Table of Contents June 2014



  • Change You Can Believe In

    The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards has endorsed a potentially transformative new path to licensure.





  • Across Chicago

    Events afield of the 2014 AIA National Convention.






  • To encourage movement across the site, the torus lifts up from the ground plane at the east and west ends, creating entrances to a public courtyard as well as a direct pathway from the street into the park beyond.

    Phoenix International Media Center

    The latest icon in Beijing is the headquarters of China’s largest private broadcaster—and it wasn’t designed by a foreign architect.

  • Made (Mostly) in America

    Karen Lantz wanted to design her house using only U.S.-manufactured products. Minus the solar panels (and a few other things), her project is a blueprint for local sourcing.

  • Alvin Huang in front of The Groove at CentralWorld, a 129,167-square-foot entertainment and retail venue his firm completed late last year in Bangkok.

    The DNA of Digital Craft

    Alvin Huang's multilayered, computer-generated designs are merging applied research from his academic studio with the real-world problem-solving of his Los Angeles firm.



  • The façades are essentially aluminum curtains hung from a steel structure. The architects spent months devising an aluminum extrusion that would reflect light to allow for projections from inside.

    Old Market Square Stage

    This new public pavilion in Winnipeg’s Old Market Square is more than a bandshell. It’s an example of how R+D can influence the urban environment.

  • The main entrance to Edward P. Evans Hall is flanked by two curved volumes clad in blue glazing, which house stacked lecture halls on the upper levels.

    Edward P. Evans Hall

    Norman Foster studied under Paul Rudolph at Yale, but his School of Management building on the university’s New Haven campus takes a different tack.

  • Jellyfish House

    This not-quite-beachside house on a hillside in Spain brings the water to the residents.

  • Liverpool Department Store–Insurgentes

    A 10-foot-deep façade extension in Mexico City transforms a standard department store into an active public space, inside and out.

  • The addition cantilevers over the entrance to a 450-car parking garage shared by the Wallis and City Hall (beyond).

    Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

    SPF:a’s modern addition to an existing 1930s post office complex provides a new cultural epicenter for Beverly Hills.



Best Practices

  • Building New Business

    Even as the economy recovers, the competition for brick-and-mortar projects remains fierce. Architects would be wise to expand their practices and embrace these emerging fields.


Other Articles



  • Hallowed Coffers

    Underneath the 17-acre roof of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill crafted a mega-puzzle of custom panels.

  • Shading a Sun-Filled Courtyard

    For the GSA Office Building in Albuquerque, N.M., architecture and engineering firm Page hung western red cedar slats to shade the courtyard and building interior in an elegant and efficient manner.



  • Trial by Fire

    Custom fabrication shop Kreysler & Associates has created an ultra-lightweight composite panel that can withstand the heat.


Other Articles

  • Damage Control

    Designing above and beyond seismic building codes can help to save lives and recovery costs by ensuring that structures remain both upright and functional after an earthquake.

  • Battle of the 'Bots

    The next frontier of construction robots wants to work for you. These five machines are being primed by their developers to work on even the most rugged jobsites in the not-so-distant future.




  • An Artful Façade

    For artist Pablo Bronstein, the avant-garde has become so institutionalized that history seems radical.


Past P/A

  • The Indiana Bell (now AT&T) Switching Center formerly sported a lushly-grown trellis (shown here in 1989).

    Nurture Versus Nature

    As green walls have emerged as a way of covering buildings with vegetation, this P/A citation-winning project offers a cautionary tale.



  • Doing Good by Design

    These socially and environmentally responsible products offer their makers training in skilled jobs, bolster industry in communities globally, and divert landfill-bound materials for a second life in new applications.


Other Articles

  • Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

    ACE Mentor Program, National Building Museum, Post-Sandy Initiative, and Rick Smith

  • Associates Award

    Ashley W. Clark, Assoc. AIA, marketing manager for LandDesign; Julie Ann Engh, Assoc. AIA, Highland Associates; Ana Isabel Guerra, Assoc. AIA, project manager at Jacobs Engineering Group; and Hiroshi Jacobs, Assoc. AIA, designer at Studios Architecture

  • Institute Honor Awards: Regional and Urban Design

    The AIA honored six projects in regional and urban design, including ones by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Lake|Flato Architects; and WXY Architecture + Urban Design.

  • Young Architects Award

    The 18 winners of this year's Young Architects Awards.

  • Thomas Jefferson Awards

    Carole J. Olshavsky, FAIA, former deputy director of the Ohio Public Works Division; James Logan Abell, FAIA, founder of Abell & Associates Architects; and Robert G. Shibley, FAIA, dean and campus architect of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo

  • Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop

    The new executive director of the AIA's philanthropic arm talks about resiliency and the importance of architects in rebuilding efforts.

  • Institute Honor Awards: Interior Architecture

    The nine honorees for the 2014 Interior Architecture awards include Architecture Research Office, Belzberg Architects, and the Miller Hull Partnership.

  • Edward C. Kemper Award

    Fredric Bell, FAIA, executive director of AIA New York

  • Institute Honor Awards: Architecture

    The AIA honored 11 entries in the architecture category in 2014, including projects by Gensler, Cannon Design, and Olson Kundig

  • Twenty-Five Year Award: DC Metro

    As grand as it was adaptable, Harry Weese’s station design helped transform Washington into a modern metropolis.

  • Topaz Medallion

    Harrison Fraker, Assoc. AIA, professor of architecture and urban design, UC Berkeley

  • Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

    Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, principal, Stanley, Love-Stanley

  • Architecture Firm Award: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

    With a diverse body of work defined by a keen sensitivity to place, EDR has helped New Orleans rebuild from Katrina.

  • Gold Medal: Julia Morgan

    Julia Morgan's quietly revolutionary architecture—a blend of Beaux-Arts and Bay Area influences—is finally earning its due.