Archinect - Features 2018-02-21T08:06:10-05:00 How 6 Successful Women in Architecture, Planning, and Engineering Joined Forces to Win "The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition" Ellen Hancock 2018-02-19T15:48:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T23:31:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The VeloCity team met through <a href="" target="_blank">PedElle</a>, a charity cycling endurance event open to female riders working in the property industry. Each successful in their own right, they decided they wanted to work together combining their expertise in architecture, design, engineering and town planning - a place-making competition developing the corridor that spans Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford, seemed the perfect opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <p>I recently met with the team to find out more about how they work together collaboratively and what made their entry stand out. Since we met they have gone on to win the <a href="" target="_blank">'The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition'</a>, cementing their exciting future working together. </p> Brand New Reviews Logos of the 10 Most-Followed Firm Profiles on Archinect Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-14T11:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-16T06:17:48-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Logos are the cornerstone of branding, presenting the uniqueness of a company through its visual representation. Choices in color, font, sizing, etc. are all indicators of the values, services, and type of company the logo is defining, and the difference between a good logo, and one less successful, lies in the visual's ability to accurately convey those traits.&nbsp;</p> Interested in Public Interest Design? bcWORKSHOP, a Non-Profit Architecture Firm, Shares Tips on Breaking into the Emerging Field Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-01T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-03T13:01:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Looking for a new <a href="" target="_blank">job</a>? You've probably gotten used to hearing the same old advice about tailoring your portfolio, doing your homework, leveraging your network, and so on. By now, whether you recently lost your job or are ready to jump ship from your current one, the&nbsp;traditional advice may seem a bit tired. That's because job seeking is as unique and creative as an individual and no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are alike. Helping to sort out the field, Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How To Get A Job&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;series&nbsp;asks architecture firms how candidates can be sure to stand out from the crowd.</p> What the Future Has in Store for Brooklyn-Based Firm, Future Expansion Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-29T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T12:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Future Expansion</a> is a Brooklyn based architecture-and-design firm founded in 2011 by Deirdre and Nicholas McDermott. Shortly after starting, the practice won an open RFP from the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a large-scale public art installation. Since, the two have gone on to carry out projects for both private and public clients. They recently completed another winning installation, "<a href="" target="_blank">Flatiron Reflection</a>," for the fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition commissioned by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and <a href="" target="_blank">Van Alen Institute</a>.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, Archinect caught up with the firm to hear about some recent projects they are working on and find out what the future has in store.</p> Soapbox: Diversity Anthony Morey 2018-01-25T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-26T10:14:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Soapbox</a>&nbsp;is a weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.</p> How One Architecture Remains Small While Working on Massive Urban Resiliency Projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-22T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Matthijs Bouw</a> is a Dutch architect and urbanist and founder of <a href="" target="_blank">One Architecture</a>, an award-winning design and planning firm that was established in <a href="" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> in 1995 and again in New York in 2015 after the firm won the Rebuild by Design competition in partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">BIG</a>. Bouw is also the Rockefeller Urban Resilience Fellow for PennDesign at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a>, where his work centers on urban resilience and water management projects.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Bouw about opening up his New York office, the difference between working in the Netherlands&nbsp;versus the United States, and the benefits of keeping a small team despite working on large-scale projects.&nbsp;</p> Starting an Architecture Firm in Two Cities Simultaneously; A Small Studio Snapshot of EL Studio Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-16T12:14:00-05:00 >2018-01-16T12:15:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">EL Studio</a>, a practice&nbsp;based partially out of Washington D.C, is located in a former horse stable that has been converted into a live/work space by co-founder Mark Lawrence and his wife. Along with his business partner Elizabeth Emerson (who leads their New York office), the two have grown their practice into an award-winning architecture firm that&nbsp;specializes in building finely-crafted, innovative structures within challenging constraints.