The six Richard Rogers Fellows for 2019

            <img src="" border="0" />Selected from 140 applicants from around the world, the six winners of the <a href="" >2019 Richard Rogers Fellowship</a> were announced today by the Harvard GSD. Launched in 2017, the fellowship is a residency program inspired by architect Richard Rogers' longtime commitment to cross-disciplinary practice.&nbsp;
Open to professionals and scholars working in any design-related field, the unique fellowship includes a three-month residency at the iconic Richard Rogers-designed Wimbledon House in London, access to the city's cultural institutions and academic resources, and a $10,000 stipend. In 2015, Richard and Ruth Rogers donated the Wimbledon House to the GSD so that it can continue to be used as a residence and as a space for research opportunities for future generations of scholars and practitioners. The 2019 fellows will reside in London in pairs during the spring, summer, and fall, researching a variety of issues like the materiality of steel and brick in London, Continue reading "The six Richard Rogers Fellows for 2019"

Archinect’s Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #204

            <img src="" border="0" />It's time for another Archinect Employer of the Day weekly round-up! Check out the latest profiled firms amid the thousands of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" >active listings</a>&nbsp;on our job board. If you don't already, follow Employer of the Day on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" >Facebook</a>, where we showcase a firm every day, along with a gallery of their work.&nbsp;
Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:
  1. STUDIO V Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

Photo credit: STUDIO V Architecture.
2. Rowland + Broughton Architecture & Interior Design (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Multiple listings
Photo credit: Brent Moss Photography.
3. Rafael de Cárdenas/Architecture at Large (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Mid-level Designer/Project Manager
Photo credit: Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large.
4. asap/adam sokol architecture practice (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Intern
Photo credit: asap/adam sokol architecture practice.
5. ARCHIMORPHIC (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Multiple listings
Photo credit: ARCHIMOR...

Toshiko Mori to receive 2019 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion

            <img src="" border="0" />The trailblazing Toshiko Mori was honored with the 2019 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, which honors the recipient for their active involvement in architecture education for over a decade and for influencing a broad range of students through their teaching.
“She challenges her students to become educator-practitioners themselves and harnesses academic inquiry and professional rigor to reshape the practice of architecture,” the AIA writes in a press release. “Mori’s teaching philosophy is one rooted in respect for individual talent, sensitive guidance, and productive dialogue.”

With help from the local community, Michael K. Chen Architecture designs new Children’s Library for a Bronx homeless shelter

            <img src="" border="0" />Many of us fondly look back on childhood memories of going to the local <a href="" rel="nofollow" >library</a>. The new Children's Library at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Concourse House</a> &mdash; a Bronx-based shelter that serves women with young children who are transitioning out of homelessness &mdash; was created to bring that&nbsp;meaningful, formative experience to kids who may not have access to their own books.
Designed pro-bono by New York-based Michael K. Chen Architecture (MKCA), the Children's Library took over an underused mezzanine space in the shelter. Underneath a vaulted ceiling, it now offers a welcoming, playful learning environment that's flexibly designed for individual and group readings, story time, and other book-related programming.
Photo: Alan Tansey.
Photo: Alan Tansey.
Photo: Alan Tansey.
The space sure wouldn't feel like a library without the round, illuminated shelving unit, which is now filled with about 1,200 children's books donated by Sisters Uptown Bookstore. The shelving unit also serves as a Continue reading "With help from the local community, Michael K. Chen Architecture designs new Children’s Library for a Bronx homeless shelter"

Arquitectonica unveils new design laboratory for University of Miami School of Architecture

            <img src="" border="0" />In their latest project in their Miami home base, <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Arquitectonica</a> designed the new Thomas P. Murphy Studio Building for the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" >University of Miami School of Architecture</a>. Opening on November 29, the 20,000 square-foot building will serve as a design laboratory and collaborative space for students, providing digital fabrication facilities, exhibition areas, and plenty of space for social and public functions.&nbsp;
Photo: Robin Hill, Miami In Focus, Multivista.
Located at the center of an intersection, the building creates a plaza and pathway that links the campus to the Miami Metrorail. Topped by a warped concrete roof, the building was designed like an oversized shed, Arquitectonica describes. “The curve of the roof interacts with the curve at the entrance to demonstrate the plasticity of concrete.”
Photo: Robin Hill, Miami In Focus, Multivista.
Photo: Robin Hill, Miami In Focus, Multivista.
Photo: Robin Hill, Miami In Focus, Multivista.
The building can operate without any artificial light duri...

