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Updated: 2017-10-19T20:04:47-04:00


Vitsœ applies Dieter Rams' design philosophy to its stunning new HQ and production building



Who said that factory buildings had to be drab, dingy halls devoid of beauty? Vitsœ, the UK-based maker of Dieter Rams-designed furniture systems, opened its new HQ and production building this week, and it's a real stunner.


© Dirk Lindner

Located in the small town of Royal Leamington Spa in central England, the new company building has been realized by an in-house Vitsœ team in close collaboration with Yacht designer Martin Francis, architects and fabricators specialized in engineered timber, landscape architects, engineers in their respective fields as well as industrial-sustainability academics.

Sustainability, adaptability, and workplace health were key motives in the design process for the 135-meter-long building that is naturally ventilated and naturally lit during daylight hours, offering employees big windows to connect with nature and the surrounding landscape.

Read on for more images and a project description we've received.


© Dirk Lindner

"Like the company’s renowned 606 Un...

OMG! designs "Primitive Hut," a pavilion that will decompose over time



In his Essai sur l’Architecture, the 18th-century French architecture theorist Marc-Antoine Laugier developed the concept of the Primitive Hut. Exploring the origins of architecture, Laugier described the primitive man as constructing a shelter to protect himself from nature. The iconic frontispiece of the second edition, by the artist, Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen, made the book's argument clear. It shows an allegorical figure, representing architecture, pointing to the primitive hut, a new structural clarity found in nature. 


Essai sur l'Architecture, frontispiece by Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen. Image via Wikipedia.


Drawing by OMG!, inspired by Charles-Dominique Joseph Eisen's frontispiece.

Martin Miller from Antistatics and Caroline O’Donnell from CODApreviously featured in our Small Studio Snapshot series—partnered with one another as OMG! to create their own Primitive Hut. Inspired by Marc-Antoine Laugier’s work, the duo created a pavilion made of decomposing materials tha...

Swedish train gets officially named "Trainy McTrainface"



It’s happened again. A public vote to name four trains running between the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg has resulted in one of the four being called Trainy McTrainface in an echo of the name chosen by the British public for the new polar research vessel.

Last year, the British public voted to name its new polar research vessel "Boaty McBoatface"—a decision that the British government quickly overturned in favor of the less comical name "RRS Sir David Attenborough."

Hopefully, Boaty McBoatface's legacy will live on in Sweden, where the public voted to name one of its trains, running between Stockholm and Gothenburg, "Trainy McTrainface"

"We saw pretty quickly that Trainy McTrainface was in the lead in the popular option. There was a bit of international attention on the vote, and I imagine that some people were quite delighted to get some revenge for the Boaty McBoatface thing," said Swedish rail company MTR marketing chief Peter Nasfi.

Proving to have a better sense of British humor than the UK government, neither the train company, nor the Swedish government, repealed the popular vote.

Rozana Montiel + Alin V. Wallach, WORKac, SO – IL among 2017 Archmarathon Award winners



Out of 44 design studios, eight winners were announced for the fourth edition of the Archmarathon Awards, which happened in Miami's Faena Forum from October 12-14. The competition distinguishes projects by studios based in the U.S., Canada, Central America, and Latin America.

Rozana Montiel of Estudio de Arquitectura in collaboration with Alin V. Wallach were crowned the overall winner and the “Moving” category winner (Infrastructure & Transportationm Landscape & Open Spaces) with their project “Common Unit” (pictured above). “This project solved the problem of segregation transforming boundaries and limits into encounters and quality of life creating a community building,” the jury noted. It's been a good year for Rozana Montiel, who received the 2017 Moira Gemmill Prize in the Architects' Journal's Women in Architecture Awards this past March.

Other Archmarathon category winners include WORKac, SO – IL, and Mallol Arquitectos, to name a few. Have a look at them below.


Five finalists advance in CTBUH's 2017 Student Tall Building Design Competition



Five finalists have recently been announced in the 6th International Student Tall Building Design Competition, hosted annually by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. 

