Archinect - Features 2022-05-28T11:00:34-04:00 Unionization in Architecture: Reviving a Dormant Movement to Fix a Broken Industry Niall Patrick Walsh 2022-05-27T12:50:00-04:00 >2022-05-28T09:08:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After decades of inactivity, 2022 saw the resurgence of the union movement in architecture with an <a href="" target="_blank">effort by workers</a> at New York-based <a href="" target="_blank">SHoP</a>&nbsp;to collectively organize. Where does this effort, which was <a href="" target="_blank">ultimately withdrawn</a>, sit within the broader discourse of architectural labor conditions? How might unionization impact employer-employee dynamics, architectural fees, and the design process itself?&nbsp;<br></p> <p>In search of answers, we speak with <a href="" target="_blank">IAMAW</a> union organizer, and former SHoP employee, Andrew Daley, who assisted in the unionization effort while at the firm. We also speak with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Peggy Deamer</a>, founding member of <a href="" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a>, for whom the SHoP effort was the culmination of years of activism and campaigning for reform of what an increasing number of architects see as a broken business model.&nbsp;</p> Ali Chen, Architect-Turned-Multidisciplinary Designer, Wants to Help You Pass the ARE Katherine Guimapang 2022-05-19T08:59:00-04:00 >2022-05-20T11:16:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An architecture background offers individuals skills to thrive in disciplines outside of traditional architecture roles. As evident in our <a href="" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box series</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's Interesting Jobs series</a>, we highlight examples of how architects and design professionals use their backgrounds in different industries.<br></p> <p>With design expertise continuously evolving, our editorial team has connected with those who have applied their architectural backgrounds to alternative career paths. One such example is multi-disciplinary designer <a href="" target="_blank">Ali Chen</a>. A licensed architect and visualization expert, her interests evolved into packaging design, UX/UI design, and app development.</p> <p>For this exclusive interview, we connected with Chen to learn more about her multifaceted career path, her experience with architecture licensure, and the launch of her IOS app that aids in studying for the ARE called&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">ARE Inquizition</a>. </p> Summer Architecture Programs, Workshops, and Design Intensives for High School Graduates and Adults Katherine Guimapang 2022-05-09T12:28:00-04:00 >2022-05-10T20:52:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Continuing with our list of architecture programs to explore during the summer, Part II focuses on opportunities for recent high school graduates and adults. Echoing a similar message as provided in <a href="" target="_blank">Part I</a>, these courses and workshops offer adults young and old, even without prior design experience, access to the fundamentals of an architecture education.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Our list also includes programs for those with existing backgrounds adjacent to architecture looking to explore specific topics with design emphasis.&nbsp;</p> Cooperatives: The Real Employee-Owned Firms? Niall Patrick Walsh 2022-05-06T09:00:00-04:00 >2022-05-19T18:18:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a follow-up to our <a href="" target="_blank">January 2022 feature</a> on employee-owned architecture firms, we question if the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) models which represent the majority of employee-owned architecture firms adequately fulfill a growing worker-led clamor for reform within the profession. For organizations such as the <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture Lobby</a>, and its founding member&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Peggy Deamer</a>, meaningful worker ownership of an architectural firm goes far beyond the ESOP model of stock and retirement plans, and instead requires a fundamental rethink, or even abolition, of the employer-employee dynamic.</p> Architecture is lost at sea. And that may be a good thing. Duo Dickinson 2022-05-03T16:55:00-04:00 >2022-05-05T18:10:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It is fully lame to say that &ldquo;times have changed.&rdquo; Because time is change.</p> <p>I have made things for 45 years. In some places the work has been lauded, but others have decried what I do as traditionally lame or insensitively modern. </p> <p>This mutually exclusive disdain makes sense to me. These varied results are due to the reality that beauty is both universally felt and individually perceived, and it has nothing to do with &ldquo;style.&rdquo;</p> Architecture Courses and Workshops for Kids and High School Students Katherine Guimapang 2022-04-29T17:03:00-04:00 >2022-05-23T11:01:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Are you a parent looking for fun and stimulating summer programs to keep your young ones busy? Are you a high school student excited to explore the world of architecture? With summer just around the corner, there are plenty of architecture-focused initiatives to explore in the coming months.