May 2011 Table of Contents




The Architect 50

Our third-annual ranking of American architecture firms judges them on three factors: profitability, sustainable ethos, and design quality. By looking at the whole picture, we're able to honor not the biggest, but the best.


2011 Gold Medal


Gold Medal: Fumihiko Maki

The 2011 AIA Gold Medalist, Fumihiko Maki, invites ARCHITECT into the studio of Maki and Associates.


2011 Architecture Firm Award


Architecture Firm Award: BNIM

The Kansas City firm does not just advocate for building green, but has come to drive the sustainable-design movement.



Good Times

Cabrini-Green is now gone, and Chicago embarks on a new public-private era of public housing.



Tammy Eagle Bull, AIA, NCARB, draws together community and tradition to define an architectural practice

The Latest From the AIA

News, profiles, announcements, and other information provided by the American Institute of Architects.



west façade

Orange Cube

Le Cube Orange (The Orange Cube)/Lyon, France/Jakob + MacFarlane

the chapel of st. ignatius of loyola at christ the king jesuit college preparatory school in chicago is illuminated by the natural light that filters through three walls of varying-sized glass block.

Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Chicago/John Ronan Architects

guangzhou opera house

Guangzhou Opera House

Guangzhou Opera House, China/Zaha Hadid Architects

south and east façades

Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building

San Francisco/Rafael Viñoly Architects

museo soumaya (soumaya museum)architect: fernando romerolocation: mexico city, mexico

Museo Soumaya - Plaza Carso, Mexico City

Plaza Carso, Mexico City / Fernando Romero's Museo Soumaya




A New Theory War?

The divide between the proponents of practice-based and theoretical instruction.


Letter from New Orleans: Part Three of Three

scott bernhard, aia, directs the tulane city center, which houses the applied-research and outreach programs of the tulane university school of architecture. he recently launched the nonprofit lime agency for sustainable hot/humid design with his wife, carrie bernhard.

Q&A: Sweat the Details

Hot, humid climates require their own sustainable strategies, argues Scott Bernard.



portrait of nick merrick, architectural photographer and principal of hedrick blessing photographers, photographed in his galisteo, new mexico studio.

How Architectural Photographers Work

Architectural photographer Nick Merrick gives his tips on shooting architectural...

st. regis princeville resort - kauai, hawaii - watg - watg transformed this 23-acre, 303-room resort from a property outfitted in a somewhat heavy,  european style to one with a more hawaiian and residential feel. the resort reopened in late 2009 as the first st. regis property in hawaii. today, major hotel renovations are less common in the u.s. than budget-conscious upgrades.

Typology: Hotel Renovations

The recession forced some hotel owners to put off renovating. Now, as conditions...

sony dsc

Pro Bono: Village Green

EHDD Architecture in San Francisco builds a green elementary school in China after the...

visionarc is a consultancy run in tandem with toshiko mori architect, the practice founded by toshiko mori (pictured) in 1981. mori also teaches at the harvard graduate school of design and chairs the world economic forums global agenda council on design.

Systems Thinking in Architecture

Systems thinking in architecture: VisionArc, a New York City think tank, puts design...

In Design, We Trust

Many nations have a national architecture policy in place. Will the U.S.?


Q&A: John D'Amico

This designer was elected to the City Council of West Hollywood, Calif., in part...


Local Market: Columbia, S.C.

A look at market conditions and signature works in Columbia, S.C.


Energy and Daylighting Modeling Software

Energy and daylighting modeling software: four designers offer their preferences for...


Detail: Daylit Gallery

The glass ceiling and roof feature of the MUMA-designed Daylit Gallery at the Victoria...


Continuing Education

Customization for the Masses

Even on a budget and despite its popularity, designers can make curtainwall stand out from the crowd.


Past Progressives

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Postmodern Postmortem

The Piazza d'Italia's current state speaks to the postindustrial city and post-Katrina New Orleans.




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