Under the theme Connecting the City: People, Density, & Infrastructure, the contest invited students from around the world to imagine how tall buildings could support vital elements of urban infrastructure — traditionally restricted to the ground level — also in great heights, continuing the city up and into the building, and thus contributing to increased density.

From 229 submissions, 25 semifinalists were selected in the first round of the competition, from which 5 finalists were plucked by the second-round jury comprised of Domenic Alvaro (Jury Chair, Woods Bagot); Ron Klemencic (Magnusson Klemencic Associates); James Parakh (City of Toronto Planning Department); Michele Pasca di Magliano (Zaha Hadid Architects); and Swinal Samant (National University of Singapore).

Names of the finalists won't be reveale...

Celebrating the best of Pacific Northwest Architecture, GRAY Media announces finalists of the inaugural GRAY Awards



The Pacific Northwest has undergone rapid growth over the past decade as newcomers flock, drawn to its booming tech economy, casual atmosphere, and great views. Home to cities like Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, the region has become a hotbed for development with an emerging design culture favoring sustainable, low-impact, pedestrian-friendly designs. 

Wishing to celebrate the emerging culture of the region, GRAY Media—the Pacific Northwest’s leading design publication—has launched a new design competition to honor the most innovative projects exclusively from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The winners of the GRAY Awards, as it is to be called, will be selected by a panel of international design stars such as Philippe Starck, James Corner, Karim Rashid, and Deborah Berke among others. The winning projects will be honored on November 29, 2017, but until then, take a look at some of the recently announced finalists!


Stefano Boeri envisions Vertical Forest Seeds on Mars in Shanghai Urban Space Art Season 2017



Stefano Boeri's Vertical Forest towers are slowly popping up around the world. In Shanghai, the concept is transported to the Red Planet in “Vertical Forest Seeds on Mars”. The project is part of the Shanghai Urban Space and Art Season 2017 exhibition (SUSAS), which Stefano Boeri co-curated with Li Xiangning (Dean of the Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning) and Fang Zhenning (independent artist and international critic).

Currently open at Shanghai's Minsheng Port, the three-month SUSAS exhibition showcases art, architecture, urban planning, and design projects that envision the future of today's cities. 


Image credit: Stefano Boeri Architetti.


Image credit: Stefano Boeri Architetti.

Developed by Stefano Boeri Architetti's China studio and Tongji University's Future City Lab as a response to Earth's rising sea levels, the project envisions a “colony of Shanghai on the Red Planet” in 2117. Habitable “eco-systemic seeds” would travel via an interplanetary space st...

Japan's timber industry deplores the plastic seats of Tokyo's new stadium



Dignitaries at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will obviously get the best seats--those made of wood--but ordinary common folk will have to make do with plastic.

Less than 1 percent of Tokyo's Olympic Stadium seats will be wooden. Those will be allocated for the best views of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as track and field events. The country's timber industry has been advocating since 2016 to install wooden seats for all the spectators as a symbol of Japan's craftsmanship and to promote the forestry industry.

'We're very disappointed (with the decision). We will still continue to propose that wooden seats be introduced, as making use of this domestic natural resource will prove beneficial to maintaining the mountain environment and preventing disasters (such as landslides),” said Yasuhide Nakayama, head of the federation of Diet members for the promotion of Japan's timber industry.

RIBA submits evidence and recommendations to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety



Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the British government put out a call for evidence for the independent review of building regulations and fire safety. Led by Dame Judith Hackitt, the review will make recommendations to ensure there is a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future, examining building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement with a focus on multi-occupancy high rise residential buildings.

Today, the RIBA has submitted its response and recommendations to the call. “The RIBA welcomes Dame Judith Hackett’s review but we believe it must be more comprehensive, addressing the details of Building Regulations guidance as well as the broader regulatory system. The Review should cover all building types and construction methods not just those relating to high-rise, multiple occupancy residential buildings. In addition to submitting evidence, the RIBA has also proposed a number of significant recommendations to the Review, to enhance the ...

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You will learn more about vapor permeable air barriers. Register today!

In the meantime, here is some more information to better understand permeance, critically examining the discussions around PERMs and choosing the right vapor-permeable air barriers for your future projects.

