Table of Contents January 2008



  • Baby Got Botox

    I'm not embarrassed to admit it I had a little work done over the holidays. Nothing drastic, mind you, just a nip here and a tuck there. Take a close look at this issue of ARCHITECT, and you'll see the results.


P/A Awards

  • 55th Annual P/A Awards

    Introducing eight projects that are breaking new ground around the globe. A jury of architects and experts weighs in on what defines "progressive architecture" today.

  • Stan Allen Architect

    Urban expansion and development is occurring at lightning speed in Taiwan, and the Taichung Gateway Park master plan is a perfect example. The 620-acre site is being reclaimed from a former airport, a decommissioned air force base, and privately held agric

  • Anmahian Winton Architects

    The Community Rowing Boathouse offers access to the waters of the Charles River in more ways than one: It serves as the first riverside home for a largely volunteer-run nonprofit (which has been operating seasonally out of a nearby hockey rink for the pas

  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is famous for building tall, but with the firm's new residential development in Dubai, it is building thin as well.

  • Weiss/Manfredi

    The mixed-use Barnard College Nexus connects a variety of uses—including offices, a cafeteria, events and meeting rooms, and computer facilities—and links the campus with the surrounding urban environment of New York.

  • Brian Healy Architects

    The result of an open architectural competition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Korean Church of Boston, the Children's Chapel and Community Center not only provides space for the next generation of parishioners but also acts as an entry point for

  • SHoP Architects

    For years, one of the only ways that Manhattanites could interact with the East River waterfront has been to look down on it from the deck of the Brooklyn Bridge. SHoP Architects' New York's East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers project is seeking to change that.

  • Himma Architecture Studio/Office dA

    It is fitting that the new headquarters for Obzee, a company that owns several fashion labels, is so influenced by the clothes designed within. Located on an urban infill site in Seoul, Korea, the building is an eight-story tower wrapped in its own piece

  • Tighe Architecture

    Inspired by the clean lines and diverse forms of 1960s Italian product design, Nodul(ar) House puts the mod in modular housing.


Local Market

  • Juneau, Alaska

    Juneau is the only state capital with a glacier just minutes from downtown, one reason it saw a 4 percent growth in tourists last year.



  • Sustainable Cities

    Spurred by pervasive discussions among architects nationwide, the AIA recently conducted a survey to determine how far the green movement has come since 1997, and it seems that municipalities are firmly on board. “You have about 42 million people who live


Screen Grab

  •,, and more

    Sites, blog posts, and other web items of interest.


    Roving architect, artist, and educator Lebbeus Woods has amassed three decades' worth of his tumultuous, fantastical work at his new website, which amounts to a one-man museum without walls.




  • History Channel Names Design Challenge Teams

    Second iteration of ‘City of the Future' focuses on Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Atlanta

  • New Documentary Focuses on Environmentally Sensitive Design

    Sustainable architecture will soon be hitting the silver screen.

  • Cossutta Church Saved

    In a rare instance—in Washington, D.C., at least—of architecture trumping tenants' wishes, the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board voted 7-0 on Dec. 6 to confer landmark status to the Third Church of Christ, Scientist and the Christian Science Monitor

  • Clips: January 2008

    News briefs from around the world of architecture.

  • Reed's Acquisition of Tectonic Could Accelerate BIM Revolution

    Reed Construction Data of Atlanta, a division of the $10 billion Reed Elsevier publishing empire, is acquiring another Atlanta company, Tectonic Partners. The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, will combine Reed's massive data and marketing resources with

  • House Call

    National and international architects contribute to Brad Pitt's project for affordable Lower Ninth Ward homes.

  • West Side Railyard Proposals Unveiled

    More than 1,000 New Yorkers packed cooper Union's great hall on Dec. 3 for the first public evaluation of midtown Manhattan's last development frontier: the West Side railyards. A stageful of leading architects defended five concepts for a new mixed-use d

  • Piano Grabs AIA Gold

    Tigerman wins Topaz, and KieranTimberlake is Firm of the Year



Other Articles

  • Swedish Lantern

    Given the current state of world affairs, one might conclude that a new embassy should be designed with a fortress mentality—that is, as a massive and inward-focused building providing safe haven from unpredictable attacks. Not so at the new House of Swed



Object Lesson

  • Leadholders

    The leadholder was revolutionary in one small way: It didn't shrink. Before leadholders, most architects drew with pencils that got shorter as the day wore on. Wood pencils required near-constant whittling to expose the lead for sharpening. But leadholder


Other Articles


  • Patrick Tighe

    The Santa Monica architect discusses his P/A Award–winning project for modular home manufacturer Jeriko house and the challenges of bringing prefab to market.



  • Low-VOC Paints

    Finish products with reduced environmental impact.


Other Articles

  • Strip Mall Maestro

    In the humble strip shopping center, Nebraska architect Randy Brown sees a canvas for good design—and a chance to turn a profit.

  • Office Space

    When negotiating a lease, try to keep your options open and your liability to a minimum.