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If you own a home which you would like to renovate, or are considering building your dream home from the ground up, it might seem easiest to hire the first architecture firm that you find online or in a phone book. But, more often than not, you will quickly learn that not all architects are the same. Not every architect studied from the same school, or undertook the same specialty areas. Further, some have been in business longer than others, and specialize in older or dated design, while architects who are fresh on the scene, might prefer modern and contemporary design styles.

Specialty areas


One of the main reasons why not all architects are the same, is that they specialize in different areas. It is more than likely that two or more architects will have different visions and ideas when it comes to the home renovation and design jobs (for example, in Brisbane) that you want done. If you want your home to be modern, with all the latest stainless steel appliances, certain architects are better equipped than others. Many architects specialize in a particular area, or style of design, while others do general work. For this reason, you have to find out what their specialty areas are, in order to determine if their vision is going to clash or coincide with yours.
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Technology has radically changed education. Access to the internet in schools has tripled in the last twenty years.  Classroom materials such as textbooks, journals, encyclopedias and magazines have now all been replace by internet access. The printed world is still readily available and useful but students have an affinity to the internet primarily because of convenience. This has created an endless sea of information in which students have access to millions of resources at their fingertips.

Motivation & Self Esteem

Educators have seen increased student motivation and self esteem with the incorporation of technology. The internet creates a less intimidating setting for students to research and thus increase their knowledge. They are able to ask questions they sometimes would not be confident enough to ask in a classroom setting. Therefore students have been able to show initiative and do independent research. To say that technology is integral to student research would be an understatement; the internet has transformed the fundamental way knowledge is transferred.

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My name is Anushri Vachhani and I’m currently a fifth year studying architecture at the California State Polytechnic University of Pomona. I consider architecture to be a big part of my life—it is not only a career and a passion but a driving force and a learning factor that have helped me shape into the person I have become over the past 5 years. I enjoy challenging myself through the different designs I create and the questions I ask through the process. Education does the same. It’s a place of challenges, creativity, and a way of progressing. During my career here at school, I took a studio class covering elementary school design and was able to discover how much I learned that quarter and what education means to me. Currently for my senior project, I am also designing a Marine Research Center, which focuses on the education aspect of research. Using architecture to influence this kind of environment is something that greatly interests me and would truly be a privilege for me to learn more about.

I am presently Cal Poly Pomona’s AIAS Chapter Vice President and was the Secretary prior to that. Over my years here at Cal Poly, I have dedicated my time and efforts in order to ensure that the students attain the most out of their education here. It brings me great joy to help others and I love working for and with other people. Attending this conference would be a great opportunity for which I am going to be forever grateful. It will help me grow not only as a designer, student, and future architect but as an individual and a member of society.

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Schools are not only a place of learning but are also ways to cultivate personal progress and maturing as an individual. The architecture and history of schools has gradually evolved over the years from a typical, iconic schoolhouse made for handful students to large scale buildings that implement various other program such as cultural centers, multipurpose spaces, exterior fields, and so on. In order to enrich process of learning, different techniques and methods established through the architecture of the building help positively influence the students and their growth.

Courtyards are one way of facilitating change and positivity through the architecture that affects the education received by the students.

Out of many instances, this is evident in the North Kildare Educate Together School located in Celbridge, Ireland designed by Grafton Architects. The goals of the school design were to “integrate a significant autistic unit into the functioning of the main primary school plan,… the requirement to create a defensive building which would resist the possibility of vandalism outside school hours, and… to build economically and robustly without sacrificing architectural quality.” The whole building sits around an internal, massive courtyard where the classrooms are oriented in order to maximize solar gain. Ample sunlight along with proper ventilation is amongst two soles factors that can positively affect students’ well-being, learning process, and achievement. Circulation of the building is projected from the outside surroundings and occurs adjacent to the courtyard and therefore, protection of the students is given priority to. The courtyard also becomes a place where students gather to interact further outside the classroom and facilitate a richer flow of ideas and heightened sense of sociability. The protected, sunlight, exterior space of the courtyard becomes a simple yet effective way of enhancing the education process of the students.

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Education is one of the most fundamental driving forces that one can take control of in his or her life. There are many outside factors that may hinder or enhance the learning process. For instance, inconveniences such as long commutes, constant distractions by your immediate and/or distant surroundings, lack of a sense of belonging and so on are among the many reasons why students get distracted and discouraged at times by their place of learning.

What is one solution to such a problem? Housing.

Even though sometimes campus living is viewed by some as a place where loud, obnoxious parties take place, where students find different ways to misbehave, or where money feels as if it’s being flushed down the drain, it actually can cultivate lots of positive influences and thoroughly enhance higher education. By adding residential program to a place of education such as a college campus, it affects the learning process in ways more than one.

One of the most direct outcomes of campus housing is the time saved by avoiding a long, tiresome commute. It not only saves money on gas but encourages students to travel to class via other modes of transportation such as bikes, skateboards, campus shuttle, and walking, which all are more environmentally-friendly, healthier, and faster ways of getting to class. Fewer commuters also cause less traffic around and on campus as well as call for fewer parking lots to be made. Students are not constantly bothered by a vast amount of cars infiltrating pedestrian traffic.

