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Updated: 2018-02-25T09:50:43-05:00


Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #168


On the lookout for a new job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our Facebook, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work. In case you missed them, here are the latest EOTD-featured firms: 1. Darin Johnstone Architects (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings Photo credit: Joshua White + Lawrence Anderson Photography.2. Omgivning Architects and Interior Designers (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Entry-level/Intermediate Architectural Designer Photo credit: Omgivning Architects and Interior Designers.3. Cooper Carry (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings Photo credit: Cooper Carry.4. Kostow Greenwood Architects (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Junior Architect / Designer Photo credit: Kostow Greenwood Architects.5. PSW (Facebook feature) Currently hiring: Multiple... [...]

AIA's 2018 Jury of Fellows elevates 152 member-architects to its prestigious College of Fellows



152 AIA members and two international architects have been inducted into the American Institute of Architect's College of Fellows for this year. The College of Fellows is the highest rank within the AIA and is only awarded to those with 10 or more years of membership. Beyond, the honor is given to architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level and have demonstrated great influence. Members are assessed by the following: 

  • Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession;
  • Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice;
  • Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations; or
  • Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment.

Fellows are chosen by the AIA's Jury of Fellows, which, this year, includes  Karen Nichols, F...

Hammer Museum releases new renderings by Michael Maltzan for multi-year expansion



The Hammer Museum, housing Los Angeles' 3rd largest collection of artistic innovation, has announced a public launch of a $180 million capital campaign in their multiyear expansion plan. A masterplan to improve every facet of the museum has been underway since 2000 lead by Michael Maltzan. Renovations began last summer with preliminary renderings of his designs for transforming the space.  


Elevated bookstore rendering. Image: Michael Maltzan Architecture.

With a $30 million lead gift from L.A. philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick (the largest in the museum's history), the facade design will now reflect the building's name dedicated to the Resnicks. Additional renderings have also been released along with a timeline of phases to be completed in 2020. 


New contemporary gallery interior rendering. Image: Michael Maltzan Architecture.

Construction began in 2017 on renovating the third-floor exhibition spaces, now featuring a 10,000-square-foot contiguous gallery that accommodates ma...

Winners of the 2017 Rethinking the Future Sustainability Awards



Rethinking the Future's Sustainability Awards celebrate innovative sustainability projects by architects, designers, and students around the world. The 2017 competition attracted 486 registrations from more than 30 countries — a new all-time high in the competition's history.

In the end, the jury selected 15 category winners, including firms like Mecanoo, Aecom, and Henning Larsen Architects, to name a few. Check them out below.

Los Angeles keeps expanding its freeway "Autopia"



If no one in 2018 would argue, as a young writer named David Brodsly did in 1981, that the "L.A. freeway is the cathedral of its time and place," or that it's the spot where Angelenos "spend the two calmest and most rewarding hours of their daily lives," as British architectural historian Reyner Banham put it with almost laughable enthusiasm a decade earlier, there's no doubt that both the practical and metaphorical meanings of the freeway continue to preoccupy Southern Californians.

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reflects on Southern California's ongoing love-hate relationship with its freeways.

This AI-powered & LiDAR-equipped robot could soon help detect construction errors early



Using lidar-equipped robots, Doxel scans construction sites every day to monitor how things are progressing, tracking what gets installed and whether it’s the right thing at the right time in the right place. You’d think that construction sites would be doing this by themselves anyway, but it turns out that they really don’t, and in a recent pilot study on a medical office building, Doxel says it managed to increase labor productivity on the project by a staggering 38 percent.

"You could send in some humans with lidar backpacks, but that would be more expensive," IEEE Spectrum explains. "The company is also using drones in a limited capacity right now, since they require human supervision, but it’s easy to imagine how much more efficient this process could get as robotic autonomy improves."

Winning design of the new St. Louis Gateway Arch Museum unveiled



The new museum design for the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch Park was revealed today. Back in 2015, a team led by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) with architects Cooper Robertson and James Carpenter Design Associates had the winning proposal for the renovation and expansion of the landmark museum in a competition launched by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. After years of delay, the Foundation announced that the new museum will open to the public this year, and a dedication ceremony will take place in July.

Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out



We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new architecture competitions launching worldwide on any given week — let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why Bustler is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design competition submissions that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.