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small&nbsp;Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the two about the practice's origins, their unique office space, and some projects they are currently working on.</p> Based in New York and Beirut, L.E.FT Discusses Building in Politically Conflicted Contexts Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-08T13:02:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Established in New York in 2005 by Makram El Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine, <a href="" target="_blank">L.E.FT</a> is dedicated to examining the intersections of cultural and political productions as they relate to the built environment. Now with a studio in Beirut as well, the practice has completed residential and cultural projects in&nbsp;New York, Dubai, Turkey, and Beirut.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the firm about their pursuits, how they incorporate research interests into their built works, and what it's like to build in politically unstable regions such as the Middle East.&nbsp;</p> Cross-Talk 3: Jonathan Rieke on 'Biennales, Triennials and Exhibitions' jonrieke 2017-12-27T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-28T06:49:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Studio Animal, a Practice Specializing in Ephemeral Architecture, Talks About the Elasticity of a Small Studio Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-18T10:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T15:01:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Studio Animal</a>, the Spanish practice directed by Javier Jim&eacute;nez Iniesta,&nbsp;describes itself as an elastic platform that specializes in interior design and ephemeral architecture.&nbsp;They share a space in the neighborhood of Gracia, Barcelona where the fluctuating team sits at a 12.5 meter long table alongside friends that work in specific areas related with architecture: acoustic, landscape, technical developments, graphic design and so on.</p> <p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with Iniesta about the practice: their structure, their ethos, and the way they deal with their projects.</p> Williamson Williamson on Staying Small in Toronto’s Booming, Competitive Architecture Scene Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-04T12:25:00-05:00 >2017-12-04T12:25:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located in <a href="" target="_blank">Toronto</a>, the architectural design studio <a href="" target="_blank">Williamson Williamson</a> was established by husband-and-wife duo, Shane and <a href="" target="_blank">Betsy Williamson</a>. Since its founding, the firm has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the 2014 Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the two about learning&nbsp;to balance design priorities with the realities of construction, working in the city of Toronto, and the growing number of small offices in the city.</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 4 December 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-12-04T04:30:00-05:00 >2017-12-04T05:58:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>I will be eternally grateful to Archinect for asking me to write these pieces as it has encouraged me to read more column inches on <a href="" target="_blank">Brexit</a> than I otherwise would and to consider the wider issues. I must admit, it looks like a mess.</p> Portuguese-firm Brandão Costa Arquitectos Shows Off Their Library for the Village of Caminha Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-28T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-11-28T09:17:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a> is one of Archinect&rsquo;s regular recurring series. In it, we take a look at the ins and outs of running a small-scale practice. What hurdles do you come across? Do you want to grow or stay small and flexible? What motivates your practice in the first place?</p> <p>In this excerpt from a special iteration for&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Ed</a>,&nbsp;</em>we talk with the Portuguese practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Brand&atilde;o Costa Arquitectos</a>&nbsp;led by Nuna Brand&atilde;o Costa.<br></p> From Paris to Montreal, Atelier Barda Brings A French Touch to Their Designs Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-27T12:24:00-05:00 >2017-11-27T12:24:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Quebecois studio&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Atelier Barda</a>, founded by&nbsp;C&eacute;cile Combelle and Antonio Di Bacco, was recently named among Azure's 30 leading Canadian architectural firms. The young practice originally set up shop in Paris before launching a satellite office in Montreal, where they now reside.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the multidisciplinary firm about the difference between the two countries, their new furniture line, and the "French touch" they bring to their designs.&nbsp;</p> Meet Dash Marshall, the Multi-Disciplinary Design Studio Where Form Follows Fable Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-20T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-11-17T13:29:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"We are all <a href="" target="_blank">Dash Marshall</a>" says Bryan Boyer, who works for the multi-disciplinary design studio that draws its name from an imaginary figurehead. Since its founding, the firm&mdash;which in addition to Boyer, is also led by Amy Yang and Ritchie Yao&mdash;has been designing spaces large and small while also offering consulting services, working with institutions who are grappling with cultural, technological, and urban change.</p> <p>We talked with the firm for our <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio&nbsp;Snapshots</a> about how they got their start, their design philosophy, saying no to projects, and making weird renderings.