Archinect - Features 2021-05-15T20:56:47-04:00 Smog City: The Fight Against Urban Air Pollution Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-05-13T12:00:00-04:00 >2021-05-14T02:51:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Around the world, cities and citizens continue to suffer from the effects of air pollution. While the COVID-19 pandemic ironically led to a temporary improvement in urban air quality, the status quo for the air we breathe in cities is bleak. In this article, we examine the prevalence, causes, and effects of air pollution in urban environments. In a concluding note of optimism, we also highlight examples of architects using their skills to enhance air quality in cities and improve the health of both humans and nature.&nbsp;</p> A Bridge to Architectural Education: Exploring UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s Summer Programs with Julia Koerner Katherine Guimapang 2021-05-13T11:32:00-04:00 >2021-05-13T19:57:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With summer right around the corner, high school students, young professionals, and individuals looking to explore new disciplines seek programs that spark their interests while learning new skills. With virtual learning practices adopted globally, the opportunity for students to participate in notable summer school programs from any part of the world is readily available.</p> <p>This summer, <a href="" target="_blank">UCLA Architecture and Urban Design</a>'s notable summer programs welcome individuals interested in exploring design and learning introductory skills in architecture in a new virtual format. By offering two programs created for high school students and adults, the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Teen ArchStudio</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">JumpStart</a>&nbsp;programs provide participants with a glimpse into studio culture at one of the leading public universities in the world in addition to earning University of California (UC) course credit. This year's summer program welcomes Assistant Adjunct Professor <a href="" target="_blank">Julia Koerner</a> as its newly appointed Summer Programs Director. Wit...</p> Learning to Relate: Politically Engaged Architecture Must Begin With People Dante Furioso 2021-05-12T12:57:00-04:00 >2021-05-13T09:17:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On Wednesday, May 5, I attended <a href=";_zl=Ulda2" target="_blank">The Community Engagement and Social Justice in Architectural History Roundtable</a> hosted by the <a href="" target="_blank">Society of Architectural Historians</a> (SAH) on Zoom. The event allowed me to reflect on the importance of interpersonal dynamics for architectural historians and practitioners who wish to do politically engaged work.</p> M.Arch Students From Washington University’s Sam Fox School Publish Studio Work Investigating International Housing From a Social, Cultural, and Environmental Framework Katherine Guimapang 2021-05-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-05-10T10:10:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis</a> recently announced the publication of International Housing Studio: 2017-2019, which highlights the work of the 419 International Housing studio in the Master of Architecture program.</p> <p>A core studio taken by all graduate architecture students, the 419 International Housing studio draws from the diverse expertise of Washington University faculty and visiting faculty, with project sites located in different parts of the world. The studio begins with a set of rotations, where students work for two weeks in one city with one instructor before moving to another city with a different instructor, with whom they develop their project for the remainder of the semester. Students explore how each city&rsquo;s climate, history, and sociocultural particularities inform the making of collective housing.</p> <p>To dive into the collection of student and faculty research, Archinect previews the publication that was published in Marc...</p> Anya Moryoussef on Challenging the Traditional Model of Architectural Practice Alexander Walter 2021-05-06T07:59:00-04:00 >2021-05-05T19:59:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, Archinect had the pleasure of connecting with&nbsp;Anya Moryoussef, Founding Principle of Toronto-based firm&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">AM_A</a> and this year's recipient of the <a href="" target="_blank">RAIC&nbsp;Emerging Architect Award</a>. Her design work impresses with gorgeous clarity, awareness of material interplay, consistently conveyed through warm, minimalist tones.</p> <p>The conversation touched on the team's collaborative nature, the intention to keep the studio small, and the challenges of scoring bigger, public commissions for emerging practices in Canada.