Archinect - News 2017-08-21T04:32:49-04:00 NCARB data reveals diversity is increasing amongst emerging professionals Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-12T17:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T17:14:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a>&nbsp;releases a report that looks at architects' path to licensure as a way to provide insight into the profession. Paying particular attention to trends in how diverse the architecture population is becoming, how regulation of architects is changing, and any developments in licensing credentials, the report offers a benchmark for understanding where the profession may be moving.&nbsp;</p><p>While the full report will come out July, the 2017 edition of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB by the Numbers</a> has released their study on gender and diversity trends. In sum, they have found that licensure candidates and new architects are more diverse than ever.</p><p>NCARB found that racial and ethnicity diversity is increasing among licensure candidates. In 2016, 42 percent of new AXP participants and 30 percent of new ARE candidates identified as non-white&mdash;up three percentage points for both groups. That being said, diversity among newly licensed architects and NCARB Certificate holders remained the same.</p><p>In comparison, gend...</p> Federica Buzzi's critique on the Le Corbusier Modulor Alexander Walter 2017-05-31T14:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T12:29:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Modulor Man is a healthy white male enhanced by mathematical proportional gimmicks &lsquo;of nature&rsquo;, such as golden ratio and Fibonacci series. He represents the normative and normalised body around which Le Corbusier conceived his designs. As a result, most modern architectural forms are all tellingly calibrated on a similar standard, the healthy white male body.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Given the Canadian Centre for Architecture&rsquo;s groundbreaking research regarding medicalisation in architecture and its extensive Le Corbusier collection," the author Federica Buzzi writes, "I think it is time to address the role of norm and standard in Le Corbusier&rsquo;s work and its legacy."</p> Editor's Picks #448 Nam Henderson 2016-06-20T09:50:00-04:00 >2016-06-21T16:31:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Urquhart</a>&nbsp;visited&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's 2016 Serpentine Pavilion and the new Summer Houses</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> approved "<em>Adeyemi's is very architectural and tectonic. still modern while taking on that neo classical stuff. and Leibingers is nice too....</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> published '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Permanent Temporality of Refugee Camps: The Syrian Chapter</a>' a Masters thesis project of Nikita Gyawali, a student at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aarhus School of Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> recommended reading <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nick Currie in Art-agenda</a>, in which the Scottish artist tears into the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, "<em>vis a vis its older cousin, the art biennale.</em>"&nbsp;Currie also writes (about '<strong>Fundamentals</strong>', Rem Koolhaas&rsquo;s 2014 Biennale of Architecture) "<em>Depending on your perspective the results were either Brechtian or resembled a severe case of Asperger syndrome</em>"&nbsp;and makes reference to Max Weber&rsquo;s Verstehen.</p><p>Oliver Wainwright <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviews</a> the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion (and new &nbsp;Summer Houses) offering(s).&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a> placed this year&rsquo;s ...</p> More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:48:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architectural design profession continues to grow, with more women pursuing licensure than ever before, according to data released today by the NCARB...The number of practitioners working toward licensure reached an all-time high in 2015 with more than 41,500 individuals either taking the Architect Registration Exam, reporting Architecture Experience Program (AXP, formerly IDP) hours, or both. That&rsquo;s up from 37,178 in 2014&mdash;a record high at that time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But, as a recent poll conducted by the AIA shows, gender discrimination and harassment remains high. More than two-thirds of women polled in a survey in March reported a lack of gender equity in architecture.</p><p>For more on the state of women in the profession, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">How sexist is architecture? Female architects share their experiences</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sexism in architecture: Remember what Kathryn Findlay said? 'Women, don't be put off by the aggression of men'</a></li><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></p></li></ul> Read an excerpt from the new “Where Are the Women Architects?” book Justine Testado 2016-04-11T20:08:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the stories of Hadid and Scott Brown show, the pairing of architecture prizes (or at least the big ones) and women raises hackles. Hadid won the Pritzker Prize amid talk that she did not deserve it; Scott Brown did not win the prize amid talk that she did not deserve it. No solo female architect has won the Pritzker Prize since Hadid, nor has a husband-and-wife architectural team ever been honored. Indeed, to date, of the 39 Pritzker Prize laureates, only two (or about 5 percent) are women.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Excerpted from her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new book</a>, Despina Stratigakos sheds some light on the Pritzker's lack of awarding women architects in their own right.