RIBA and V&A’s upcoming “A Home for All​” exhibition revisits six experimental social housing designs

            <img src="" border="0" />The RIBA and Victoria &amp; Albert Museum dug into their archives to present the exhibition, &ldquo;A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing&rdquo;, opening on November 24 at the V&amp;A Museum in London. From the first examples of modernist architecture in England to a DIY kit that encouraged residents to design their own homes, the exhibition features six pioneering projects that present a different experimental approach in social housing design.&nbsp;
A selection of original architectural drawings, photos, site plans, and buildings models will be showcased alongside quotes from residents, architects, and stakeholders about the experience, intention, and reception of each project. Another notable element in the exhibition is an archival and contemporary poster and protest material that explore the changing attitudes toward social housing policy, from the early 20th century to today. Read on for more about the projects. Spa Green, London by Tecton, design: 1938, construction: 1946-49

OPEN Architecture completes cave-like UCCA Dune Art Museum

            <img src="" border="0" />Carved into a sand dune along a quiet beach in the port city of Qinhuangdao, the new Ullens Center for Contemporary Art&nbsp;Dune Art Museum debuted its first art exhibition last month, after three years of construction.
Aranya commissioned Beijing-based OPEN Architecture to design the museum, which is operated by the UCCA. The architects gave the museum a pared down aesthetic that features organic forms and cave-like spaces. The 930 square-meter museum contains 10 galleries and a cafe. 
Photo: Wu Qingshan.
“Its interconnected, organically shaped spaces echo those of caves—the earliest form of human inhabitance, whose walls were once home to some of man’s first works of art,” OPEN Architecture explains.
Cafe. Photo: Wu Qingshan.
Gallery skylights. Photo: Wu Qingshan.
The building features multiple openings of different sizes and orientations to provide natural lighting into the space as well as offer views of the changing sky and sea throughout the Continue reading "OPEN Architecture completes cave-like UCCA Dune Art Museum"

Palassis Architects’ cathedral-like Cadogan Song School in Perth

            <img src="" border="0" /><p>Completing a composition of buildings in the historic Treasury / Cathedral precinct&nbsp;in Perth, the Cadogan Song School by conservation practice <a href="" >Palassis Architects</a> was built to provide facilities for the St.Georges Cathedral choir. Showing off sculptural vaulted arches and a tuning fork-like spire, the Song School received&nbsp;a National Award in the Heritage category&nbsp;of the&nbsp;<a href="" >2018 National Australian Architecture Awards</a> earlier this month.</p>          

PennDesign launches $50,000 student prize and professional award in city planning

            <img src="" border="0" />The <a href="" rel="nofollow" >University of Pennsylvania</a>'s School of Design&nbsp;launched the new Witte-Sakamoto Family Prize and Award in City and Regional Planning, thanks to a $1.25 million gift from PennDesign alumnus William Witte and his wife Keiko Sakamoto. In conjunction with the prize, a new&nbsp;professional award for innovation and positive impact in planning was also announced.
The yearly $50,000 fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding student entering their final year in the school's Master of City and Regional Planning program. The professional award will be presented to a firm, team, or individual professional for an exemplary planning project that advances plan-making in at least four of the following areas: social equity, environmental quality, design, public health, mobility, housing affordability, and economic development. “It’s incumbent on those of us who work on cities to make sure that we not only practice responsible development, but that it’s holistic and we deal with all these Continue reading "PennDesign launches $50,000 student prize and professional award in city planning"

First look: MAD Architects’ “floating” roofed Courtyard Kindergarten in Beijing

            <img src="" border="0" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" >MAD Architects</a> unveiled their scheme for the upcoming&nbsp;&ldquo;Courtyard Kindergarten&rdquo;, which will be located within&nbsp;a&nbsp;traditional <em>siheyuan</em>&nbsp;courtyard in <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Beijing</a> that&nbsp;dates back to 1725. Currently under construction, the kindergarten is expected to be operating by fall 2019.
Rendering by SAN.
The new kindergarten revives the site while preserving its cultural heritage. Envisioned as a “magical escape” for about 400 children ages 2-5, the building's most striking feature is its bright-colored “floating” roof, whose design is a play on an old Beijing saying. “There is a saying in old Beijing when children are naughty: ‘if you go three days without being punished, the roof will cave in,” explains Ma Yansong, principal of MAD Architects.
The roof functions as a playground where children can engage in outdoor sports and activities, and let their imagination run free. The southwest side of the roof has a subtly undulating surface of several small “hills” and “plains” that Continue reading "First look: MAD Architects’ “floating” roofed Courtyard Kindergarten in Beijing"