Choosing the Right Permeable Air Barrier Memberane

Several factors must be taken into account when selecting an air barrier membrane for a wall design. The main purpose of an air barrier is to prevent air leakage through the building envelope. Uncontrolled air circulation can cause heat loss and high resultant energy costs, not to mention increase the risks of condensation and mould g...

Carlo Ratti Associati designs a delicious building made of chocolate



Attention chocolate lovers, Italian designer Carlo Ratti has conceived an edible pavilion made of pralines.


Image by Daniele Iodice

Made for the high-end chocolate manufacturer Venchi, the building will be presented at Fico Eataly, the world largest food park in Bologna, Italy. The structure is composed of 30 thousand pralines of different sizes and shapes, all individually wrapped in a variety of colors of shiny paper. The dream doesn't end here, visitors are invited to pick and taste the pralines, slowly eating the building away…

Unknown pioneer of solar energy, Konrad Frey, is given a second look



Konrad Frey was a pioneer who designed and built solar houses based on data and scientific insights. Yet Frey and his work are largely unknown. A project by the architectural theoretician Anselm Wagner aims to change that.

"The architectural designs of Konrad Frey are characterized by the fact that their form is a consequence of function. Had he worked in Vienna, had his activities started in the urban context, his architecture would have become a topic of research long ago," says art historian and architectural theoretician Anselm Wagner. 

Frey studied solar energy in the 1960s and designed Austria's first solar house in 1972, together with Florian Beigel, using a combination of active and passive harnessing of solar energy. "The Sun Houses of Konrad Frey: Environmental Research and Solar Design Knowledge", a research project funded by Austrian Science Fund FWF, will produce an online catalogue raisonné and a monograph of Frey work.

Kengo Kuma visits his ship-like V&A Dundee museum as exterior nears completion



Ten years after a Dundee V&A museum was first considered, the finishing touches are being applied to the exterior of the £80.1m building ahead of its opening next summer. [...] No amount of artist's impressions and computer-generated fly-throughs could have prepared the city for the true size and scale of the imposing design of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who will inspect the building on Wednesday.

Kengo Kuma was in Scotland today to inspect construction progress on the impressive V&A Museum of Design Dundee he designed.

Video via V&A Dundee on YouTube

He seemed very pleased, stating: "As an architect, seeing a completed building can be stressful, as some times the quality isn’t satisfactory. But in this case the quality, and the attention to detail has given me great satisfaction to see. I was so impressed when I saw how the building works together with the River Tay. Some museums are just boxes – this isn’t just a box, it is linked to nature."


Closeup of the exterior walls. Image via V&A Dundee on Facebook.

The project is making significant strides, having just completed the exterior walls with its 2,500 cast stone panels that wrap the volume like planks on a sailing ship. Construction crews also recently dismantled the temporary cofferdam that separated the structure from the River Tay.

The building is scheduled to open in 2018.

Microsoft offers treehouses to connect their employees back with nature



While Apple opens the doors to their new campus, and Amazon looks for a location for its second, Microsoft has gone in a different direction, building Wi-Fi tree houses so staff can connect with nature.



Microsoft's campus is comprised of 120 buildings spread across Redmond, Washington—a suburb of Seattle—and surrounded by 500 acres of woods. After a recent employee survey found many workers would like to work outdoors more, the tech company has added to their campus by rigging up three high-tech tree houses in Redmond's Pacific Northwest Douglas firs. The company is also currently working on other tech enable outdoor districts around the campus for their employees.


Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters" was recruited to help create the new elevated meeting space. Equipped with Wi-Fi, electricity—every weatherproof bench has a hatch containing a power supply—an outdoor gas fireplace, and a shipping container that houses a barbecue restaurant, the company hopes to boost em...

Get Lectured: MIT, Fall '17



Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2017

Ready or not, it's the start of a new school year. Back for Fall 2017 is Archinect's Get Lectured, an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

See what events are coming up in MIT Architecture's Fall 2017 lecture series, “Agency”.

