Table of Contents December 2009



  • Stimulus for Students

    We need to do something to make sure that the talent found in the current generation of architecture school graduates doesn't go to waste.



  • The Henkel Headquarters building in Scottsdale, Ariz., brings site-sensitive architecture to the edge of the Sonoran Desert. The flagship project in an as-yet-incomplete, mixed-use development is under consideration for LEED Silver certification.

    Henkel Headquarters

    An office building by Will Bruder+Partners and CH2M Hill anchors a new development in Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • The custom-designed cupcake stand is made from stainless steel supports; fronted by 1/2-inch glass, the cupcakes sit on custom-molded 3form resin panels, each of which has carefully routed inset circles where the cupcakes can rest, ensuring proper spacing.

    More Cupcakes

    This minimalist Chicago bakery designed by David Woodhouse Architects elevates the not-so-humble cupcake to the level of fine art.

  • Thomas Aquinas College

    Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity

    Duncan G. Stroik combined careful craftsmanship and several architectural influences to create this traditional chapel on the Thomas Aquinas College campus.


Education Issue


Best Practices

  • Joy does not preclude an enterprise from being extremely serious, says Michael Lehrer. For me, joy and gravitas are a necessary yin/yang.

    The Creative Space

    A culture of creativity pervades Lehrer Architects, which offers its staff regular life-drawing classes and maintains a Research and Development Room.


Local Market

  • University of Kentucky Health Services Building Architect: Omni Architects, Lexington. Completion: 2008. Brief: $170 million; winner, AIA Kentucky 2008 Honor Award for Design Excellence.

    Lexington, Ky.

    Although it has struggled with the issue of how to grow without destroying its past, Lexington now has a plan that blends the old with the new.


Pro Bono

  • Students from Philadelphia University designed and built an integrated ramp with a gentler slope, plus a handrail wall, enabling Josh to move about his home with greater freedom and confidence.

    Utilitas, Truly

    Freedom by Design, a five-year-old program run by the AIAS, challenges students to assist those who would benefit most from modest improvements in their surroundings.


Other Articles

  • 2010 Vision

    We ask five experts to predict how their sectors of the AEC industry will fare next year. The upshot: Don't expect a quick turnaround from this recession.





  • Women Rule

    When it comes to learning about sustainability and supporting green issues, the gender gap is clear—and it favors women.



  • Mitsubishi Jet Towel

    An alternative to conventional hand dryers, the Jet Towel can dry hands in three to six seconds.

  • The Lumino is the latest addition to Sloan Valve Co.'s Optima family of touch-free, hygienic faucets. Operating at an efficient flow rate of 0.5 gallons per minute, the Lumino features an illuminated ring that changes color to indicate water temperature: Red when the lever is pulled forward (hot), white when its upright (warm), and blue when it's pushed back (cold). Double infrared sensors provide on-demand activation. The die-cast metal pedestal faucet is powered by a 6-volt DC plug-in transformer.

    Sloan Lumino

    Sloan Valve Co.'s Lumino faucet has a color-changing temperature indicator.

  • The minimalist PuraVida bathroom suite from Duravit, designed in collaboration with Phoenix Design and Hansgrohe, includes wash basins, toilets, shower trays, consoles, mirrors, cabinets, and bathtubs. Fittings are colored white to blend with the ceramic. The panel that pairs with the built-in tub features a joint that can hold an optional white LED. Furniture pieces are available in red or black paired with high-gloss white, ebony, or aluminum.

    Duravit PuraVida

    Duravit's PuraVida bathroom suite is a collaboration with Phoenix Design and Hansgrohe.

  • Brondells new Perfect Flush technology retrofits any toilet into a dual-flush high-efficiency toilet. According to the company, the Perfect Flush system can be installed in less than 30 minutes and reduces a toilets water consumption by 30% to 50%. It offers a full or half flush; a half flush uses an estimated 0.8 gallons of water, compared to the 1.6 gallons used per flush by a standard toilet.

    Brondell Perfect Flush

    Brondell Perfect Flush retrofits toilets into to make any toilet highly efficient.



  • Although he trained as an architect, Jay Popp has spent his three-decade career at the consultancy Lerch Bateswhich has allowed him to work with designers on many buildings around the world. "That's more interesting than working on the same building for a few years," he says.

    Upwardly Mobile

    As long as they’re in working order (and timely enough), elevators don’t get much consideration from their users. That’s because a firm like Lerch Bates has already done the hard thinking.




  • Design For (Public) Life

    A recent architecture graduate goes to work for his county councilman and finds that a design education can solve problems, and mend fences.


Exhibits Books Etc.

Screen Grab

  • Google wants to put things in a browser, says Mark Limber, product manager for Building Maker, Googles new Web-based tool for creating basic 3D models of buildings.

    Google's Building Maker

    With its newest, Web-based product release, the technology giant wants everyone to help populate Google Earth with 3D models of the built environment.


Past P/A

  • The Zero Becomes a Plus

    This Steven Holl and Ellerbe Beckett design changed between winning the award and being built, arguably for the better.