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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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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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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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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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CIP: On Collaboration

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This Earth

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This Earth Do you think demolition of 25 year old convention center is wise for the environment? .....think again..... TEAM SIMSALABIM did ! Video - Save This Earth http:// This Earth, its materials are in short supply, so it's very sad that a high-profile city like Sydney wants to take down a building, that is not even three decades built. That was the premise of the brief, we say 'program', to create an interoperable BIM (Building Information Model). That planning is going into place, if certain controlling interest make it their right, demolition and rebuild follows. Not excepting these economics,...
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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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By Scott Braley, FAIA, FRSA What would you do? A talented Project Manager was arguably among the best PM's in the firm. Highly regarded for talent and accomplishments, the PM seemed to be on a sure path to becoming a Principal of the firm. One day two leaders of the firm asked that they meet for lunch. One of the leaders was the PM's informal “mentor,” and hinted that this was an important discussion. Surely this had to be something good – really good. Indeed it was. The leaders wasted little time in moving to the key topic – the PM's opportunity to become a Principal of the firm. Then, in the conversation took an interesting...
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An Interview with Clive Wilkinson, AIA, RIBA By: Ken Wilson, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED Fellow Founding Principal, Envision Design Chair, Interior Architecture Knowledge Community Advisory Group My interview with Clive Wilkinson of Clive Wilkinson Architects...
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Over a period of time, it has been observed that more than 80 percent of deaths at construction sites happen due to negligence in following appropriate safety measures. Large construction firms follow strict safety rules in order to maintain a good reputation in the market because construction site hazards not only lead to unnatural deaths of workers and employees, but they also cause heavy financial losses in terms of equipment and material wastage. Likewise, local contractors and small builders are also affected, both financially and socially, due to improper safety measures. To avoid such circumstances; and to evade needless financial crunch, follow these...
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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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