<br></p> Present Realities: Teaching Design Studio Online Dante Furioso 2021-05-05T08:00:00-04:00 >2021-05-04T20:22:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since my university moved all of its coursework online in March of 2020, like most professors, I have taught my class on Zoom. Forced to adopt new tools and methods, <a href="" target="_blank">teaching design studio online</a> has allowed the (relatively) seamless flow between different media in a way that would never be possible in person. With a few clicks of my mouse, I can annotate a PDF of my student&rsquo;s floor plan, post a link to a precedent on, and drop it into Google Streetview. That is, while we&rsquo;ve lost face-to-face interactions, physical models, and trace paper, I can still easily provide verbal and graphic feedback to my students&rsquo; designs and expose them to new ideas.</p> How Do Architects Attract and Retain Staff in a Post-Pandemic World? Scott MacTavish 2021-05-04T08:01:00-04:00 >2021-05-06T10:34:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On Wednesday 15th April, <em>The New York Times</em> wrote &lsquo;The American Economic recovery is gathering steam, renewing confidence that a vibrant revival awaits as the pandemic recedes.&rsquo; How do <a href="" target="_blank">architecture firms</a> prepare for this? And how do they make sure that they retain their best people and attract <a href="" target="_blank">talented staff</a> as we move into a buoyant economy and post-pandemic world? Is it just a case of throwing more money at the issue in the form of bigger <a href="" target="_blank">salaries</a> and bonuses to urge people to stay, or is it more nuanced and delicate?</p> Connecticut Is In the Spotlight as a Housing Reform Hotspot Josh Niland 2021-04-30T14:55:00-04:00 >2021-05-06T18:31:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When Dr. King <a href="" target="_blank">came to Connecticut</a> in 1944, he was astonished by the openness and inclusivity the sleepy town of Simsbury provided in contrast to the roiling hatred he knew from his youth growing up under the shadow of Jim Crow in Georgia.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The 16-year-old college freshman</a> was changed forever by his experience working on a tobacco farm that summer, and wrote in his diary about misgivings he had on the train ride back to Atlanta, his memory fresh with integrated dances and dinners that left him with feelings of fondness and admiration for the welcome he received in the Nutmeg State.</p> <p>But what King likely could never have imagined when he was touring the verdant and friendly Hartford-area communities he found inspiring was that the same problem he found sanctuary from in the towns and suburbs north of the capital was taking hold in silence all around him. A problem with roots in the Depression that still takes hold today.&nbsp;</p> For What It’s Worth: Unpaid Overtime Among Future Architects Niall Patrick Walsh 2021-04-28T16:22:00-04:00 >2021-04-30T13:24:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Over recent months, a conversation about unpaid overtime has risen to the top of the United Kingdom&rsquo;s architectural discourse, spurred by lobbying from the <a href="" target="_blank">Future Architects Front</a>. We took a closer look at how the latest debate began, what it uncovered about the prevalence of unpaid overtime in architecture, and what it means for the future of unpaid overtime in the UK and abroad.&nbsp;</p> Keller Easterling’s Medium Design: Oblique Strategies for Reprogramming Design Practice Kearon Roy Taylor 2021-04-22T12:52:00-04:00 >2021-04-27T13:27:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Keller Easterling is a thinker intent on peering behind the veil to inquire into the forces and conditions that give rise to forms and spatial formations: the infrastructural, political, and financial milieux that softly but surely govern the production of architectural objects.</p> <p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Medium Design: Knowing how to work on the world</a></em>&nbsp;is concerned with a central preoccupation: how can designers and design thinkers operate with agency in the face of &ldquo;intractable dilemmas&rdquo; arising from entrenched power and its fixations on convenient solutions? In the words of the late Mark Fisher, how can we &ldquo;conceive of a world radically different from the one in which we live?&rdquo;</p> What Is the Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence to the Architecture Profession? Karim Abdel-Wadood 2021-04-22T08:03:00-04:00 >2021-04-27T09:08:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Artificial intelligence could potentially help us streamline the more rudimentary and tedious aspects of design to free up more time for creative problem solving and response to human needs. It would be unreasonable to say that any <a href="" target="_blank">AI</a> that we could conceive in our lifetime would be able to intimately familiarize itself with the breadth of human experience to allow it to make accurate determinations about the things we need. Oftentimes the things we need are rooted in aesthetics that are meant to facilitate our emotional well-being or they are otherwise rooted in cultural lineages and traditions that are <a href="" target="_blank">difficult as yet to quantify</a>.