U.S. Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development wins a 2018 IDEAS2 National Steel Award

            <img src="" border="0" />The U.S. Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership Development in Colorado Springs is the latest recipient of an IDEAS2 National Steel Design Award. Bestowed by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the IDEAS2 Steel Design Awards are the&nbsp;highest honor bestowed on building projects by the U.S. structural steel industry. Out of 100 submissions this year, 12 projects were selected to receive awards.
With Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's New York office serving as architect and structural engineer, the CCLD's most defining element is its dramatic, cantilevering 105-foot-long skylight. “The project is a simple and elegant expression of an idea that is in keeping with the campus at large and yet iconic in its own right," commented Lynda Leigh, SE, senior project manager at Turner Construction in Chicago, and this year's general contractor juror.

Winners of the 2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards

            <img src="" border="0" />Every year, the New Zealand Institute of Architects honor top-notch architectural design across the country in the&nbsp;New Zealand Architecture Awards.&nbsp;&nbsp;After visiting all 53 shortlisted projects this past August, the jury, chaired by Auckland architect Richard Goldie, selected 17 winners. The winners were announced during a celebratory dinner at&nbsp;Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington last week.
Four of the winning projects received further distinction in receiving Named Awards in the categories of public architecture, education, housing, and commercial architecture. Goldie was delighted to experience a wide variety of high-quality architecture across New Zealand. “The good news is that New Zealanders across the country are expecting more of the buildings in their towns and cities,” Goldie said in a statement. “And rightly so — every community should have buildings that set a benchmark for quality and usability.” Check out the winning projects below! ...

Archinect’s Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #201

            <img src="" border="0" />It's time for another Archinect Employer of the Day weekly round-up! Check out the latest profiled firms amid the thousands of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" >active listings</a>&nbsp;on our job board. If you don't already, follow Employer of the Day on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" >Facebook</a>, where we showcase a firm every day, along with a gallery of their work.&nbsp;
Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:
  1. One Architecture + Urbanism (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

Image credit: One Architecture + Urbanism, BIG, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA), AKRF, Arcadis, CH2M.
2. AUX Architecture (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Project Architect
Image credit: Marc Angeles-Unlimited Style Photography.
3. Lake|Flato Architects (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Multiple listings
Image credit: Casey Dunn.
4. AvroKO (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Multiple listings
Image credit: Michael Weber.
5. LABTOP (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: LABTOP Rendering Intern
Image credit: LABTOP, Sériès et Sériès, Studio Touraine, Tajima Op...

BIG’s 79&Park “wooden hillside” residential building inaugurated in Stockholm

            <img src="" border="0" />It's been a big week in architecture for the city of <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Stockholm</a>. In addition to the OMA/Reinier de Graaf-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Norra Tornen</a>, Stockholm celebrated the inauguration of <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Bjarke Ingels Group</a>'s 79&amp;Park residences yesterday.<br>
In 2011, Oscar Properties commissioned BIG to design the multi-residential development, which appears like a “gentle hillside” rising from the edge of the Gärdet national park. The cascading building, which comprises of 3.6m x 3.6m cedar-clad modules organized around an open green courtyard, “combines the splendors of a suburban home with the qualities of urban living,” Bjarke Ingels said in a statement.
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.
The structure's tallest corner rises up to 35 meters to maximize the inflow of natural daylight and provide views of the Gärdet and the nearby Frihamnen port for most of the residential units. The modules then cascade all the way down to its lowest profile Continue reading "BIG’s 79&Park “wooden hillside” residential building inaugurated in Stockholm"

“Quietly innovative”: A closer look at the new Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee

            <img src="" border="0" />Placed at the heart of the historic Menil Collection in Houston, <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Johnston Marklee</a>'s long-anticipated <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Menil Drawing Institute</a> opened to the public last Saturday. As the fifth art building to be constructed on the iconic 30-acre campus, the approximately 30,000 square-foot Menil Drawing Institute showcases the expansive drawing collection of Dominique and John Menil. Johnston Marklee collaborated with landscape architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates</a> on the $40 million project.
The Menil Drawing Institute is the first facility of its kind to be dedicated to the acquisition, study, exhibition, conservation, and storage of modern and contemporary drawings. Designed at an intimate scale, the MDI has a low-lying, elongated form that not only complements its park-like surroundings and nearby historic structures, but also signals potential future growth. Open for less than a week, the MDI has received generally positive reactions so far. “[Johnston Marklee has] succeeded brilliantly, ...