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the 2022 summer season, Archinect has created a special two-part feature highlighting architecture programs for all ages. Part I focuses on summer courses and workshops for young minds ready to discover architecture's basics.&nbsp;<br></p> Exploring Methods of Resiliency in Society, Ecology, and Design with Kevin Mojica, Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis Katherine Guimapang 2022-04-27T09:07:00-04:00 >2022-05-13T22:32:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Continuing with our spotlight on architecture fellowships and the individuals behind the work and research, we present Part Two of our&nbsp;special&nbsp;(2020&ndash;2022) Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellow at <a href="" target="_blank">Washington University in St. Louis</a>&nbsp;features.&nbsp;Last week, we highlighted the work of fellow&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Nathan Stanfield</a>. Here, we share our interview with Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellow Kevin Mojica about his research.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mojica's path to studying architecture was influenced by his upbringing in Mexico and the architectural disparities he observed growing up in Southern Florida. During our in-depth interview, Mojica identifies the stark realities immigrant families face when it comes to housing and challenges in climate change. He discusses how his experiences influenced his design perspectives and focus on climate resiliency projects and design's impact through a social and cultural lens. "To understand my interest in design and architecture, I feel it is important to share my background as a first-ge...</p> JA Architecture Studio on Pursuing That Missing Middle in the Mode of Practice Alexander Walter 2022-04-25T13:01:00-04:00 >2022-04-27T22:01:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a> conversation, Archinect had the pleasure of chatting with Nima Javidi and Behnaz Assadi, founding partners of Toronto-based <a href="" target="_blank">JA Architecture Studio</a>. Being an architect and a landscape designer, respectively, Javidi and Assadi contribute their unique perspectives to tackle an array of typologies &mdash; recently earning them also, among other awards, a coveted <a href="" target="_blank">Emerging Voices</a> distinction from The Architectural League of New York.</p> <p>Their interview responses elaborate on the team's search for a new mode of practice, the relationship of their architecture to the city, and aspirations for future commissions.&nbsp;</p> Embracing New Pathways for Architectural Expertise: A Conversation With Heather Flood, Woodbury School of Architecture Interim Dean Katherine Guimapang 2022-04-21T09:12:00-04:00 >2022-04-22T11:38:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Academic leaders have the demanding task of steering and shaping a school's educational culture and pedagogy. Not only are they responsible for overseeing an institution's administrative affairs, but they are also charged with shaping both learning and teaching environments for students and faculty. While prerequisites for a Dean or Department Chair may differ from institution to institution, their goals are to provide a place that will nurture a student's architectural curiosities by providing an environment where they can gain skills and expand their design knowledge.&nbsp;</p> <p>For Heather Flood, the path to architecture and academia may not resemble the typical 'academic dean.' Her commitment to education and attitude towards building more robust pathways for students pursuing a career in AEC and design industries sets her apart.&nbsp;</p> <p>For Archinect's latest&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Deans List</a>&nbsp;conversation, I connected with Heather as she embarks on her role as Interim Dean at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Woodbury University School of Architectur...</a></p> Design, Incorporated; Unpacking the Myths of the SCI-Arc Panel Michael Pinto 2022-04-20T10:58:00-04:00 >2022-05-02T10:53:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>At one point during the recent <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc panel discussion</a>, &ldquo;How to be in an office,&rdquo; students were presented with a choice. They were presented, on one hand, Design Firms, and on the other hand, Corporate Firms. The ensuing discussion went on to describe the choice as inspiration and passion vs. a paycheck.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not an either/or proposition. That&rsquo;s a myth.</p> Investigating the Histories and Futures of Water-Based Crises with Nathan Stanfield, Sam Fox Ambassadors Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis Katherine Guimapang 2022-04-15T17:43:00-04:00 >2022-04-15T17:44:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>While&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">highlighting fellowships</a>&nbsp;has been a regular editorial topic on Archinect, we developed a special series (starting in 2018) to&nbsp;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. Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fellow Fellows</em></a>&nbsp;series&nbsp;is&nbsp;about bringing attention and inquiry to academia's otherwise maddening pace while also offering a broad view of the exceptional and breakthrough work done by people navigating the early parts of their careers.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this Fellow Fellows feature, we'll be connecting with participating fellows from the<em></em>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis</a>. In this special two-part feature, we speak with Nathan Stanfield, Sam Fox Ambassadors Fellow (2020&ndash;2022) and Divided City Graduate Fellow (2021). He is a graduate of Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis where he received his B.S. in Architecture as well as an M.Ar...</p> CO Creation : when machine learning meets architecture Archinect 2022-04-07T11:00:00-04:00 >2022-04-06T20:37:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It&rsquo;s not breaking news that Artificial Intelligence has started to affect the field of architecture in previous years. One of the most influential academic projects that changed the field was&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the 2019 Harvard GSD thesis by Stanislas Chaillou&rsquo;s &ldquo;AI+Architecture,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;influencing studios around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this article, we will take a look at the approach toward AI that&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Die Angewandte</a>&nbsp;put together for empowering architecture students, the designers of the future.&nbsp;</p> Debunking Architecture’s Mythological Work Culture Sean Joyner 2022-04-04T14:36:00-04:00 >2022-05-24T17:58:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After a recent panel hosted within <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, called <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Basecamp: How to be in an office</em></a><em>, </em>sparked protest from students and alumni, a slew of events unfolded within the school that rippled into the architecture community, prompting passionate discourse about ethics within professional practice and academia, especially as it relates to internships and the treatment of students and young professionals. But this isn't an essay about SCI-Arc, or an account of what is going on at SCI-Arc. The events have already been well documented online and in <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's latest reporting on April 1</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead, I want to explore the deeper historical and philosophical concepts that I believe underlie what we&rsquo;ll call the conservative view of architecture work culture: that long hours, toil and suffering, and low pay are inevitable realities of pursuing a rigorous design career. I see a disconnect between the traditional professional ethos and the advent of the current zeitgeist that has been born, particular...</p> 'Everyone Has a Design Voice Worth Hearing': ANACAPA Architecture on Teamwork and Design Intention Alexander Walter 2022-04-02T09:00:00-04:00 >2022-04-05T06:57:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Defining a sustainable and healthy firm culture is essential for any design practice. Besides creating a robust portfolio and showcasing design expertise to execute projects, fostering a collaborative workplace comes down to firm leadership, team expectations, and opportunities for transparent communication. For architect Dan Weber, an important factor when running a design practice is listening to the team and valuing quality over quantity.&nbsp;</p> <p>Weber is the founder and principal architect of Santa Barbara-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">ANACAPA</a>. Nestled along the coast of Southern California, the firm's robust portfolio of custom residential, creative offices, and urban infill projects has garnered them notoriety within the industry. So what helps this 19-person team flourish? As Weber explains: "The original and ongoing intention with ANACAPA is to create a lasting company that is firm in its roots and represents something more significant than just its founder."</p> <p>In this latest edition of <a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's...</a></p> How to Get a Job at Snøhetta Alexander Walter 2022-03-24T15:13:00-04:00 >2022-03-28T15:01:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Founded in 1989&nbsp;as a collaborative workshop following the competition-winning entry for the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> has continuously grown into a global powerhouse with high-profile commissions&nbsp;in its portfolio such as the&nbsp;Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo,&nbsp;the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York, the <a href="" target="_blank">Le Monde Group Headquarters</a> in Paris, the <a href="" target="_blank">SFMOMA Expansion</a> in San Francisco, or the <a href="" target="_blank">viral underwater restaurant "Under"</a><em></em> in Southern Norway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, the firm employs nearly 300 team members with backgrounds in a variety of disciplines operating from offices in&nbsp;Oslo, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Innsbruck, Hong Kong, and Adelaide.