</p> How Digital Spaces Can Shape Cities as We Exit the Pandemic Paul Yakubu 2021-04-20T17:50:00-04:00 >2021-04-21T11:31:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In May 2019, Nike released Nike Fit Digital Foot Measurement, an app that creates hyper-accurate sizing for its shoes by scanning the user&rsquo;s feet through the camera of a smartphone. The reactions to this novel idea felt like another blow to a struggling typology, the shopping mall. People clamored for more augmented reality tools in the fashion industry that would limit the need for visiting physical shopping malls, for more neoteric features in digital spaces for online shopping, and for comfort in the absence of tangible architecture. With an evolving digital space that includes social media, virtual reality platforms, gaming worlds, online shopping platforms, and many others, public spaces have lost the title of being anchor social spaces while digital spaces are slowly becoming traditional ways of interacting in public life. In the quest for better cities, digital spaces might be a friend or foe to architecture, but as the pandemic forced cities to go on breaks, it&rsquo;s a reflectio...</p> LowDO on Building Societal Equity Through 'Low Design' Alexander Walter 2021-04-19T12:15:00-04:00 >2021-04-22T22:26:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Featured in our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a> is&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Low Design Office</a>, a small, integrated, and highly collaborative architecture studio based in Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana. Founded by&nbsp;Ryan Bollom and DK Osseo-Asare during their grad school years at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a>, the firm's work on both continents is driven by a compelling ethos of resourcefulness, practiced sustainability, and equity building through design.&nbsp;</p> <p>The team was recently honored for its accomplishments by The Architectural League of New York with one of this year's coveted <a href="" target="_blank">Emerging Voices Awards</a>.</p> 'Architecture as Provider Instead of Shelter'​: Matter Design's Brandon Clifford Discusses Architecture and Speculative Design as a Catalyst for Social Good Katherine Guimapang 2021-04-14T08:25:00-04:00 >2021-04-14T17:59:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Learning how a design studio begins its journey into professional practice is an eye-opening experience. For&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Matter Design</a>, they started with a mission to build projects they designed themselves. While this response may seem simple in its approach, they explain, "we were much more interested in the means, the methods, and communication between design and materials." Yet, four years after our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a> <a href="" target="_blank">interview with co-founders Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee</a>, the practice has grown into a catalyst for bridging architecture, speculative design, and interdisciplinary social missions.</p> <p>Archinect re-connected with Clifford to discuss recessions, running a speculative design studio, and how the firm's latest project Aqu&iacute;Aqu&iacute; is more than just a public space project. Clifford shared, "I can say that we have built Matter Design on a series of speculative built works that serve as individual challenges to default practice." In response to the development of Aqu&iacute;Aqu&iacute;, he explains, "we t...</p> On the Importance of Feedback: How Architects and Designers Can Improve Office Culture marinacurac 2021-04-09T16:49:00-04:00 >2021-04-12T16:27:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Whether you are a new or seasoned professional, being a fast learner is a sought-after characteristic. There are several tools and skills that will help expedite one's career advancement, yet a vital resource is feedback &mdash; to have someone share their perspective on your work and give actionable advice on how you can do even better next time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many companies have structured performance reviews on a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. These reviews, however, may not always be sufficient in frequency and value for new hires. It becomes easy to get enveloped in daily to-do lists, aggressive project schedules, and office politics. Instead of having a prearranged review meeting, it may be up to an individual to initiate these potentially difficult discussions.&nbsp;</p> <p>While this may be easy for some, this much-needed mission of soliciting feedback can be daunting for many new team members. Below we deliver insights on how facilitating feedback can be a fruitful and organic conversation.</p>... Syracuse University School of Architecture Students Uncover the Forgotten Histories of Systemic Racism With “Hidden Histories” Exhibit Nathaniel Bahadursingh 2021-04-08T08:19:00-04:00 >2021-04-09T11:17:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The built environment isn&rsquo;t static. Everyday, structures are created, destroyed, and repurposed. Some are preserved while others are left to slowly decay. As time passes and the world changes, new meanings can become attributed to these spaces. Their pasts and histories become vulnerable and new realities may take shape. For better or for worse, the functions spaces once had, the people they once served, and the circumstances that led to their erasure fade and become forgotten.