&nbsp;</p> Ate Atema Reveals Upscaling Goals for His Small NYC-Based Studio Hope Daley 2017-11-13T12:14:00-05:00 >2017-11-27T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Atema Architecture</a> is an innovative studio based in New York City focused on commercial and residential projects with an emphasis on collaboration between clients, consultants and builders.&nbsp;</p> <p>As part of our <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Ate, the principal of the firm, about developing a structure early on allowing for adaptability, his upscaling goals, and the agility of a <a href="" target="_blank">small firm</a>.&nbsp;</p> Recession as Inspiration: A Small Studio Snapshot of O’Neill Rose Architects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-06T14:04:00-05:00 >2017-11-06T14:04:52-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Led by Devin O&rsquo;Neill and Faith Rose, the Brooklyn based <a href="" target="_blank">O'Neill Rose Architects</a> have been widely recognized for their cozy and clean-lined residential and interior work. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talked with the husband-and-wife team about how they got their start, and the hurdles they've overcome along the way.</p> Cluster, create, devolve Peter Murray 2017-11-01T07:00:00-04:00 >2017-11-01T06:51:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 2010 Boris Johnson, when he was Mayor of London, famously stated that he would not accept <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Kosovo-style social cleansing of London&rdquo;</a> as a result of the then Government&rsquo;s proposals to cut housing benefit payments. Johnson&rsquo;s comments highlighted the pressures of retaining the social mix of central city areas in the face of increasing inequality of income and rising land and property prices. It was, and is, an issue that not only affects social housing at the lower end of the scale but also the intermediate market where young professionals and entrepreneurs&nbsp;&mdash; the drivers of the city&rsquo;s future economy &mdash; can no longer afford to live in the capital.</p> Studio Visits: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Ellen Hancock 2017-10-30T09:01:00-04:00 >2017-10-24T19:01:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a> was founded over 30 years ago in Aarhus, Denmark by Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer and John F. Lassen. Known for their work within the cultural sector, <a href="" target="_blank">especially libraries</a>, the firm believes they&nbsp;<em>"make buildings that meet the challenges of our modern society and that make people come together in new ways". </em>Recently it was announced that they will be working with renowned artist James Turrell on a new extension project for <a href="" target="_blank">ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Copenhagen</a> a project they previously collaborated on with&nbsp;multi-disciplinary artist <a href="" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p> <p>We spoke to one of the Senior Partners&nbsp;Kristian Lars Ahlmark to find out more about working as part of the Copenhagen team.&nbsp;<br></p> Peter Zellner on How His Practice Stays as Small as Possible While Doing Work that is as Big as Possible Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-27T11:58:00-04:00 >2017-10-24T19:48:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">ZELLNERandCompany</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;an award-winning design firm based out of Los Angeles. Run by Peter Zellner, the firm has become best known for designing several notable public and private art galleries but has recently scaled up the size of their work, taking&nbsp;on several masterplanning projects.&nbsp;</p> <p>We <a href="" target="_blank">spoke with Peter</a> back in January as part of our <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot series</a>, in which he discussed his practice's vision of "develop[ing] as an independent studio that punches above its weight while remaining open to other forms of collaboration." We caught up with Peter to discuss this process and recent growth in output.&nbsp;</p> Summary, a Small Portuguese Firm, Finds Their Speciality in Standard and Low-Cost Building Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-23T09:27:00-04:00 >2017-10-20T19:27:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Summary</a> is a young architectural studio based in the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto, Portugal, founded by Samuel Gon&ccedil;alves. Recent winners of the esteemed&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Red Dot Award</a> in the "habitat" category, the firm has become known for projects such as the 'gomos house' and their installation for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, that focus on prefabrication and simplifying solutions to the building process.</p> <p>In the following <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the studio about their founding, the specialization driving their projects, and their unique graphic design.&nbsp;</p> Housing after Debt? A discussion with Alastair Parvin Hannah Wood 2017-10-20T11:28:00-04:00 >2017-10-20T11:28:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This month Archinect looks closer at our housing economy&mdash;how we commission and produce homes in today&rsquo;s financial climate. This year a <a href="" target="_blank">primary index</a> tracking residential real estate value in major US cities revealed American house prices are now rising at a rate of 5.9% per annum&mdash;a three year high&mdash;significantly outpacing relative income gains. This growth now more than doubles the hourly earnings of the average American, pricing many families out of the market and out of the city. Similar trends can be found across major metropolitan areas in Europe and Asia, fueling acute housing crises such as the well documented situation in London, England. I speak to designer and civic entrepreneur Alastair Parvin of London-based studio <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture 00</a> who, frustrated by a select number of poor quality homes for sale at sensational prices, is now actively looking for ways to reshape the market itself; starting by rethinking the business model.