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despina Stratigakos on the emerging "third wave of feminism" in architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latent Complexity: Denise Scott Brown and Katherine Darnstadt (Latent Design) on Archinect Sessions #39</a></p> Despina Stratigakos on the emerging "third wave of feminism" in architecture Justine Testado 2016-03-17T18:21:00-04:00 >2016-03-20T14:00:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2000, women represented 13 percent of registered architects; today, that number stands at 19 percent. If this rate of progress holds, we&rsquo;ll have to wait until 2093 before we reach a 50-50 gender split...Yet numbers alone won&rsquo;t ensure retention if architecture&rsquo;s gender-biased professional culture remains unchanged. Ten or 20 years from now, we may still be asking ourselves, 'Where are the women architects?'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despina Stratigakos &mdash; whose&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Barbie</a>&nbsp;collaboration sparked heated debate a few years ago &mdash; reflects on architecture's glacial progress toward gender equity as well as&nbsp;the profession's emerging "third wave of feminism".</p><p>More related to equity in architecture:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA's Diversity Survey shows some progress, but still skewed perceptions</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latent Complexity: Denise Scott Brown and Katherine Darnstadt (Latent Design) on Archinect Sessions #39</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Being an architect is sexy, according to modern society</a></p> 12 innovative architects (and women) of Maryland Nam Henderson 2016-01-07T02:08:00-05:00 >2016-01-07T11:21:24-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We just really felt that it was important to capture these stories, before they disappeared, even when finding information proved very difficult,&rdquo; says Storms. &ldquo;You see how history sort of evaporates&mdash;and then it&rsquo;s like it doesn&rsquo;t exist.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Over at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Weekly</a>, Jessica Kim Cohen reviews&nbsp;an extensively detailed exhibit (launched/organized by the members of the Women in Architecture Committee of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects (AIA) Baltimore Chapter</a>)&nbsp;entitled &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Early Women of Architecture in Maryland</a>&rdquo;&nbsp;which is on display downtown at the central branch of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enoch Pratt Free Library</a>&nbsp;until January 16.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t </a>@Fred Scharmen</p> "Toilet Talk" – gender inclusivity in public restrooms, featuring special guest Susan Surface, on Archinect Sessions #42 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-12T15:43:00-05:00 >2016-06-29T23:40:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Special guest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Surface</a>, former Archinect editor now at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design in Public</a>, joins us on&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a></strong>&nbsp;to talk about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent developments</a> in the state of gender inclusive design &ndash; specifically, in public restrooms.</p><p>As the binary model of gender begins to slowly dissolve in the popular consciousness, in favor of a spectrum of different identifications, international building codes still often mandate restrooms (even single-occupancy ones) as strictly for either male or female.&nbsp;Those who do not identify as either face a difficult choice at best, and often harassment or exclusion. Various <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">institutions are experimenting with more gender-inclusive designs</a> and designations, but not without controversy. Advocates liken the advent of all-gender inclusive bathrooms to a civil right, akin to policies that guarantee equal access regardless of ethnicity or physical ability.</p><p>Surface, who has addressed more gender-inclusive amendments to building standards <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">before</a>, joins us to discuss the ways ...</p> Editor's Picks #419 Nam Henderson 2015-06-12T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-11-25T13:14:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>&nbsp;continued the debate/discussion started by his mid-April Facebook post "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>" with an <strong>Op-Ed&nbsp;</strong>titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>For her part <strong>Daniela Ghertovici</strong> agrees "<em>with Schumacher&rsquo;s assessment that ARCHITECTS DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY OR EXPERTISE TO SOLVE POLITICAL PROBLEM</em>S." <strong></strong> argued "<em>Patrik says the design and research projects all fall short of his theoretical agenda. It seems then, to me at least, that an investigation of that fall short gap would teach us something about the +/- aspects of the theory, research and designs</em>". While&nbsp;<strong>curtkram</strong> wanted "<em>to hear more about how this parametric theory would apply to the buildings i might work on, the more mundane street level stuff...i would use amazon as an example...also could parametricism relate to taco bell</em>?"</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><br>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;presented tips for employers on maximizing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the effectiveness of </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">of Their Employees</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Xenakis</strong> argued "<em>this...misses the point - if architects are s...</em></p> AIA moves one step forward in approval of Equity in Architecture resolution Justine Testado 2015-06-04T17:38:00-04:00 >2016-01-11T01:12:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A total of 4,117 AIA delegates largely voted in favor for the widely talked about Resolution 15-1, titled "Equity in Architecture", during the Election at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta last month</a>. Sponsored by AIA San Francisco and the AIA California Council as a response to architecture's long tradition of gender and racial disparity, the resolution calls for the Institute to take definitive measures to strengthen the presence of underrepresented demographics especially in membership, firm leadership and ownership in the profession.