</p> <p>For Archinect's latest episode of the "<a href="" target="_blank">How To Get A Job At ____</a>" series, we interviewed members of the Sn&oslash;hetta leadership team to learn more about their hiring process.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Craig Dykers</a> (Founding Partner; Architect), <a href="" target="_blank">Elaine Molinar</a> (Partner; Managing Director - The Americas), and Matthew McMahon (Director;...</p> NJIT's Upcoming eLCAd Symposium Builds Cross-Disciplinary Bridges in Design and Environmental Life Cycle Assessment Katherine Guimapang 2022-03-19T10:30:00-04:00 >2022-03-18T20:54:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Sustainability is more than a buzzword for the team behind <a href="" target="_blank">New Jersey Institute of Technology's (NJIT)</a> upcoming <a href="" target="_blank">Environmental Life Cycle Assessment in Design Symposium</a>, better known as eLCAd. What began in 2020 as an idea to bring together the disciplines of architecture, design, and data-driven techniques for assessing environmental challenges has now become a book and industry-focused symposium for working professionals and students.&nbsp;</p> <p>When it comes to sustainable design approaches and best practices, there are numerous conferences and symposiums to talk about and attend. But what makes eLCAd different? Why highlight this symposium in comparison to others? In a nutshell, eLCAd 2022 is a three-day, international event that "unites two professions engaged in parallel systems thinking [...] to define actionable, collaborative opportunities brought about through continuing advances in computational tools." For John Cays (Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Interim Director of the Schoo...</p> The Impact of Ireland's Architects, from the Pritzker Prize to the White House Niall Patrick Walsh 2022-03-17T06:00:00-04:00 >2022-03-16T20:55:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Historically, Ireland's architects have punched above their weight on the world stage. Be it the White House in&nbsp;Washington D.C., innovative World Expo pavilions in&nbsp;New York, or Stirling Prize-winning buildings in the United Kingdom by Dublin-based Pritzker laureates, we explore how the island's architectural history and attitudes have informed what has today been dubbed the "golden age" of Irish architecture.</p> Archinect’s Guide to Job Titles: Building Façade/Envelope Specialist Maria Doku 2022-03-14T19:54:00-04:00 >2022-03-15T15:41:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Expertise in facade design has become a growing niche for firms and individuals who specialize in building envelopes, facade fabrication techniques, and performance-based design solutions. A facade specialist helps firms create unique building exteriors that blend architecture, engineering, and material innovation.</p> <p>Our latest installment of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's Guide to Job Titles</a> explores the role of a fa&ccedil;ade/envelope specialist, the qualifications needed to pursue this as a career path, and what firms are looking for when hiring.&nbsp;</p> America’s Public Housing is Burning, Fueled by Cold Indifference Niall Patrick Walsh 2022-03-09T13:22:00-05:00 >2022-03-14T13:16:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In early 2022, building fires at publicly-funded properties in the Bronx and Philadelphia claimed 29 lives. The facts and conditions surrounding the fires expose an ongoing failure by officials to provide and maintain a safe standard of housing for some of America's most vulnerable. However, the reactions by the same officials would suggest that a moment requiring urgent reforms in regulations, funding, and oversight is instead being met with indifference.</p> Celebrating Women in Practice: Archinect Highlights Architects and Female-led Firms to Follow Katherine Guimapang 2022-03-09T07:47:00-05:00 >2022-03-09T00:01:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Discourse surrounding women in architecture and its adjacent disciplines continues to grow and expand. With March honoring Women's History Month and this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">International Women's Day</a>,&nbsp;let us be&nbsp;reminded that a woman's worth, intellect, and contributions shouldn't be reserved for a single day or month of awareness and celebration. Instead, let's continue to propel equity and intersectionality within practice, close the gender pay gap, hire women for their skills as practitioners not to check DEI boxes, listen to women as equals, and refrain from tokenization.</p> <p>A continuous goal at Archinect has been to use our platform as a means to amplify and connect with various groups and voices, especially <a href="" target="_blank">women</a>&nbsp;in practice. In celebration of all female practitioners, today and every day below is a group of architects and firm leaders to follow via their firm profiles on Archinect and on social media.