Studio update: 10 fresh architectural student projects for your Friday inspiration


In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect People profiles. (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!) Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Student Work. ↑ Heterotopia - Loose Space for an Edge City by Volodymyr Babii ↑ The Grid by Kevin Welch ↑ Sceneries by Luca Gamberini ↑ Studio 603_ UNM by Hirbod Norouzianpour ↑ Denver Mixed-Use by Kevin Takenaka ↑ Apple_Wall_ by Rachel Martinez & collaborators ↑ Thesis by Hanxi Wu ↑ III. ART/FORM STUDIES by Michiel De Houwer ↑ Newtown Coop by Trisha Arts Click here to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards" posts. Wanna be included in one of the next roundups? Simply upload your work as a Project post to your Archinect People or Firm profile, and with some luck, your work gets featured!... [...]

A walk through the Mount Herzl Memorial Hall in Jerusalem



Adjacent to the bustling streets of modern-day Jerusalem, the Mount Herzl Memorial Hall is a quiet, intimate space for “personal and collective experiences of commemoration,” says Kimmel Eshkolot Architects, who designed the monument with Kalush Chechick Architects. Excavated into a mountain, the stunning building was created to honor Israel's fallen soldiers. The project is currently a contender for the 2018 RIBA International Prize for world's best building. 

Kimmel Eshkolot Architects shared more details about their project below.

Empty Vessels Make The Loudest Sound; A Discussion of Recent News and Features


This week we release a relatively spontaneous, and completely silly, look at news and features recently published on Archinect. We also turn Ken's famous last 2 questions, "What are you reading and listening to" onto ourselves.  Discussed during the show: The French Laundry gets a $10 million Michelin-starred revamp from Snøhetta Snøhetta unveils “Svart”, the Arctic Circle's first energy-positive hotel Snøhetta designs controversial black crystalline U.F.O for Norwegian artist + Discussion in Forum Employees at Apple's new headquarters keep walking into its famed glass wallsSnøhetta's much-discussed underwater restaurant breaks ground "Probably the most creative person in the world" — The New Yorker profiles Thomas Heatherwick Has the ADA gone too far? Architecture Billings Index kicks new year off strong with highest January score since 2007 70-story wooden skyscraper proposed for Tokyo could become world's tallest Brand New Reviews Logos of the 10 Most-Followed Firm Profiles on Ar... [...]

Reinventing school buildings for the age of mass shootings



For architects, the challenge is balancing the need for additional security with design principles that foster a more nurturing educational environment for students. As architect Jim French explained, designers could apply the design methods used to keep prisons secure to schools, but that would hamper the experience for children.

Following the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Jacob Passy reviews some of the ways that the design of schools is changing to address safety concerns.

Interestingly, at last night's CNN Town Hall Gun Debate, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel argued there are three things we need to do in America to prevent future tragedies; 1) we have to use CPTED (Crime prevention through environmental design) to make schools harder to penetrate 2) we need to empower law enforcement to help people with mental illness get the care they need and restrict them from owning guns 3) lastly and perhaps most importantly we do need gun control reform.

Of note, none of those three actions include President Trump's (and the NRA's) preferred option which is arming teachers.

15 outstanding projects among the German Design Award winners



Among the many winners of this year's German Design Awards, there were around 160 winners in the Excellent Communications Design category for Architecture. We have selected 15 projects from this list worth checking out: 

Solar Egg (pictured above)

With its striking polygonal form, has an otherworldly look about it – an effect that is accentuated by its gold mirrored surfaces. No less iconic is the boiler with its irregular metal mesh. An exceptional sauna design, one that attracts considerable attention.

Elon Musk starts digging for the Hyperloop in D.C.; Richard Branson plans to bring it to India first



Elon Musk’s tunnel-boring project has received more vague government approval for its equally vague plans to build an underground hyperloop between New York and Washington, DC. Last week, Washington, DC’s Department of Transportation issued a preliminary permit to Musk’s Boring Company to start digging at an abandoned lot in the northeast section of the city, according to The Washington Post.

The extend of the building permit for Musk's The Boring Company is still vague though and currently limited to an empty parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE next to a Mc Donald's. As the Washington Post reports: "The District’s Department of Transportation is figuring out what other permits the Boring Company would need to cut under city roads and other public spaces."

Hold on to your pants.