Oct 16 
Raya Ani
Homecoming Queen
6:00 PM, Room 3-133, AKPIA

Oct 17
Cole Roskam
Designing Reform: Architecture in Post-Mao China
6:00 PM, Room 7-429/Long Lounge, HTC

Oct 19
Thomas Auer & Stephan Behnisch
Lost in Transformation
The Ahmad Tehrani Memorial Symposium
6:00 PM, Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Oct 20
David Reinfurt
A Post-Industrial Postscript
2:00 PM, E15-001/ACT Cube, ACT

Oct 20
Boris Groys
Cosmic Imagination
6:00 PM, Room 7-429/Long Lounge,...

Architecture Billings Index in September retreats slightly after seven consecutive months of growth



After seven months of steady growth in the  demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) paused in September. [...] ABI score was 49.1, down from a score of 53.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight decrease in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 59.0, down from a reading of 62.5 the previous month, while the new design contracts index eased somewhat from 54.2 to 52.9.

“We’ve seen unexpectedly strong numbers in design activity for most of 2017, so the pause in September should be viewed in that context” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Project inquiries and new design contracts remain healthy, and the continued strength in most sectors and regions indicates stability industry-wide.”

The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of September:

  • Regional averages: Northeast (56.9), South (54.0), Midwest (50.4), West (48.8)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.0), mixed practice (52.2), multi-family residential (51.0), institutional (51.0)
  • Project inquiries index: 59.0
  • Design contracts index: 52.9

Virtual money still requires real architecture



A bitcoin vault doesn’t store actual bitcoin units. Technically, what’s being stored are private, cryptographic keys. It’s odd to think of a virtual currency needing physical storage, but just like your most precious photos, even a cryptocurrency needs some kind of material container.

The company Xapo is using a decommissioned military bunker to safeguard its customers bitcoins. In this article from Quartz, Joon lan Wong describes his way into the vault storing millions of dollars worth of bitcoins and the numerous portals and gates he had to cross. 

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Named as AAP - Architectural Firm of The Year 2017



The American Architecture Prize – a global platform with an esteemed jury of over 30 architecture experts and professionals – has a mission of celebrating and endorsing creativity, innovation and great achievements across the fields of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. With entries from all over the globe, the AAP winners represent some of the best architects of the world.

In addition to the American Architecture Prize, which evaluates individual projects, this year the AAP introduced a comprehensive new award: the AAP – Firm of the Year Award. This allowed the AAP to honor firms’ total body of work, taking into consideration their respective resources and specializations. Small, medium, and large companies were evaluated on their own terms based on the dimensions of Design Excellence, Innovation & Contribution, and Expertise.

Bjarke Ingels’ curvy East Harlem tower tops out



The concrete, t-shaped residential tower designed by starchitect, Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG, topped out over the weekend, adding diversity to Upper Manhattan’s usual upright architecture. The East Harlem project at 158 East 126th Street, known as E126, uniquely slopes inward as it rises upward, allowing more sunlight to hit the street. As CityRealty learned, the unusual configuration will provide residents incredible views of the East River and Central Park from a rooftop garden.


Rendering of E126 courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group


Construction progresses at E126, photo via CityRealty

According to the firm’s website, the t-shaped footprint, “offers a diverse set of unit sizes and layout organizations.” The building’s facade of interlocking checkerboard pattern panel system allows floor-to-ceiling windows in every unit.


Rendering of E126 courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group


Rendering of E126 courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Developed by Edward Blumenfeld’s Blumenfeld Development Group (BDG),...

SOM and James Corner Field Operations to redesign long-dormant Pereira building in Downtown LA



Two acclaimed design firms – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and James Corner Field Operations – are coming together to transform a 5.5-acre site along Sunset Boulevard into a mixed-use project focused on innovative design, open space and community. The project site is located on the northwest edge of Downtown Los Angeles, within a mile of Bunker Hill, Dodger Stadium and Echo Park Lake.

Located at 1111 West Sunset Boulevard, right on the edge of Downtown Los Angeles and Echo Park, the two-building complex designed by William Pereira is best known as the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District and has most recently served as a church. 

