paradigm. The culmination of the year-long postgraduate degree cycle was marked by a celebration of student work, the EDGE Symposium. Now in its third installment, the symposium was orchestrated in collaboration with the <a href="" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> and presented an exhibition of collected graduate work entitled <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Speculations at the Edge</em></a>. The two-day symposium consisted of presentations, reviews, project screenings, and a closing celebration at the A+D Museum.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Archinect connected with a few students to learn more about their year-long program experience. Below are thesis projects and comments from Laure Michelon, Pedro Ferrazini, Potsung Huang, Marine Lemari&eacute;, Juan Rincon, and <a href="" target="_blank">Jeremy&nbsp;Kamal</a>.</p> The Paris Model: Adapting and Creating Public Space as Cities Get Hotter Eleanor Marshall 2019-10-03T05:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-04T10:20:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This July, <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a> recorded an all-time high temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.7 Fahrenheit).&nbsp;</p> <p>The Parisian authorities quickly introduced measures to cool people down, including an <a href="" target="_blank">app</a> to point people towards 922 &ldquo;Urban Islands of Coolness.&rdquo; The measures included the installation of misting machines, water fountains, late night opening of parks and pools and the mapping of cultural spaces. Through absolute necessity, a whole new network of public spaces has been created, adapted or highlighted in the city via new technologies in reaction to soaring temperatures.&nbsp;</p> <p>Let's explore some of those approaches.&nbsp;</p> The Origin Story of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Sean Joyner 2019-10-01T13:52:00-04:00 >2019-10-08T17:39:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill</a> are three names hardly unrecognizable. Still one of America&rsquo;s largest architecture practices and pioneers of the modern skyscraper, but how did it get its start? Better yet, who is Skidmore? And who is Owings? How about Merrill? And how did the three meet? What is the story behind one of America&rsquo;s most important practices? It is a story few have told and even fewer know, one filled with twists, turns, and unexpected surprises.&nbsp;</p> Fellow Fellows: Anne Dessing Katherine Guimapang 2019-09-30T09:54:00-04:00 >2019-10-07T18:43:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Fellow Fellows</a></em>&nbsp;is a series that focuses on the increasingly important role&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">fellowships</a>&nbsp;play in architecture academia today. These prestigious academic positions can bring forth a fantastic blend of practice, research, and pedagogical cross-pollination, often within a tight time frame. They also, by definition, represent temporary, open-ended, and ultimately precarious employment for aspiring young designers and academics.&nbsp;<em>Fellow Fellows</em>&nbsp;aims to understand what these positions offer for both the fellows themselves and the discipline at large by presenting their work and experiences through an in-depth interview.&nbsp;<em>Fellow Fellows</em>&nbsp;is about bringing attention and inquiry to the otherwise maddening pace of academia, while also presenting a broad view of the exceptional and breakthrough work being done by people navigating the early parts of their careers.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>This week we talk to <a href="" target="_blank">Anne Dessing</a>, the 2018-2019 Douglas A. Garofalo Fellow at the <a href="" target="_blank">University Illinois Chicago.</a></p>... Challenging Normalcy and Bringing Value to the Mundane with Architect Paul Preissner Katherine Guimapang 2019-09-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2019-10-14T13:33:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Running a practice can be a balancing act of staying creative, finding the motivation to produce great work, all the while committing to the demands of running a professional business. For Chicago-based architect Paul Preissner and his firm&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Paul Preissner Architects</a>, this delicate dance also involves balancing creativity and responsibility to the work, as well as reinforcing his creative responsibility to himself.&nbsp;</p> <p>Preissner describes his practice as "a pretty good architecture and design office from Chicago, Illinois." However, you'll learn to find that his work extends beyond the quirky and obscure. Having experience in working in realms that include housing, civic buildings, furniture, installations, and architectural exhibitions, Preissner continues to show the importance of staying true to the idea of just <em>making things wor</em><em>k</em>. For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, Archinect was able to connect with Preissner to discuss how to making "normal things weird" and "popularizing the idea th...</p> Midwest Architecture Journeys Shares the Sacred and Profane History Behind Chicago's Streamline Moderne Church Archinect 2019-09-28T09:13:00-04:00 >2019-09-27T19:15:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Belt Publishing's forthcoming title,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Midwest Architecture Journeys</a>, features contributions from over twenty architects, critics, and journalists, taking the reader on a tour of some of the regions most inventive structures. The collection of writings feature works by&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Eliel Saarinen</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Bruce Goff</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Bertrand Goldberg</a>, among many others, while also giving equal attention to unique sites along the way, such as indigenous mounds, grain silos, parking lots, flea markets, and abandoned warehouses.&nbsp;</p> <p>Midwest Architecture Journeys is edited by Zach Mortice, a design journalist based in Chicago. The book will be released on October 15th and may be&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">purchased directly from Belt Publishing</a>.&nbsp;</p> SITELAB on Building an Uncompromising Practice That Embraces a “Both-And” Perspective Antonio Pacheco 2019-09-27T12:45:00-04:00 >2019-09-27T20:56:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">SITELAB urban studio</a>&nbsp; is a multi-disciplinary urban design team based in San Francisco. The 16-person firm tackles a wide-ranging set of concerns through their work, which bridges between urban design, landscape architecture, community engagement, and placemaking focuses. Viewed simply, SITELAB urban studio endeavors to improve the spaces between and around buildings by&nbsp;working to recast "urban design as a social practice, beyond simply technical or formal study," according to the designers.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, we spoke with Laura&nbsp;Crescimano, co-founder of SITELAB&nbsp;urban studio to discuss the importance of working collectively as a practice,&nbsp;looking up to firms and designers that are blurring traditional definitions of practice, and how the firm brings a "holistic lens to design by co-creating places" with clients and project partners.&nbsp;</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáne, Mexico City Ellen Hancock 2019-09-19T12:44:00-04:00 >2019-09-19T12:44:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For our series&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is their exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p> <p>This time, we interviewed <strong>Karla Noguez, a Curator at Museo Tamayo Arte Contempor&aacute;ne,</strong> in Mexico City. The museum was designed by Teodoro Gonz&aacute;lez de Le&oacute;n / Abraham Zabludovsky in 1972, and constructed from 1979-1981.</p> Studio One Eleven On "Creating a Community-Driven Architectural Practice Keenly Focused on Revitalizing Cities" Antonio Pacheco 2019-09-17T15:30:00-04:00 >2019-10-17T13:30:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a word, the work of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California-based <a href="" target="_blank">Studio One Eleven</a> focuses on cities. Throughout a range of scales running from tiny parklets to community master plans, the growing office thrives by "using design to create better outcomes for the communities we serve," according to the architects.&nbsp;</p> <p>The approach is one that takes shape pragmatically, as the firm is not guided by any singular project type, formal concept, or design methodology. Instead, an interdisciplinary team made up of architects, urban designers, and landscape architects works to tinker across the built environment, applying tactical design expertise wherever possible to help boost transit-oriented development, increase the supply of affordable and market-rate housing, and instill other forms of community-oriented economic development and revitalization.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, Archinect caught up with founding principal Allan Pullman and design director Michael Bohn of Studio One Ele...</p>