<br></p> Uncovering Undisclosable: A Revealing Sit-Down with the LA-Based Practice Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-16T11:55:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T18:15:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>I recently visited&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Undisclosable</a>&nbsp;at their office in the Arts District of Los Angeles, where I had the pleasure of meeting the practice's witty and charming founders, Bryan Flaig and Alejandra Lillo. We discussed current projects they are working on, fostering a jovial workplace and the practice's unusual, and often comedic, name!</p> Studio Visits: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Ellen Hancock 2017-10-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-11T14:47:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Established in 1989 <a href="" target="_blank">AHMM</a>&nbsp;have offices in London, Bristol and Oklahoma City. They are well known for their renovation projects particularly in London including The Barbican, The Tea Building and Scotland Yard. In 2015 they won the prestigious Stirling Prize for their transformation of <a href="" target="_blank">Burntwood School</a>, a 1950s modernist school in Wandsworth. We went to have a look around their London office in Clerkenwell.&nbsp;</p> Working out of the Box: Matt Storus, Architectural Designer Turned Digital Designer Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-06T11:48:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p> <p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<strong>Matt Storus</strong>, who is Head of Design for <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, a leading Bitcoin startup. Simply put, is a token-based social network, where one earns digital currency by replying to e-mails and completing tasks like surveys. There, Storus&nbsp;guides the design&nbsp;process from the conceptualization of&nbsp;new features&nbsp;to the final product. We spoke with the designer and former architect about leaving the profession. Our conversation also dives into blockchain&mdash;what is it and how could it be used in the field of architecture.</p> Austin-Based North Arrow Studio Treat Their Business as a Creative Project Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-02T13:14:00-04:00 >2017-10-02T13:15:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">North Arrow Studio</a>, the architectural practice based in <a href="" target="_blank">Austin, Texas</a>, specializes in modern residential and commercial design that is refined and refreshingly uncomplicated. In this&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we share our conversation with Principal Architect, Francisco Arredondo, and colleagues Blake and Bobbie about running and working at the studio.</p> Studio Visits: Avanti Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-09-25T05:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-25T04:39:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a>, we went to see <a href="" target="_blank">Avanti Architects</a> based in Islington. An AJ 100 practice, the studio is well known for it's work in the health, conservation and education sectors. <a href="" target="_blank">Avanti Architects</a> are currently working on plans to restore the Grade A/I listed <a href="" target="_blank">St Peter&rsquo;s Seminary</a> in Cardross.</p> The Founders of NY-based New Affiliates Discuss How Their Love for Arguing Betters Their Work Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-18T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T12:12:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">N/A</a>, our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>,&nbsp;is a <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a>-based architectural design practice led by Jaffer Kolb and Ivi Diamantopoulou. They are interested in using known forms, techniques and materials in new ways; creating work that is both textured and layered, typical and novel. Current projects of the firm include a house completing this fall, a hotel facade renovation, a cliffside viewing platform, and a collection of design objects.&nbsp;</p> London at the Seoul Biennale Peter Murray 2017-09-18T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T13:52:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London made good splash at the inaugural&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul Biennale</a>&nbsp;of Architecture and Urbanism which opened at the beginning of September in Zaha Hadid's DPP Cultural Centre. Taking one of the Biennale's themes of 'The Productive City' the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London installation</a>&nbsp;showed a film curated by We Made That and director Alice Masters which explored the complex thread of suppliers, from costumiers to scenery makers, that are needed to deliver a production in the Barbican arts centre. The film featured interviews with the artisans, creatives, manufacturers and suppliers, who contribute to London's role as a productive city.</p> Want to land a job at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple? Get to know them first. Archinect 2017-09-08T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-09-11T16:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a>&nbsp;over and over again. However, no two&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">firms</a>&nbsp;are identical and there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How To Get A Job At ____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p>