The project's developer, LA-based real estate firm Palisades, selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the architectural redesign of the building, while James Corner Field Operations will be in charge of landscape design on the 5.5-acre site.

Dream houses drawn by kids and rendered by professionals



There is a wonderful children's book written by Chis Van Dusen called If I Built a House, in which the character Jack embarks on designing the house of his dreams. In the opening pages, Jack announces that "[his] house will be different. It can't be the norm./[He'll] think about traffic flow, function, and form./Oh, it may include shapes like a tower or dome./But [he'll] focus on what makes a building a home." 

Like the character Jack, children in general can make great architects. While architects often focus on how they can create spaces—like schools and playgrounds—for children, the less explored question is what can children offer the architect? With their unabashed imagination, young adults have a lot to offer design, which is itself a childlike kind of process that allows you to engage with something in a more immediate kind of way. To this process, children bring fresh perspectives and an uninhibited curiosity, they are spontaneous, honest and have further been found to conce...

Designs unveiled for Toronto's massive multi-tower development: Pinnacle One Yonge



Toronto's skyline will soon see the addition of five new buildings, all united in one massive development spanning two city blocks. Designed by Toronto firm Hariri Pontarini Architects in collaboration with Vancouver-based Pinnacle International, the project, dubbed One Yonge, will reportedly offer more than four million square-feet of (near) lakefront property.


View from Toronto Harbor © Hariri Pontarini Architects

Read on for more images and a project description we have received from the architects:

"The development, on Toronto’s waterfront, rethinks the typical mix of residential, commercial and retail space found in Toronto. It will be comprised of five new buildings and the re-clad existing Toronto Star building, all within two city blocks."


View looking South-West © Hariri Pontarini Architects


View looking North-West from New Park © Hariri Pontarini Architects

"The north block includes three residential towers (at 95, 80 and 65 storeys) with hotel, affordable housing, community ...

studio[Ci], Kennedy & Violich, Johnston Marklee among winners of 2017 LafargeHolcim Awards North America



The North American competition winners of the 2017 LafargeHolcim Awards were recently revealed during a ceremony in Chicago. This time around, the winning entries revolved around sustainably improving the quality of life for less affluent communities as well as improving the connection between the natural and built environments.

Teams led by studio[Ci] of Detroit, LWPAC + Intelligent City from Vancouver, Canada, and Boston-based Kennedy & Violich Architecture won the top three prizes. The Acknowledgement Prizes went to teams led by Terreform ONE, Johnston Marklee, LEVER Architecture and project^, and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center. Last but not least, four student projects won the Next Generation Prizes. Check 'em out below.

GOLD AWARD: Bottom-up neighborhood planning, Detroit, MI, USA
Main author: Constance C. Bodurow - studio[Ci], Detroit, USA

Mirage Village Exhibition at Kyoto Art Center



An abandoned school was transformed into an architectural playground at the Kyoto Art Center in Japan. Six teams of architects from Europe and Japan produced ephemeral kid-friendly installations on view from August 25th to September 1st, 2017.

Arup proposes using food waste as building materials



The company argues that organic waste would ameliorate rising levels of waste and shortfalls of raw material, as well as providing industry with cheap, low carbon materials.

Beyond being delicious, peanuts, rice, bananas, potatoes and mushrooms have something else in common—they are all being proposed by Arup group as potential building materials in their new report titled "The Urban Bio-Loop." 


THE BIOLOOP Nature becomes an endless source of feedstock for the built environment

According to the authors, the report aims "at demonstrating that a different paradigm for materials in construction is possible." This could be done by diverting, in part, organic waste that is traditionally managed through landfill, incineration and composting to become a resource for the creation of construction engineering and architecture products. 


CURRENT MODEL Biological loop considering traditional disposal options

Some of the organic materials proposed are: peanut shells, which can be used to produce low-cost partition boards that are resistant to moisture and fire; rice, whose husks can be turned to ash and mixed with cement to reduce need for fillers; bananas, whose fruit...