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Student health and wellness has been a crucial element to cultivating a more meaningful environment for students and has become an integral part to the college experience.  On average, students are older than they used to be. With the economic crisis, students today are feeling more anxiety as they approach entering the professional world.

Design must keep in mind privacy and confidentiality. Students should be able to feel comfortable seeking counseling services. Initial planning is at the utmost importance, strategizing with providers and the administration to learn about the functionality of the workstations and the flow of traffic. Bringing in the users and the different representatives on the committee allows for each of them to provide a voice.

Designers can explore different options and visit the various benchmarks through the design process. As the need for developing an inviting space increases, we must gain a better understand of what models work and should not be constrained by existing situations.The most dangerous thing to say is, "we've always done it this way". With changing cultural pedagogy and student demographics in educational facilities, we must think about the vision of the future and develop a design that supports the end goal.

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As the Marketing Coordinator for Kwan Henmi Architecture & Planning in San Francisco, I am exposed to civic, transportation, education, housing, and commercial projects. CurrentlyI am an active member of the Society for Marketing Professionals Services (SMPS), Asian American Architects and Engineers (AAAE), and CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women, and American Institute of Architects San Francisco (AIASF). 


My UC Berkeley undergraduate experience exposed me to a boundless world of exploration and promoted an open dialogue of multidisciplinary studies. I approached with my schedule with excitable zeal, following my natural instinct to take classes like Chinese Land & Culture, Cultural History of Advertising, Policymaking in Environmental Science, and Sustainable Landscapes & Cities.  My strong front has always been communication, serving as a mediator in my community through translation, coordinating city-wide events, and being a liaison between different professional groups. I am working towards further developing my marketing skill set, strengthening my linguistic core, and deepening my architectural knowledge.

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My name is Wesley Wong and I am an Associate Director Designate of AIA San Francisco.  As a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, I am currently a designer at WRNS Studio, as well as the Chair of Bay Area Young Architects, the Emerging Professionals Committee of AIASF.  This EPC is one of the largest in the AIA as we provide multiple networking opportunities and exposure to the various types of architectural firms located in San Francisco.

I am interested in attending the CAE Spring conference in Barcelona, Spain to expand my knowledge within the architectural profession. Traveling across the world to this structurally enriched environment, I hope to gain a greater understanding of Spain’s culture, art, and history of design. This is, without a doubt, a remarkable education opportunity. While attending UC Berkeley’s Architecture program, my professor and classmates pushed me to raise my own questions and stretch my limits when finding answers, fortifying my curiosity for architecture. In addition, I also attended Harvard’s Summer Discovery Program for Landscape Architecture. I am, and will always be, an avid learner and student. In attending this amazing AIA event in Barcelona,

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Museums are cultural institutions with the ability to shape the visitor’s understanding of the world and gain communal knowledge capital from the experience. It could promote learning of history, awareness of different demographics, community engagement, and challenge perceptions. The architecture of a museum is a key factor in creating that academic atmosphere. It needs to be engaging, globally positioned, and universally usable.

A few strategies in the modern age:

Research base that speaks to the user community – we can develop a portfolio of knowledge transfer activities by launching research projects. Beyond the site analysis, the designer can involve different organizations in the conversation to identify the importance of social, political and economic systems, all of which help predict behavior and outcome.

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The use of color is always considered in architectural design, especially when designing primary schools. This is because color has a strong impact on human brains, therefore the use of specific colors can enhance educational spaces. Likewise, an incorrect color choice can have adverse effects on students’ success. Unconscious cognitive responses to color inform emotions, thus color in a classroom has a direct correlation with student moods and behaviors. A color choice made by an architect is often more critical to the users than we choose to believe.

 

Age is also a factor that must be considered in the selection of color. For instance Kindergarten classrooms possess different requirements than would a fifth grade class. As the brain develops, its ideal learning environment will often differ. When it comes to upper grades the use of cool colors are prescribed. The suggested use of cool colors is derived from the more calm nature of these classes and the need or focus in more challenging courses. Although an agreeable goal is stimulation, designers must be aware of the risk of overstimulating. While younger grades are supposed to foster creativity and help develop social skills, too many different colors can seem confusing. Noise and activity levels contribute to the feeling of the space as well: if a classroom is often loud, a vast amount bright colors can enhance the feeling of business and cause a lack of focus in the students. On the other hand, too many muted colors in a quiet space can possibly put a whole class to sleep.

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Member Slideshows are created each year for the Spring Conference to illustrate the recent work of the attendee’s firms. All COD members are welcome to participate. Attendees have 6 slides and 60 seconds to present their projects, or whatever is on their mind. View past Member Slideshow slides on the COD Pinterest page.