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are a myriad of forces that drive this ever-occurring phenomenon, ranging from natural to deliberate actions. And, this is where difficult questions arise. What is the history of this place? Why has it been forgotten? Was this nullification intentional? Who and what were the agents that drove these actions? While these are complex questions, in taking a step back and observing broader historical contexts, explanations for these occurrences can be revealed. And, Syracuse Architecture&rsquo;s National Organiza...</p> spatial practice on Becoming a Global Player as a Small Team Alexander Walter 2021-04-07T08:18:00-04:00 >2021-05-03T13:03:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">spatial practice</a> is a small Hong Kong-and-soon-to-be-Los Angeles-based collaborative partnership established by Dora Chi and Erik Amir. Initially founded in Beijing, the young firm very quickly gained exposure to projects of a scale that often remains reserved for more established offices. <br></p> <p>In our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, we had the pleasure of chatting with Chi and Amir about their journey so far, if and how the pandemic has impacted their operations throughout the past year, and what they look forward to with the opening of their new California studio.<br></p> Embodied Carbon and the Aesthetics of an Ecological Age J Snow 2021-04-06T08:57:00-04:00 >2021-04-09T12:47:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Modernism was said to have died in 1972 with the demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe housing development. Well, many events since seem to contradict that declaration, one of which came as recently as last month with the announcement that the French architects <a href="" target="_blank">Anne Lacaton &amp; Jean-Philippe Vassal</a> have been&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">awarded this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize</a>. The committee brief states the two&rsquo;s practice "renews the legacy of modernism." But this must be a reformed modernism, not the same movement that celebrated such starkness, such overdetermined streetscapes, and facades of mid-twentieth-century design. In fact, the entire tabula rasa methodology has yielded to a strategy today that is more gentle, one that emphasizes context and historical juxtaposition.</p> Post-Digital Rendering: Leaving Drawing Behind Juan Ramon Cantu 2021-04-01T11:21:00-04:00 >2021-04-07T12:10:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Not too long ago, a novel graphic representation, rebelling against the digital tools and techniques that dominated the past two decades, took the architecture world by surprise. <em>Post-Digital Drawing</em>, coming mostly from European offices, started propagating across professional circles, competitions, and academia. This style of representation, noted by <a href="" target="_blank">Sam Jacob</a>, embraces digital technology in a critical way; utilizes digital tools like Photoshop and Illustrator, and techniques like drawing and collage without aiming for realism. Instead, "this new cult of the drawing explores and exploits its artificiality, making us as viewers aware that we are looking at space as a fictional form of representation. This is in strict opposition to the digital rendering&rsquo;s desire to make the fiction seem 'real.'"<em>&nbsp;</em>However, by taking a look at the work of emerging practices, competitions, and academia today, one can discern that an evolution starts to emerge. Ironically, this evolution of the <em>Post-Digi...</em></p> How to get a PhD in Architecture Lance Arevalo 2021-03-30T14:26:00-04:00 >2021-04-13T11:01:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Whether you&rsquo;re at a crossroad in your professional career as an architect or in the middle of your BArch or MArch with some doubts on whether you want to practice architecture, pursuing a doctoral program in architecture might be an opportunity to still be involved with the world of architecture albeit not by practicing professionally. Pursuing a PhD in Architecture can easily be seen as a career shift since the point of getting a degree in architecture is to become an architect, however, there is another side to architecture that is less concerned with creating buildings and more on research, a route that can be as important and fulfilling. Nowadays, this can come in different forms of non-professional degrees, one of which is a Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture. In this article, I hope to provide some insight to those who are interested in doing research work in architecture.