Table of Contents September- 2013










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    Peer to Peer

    We’re in danger of making cost an insurmountable barrier to pursuing a college education.



  • Bare Bones

    Interface Studio Architects in Philadelphia is building on the legacy of its 100K House with new projects that are transforming urban-house design.

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    Dear Young Architect,

    As his updated edition of 'Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession' hits shelves, critic, architect, and educator Roger K. Lewis has some pointed advice for emerging designers.

  • Zumthors two wood-framed houses in Leis, Switzerland, sit perched above a collection of other dwellings. The architect uses the houses as a vacation getaway from his studio and residence about an hour away.

    Alpine Retreat

    Peter Zumthor is bringing his sizable talents—honed in the Swiss countryside—to Los Angeles with his controversial plan for LACMA. Christopher Hawthorne visits the architect on his home turf.



  • The GFRP-clad exterior of the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center hides a complex space frame structure.

    Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center

    The Zaha Hadid–designed complex in Baku, Azerbaijan, challenges notions of geometry and gravity—with nary a right angle in sight.

  • A view skyward shows fixed sunshades on the building's south façade (right), with vertical, aluminum reeds to block  solar gain on the west façade (left).

    Edith Green–Wendell Wyatt Federal Building

    Cutler Anderson Architects and SERA Architects reinvent a 1970s office building in Portland, Ore., as a metaphor for sustainable and transparent government.

  • Fire Island Pines Pavilion.

    Fire Island Pines Pavilion

    After a fire destroyed the Pavilion nightclub in 2011, New York–based HWKN was tasked with creating a new social hub for the summer season on Fire Island.


Architect 50

  • Methodology

    The system behind how ARCHITECT determines the results of its annual ranking of architecture firms.

  • Top 50 in Design

    The best architecture firms according to the design portion of the ARCHITECT 50 rankings.

  • Top 50 in Business

    The best architecture firms according to the net revenue portion of the ARCHITECT 50 rankings.

  • The ARCHITECT 50

    Now in its fifth year, the Architect 50 is a qualitative look at how firms stack up across a broad range of categories, from business to sustainability to design. Most lists of top architecture firms are nothing more than a straight-up ranking of top revenue-producers. Not this one.

  • By the Numbers

    A closer look at some of the other ARCHITECT 50 rankings.




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    Star Power

    The Museum of the City of New York wanted its building to engage the public. Cooper Joseph Studio granted its wish.


Other Articles

  • Going Rogue

    Designers who eschew the conventional uses of building materials can end up at the forefront of innovation.


Past P/A

  • Eero Saarinen's Milwaukee War Memorial Center, winner of a 1955 P/A Award.

    A Landmark With Growth Potential

    Eero Saarinen's Milwaukee War Memorial Center included an art museum that later sprouted an addition by Santiago Calatrava.



Other Articles