2007 R+D Awards

First Annual R + D Awards

First Annual R + D Awards

It is all too easy, when looking at a finished project, product, or building, to forget that it took a massive effort to reach that point of refined completion.

LOOM founder Ralph Nelson was one of the primary investigators on the research project that developed 12 unique patterns and profiles for the concrete masonry unit.

12 Blocks

The Challenge: How can the standard concrete masonry unit be re-examined, renewed, and ultimately improved?

Led by Frano Violich and Sheila Kenned, the project team conducted research on the properties and capabilities of photovoltaic (PV) cells.looking at how soft PV cells can be woven into a malleable fabric.

Soft House

Kennedy & Violich Architecture took a radical first step in designing the Soft House, replacing many of the hard wall surfaces of a standard prefabricated house with movable curtains that contain embedded nanotechnology and thin-film photovoltaics.

The Riddled Furniture series was designed for manufacture by the Italian furniture company Horm by Nick Gelpi and Steven Holl of Steven Holl Architects.

Riddled Furniture

The concept of porosity has been a favorite point of exploration in the buildings of Steven Holl Architects, so applying that concept at the scale of furniture seems like a natural progression for the firm.

James Timberlake and Stephen Kieran lead a practice that has conducted a research study into active façades over a series of projects.

Lightweight Facade Systems

KieranTimberlake Associates has developed a strategy to achieve high performance in lightweight facade systems.

The design team at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects was led by Peter van der Meulen, John Breshears, and Mark Perepelitza (left to right).

Atrium Daylight Control System

The Challenge: What kind of system would allow light into an atrium, without casting glare on adjacent work spaces, at the new EPA regional headquarters in Denver?


Centre Socioculturel Christian Marin Centre Socioculturel Christian Marin

Guillaume Ramillien Architecture

Modern Art Center Modern Art Center

Studio Libeskind

The Mill at 515 The Mill at 515

Cooper Carry

Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center

Trivers Associates

McDonald's Rotterdam McDonald's Rotterdam

mei architects and planners

A House for Oiso A House for Oiso

DGT Architects

bm Modular One bm Modular One

Robert M. Gurney

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.

Sherber + Rad Sherber + Rad

David Jameson Architects

VCU Depot VCU Depot

Commonwealth Architects

Alexandria Residence Alexandria Residence

cox graae + spack architects

Riggins House Riggins House

Robert M. Gurney

Citizen 6 Citizen 6


The East Servery, Rice University The East Servery, Rice University

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

Woodside Residence Woodside Residence

David Jameson Architects

Theatre de Kampanje Theatre de Kampanje

Van Dongen-Koschuch

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