Meanwhile in India, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, and now also Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One, is spearheading efforts to connect Mumbai with Pune via magnetically levitated pod travel within the next five to seven years, cut down travel time from several hours to 25 minutes, and make the nation with its population of 1.3 billion people home of the first operating Hyperloop line.

Infrastructure is not neutral; case studies of communities decimated by highways



Making the case that infrastructure itself can be exclusionary is hardly straightforward. Many of the worst decisions in US planning were made decades ago to intentionally disenfranchise, marginalise and separate communities; policies such as redlining and “blight clearing” are well-documented embarrassments. But many decisions that segregated communities were unintentional. The stop sign and one-way street might seem benign, but they shape our lives in ways we sometimes don’t even realise.

Through focusing in on 5 case studies where communities have been obliterated by infrastructure decisions, the direct impact of highways and walls take on greater levels of meaning and urgency. The power of city planning also comes into greater consideration presently as the US takes on a massive infrastructure revitalization project. 

"Too big to replace, too expensive to tear down", Miller emphasizes the importance of digging into the history of our country's development in order to understand past injustices, prevent future abuse, and address current issues as they stand right now. 

An in depth look focuses on Detroit’s 8 Mile and historical Black Bottom neighborhoods, West Oakland in California, West Baltimore, and Jackson Ward in Richmond, Virginia. Arresting images of overlapping interstates where communities used to be reveal a truth many of us drive on in our everyday lives.

Please read Johnny Miller's full piece on how infrastructure decisions impact communities and are dir...

Queer Spaces, Intersections, LGBT Historic Sites: Urban Omnibus launches new series



As designers and urbanists engage with LGBTQ+ identity, what role do gender and sexuality play in the preservation, design, and management of urban space today? [...] Marginalization means invisibility, both in history and space. New efforts seek to reclaim and preserve queer histories inscribed in sites across the city.

Urban Omnibus, a publication of the Architectural League of New York, recently launched its new series Intersections: Surfacing (guest-edited by Jacob R. Moore), allowing a more informed look at issues of gender and sexuality in the context of design & urban history.

Planned demolition of SOM-designed JPMorgan Chase HQ draws criticism



Earlier today, news broke that the De Blasio administration has hashed out a deal with JPMorgan Chase to demolish its existing headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, and replace the structure with a shiny new 70-story building. The deal was negotiated in the wake of the Midtown East rezoning, which loosened zoning regulations for the area in exchange for developers providing street-level and infrastructure improvements.

Not so fast! said architecture critics and preservationists when news broke that the midcentury 270 Park Avenue tower in Manhattan's East Midtown, currently home of banking giant JPMorgan Chase, had quietly been selected—not for landmark designation—but for the chopping block. 

Designed by SOM's Natalie de Blois as Union Carbide Building, the 50-story skyscraper was completed in 1961 and is considered an important example of female-led midcentury corporate architecture.

“A cultural laboratory” — UNStudio to design EuropaCity's Centre Culturel cinema in Paris



UNStudio won the commission to design the Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art cinema in the EuropaCity mega-development in Paris. Masterplanned by BIG, EuropaCity is a tourist hub that'll combine culture, sports, hotels, restaurants, urban agriculture, commerce, and recreation for visitors and locals alike.

UNStudio envisions the Centre Culturel cinema as both “a public space and a cultural laboratory”. Their concept expands the movie-going experience in that visitors can watch a movie but also check out art displays, lounge on green rooftop terraces, and other social amenities. Read on for more about the proposal.

16 architecture job opportunities NOT in LA or NYC



The demand for architects tends to be heavily focused on the large coastal cities, overshadowing those lying in between. This week we highlight job opportunities scattered around the country between the Pacific and Atlantic. Scroll down and discover our roundup of hidden gems from Archinect Jobs—you may just find your niche in an unexpected place.

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has an active listing for an Experienced Design Architect in their New Orleans, LA office.


New Orleans, LA skyline. Image: Michael Maples/Wiki.

The firm is looking for an individual with at least 2 to 5 years of experience in a design focused role.

Design Search Associates is currently looking for an Architect in their Las Vegas, NV location.


Night aerial view of Las Vegas, NV. Image: United States Library of Congress/Wiki.

The right candidate will have at least 10 years of experience in construction administration with large scale projects.

