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Taliesin, where a woman can be a fellow here. As Architect Barbie, the doll from " BARBIE® I CAN BE...™ ” series hits stores on August 15th, I can’t help but think about a girl, whose story of wanting the doll upon seeing an image of it from the internet earlier this year. When Catherine Lorraine Johnson requested her grandfather for an Architect Barbie, it struck a chord and gave me an a-ha-moment. I sensed an imaginary bond that connected that four-year-old girl with the grandpa, who happens to be the respected architectural designer, Michael P. Johnson . Architect Barbie trying on Frank Lloyd Wright's original drafting table...
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One of the first things people do when they decide to become a homeowner is to go see houses in which they would want to live. We all have dreams about what would that ideal house be like. It is probably the single most expensive purchase one will make in a lifetime, and as such, carefully thought-out designs need to be made. photo by Elizabeth Melas The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Mattel understood the importance...
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A home is not just a place where you keep the things you own and sleep at. It is an extension of your life. It is where you spend your most precious moments, entertain your friends, invite your guests… it is the place where your children grow up. What your home looks like is therefore a reflection of your personality and expression of your taste. However, often enough we end up staying in homes designed by and built for other people. So how do you ensure that your home looks like it belongs to you and not any stranger? How do you make it speak with your voice, express your individuality? With a facade of course! Give your home a...
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Nowadays, it is mainly modern architecture which inspires the design of most of the buildings. So, if you are thinking of how to finance your modern architecture, you can take out a construction loan, which is going to help you with getting the required money which you will be required to use towards the construction of the building. The construction loans, just as any of the other kind of mortgages are a part of housing finance. Housing finance now Housing finance has the power to bring together all of the different housing issues together. Like, it can handle the single family home issues, and also the complex and...
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Design is a part of every person’s daily activities. Most of us wake up inside a building which was designed by an architect or builder. Our morning rituals often include interactions with bed linens, personal products, kitchen dishes and utensils, and clothing, all simply or elaborately designed and selected by us to complement our personal style, mood and use. It’s possible to study how all aspects of design affect our lives, but I would like to compare architecture and fashion as I believe that have an equal impact on our lives. With either discipline, the term “design” may bring to mind the image of an expensive item. Perhaps it is unique and possibly...
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Earlier this year we highlighted a proposed rule that would expand the pool of workers who qualify for overtime pay, and discussed its wide-reaching impact on American businesses . Finally, a fter months of deliberation , the Department of Labor has released the final version of its long-awaited overtime rule. Below w e’ll tell you everything you need to know about wha t to expect, as well as how to prepare for the changes. How i s overtime currently mandated? The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)...
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Converting an office building into a livable apartment building can be a daunting task, but it can also be very profitable. Often this is because commercial space is worth more when converted to residential space in certain areas. Particularly when the property is located within a major financial/business center with very few residential properties. As an example, think of the high rise apartments adjacent to Wall Street in New York or the luxury apartments in The City area of London. Before you spend any money, the very first thing you should do is to conduct a study to see if the project is even feasible. You can do this part without outside help...
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From client requests to notes on vendors, your online bookmarks are getting out of control and your Evernote notebooks are a fierce hot mess . Hundreds of design ideas and inspirational stylings zip through your mind and your inbox on a daily basis. A new social bookmarking / photo sharing / shopping gallery website is changing the way brands engage potential customers and it can help you get organized, attract clients, and connect with like-minded designers. Pinterest is an "online virtual pinboard" that "lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web." ( from their website ) The invitation-only service has...
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King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital and largest city. Riyadh, located in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, has experienced very high rates of population growth, from 150,000 inhabitants in the 1960s to approximately 5 million people today. The project is located on 200 hectares between the outskirts of Riyadh and King Khalid International Airport (KKIA), just north of the proposed Princess Nora Bin Adulrahman University. Designed by Zaha Hadid with all aesthetically parameters of Modern and Muslim Architecture. KAPSARC consists of five major buildings interconnected...
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For as long as I can remember, I have had a strong commitment to improving the communities in which I am a part through both social and architectural means. During my time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I recognized that learning environments sit at the intersection of the communal and design worlds; and, that they could be that very opportunity for development that I had been seeking. As a result, I wrote my Master’s thesis on learning environments. As an architectural designer who is also interested in pedagogy, urban planning, and history, I have found that the most successful schools have a symbiotic relationship with their communities....