UCSD Rita Atkinson Residences, La Jolla, CA


UCSD Rita Atkinson Residences, La Jolla, CA


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Technology has immensely changed our world. Spaces that formerly had set commercial and institutional functions have now transformed into more flexible spaces and in some instances, the nature of their functions have fundamentally changed or even become obsolete. Libraries are an example of this functional transformation. Technology has made it possible for thousands of books to be only a few clicks away in the form of audio books, pdfs and e-books. In addition, websites such as Amazon have made it possible for you to purchase books to use and resell them after use. Due to such technological advancements, our literary culture has changed; however, the necessity of libraries persists: they are still being built and used.

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What is sustainable design?

As the World Commission on Environmental and Development defines sustainability, it is designing that “[meets] the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” By utilizing various techniques that reduce not only environmental and economic impacts, but also improve efficiency of the building, sustainable architecture is planning for the future. Creating sustainable schools positively affects the children, their health, and their education process in many ways; the following are some of many:


1. Improved learning and well-being

Extremely simple yet fundamental techniques such as ample daylight and successful ventilation can have direct, quick, positive effects on student performance. Collaborative for High Performance Schools did a study in 2003 that revealed that “better indoor air quality in schools results in healthier students and faculty, which in turn results in lower absenteeism and further improves student achievement… the effect of daylighting in schools [also revealed] that students perform better in daylit classrooms, as well as [indicated] the health benefits of daylighting.” For instance, the structures course for the Architecture department at California State Polytechnic University of Pomona was recently moved from a small, cold, dark room with no windows to a spacious hall with ample light and ventilation flowing through the space; the effects were obvious: the students were happier, the test results were improved, and the general attitude was far more positive. Sustainable architecture accounts for these fundamental techniques and therefore, brings about improved learning and well-being.

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Member Slideshows are created each year for the Spring Conference to illustrate the recent work of the attendee’s firms. All COD members are welcome to participate. Attendees have 6 slides and 60 seconds to present their projects, or whatever is on their mind. Many of the 2012 Member Slideshow slides are posted on the COD Pinterest page.

Eskew + Dumez + Ripple has been selected as the 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award recipient by the American Institute of Architects Board of Directors.




The Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, New Orleans, LA.


The Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, New Orleans, LA.

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I have videos and brochures of my experiences in the architecture field, which I wish to share, but as being an architect, I use graphics, some body can tell me how put that videos and brochures in the blogs?.
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I guess I am the new boy in the AIA HKC, to start I want to tell a little about myself.

I love the fluid stone: concrete for that I first practice by building using my idea of masonry concrete which becomes massive construction with 7,500 homes, eight schools and a shopping center in 15 months in Mexico City, 360 dwellings in one month in other location in Mexico City.  Note than Mexico City has earthquakes frequent, no damaged reported in such buildings, which were for people of lower income.  In Cancun, one 3 stories hotel and 10 houses, there: hurricanes, no damaged since around 40 years ago, for my masonry concrete practice.

Presently In the US I am a registered architect in California C 12555, expiration date 05/31/15.   I did work for several architectural firms, until working by myself, after several work using wood framing, I always talk about the thousand of dwellings I built in Mexico using concrete, they said: no never will have a Building Permit using concrete. 

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Member Slideshows are created each year for the Spring Conference to illustrate the recent work of the attendee’s firms. All COD members are welcome to participate. Attendees have 6 slides and 60 seconds to present their projects, or whatever is on their mind. Many of the 2012 Member Slideshow slides are posted on the COD Pinterest page.

Dirk Denison presented his slides.



Carmel Residence. Carmel, CA. Photo credit: David Matheson Photography.


Chicago Residence, Chicago, IL. Photo credit: Michelle Litvin Photography.

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This BIM

... might you know ... might you not ... might be a BIM

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I've been out of touch working on a new book that I hope will be complete by the end of this year. I'm including the first two paragraphs of the Introduction. They represent a synopsis that I've been seeking for a long time. I’m blogging them to stay in touch during this effort.

 

A growing population cannot survive without shelter on a planet with limited resources. The threat is shelter sprawl that consumes our source of life or shelter intensity that destroys our quality of life. The question is how to shelter these populations and protect their quality of life within a limited Built Domain that does not threaten their source of life -- the Natural Domain.

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My name is Nageen Ettefagh, but most people know me as Negeen Irani. As a 5th year architecture student at California Polytechnic State University Pomona, I have had the opportunity to be involved with my architectural education throughout my academic career. Being elected as the AIAS Chapter President is one among several of these opportunities. Aside from holding the title as the largest and most active chapters in the nation, CPP AIAS was also nominated for the National Chapter Honor Award for the 2013-2014 year. I also worked for Aedis Architects, a firm specializing in educational facilities, during the summer quarter to receive more professional experience. Currently, I am an avid social media director for the Neutra VDL Research House as well as Domaen. Overall, I have been privileged with an abundance of scholastic and social opportunities through my enrollment as an architecture student at the California Polytechnic University. With this, I hope to expand my knowledge on architecture for education. I am tremendously appreciative of this opportunity and I would like to once again express my appreciation for this honor. I cannot wait to meet each of you at the CAE Conference!

-Negeen
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