Boulder Associates Architects are currently hiring an Emerging Architect and an ...

dRMM’s Stirling Prize-winning, revamped Hastings Pier is already for sale



Property firm GVA said it was open to offers after being asked to find a buyer for the transformed Sussex coastal landmark. The charity behind dRMM’s much-loved refurbishment of the pier went into administration last year. Now the administrators have appointed GVA to sell the asset.

The charity responsible for restoring and running Hastings Pier—the once derelict landmark whose £14.2 million rebuild won this year's RIBA Stirling Prize—has been forced to put the property up for sell after experiencing some financial difficulties. According to the Architects' Journal, last year, the charity failed to agree a new three-year business plan with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council in order to become self-funding.

Due to the charity's insolvency, administrators Smith & Williamson were appointed back in November in hopes of ensuring the pier's future. They have now put the property firm GVA in charge of selling the 145-year old pier, which will remain open throughout 2018 with funds from HLF already allocated to the project. 

Harvard GSD awards The High Line with 2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design



Harvard GSD awarded the 13th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design to The High Line in New York. The Green Prize committee awarded the $50,000 prize to the Friends of the High Line for their continued stewardship behind the project, which has long been hailed as a model example of urban revitalization and collaboration. 

In 2004, the Friends of the High Line and the City of New York selected  James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf to design the linear public park. Stretching a mile and a half on a freight rail 30 feet above Manhattan's streets, the “floating promenade” welcomes over 8 million visitors and hosts over 450 public programs every year.


Photo: Timothy Schenck, via The High Line/Facebook.

In selecting the winner, the 2017 Green Prize jury traveled to all the finalist projects. They chose to award The High Line “not only for its exceptional design quality, but also because it was a cooperatively-orchestrated, multifaceted endeavor in wh...

The French Laundry gets a $10 million Michelin-starred revamp from Snøhetta



Since opening its doors in 1994, Thomas Keller's restaurant, The French Laundry, has been considered one of the best fine dining destinations in the world. It has three Michelin stars to its name, has been called "the best restaurant in the world, period" by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, and consistently tops Restaurant magazine's annual list of the world's best restaurants.


© Michael Grimm


© Michael Grimm

So, when the celebrated culinary chef decided four years ago to remodel his wine cellar, he turned to one of the architecture world's most distinguished firms to do so—the award-winning, internationally renowned Snøhetta. Their partnership, strengthened by a shared penchant for minimalist design, eventually grew into an extensive remodel involving a new kitchen design and courtyard renovation that is now nearing completion. 


© Michael Grimm

Redone to the tune of 10 million dollars, the project has involved a revamp of their 3,000-square-foot kitchen; the addition of a 2,500-square...

"Ambassadors for Canadian architecture"​: 2018 RAIC Gold Medal awarded to Saucier + Perrotte Architectes



Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte, founding partners of Montreal firm Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, are the recipients of the 2018 RAIC Gold Medal. 

Awarded annually, the prize is the highest honor the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada can bestow to individuals in honor of lasting and significant contributions to Canadian architecture. 

Conceptual proposal by Humphreys & Partners envisions futuristic mixed-use NYC project with micro units and drone landings



Although Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last year new mandates to force building owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a way to fight climate change, a Dallas-based architecture firm has taken the idea of sustainable design to the next level. During last month’s International Builder’s Show, Humphreys & Partners presented a conceptual plan for a mixed-use project on Manhattan’s waterfront. In Pier 2: Apartment of the Futurethe architects tackled major issues prevalent in many cities, like affordability and energy efficiency (h/t Curbed NY). The futuristic proposal includes two towers with modular and micro-units, which would boast futuristic amenities like artificial intelligence, drones, home automation and more.


The proposal cites Elon Musk’s Hyperloop proposal as a look into the future of transportation. The firm incorporates the concept of autonomous transportation by including automated parking systems, areas to land drones and energy-generating walkways. On the ground...

Architecture Billings Index kicks new year off strong with highest January score since 2007



2018 started on a strong note for architecture firms, as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.7, up from a score of 52.8 in the previous month. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 61.1, down from a reading of 62.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased slightly from 53.4 to 53.9.

"Healthy conditions continue across all sectors and regions except the Northeast, where firm billings softened for the second consecutive month," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "With strong billings and healthy growth in new projects to start the year, firms remain generally optimistic about business conditions for the next several months."

