Table of Contents May 2009



  • The Hanley Wood Editorial Staff , photographed in Washington, DC, for Architect Magazine, 11 October 2007.

    Seeking Bottom

    The economy might not yet be in recovery, but we can hope that it is beginning to near its bottom.



Architect 50

  • The Architect 50

    We designed the Architect 50 quite simply to promote a more well-rounded definition of success. The criteria for inclusion comprise a trifecta of critical goals for every practice: profitability, sustainability, and design quality.

  • #1: William Rawn Associates

    The story of how William Rawn became an architect will sound familiar to most other architects—at least the beginning of it.

  • #2: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

    Founded in 1936, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill long ago secured its place as one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary design firms.

  • #3: HOK

    With a staff of approximately 2,200 spread among 24 offices around the world, HOK would seem to be architecture’s Bigfoot.

  • #4: Rafael Viñoly Architects

    The work of Rafael Viñoly and his eponymous 200-person firm certainly has its share of glamour (and has received the awards to prove it).

  • #5: Perkins+Will

    “Juggernaut” may be too strong a word, but the growth of Perkins+Will over the last two decades has certainly seemed unstoppable.

  • Methodology

    How we determined the Architect 50 list.



Best Practices

  • Get in the Game

    Competitions magazine editor explains why it is important for your firm to enter design competitions.


Local Market

  • Meridian, Idaho

    Once bucolic dairy land, Meridian has become Idaho's third-largest city and a thriving business hub, thanks to a corridor approach to development.



  • Owning It

    There are options when considering employee ownership of your architecture firm.




  • Murray Grove

    Waugh Thistleton Architects have built a nine-story wood-framed high-rise near London, and saved money and time by doing so.



  • Road Rage

    The billions in the stimulus package earmarked for roads is the largest investment in the federal highway system since its creation. But it merely paves over a problem instead of solving it.




  • Art and Architecture

    Each building has a story to tell. Illustrator Guillaume Paturel and his architectural rendering firm, By-Encore, ensure it’s effectively conveyed.


Other Articles

  • Parametric Design Research Presented at SmartGeometry

    The 2009 SmartGeometry Alumni Summit and Conference offered enough brain-melting information to fill an issue of Architect, but two research projects in particular caught our eye: adaptive pneumatics and parametric design elements.



Books Exhibits Etc.


  • I Was The Gutter

    The co-creator of the popular blog The Gutter reveals himself, and discusses why he walked away.


Screen Grab


    By giving away its designs for sustainable single-family housing, FreeGreen is hoping to bring about real change in the sustainability market.




Past P/A

  • Modernist Homestead

    The future of the former home of architect Eliot Noyes, winner of one of the first-ever P/A Awards in 1954, is undecided.