Table of Contents January 2011



  • Ned Cramer

    What You’re Getting

    Now that ARCHITECT is the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects, here's what you get.






  • Downtown Turnaround

    Communities across the country are contending with devalued real estate, and architects need to step up and help rethink these cities.




  • The Multitaskers

    Architecture is more than just the design of buildings. Meet four professionals bringing design thinking to the masses.



  • The Future of the Profession

    The issues of the 21st century are at their core design matters that require the core competency of architects.



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    Listen to Them

    Six students, five questions: Members of the Class of 2011 share their priorities for their own careers, and for the future of architecture.

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    Don't Fight Nature

    Looking to the Netherlands for inspiration, David Waggonner wants to revive New Orleans by letting the water back in.

  • Your Smart Buildings Aren't That Smart

    Our ancestors did fine without AC and dimmers. Should the profession’s efforts to go green require the use of more technology?

  • California Academy of SciencesLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaArchitect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

    Prove Your Design Has Value

    How do you measure the success of a design? Top clients offer their own definition of a good return on their investment in design.

  • Your Practice Isn't Perfect

    Architecture firms are generally inefficient. Would a layer of paraprofessionals help? What about a more holistic approach to crises?

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    Watch Your Back

    U.S. architects continue to look east for new markets. But their next competitors are there as well.

  • Your Clients Are Really Old

    As America’s 76 million baby boomers reach retirement, what they need—and want—in their living arrangements will change dramatically.

  • Embrace the Change

    Move your business beyond tactical responses to the recession and start thinking strategically, says architect and business guru Paul Nakazawa.

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    Assume They Want to Have Fun

    Matthias Hollwich, a hip New York architect, turns the conventional wisdom about design for aging on its head.

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    Add a Layer

    Is a licensed architect doing your drafting? Kermit Baker, the AIA's chief economist, explains why firms could benefit from design paraprofessionals.

  • The Next Normal

    What's next in, and for, architecture? Introducing a special ARCHITECT feature package, created in collaboration with Bruce Mau Design.

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    The Grass Isn't Always Greener

    Perkins Eastman learns that working for a one-party state isn't as straightforward as it may seem.

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    Assume They Want Your Help

    Personal experience led the noted architect to champion universal design—in healthcare, and everywhere.

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    Find Your Inner Scientist

    The technical director of Penn State's federally funded Energy Innovation Hub describes its research into energy efficiency.

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    Control the Masses: Andres Duany

    New Urbanist Andres Duany is souring on what he sees as excessive community engagement in urban planning. He tells Diana Lind why neighbors sometimes have to be reined in.

  • You Dream of a Dictator

    Where's Robert Moses? These days, it’s tempting to crave an all-powerful champion of design. But be careful what you wish for.

  • Your Architecture Is a Commodity

    Nobody becomes an architect out of a love for business. But recessions have strange ways of making designers try to think like MBAs.

  • You Can Do Better

    Stop complaining, says Bruce Mau. It's a great time to be an architect.

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    BIM Well With Others

    A discussion about the pros and cons of BIM, present and future.

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    Do More With Less

    Instead of adding layers of complexity to their buildings, architects should get back to basics, says Kiel Moe.

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    Start a Revolution

    The winning student entry in the Build a Better Burb competition calls for a radical form of community involvement to transform Long Island suburbia.




Best Practices

  • Before she discovered the joys and benefits of Facebook and Twitter, Clodagh admits, "I was a Luddite, stalled on the information highway."

    The Virtues of Social Media

    New York designer Clodagh explains why her eponymous firm has ditched traditional marketing methods for Facebook and Twitter.


Local Market

  • Arbor Hill Branch Library Architect: Kevin Hom  Andrew Goldman  Architects, New York. Completion: 2010. Brief: $4 million, 10,000-s.f. public library sheathed in a reflective silver aluminum panel skin; LEED Gold certification expected.

    Albany, N.Y.

    Although the economy of the Empire State's capital city was already stalled when the recession hit, Albany is poised for a recovery.



  • ReCAP Book Storage Facility Expansion, Module 5 ¢ Plainsboro, N.J. ¢ KSS Architects ¢ This storage facility for rare and valuable books belonging to Columbia University has 5,000 roof-mounted solar panels.

    Green Industrial

    Warehouses and factories wouldn't seem to lend themselves to sustainable design, but attitudes—and practices—are changing.


Other Articles

  • A Difficult Character

    When a leadership consultant reviewed the Myers-Briggs tests of 100 architects, he discovered there really is an “architect type.”




CEU Article

Other Articles

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    Tools for the Wired Designer

    We find out from two architects and an engineer what piece of hardware or mobile software they find most essential these days.




  • The Complexities of a Pioneer

    Harry Weese frequently demonstrated protean talent and ahead-of-the-curve thinking. But he suffered from self-destructive habits, too.


Exhibits Books Etc.

Studio Visit

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    Paolo Soleri

    Photographer Timothy Hursley drops in on the famous experimental settlements of Arcosanti and Cosanti in Arizona.


Other Articles

  • In Anchises, designers Ariane Lourie Harrison (pictured) and Seth Harrison investigate the aging body in space.

    Burdens to Carry

    Harrison Atelier's set design for a dance performance explores age and history.


Past P/A

  • Cancer Center Axonometric Plan

    Two of Many for Morphosis

    Oft-honored in the P/A Awards, Morphosis was recognized in 1987 for two very different L.A.-area projects.