​These modular “Social Balconies” create semi-public gathering spaces on any building facade

            <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[Designed by Edwin van Capelleveen,] the project consists of a modular toolkit of bridges and stairs that are able to connect balconies in any type of building. These connections create a semi-public space which allows neighbors to connect with one another...Edwin, inspired by a housing complex he inhabited in Denmark...wanted to create such a space without having to &ldquo;significantly alter already existing buildings&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "">

Get Lectured: University of Toronto, 2018-19

            <img src="" border="0" /><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" >Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2018</a></strong>
With a new school year upon us, it's time for Archinect's latest Get Lectured, an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to The University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design recently kicked off their 2018-19 lecture series, “Home and Away”. Taking place at the Daniels Faculty's new Main Hall, this year's lecture series brings together an international lineup of speakers for discussions and debates on global design issues. Depicted on a colorful lecture series poster, “each set of Home and Away speakers are represented by different ‘game flags,’ highlighting the Faculty’s role as an arena Continue reading "Get Lectured: University of Toronto, 2018-19"

Preservation of Karl Marx School wins 2018 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize, special mention awarded to restored Unity Temple by Frank Lloyd Wright

            <img src="" border="0" />Agence Christiane Schmuckle-Mollard was revealed today as the recipient of the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for their outstanding preservation work on the modernist Karl Marx School in Villejuif, France.&nbsp;And for the first time in the prize's 10-year history, a special mention was awarded to Harboe Architects for the preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.
Established in 2008, the biennial prize honors architects or designers for their innovative solutions to preserve or save threatened modern architecture. Eligible projects, which could be located anywhere in the world, were completed in the last five years and faced threats that affected the site before preservation. The winners will be presented with their awards during a public ceremony at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on December 4.
Karl Marx School. Preservation work by Agence Christiane Schmuckle-Mollard.

Looking back at SOFTlab’s interactive “Iris” inside the Mirror Chapel in Prague

            <img src="" border="0" />Located within the intricate interiors of the Mirror Chapel in <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Prague</a>, &ldquo;Iris&rdquo; is an interactive installation that New York-based design studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" >SOFTlab</a> created for the city's 2018 Signal Festival, which took place last month.
Designed to blend the elements of light and sound, the circular installation has mirrors that rotate in response to movement and LED lights that respond to ambient sound.
Photo courtesy of Signal Festival.
“As the mirrors rotate, they open the perimeter allowing not only direct views of the Mirror Chapel, but also creating a ‘Mise en abyme’, mixing the surrounding chapel, viewers, and light in a vertically fragmented, recursive, and panoramic image,” SOFTlab describes.
Photo courtesy of Signal Festival.
Photo courtesy of Signal Festival.
The mirrors reflect both the Mirror Chapel's embellished surroundings while infinitely reflecting the viewer inside the installation's circular space. But when the viewer moves closer to the mirrors out of curiosity, Continue reading "Looking back at SOFTlab’s interactive “Iris” inside the Mirror Chapel in Prague"

Archinect’s Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #200

            <img src="" border="0" />It's time for another Archinect Employer of the Day weekly round-up! Check out the latest profiled firms amid the thousands of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" >active listings</a>&nbsp;on our job board. If you don't already, follow Employer of the Day on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" >Facebook</a>, where we showcase a firm every day, along with a gallery of their work.&nbsp;
Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:
  1. Gehry Partners (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

Installation art by Refik Anadol. Image via
2. Audrey Matlock Architect (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Intermediate Architect
Image credit: Audrey Matlock Architect.
3. Amanda Martocchio Architecture (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Architectural Designer - Junior Intern Architect
Image credit: Amanda Martocchio Architecture.
4. Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Junior Design Architect
Image credit: LHSA+DP.
5. Studio AR&D Architects
Currently hiring: Architectural Designer I
Image credit: Studio...