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?


One Sixty Madison One Sixty Madison

Mitsui Fudosan America, SLCE Architects, Philip Koether Architects

79 & Park 79 & Park

Bjarke Ingels Group

Chicago Horizon Chicago Horizon


Cleveland Park Library Cleveland Park Library

Gilbane, Perkins Eastman

The Rose The Rose

MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle)

Wooden Box House Wooden Box House

Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier

XS House XS House

Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier

Dai Show Theater Dai Show Theater

Stufish Entertainment Architects

113 E. Roosevelt 113 E. Roosevelt

Rafael Viñoly Architects

MSU Davis-Harrington Welcome Center MSU Davis-Harrington Welcome Center

Dake Wells Architecture

Bahrain Bay Tower Bahrain Bay Tower

Wiel Arets Architects

Len Lye Centre Len Lye Centre

Patterson Associates

Millennial Media Millennial Media

Marks, Thomas Architects

Independence Mall Cafe Independence Mall Cafe

Erdy McHenry Architecture LLC

The Radian The Radian

Erdy McHenry Architecture LLC

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