&nbsp;</p> Voices from Ukraine: Architects, designers, and academics share personal insights with Archinect Katherine Guimapang 2022-03-04T07:25:00-05:00 >2022-03-14T03:06:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As the world continues to hear and see reports of terror and destruction following <a href="" target="_blank">Russia's invasion of its neighbor</a>, it's easy to forget about the individual voices of Ukrainian people. The public has grown to recognize the voice of the nation's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, as one of steadfast loyalty to his people and country. Beyond the accounts from journalists and news teams on the ground, what do the architects, designers, and academic institutions of Ukraine have to say?&nbsp;</p> <p>To amplify individual experiences, commentary, and calls for peace, we are sharing some of the stories that Ukrainine's design community has sent us.</p> Fostering Civic Engagement in Architecture School With Jeanine Centuori, Director of Woodbury’s ACE Center Katherine Guimapang 2022-02-23T10:46:00-05:00 >2022-02-23T12:16:52-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>How can architecture schools better engage with the communities surrounding them? For faculty and students at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Woodbury School of Architecture</a>, the words <em>civic engagement</em> are more than just umbrella terms used as curriculum aides for student learning. Instead, they are pillars to facilitate ongoing discourse and action towards helping underserved communities in Southern California. Through architecture, design, non-profit work, and business initiatives, the school's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Agency for Civic Engagement (ACE)</a>&nbsp;program uses a multidisciplinary approach to designing for the public.<br></p> <p>ACE stemmed from an idea led by a group of dedicated Woodbury faculty members. What began as a visionary project has become an essential public interest program. To learn more about ACE's history and the community-driven projects born out of the program, I spoke with its Director, <a href="" target="_blank">Jeanine Centuori, FAIA</a>. During our conversation, we also discussed public art and its relationship to architecture, the importance of exposi...</p> Partners in Business, Partners in Life: Architecture Couples Discuss the Ups, Downs, and In-betweens of Running a Practice Together Josh Niland 2022-02-14T13:21:00-05:00 >2022-02-19T21:22:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Valentine's Day</a> is upon us, and Archinect is celebrating this year by connecting with some of the industry's closest creative partnerships. To learn more about this special dynamic, we reached out to emerging and established practices founded by architects who are partners in both business and life. They share insights into how they both manage and balance these often competing itineraries.</p> <p>From overcoming boundaries and challenges to setbacks and competing endeavors between love and art, their answers include time-tested messages about collaboration, the importance of communicating, and how the spark of inspiration is fostered within work and home.</p> Finding Value in Waste​: Japan’s​ Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center is a Temple to Material Reuse Niall Patrick Walsh 2022-02-03T15:37:00-05:00 >2022-02-03T15:38:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Today, building materials account for half of all solid waste generated worldwide every year. In response to mounting concerns over the impact of construction on the built environment, a growing number of architects and material scientists are investigating the potential for recycled materials to form an integral part of future construction. In this article, we reflect on a recently completed building in rural Japan that embodies an alternative approach to the norm; with the added accolade of being perhaps the world's first waste recycling center constructed almost entirely from recycled waste.</p> 'Everyone Talks About Silver Linings, It's Hard to Talk About Opportunities': A Conversation with Elizabeth Leber, Managing Partner at Beyer Blinder Belle Katherine Guimapang 2022-02-01T12:01:00-05:00 >2022-02-01T12:03:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"In times of crisis and seismic moments come great opportunities for how you reshape who you are and how your employees view you. You begin to reshape your values, and for me, becoming a Managing Partner was an important time." These are the words of Elizbeth Leber, Managing Partner at <a href="" target="_blank">Beyer Blinder Belle</a> (BBB). When we connected via Zoom on a Tuesday morning in January, our conversation developed into a wonderful chat about unconventional paths to architecture, her love for art history and adaptive reuse, and the importance of taking off your headphones.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now that we're in the year 2022, practitioners continue to make efforts towards re-envisioning what a firm leader looks like. While women have resiliently changed and challenged the field of architecture for decades, Beyer Blinder Belle's Elizabeth Leber is no exception. &ldquo;Any business leader needs to have empathy and the ability to identify with our clients and our staff,&rdquo; expressed Elizabeth, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to remember that each...