The American Institute of Architects reports these key ABI stats for the month of January: 

  • Regional averages: West (56.2), South (55.3), Midwest (54.8), Northeast (47.3)
  • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (56.0), commercial / industrial (53.3), institutional (52.5), mixed practice (50.1)
  • Project inquiries index: 61.1
  • Design contracts index: 53.9

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There are different types of data you need to collect and synthesize to uncover these insights. These include time and expense entries, billing records, accounting metrics, and project management data.

While you technically can track and analyze all of your company’s data without a real project accounting solution, it’s not a wise choice. If you choose to just use spreadsheets, you’ll spend hours upon hours entering, formatting, and analyzing data. Copying and pasting creates a large margin for error, and if one of your formulas isn’t right, it’ll derail everything. Plus, whoever said that they actually enjoy using spreadsheets?

That’s why...

Could L.A. be getting a second Hollywood Sign?



Community leaders and affected homeowners have mixed reactions regarding a consultant’s recently released recommendations on how to best provide relief for residential communities besieged with Hollywood Sign tourists. The recommendations, released in January and commissioned by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, ranged in impact from the jaw-dropping, like the idea of installing a second Hollywood sign, to the mundane, like improving signage for lost tourists.

The Los Feliz Ledger gives a detailed account of various recommendations currently being discussed among community leaders to drastically improve access to L.A.'s iconic landmark sign while also easing the traffic burden on locals in the adjacent Hollywood Hills neighborhoods. 

One idea from a 65-page report commissioned by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu is to install a replica Hollywood Sign on Griffith Park's north side facing the San Fernando Valley: "Some said that it was an interesting, out-of-the-box idea that could satiate at least some tourists’ desire to see the sign, albeit a replica, and would therefore lessen traffic in Los Feliz and the Hollywood Hills. Others however, said they did not see a duplicate’s sign value."

MVRDV to design 50,000m2 Weenapoint mixed-use complex in Rotterdam



For the third phase of the Weenapoint complex's transformation in Rotterdam, MVRDV was selected by developer Maarsen Groep to design a new mixed-use tower complex, which will replace an existing building on Kruisplein in the city's Central District. Set for a mid-2022 completion, the 50,000m2 mixed-use tower complex comprises 17,000 m2 of office space, a transparent plinth for shops and restaurants, and around 200-300 apartment units. Read on for more project details from MVRDV.

Inside Frank Gehry and Thomas Krens' hybrid Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum



Picture the World Trade Center near the Empire State Building near Fenway Park near London's Tate Modern. Now picture trains zipping past the architectural icons. That is the vision world-famous architect Frank Gehry and museum developer Thomas Krens are trying to bring to North Adams, in the form of the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum.

With the aim of developing North Adams, Massachusetts as a cultural destination, Frank Gehry and Thomas Krens released plans last summer for their hybrid Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum. The initial concept has now developed into an entire model showcasing more of what the museum will look like. 

The model museum features 164 buildings showcasing contemporary architecture by 71 international architects. Interwoven amongst these building 12 rail lines will run 107 operating model trains. 

The proposed museum houses this entire set up in one 670-foot-long gallery stretching the length of 2.5 football fields. Buildings will be constructed at a 1:48 scale including iconic structures such as the Seagram Building in Manhattan or the Brooklyn Bridge. The tallest building, the One World Trade Center, will reach 40 feet tall. 

The trains and buildings will also be surrounded by video-projected landscaping blending the physical models into a seamless background. The...

OMA reveals renovation plans to transform the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow



OMA/Rem Koolhaas have released plans for their redesign of Moscow's New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val. As one of Russia's largest museums, the space hosts 20th century Russian and Soviet art including works by Malevich, Kandinsky, Chagall, and Soviet artists such as Aleksandr Deyneka and Vera Mukhina.


Image courtesy of OMA.


Image Courtesy of OMA.

Since 1985, the gallery has sat in a large modern building designed by N.P. Sukoyan and Y.N. Sheverdyaev that consists of multiple exhibition halls for a total floor area of 61.091m². OMA's redesign will create four distinct sections of the museum—a space for art storage, an Education Center, room to house the collection, and a Festival Hall. The renovation will also focus on creating a new entrance along the Moscow river and carefully placed cutouts in the façade will open up the interior spaces to the city.


Image courtesy of OMA.


Image courtesy of OMA.

The redesign will be OMA's third cultural project in Russia, having previously worked on ...