&nbsp;The Resolution was drafted by Rosa Sheng, AIASF Assistant Treasurer and Equity by Design Committee Chair; Julia Donoho, co-founder of the Julia Morgan Foundation; and AIA National Vice President Frank Pitts.</p><p>In its intent, the resolution asks for the AIA to develop an ongoing program that will assess data, track progress, set a plan of action, and report on results. "[T]here needs to be a reflective look at valuing our human capital within ...</p> Sheila Kennedy of KVA MATx wins 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize Justine Testado 2014-09-15T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T00:42:36-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="800" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sheila Kennedy&nbsp;&mdash; a principal of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KVA MATx</a> and the first woman to hold the title of Professor of the Practice of Architecture at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT&rsquo;s School of Architecture &amp; Planning</a>&nbsp;&mdash; was announced today as the 2014 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize.</p><p>Awarded every two years by the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED), the $100,000 Berkeley-Rupp Prize is given to a distinguished design practitioner or academic who has made significant contribution to advance gender equity in the field of architecture, and whose work exhibits commitment to sustainability and community. The prize consists of a semester-long professorship, a public lecture, and a gallery exhibition at the CED. Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners received the inaugural Berkeley-Rupp Prize in 2012.</p><p>Kennedy is scheduled to begin her residence in January 2015. On February 4, she will give a public lecture on soft infrastructure followed by an open studio exhibition showcasing her work in progress at Wurster Hall on the U...</p> The uphill climb to gender equity continues... Justine Testado 2014-08-26T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:48:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Women are architecture's original rebels. Over 120 years ago, they insisted that architecture schools and professional organisations open their doors to women, arguing that the field would thrive (or wither) according to the diversity of its students and practitioners...And yet despite this long history of challenging architecture to be inclusive, women have been given little credit for their contributions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despina Stratigakos, historian and University at Buffalo architecture professor highlights in her Opinion article how women in architecture have challenged <em>and continue</em> to challenge the deep-rooted patriarchy in the field of architecture throughout the past century. Although there is a growing number of women who are studying architecture, holding leadership roles in schools and firms, and forming organizations, the same problems of gender inequality still exist to this day. From that, another question remains: Is anyone even paying attention?</p><p>Related:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyllis Lambert named as 2014 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo&rsquo;s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arab Women in Architecture Film</a></p> Editor's Picks #358 Nam Henderson 2014-03-12T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-13T11:46:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Student Works:</strong> highlighted three different pop-up shops designed and built by some students at Tsinghua University in Beijing for their "<strong>Tectonic Studio</strong>". <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constructed for under 2500 RMB (569 USD or 412 EUR), the program was to store and sell t-shirts.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>arllita</strong> felt they were "<em>beautifully designed and provide an efficient solution to rolling storage! Do you know if they or something similar are available for sale and, if so, are you able to direct me?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile, the ninth edition of <strong>Screen/Print</strong><strong>: </strong>featured: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come</em></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> &nbsp;by Sean Lally</a>.&nbsp;The featured excerpt is from the introduction where Lally proposes;</p><p>"<em>Instead of thinking of architecture as a mass of inert and ossified energy&mdash;even stone and steel were not always solid masses&mdash;standing as walls in opposition to their surroundings and carving out interior space, why not look to intensify those very energy systems we know are capable of creating microclimates and ...</em></p> Editor's Picks #342 Nam Henderson 2013-11-19T12:40:00-05:00 >2013-11-20T10:24:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The latest edition of <strong>Showcase</strong>; featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a complete redesign of the Law Faculties and Central Administration Buildings at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), by CRAB Studio</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With Architecture for Humanity's experience helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster, they are currently mobilizing to assist in long-term reconstruction</a>. Through speaking with local stakeholders and construction professionals, they are working to begin understanding the on-the-ground situation to prioritize rebuilding needs and help affected regions build back better and stronger.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donate now</a> and help support Architecture for Humanity's response in the region affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Last week <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> highlighted</a> the winners from the 39th annual KRob Architectural Delineation competition, the longest running architectural drawing competition in the world. Six winners, three juror citations, and 21 finalists were selected this year.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> While he ...</p>