</p> In Focus: Jason O’Rear’s Captivating Architectural Photography Comes from the Eye of a Trained Architect Archinect 2022-01-17T13:36:00-05:00 >2022-01-24T10:46:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>In Focus</em></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's recurring series dedicated to profiling the photographers who help capture architecture and make the work of architects look that much better. In this series, we ask: What is their relationship to architecture? How do they work? What are their goals when capturing buildings?</p> <p>For this installment, Archinect talks with <a href="" target="_blank">Jason O'Rear,</a> a San Francisco-based architectural photographer. With a career including a professional background in architecture, Jason brings an experienced and empathetic eye to the spaces he captures with his camera. His work brings into focus the synthesis of structure, human experience and landscape.&nbsp;</p> Workplace Dynamics: Dealing With Difficult Personalities in an Architecture Office Marina Curac 2022-01-13T13:44:00-05:00 >2022-01-19T10:16:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When hiring new staff, one goal is to assess how a candidate&rsquo;s personality fits within the office culture. Human resource professionals and hiring teams use various tools, and sometimes personality tests, to help assemble successful teams and office cultures.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the effort firms and businesses make towards fostering encouraging work environments, we are bound to work with people whose personalities do not fit our own. If we could choose, we would decide not to work with these difficult individuals at all. However, if left unaddressed, these personality differences and quirks can result in clashed behavioral patterns and strenuous work situations.&nbsp;</p> <p>To further explore this topic, we focus on how individuals working together in an office can assess these difficult situations and handle them.&nbsp;</p> A Guide to Employee-Owned Architecture Firms, by Those Who Have Made the Change Niall Patrick Walsh 2022-01-10T12:09:00-05:00 >2022-03-08T20:57:44-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Throughout 2020 and 2021, the world of work has been <a href="" target="_blank">subject to a relentless evaluation</a>, triggered by the <a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19 pandemic</a>. Conversations around <a href="" target="_blank">remote working</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">asynchronous office hours</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">workers&rsquo; wages</a> have gained added agency, as almost all economic sectors seek to balance health and safety with turnover and productivity. Stepping back from specific employment topics such as these, COVID-19 has also caused a more fundamental re-evaluation&nbsp;of how work shapes our lives. A study earlier this year found that <a href="" target="_blank">66% of unemployed Americans</a> were considering changing their occupation, dwarfing levels seen during the 2008 recession, while <a href="" target="_blank">research by McKinsey</a> found similar metrics even among those still in employment.</p> <p>Within this context, it is perhaps no surprise that the topic of employee ownership of businesses has gathered pace. In a time where many are critically reflecting on how meaningful or fulfilling their core occupations are, the idea of employment generating results for the...</p> Archinect's Guide to Job Titles: Model Maker Maria Doku 2022-01-04T13:55:00-05:00 >2022-04-09T20:34:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When beginning architecture school, a student is introduced to four basic design elements: Point, Line, Plane, and Volume. The process for designing a building requires these four elements to operate. These elements serve as the backbone to crafting an effective design proposal and successful project for a design firm. For our eighth installment of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Archinect's Guide to Job Titles</em></a>, we explore the role and career path of a Model Maker.&nbsp;</p> <p>An architectural model serves as the physical manifestation of a design proposal. A model may highlight the use and aspects of a planned structure beyond the reach of a composite sketch or digitally composed image. A tangible, three-dimensional form, the architectural model is a key component to the visualization of a building and the communication of layout and inter-spatial design relationships.&nbsp;</p> An Architectural Education Renaissance, Action, Well-Being, Radical Racial Equity, Kindness, Resilience, Xenobots... The Community Shares Their Predictions for 2022 Archinect 2022-01-03T09:00:00-05:00 >2022-02-18T13:16:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After reflecting on this past year's news and events in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's 2021 Year in Review</a>, we move our focus onto what we can expect in the coming year.</p> <p>As we approach 2022, and Archinect's 25th anniversary, we've reached out to our community of contributors, previously interviewed individuals, firms leaders, designers, and academics to share their thoughts and predictions for the coming year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>