</p> Remote Work and 'Zoom towns' Aren't Just Changing Our Offices, They're Changing the Future of Employment Opportunities Katherine Guimapang 2021-03-25T08:29:00-04:00 >2021-03-25T13:05:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last year the Archinect team spent time connecting with our community to learn how architects, firms, and students adapted to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">remote work</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">learning</a>. However, after a year of "practice," remote work doesn't seem as daunting as it once was. It has opened a new set of opportunities for companies and teams to explore, especially when hiring. However, during the pandemic, remote work has also led to the rise of "Zoom towns" and proposes a new look at city structures. "The shift is already changing the way that cities compete to build their economies and attract jobs,"&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">shares Richard Florida and Adam Ozimek</a>&nbsp;of the Wall Street Journal's Saturday Essay.</p> <p>As companies continue to expand their teams, employees and prospective job seekers are also looking to relocate out of larger cities and move into smaller, mid-sized towns that offer better housing costs and more outdoor amenities.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the last 12 months, Archinect has been listening and learning. We're asking questions to help find a p...</p> Exhibit Columbus: Meet the Presenters at the March 26th Design Presentations Alexander Walter 2021-03-24T16:01:00-04:00 >2021-03-25T13:20:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Exploring the theme <em><a href="" target="_blank">New Middles: From Main Street To Megalopolis, What Is The Future of The Middle City?</a></em>, the 2020-21 cycle of <em><a href="" target="_blank">Exhibit Columbus</a></em> has launched the latest Design Presentations in an accessible four-session virtual format. While the presentations during the initial two sessions on March 19th focused on the topics <em>Ecologies</em> and <em>Geographies</em>, the next event, taking place this Friday, March 26th, will present two sessions with featured designers and architects covering <em>Visibilities</em> and&nbsp;<em>Possibilities</em>. <br></p> <p>As the official media sponsor for Exhibit Columbus' Design Presentations, Archinect is delighted to highlight each session and introduce the featured designers and their work.</p> <p>If you missed Part 1 of Archinect's coverage of the event, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about the presenters of the March 19th sessions.<br></p> How Will Architecture be Affected by the Rise of Blockchain Technologies like NFTs? Josh Niland 2021-03-24T08:53:00-04:00 >2021-03-26T20:06:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In the midst of a media cycle dominated by the ongoing pandemic, last week&rsquo;s news that Christie&rsquo;s sale of artist Beeple&rsquo;s <em>Everdays</em> for a staggering <a href="" target="_blank">$69 million</a> made its way into national headlines. A rarity for any art event even in normal times. This served as a watershed moment for the growing online community of crypto collectors, whose use of blockchain technology and platforms like SuperRare to acquire digital art sold as Non-Fungible Tokens (or NFTs for short) has shaken up art sales in ways that are only now starting to become clear.&nbsp;</p> People Over Cars: What does it mean to pedestrianize a quarter of NYC streets? Dante Furioso 2021-03-23T10:34:00-04:00 >2021-03-23T10:34:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Over the past year, since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, urban life has been transformed. This seems especially true in New York where the pressure of the lockdown was released in a burst with last summer&rsquo;s uprising against racialized police violence in May and June. With people anxious to spend more time outside, the city launched a series of programs including <a href="" target="_blank">Open Restaurants</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Open Streets</a>. Intending to buoy the struggling foodservice industry and alleviate crowding in New York&rsquo;s congested public spaces, with the stroke of the Mayor&rsquo;s pen, restaurants could construct semi-enclosed structures&mdash;little cabanas&mdash;atop once-precious street parking, and city officials deployed temporary wooden barriers&mdash;essentially saw horses&mdash;at intersections to create new pedestrianized corridors. Overnight, New Yorkers could dine out in sheltered sidewalk cafes and stroll car-free lanes.</p> Get to Know the Presenters at Exhibit Columbus’ March 19th Design Presentations Katherine Guimapang 2021-03-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-03-19T13:24:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On March 19th and 26th, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Exhibit Columbus</a></em> invites the public to experience its annual exhibition in a new virtual format. A program led by the Landmark Columbus Foundation, this year's theme&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>New Middles: From Main Street To Megalopolis, What Is The Future of The Middle City?</em></a>&nbsp;allows visitors to "preview design concepts of thirteen site-specific, future-oriented public installations and experience the design process first-hand."