The New Yorker commiserates the demolition of Citicorp's brutalist plaza, recently named a protected "city landmark"



New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission declared the Citicorp complex a protected landmark on December 6, 2016, but between that designation and its earlier “calendaring” (the scheduling of a public hearing and the first formal step in the designation process) in May of last year, approvals for demolition and new construction were secured.

Despite being named a city landmark in 2016, the brutalist sunken plaza of 601 Lexington Avenue, formally known as the Citicorp Center, was demolished over the summer. 

"The finest part of the new urban composition was a sunken plaza, a dozen feet below sidewalk level. Entered from the block’s southwest corner and uncannily sheltered by the underbelly of the elevated skyscraper ten stories overhead, it was a consequence of the city’s “plaza bonus” zoning, which allowed developers to build higher in exchange for incorporating public space into their property. It was the work of Hideo Sasaki, one of a great generation of landscape architects—Dan Kiley, Lawrence Halprin and Harriet Pattison prominent among them—who worked alongside such familiar heroes of mid-century modern design as Eero Saarinen and Louis Kahn. "

Gensler will lead the 200,000-square-foot renovation of the plaza. 

Oliver Wainwright on the glitzy starchitecture of Astana: "Like a teenager trying to show off"



Architects have a thing for strong men, and the big global practices – from Norman Foster to Zaha Hadid – have piled in in a bid to help Kazakhstan’s dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev, build himself a trophy city

Guardian architecture critic Oliver Wainwright reports from the Astana World Expo grounds as part of the paper's fascinating new series, Secret Stans, which offers a glimpse into the cities of the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

In his piece, Wainwright minces no words and describes the collection of petrodollar-funded starchitecture that Kazakhstan’s lone ruler, Nursultan Nazarbayev, enabled to grow from the Eurasian steppe as a "row of awards in a particularly gaudy trophy cabinet," and also questions the 'regime-enforcing' integrity of well known international architects who agreed to build it.

Get Lectured: Kent State University, Fall '17



Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2017

Ready or not, it's the start of a new school year. Back for Fall 2017 is Archinect's Get Lectured, an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

Here are the Fall 2017 lectures at Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Sept 11
Peter Bohlin, “Nature of Circumstance”
5:30 pm, Cartwright Hall Auditorium

Sept 16
ID50 Panel Session
2:30 pm, Cene Lecture Hall

Sept 20
Emma López Bahut, “[Art + Architecture] = Oteiza”
6:15 pm, Cene Lecture Hall

Oct 11
Mason White, “Architecture, Geography, Environment”
6:15 pm, Cene Lecture Hall

Oct 25
Catherine Bonier, “Dirty Games and Digital Skins”
6:15 pm, Cene Lecture Hall 

Nov 6
Primo Orpilla, “Working...

AIA Ohio Announces 2017 Design Award Winners



The AIA Ohio Design Awards promote projects that have distinguished themselves through attention to high quality design, performance and commitment to AIA’s 10 principles of livable communities—designs on a human scale, preserves urban centers,  builds vibrant public spaces, and protects environmental resources, to name a few. This year, out of 85 entries, 8 projects were presented with design awards, having been evaluated based on the aesthetic, functional, contextual and social characteristics of the design by a jury chaired by Peter Bohlin of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. 

Presented at a ceremony of over 350 people at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis last month, the 2017 Design Awards Winners are as follows:

Berkeley's College of Environmental Design Launches Masters in Real Estate Development and Design




This post is brought to you by the University of California, Berkeley

The College of Environmental Design (CED) at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce the formation of an innovative advanced degree in real estate development. The newly launched Masters in Real Estate Development + Design (MRED+D) is an 11-month interdisciplinary degree program incorporating finance and cutting-edge design to prepare real estate development professionals to build sustainable, equitable, and prosperous cities.

As our rapidly urbanizing world faces major challenges—from climate change to social inequality—creating a need for professionals who understand the power of design and have a deep knowledge not only of the mechanics of real estate, but also how development can bring positive benefits to society and the environment, is paramount to the future.“As a developer with both private and public sector experience, I know the importance of the built environment and its design to ...