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A collection of resources dedicated to the topic of collaboration are the focus in this issue of From the Center for Integrated Practice. Each month CIP will feature resources from a range of topics that address how architects and members of the AEC industry tackle the issues and opportunities facing practice today. On Collaboration Introductory Article and Podcast On Collaboration: Can Architects Make the Shift? By Markku Allison, AIA Resource Architect AIA Center for Integrated Practice and AIA Center for Value of Design The Voice of CIP Thomas Cox, AIA, Cochair of the Center for Integrated Practice and...
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An Interview with Todd DeGarmo By: Ken Wilson, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED Fellow Founding Principal, Envision Design Interior Architecture Knowledge Community Advisory Group From the age of five, Todd DeGarmo knew he wanted to be an architect....
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As the cherry blossoms return to Washington, we mark the debut of a new tool to keep you informed about what's happening in the world of legislative and political advocacy: T he Angle . Technically, it's an old tool in a new format: a little more than a decade ago, The Angle was a hard-copy newsletter mailed (remember mail?) to members. We're bringing it into the 21st Century, and making it easier for you to stay connected to the information you need to know about the policies and regulations that affect you and your practice. Join the Legislative Action Network to receive the latest news from The Angle, or visit us on the AIA's Issues and...
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That sounds pretty important doesn’t it? At the very least it sounds comprehensive … it suggests an extensive and exhaustive collection of the best architecturally themed websites in the world. I’m not sure if that is this list but it is my go-to list of websites. Compiling a list of the top architectural websites is far more difficult than it sounds, particularly if there isn’t any particular manner of evaluation employed other than these are the sites that I go to the most often.some of these which caught my eye include professional resources and conversation starters, plus a few more typical examples that broadcast news in a lively or visually elegant...
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The top ten things to consider for your architecture firm’s next website. By Josh Miles Summary Your website is potentially the most underutilized business development and validation tool in your practice. But are you doing everything you could to leverage this opportunity? While a successful website could range from a single landing page, to hundreds of pages deep, a site that uniquely positions your firm, your expertise, and your people is invaluable. With the advent of responsive web design and the ever-changing role of search engines, best practices are constantly evolving. Here are the top ten things your firm can focus on today to...
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The Changing Role of Architects: Can Traditional Practice Continue to Survive and Thrive? I first voiced this concern at a Saturday morning seminar on Life/Work Balance at the 2008 National AIA Convention in Boston, MA while participating in a small group talk. In that 4-hour seminar, we were set in groups of 10 at round tables to discuss issues we face as architects and how we approach them. When our group leader listed our top concerns about the profession, he did add mine at the tail end, namely, that "architects, as sole practioners, seemed to be facing obsolescence." To my surprise, no one said anything. No one screamed. No one argued....
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By Karen O. Courtney, AIA, FSMPS So much of business development (BD) is doing the little things right as well as focusing on the big things that really matter and can bring work in the door. For the busy architect, getting business is often a natural progression of doing good work for clients. But to grow, a portion of time should always be devoted to acquiring new business to replace the inevitable turnover of clients. Here are some insights that can make a difference in improving your BD bottom line. Understand Your Brand Branding is “marketing speak” for your reputation and what that means for your clients and prospects....
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There's a major regulatory change in the works and it’s causing a bit of anxiety for American employers. Behind this concern is a rule that the Department of Labor is in the process of finalizing. Once put into place, the new regulation will greatly expand the number of employees eligible for overtime pay. Reports indicate that the rule could be finalized as early as April or May of this year, and would likely go into effect shortly after. Under current law, workers who earn less than $455 a week (about $23,660 a year) must be paid time and a half if they work over 40 hours in a week. The DOL rule would more than double that threshold, meaning...
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An Interview with Billie Tsien, AIA Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects By: Annie Chu Principal, Chu+Gooding Architects Professor of Interior Architecture, Woodbury University “ The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors awarded the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects , who blend exquisite care for detail with subtle, reverent architecture that’s both timeless in its abstracted, meditative forms and materially specific to context and place. The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA bestows...
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I truly believe that the Institute and architects community would benefit from Mr.Thomas Vonier 's leadership.I feel very inspired to support people like him, who spend their lifetime promoting the architect's profession! Let's give him our support, so he can share with us his commitment and leadership. Thomas Vonier's statement: My commitment as a candidate for AIA president is to advance public outreach and advocate for architects. As AIA president-elect next year, I will launch “Building a Greater America” — an initiative challenging 2016 US Presidential candidates to place buildings and communities at the top of the national agenda. Candidate...
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