&nbsp;</p> <p>Taking place this Friday, March 19th, and next Friday, March 26th, the exhibition event is broken into four, two-hour sessions. Each featured designer will discuss their work and site installation during <a href="" target="_blank">virtual sessions across the four themes</a> <em>Ecologies, Geographies, Visibilities</em>, and <em>Possibilities</em>. As the official media sponsors for Exhibit Columbus' Design Presentations, Archinect explores each session to learn more about the designers and their work.</p> <p>Stay tuned for Part 2 of Archinect's coverage of the event, where we dive into the two remaining sessions ta...</p> From Start-Up to Industry Leader: Enscape Develops A Real-Time 3D Experience That Puts User Experience At the Forefront Of Designer Workflow Katherine Guimapang 2021-03-17T21:05:00-04:00 >2021-03-17T21:05:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Enscape</a>, the leading provider of real-time rendering and virtual reality technology for the global Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) market announces the release of <a href="" target="_blank">Enscape version 3.0</a> and its new branding. More than a recent update, 3.0 is a milestone in Enscape's company history. Their latest release and branding reflect its mission to unleash a designer's creativity through continuous innovation in accessible design technology.<br></p> <p>Archinect unpacks <a href="" target="_blank">Enscape's latest software launch</a> and explores how this will impact the architecture industry as it continues to move forward with project planning, client interaction, and architectural visualization.</p> PLY+ on Balancing Architectural Practice and Teaching Alexander Walter 2021-03-17T09:00:00-04:00 >2021-03-18T03:39:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, Archinect connected with Craig Borum and Jen Maigret, the two principals of Ann Arbor-based collaborative architecture practice <a href="" target="_blank">PLY+</a>. The team was recently recognized as leading new practitioners by The Architectural League of New York, receiving one of this year's coveted <a href="" target="_blank">Emerging Voices Awards</a>. <br></p> <p>Borum and Maigret shared with us how their faculty positions at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning create dual demands of practice and teaching, how the team had to adapt to working remotely during the pandemic, and when it is time to say no to potential projects.<br></p> Michael K Chen Architecture on the Power of Social Value and Collaboration Alexander Walter 2021-03-09T09:00:00-05:00 >2021-03-09T12:16:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Michael K Chen Architecture</a> is a seven-piece, New York-based design practice whose exuberant sense of creativity playfully blends the boundaries between architecture, interior and product design while avoiding expected style labels. <br></p> <p>But for Chen, as he tells us in our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, his firm's dedication is about more than just well-designed client projects: as a co-founder of the nonprofit <a href="" target="_blank">Design Advocates</a>, he helped connect independent design teams with NYC public schools, small businesses, and organizations in underserved communities to facilitate pro-bono collaborations during the pandemic-induced economic downturn.<br></p> Academia and Professional Practice: Cal Poly Pomona's Graduate Architecture Program Fosters Architecture Leaders Katherine Guimapang 2021-03-03T14:53:00-05:00 >2021-03-19T11:31:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>While applications for graduate programs have passed, there are a handful of schools whose application deadline extends into April. In preparation for their Fall 2021 term and its prospective applicant pool, Archinect dives into the graduate program at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Department of Architecture (CPPARC)</a></p> <p>According to Department Chair and Professor <a href="" target="_blank">George Proctor AIA</a>, "The learning environment at CPPARC cultivates both individual skills and knowledge while providing the context and tools for collaboration [...] The learn-by-doing methods and collaborative components of every CPPARC studio have produced leaders who run many of the region's largest and most successful firms." Newly appointed Graduate Coordinator <a href="" target="_blank">Victor Jones</a> shares, "our graduate students are outfitted to harness architecture&rsquo;s potential to address the many of environmental, political, social, and economic challenges that face our communities and cities."</p> <p>To further expand on their gradua...</p> The Architecture Community on Return-to-Office Plans in 2021 Sean Joyner 2021-03-02T13:28:00-05:00 >2021-04-19T22:43:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A few weeks ago, Archinect reached out to the architecture community to investigate the <a href="" target="_blank">return-to-office plans</a> since the large migration to remote work. We asked readers to contribute to a <a href="" target="_blank">brief survey</a> to help us better understand the current climate in regards to potential reentry to the office.</p>