Tulane architecture dean Kenneth Schwartz named head of Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking

Architecture Dean Kenneth Schwartz will serve as the founding director of the newly established Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. […]

The center, established with a $15 million award from Tulane Board member Phyllis Taylor, will expand the university’s social innovation program and offer a space for faculty and students to collaborate on innovative and interdisciplinary solutions to issues in areas such as the environment, education and health care.

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Amanda Levete Picked to Design Melbourne’s MPavilion

“What is it that you can do in a pavilion that you can’t do in a building? Buildings – you don’t want them to move. How can we get this structure to respond in a very subtle way to the weather and perhaps amplify the sound of the wind moving through it?”

Whipsawing from tragedy to triumph, British architect and former Future Systems partner Amanda Levete has been awarded the design of the MPavilion, Australia’s sprightly so-called version of the U.K.’s Serpentine Pavilion. Levete founded her current firm, Amanda Levete Architects, in 2009 after the death of her husband and design partner, Jan Kaplicky. The MPavilion, which is entering its second year, will run from October 5, 2015 to February 7, 2016 in Melbourne.

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Grimshaw to Masterplan Washington DC’s Union Station

Grimshaw Architects has been asked to collaborate with New York-based Beyer Blinder Belle on a $10 billion masterplan that will modernize Washington DC‘s 1913 Beaux Arts Union Station. Along with the potential to triple passenger capacity, the plan aims to make the station more accessible and efficient, while integrate a new three-million-square-foot, mixed-use development by Amtrak and Akridge over its rail tracks.

“Washington DC deserves a station that serves the region on a practical level whilst celebrating the gateway to the nation’s capital,” said Grimshaw partner Vincent Chang.

Hany Hassan, partner-in-charge for Beyer Blinder Belle, added: “We are honored to have the opportunity to deliver a master development plan that sets an ambitious, yet achievable course for the development of Washington Union Station. It will be one of the most transformative projects in the city.”

Beverley Swaim-Staley, president and CEO of Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, commented: “The selection of the master development plan team is a huge milestone for this project. We are excited with the progress we’ve made to-date in preparing for this next step, and we look forward to continuing on a successful path of planning to conceptual design for the station’s future.”

News via The Washington Post, AJ

Grimshaw to Masterplan Washington DC's Union Station originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 09 Apr 2015.

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10 Classic Misconceptions of Architects

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While every profession contains certain stereotypes, architects tend to be right up there with engineers when it comes to misconstrued notions. Image Source: Chicago

When you think of an architect, what is the first thing that comes to mind? We bet it is one of these top ten classic misconceptions that we have compiled below. While every profession contains certain stereotypes (and some may be valid), architects tend to be right up there with engineers when it comes to misconstrued notions.

Look at our list of ten classic misconceptions of architects to see if any are ones you hold, and perhaps consider if these are truly valid ideas or are they are myths that need to be debunked?

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Look at our list of ten classic misconceptions of architects. Consider if these are truly valid ideas or perhaps they are myths that need to be debunked? Image Source: Hammer and Hand

1) Architecture Is For Men

There are so many misconceptions of architects, but perhaps this is the first one that should be debunked. While it is true that architecture is a male-dominated field, it is not true that it is a career solely for men.

Great female architects are finally getting their due attention with female architects such as Teresa Borsuk receiving the 2015 Woman Architect of the Year award.  Women certainly have a place in this field of design.

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While it is true that architecture is a male-dominated field, it is not true that it is a career solely for men. Image Source: Manson

 2) Architects Are Wealthy

Sadly, this is not true. Despite the years of hardwork in school, all of their studies do not pay off in the sense of the bank balance. Despite the mainstream thought, architects are not paid like doctors, they earn a good income, but not one that will make them wealthy.

The median annual wage in 2013 was $74, 110 USD, with the top 10% earning $119,370 USD annually, and the bottom 10% earning $44, 930 USD annually. As you can see, you will certainly not be poor, but you won’t be wealthy either.

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Despite the mainstream thought, architects are not paid like doctors, they earn a good income, but not one that will make them wealthy. Image Source: E-Architect

 3) Architects Are Builders

Architects use tools but not hammers. Architects design the buildings, they do not build them. Their designs and blueprints are passed off to the builders/developers who then bring the design to fruition.

Yes, this requires a close relationship between the architects and the builders, but the final structure is created by the developer/builder. Should we mention the salary of a developer? No, that might depress the architects reading this.

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Architects use tools but not hammers. Architects design the buildings, they do not build them. Image Source: Urban Angles

 4) Architects Are James Bond Cool

While many architects don’t want us to debunk this classic misconception—everyone wants to be sleek and cool like James Bond—but architects are not the eccentric, cool, cigar smoking characters that the general public has envisioned them to be.

Sorry, they are just average people like the rest of us, sitting at desks (perhaps in a cubicle), hunched over computers, and usually working on the minute details of a project.

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Architects are not the eccentric, cool, cigar smoking characters that the general public has envisioned them to be. Image Source: Prentiss Architects

 5) Architects Are Introverts

Wrong! Architects can’t afford to be introverts—their design ideas would never leap from blueprint to reality if they were quiet and shy.

In order to have their designs accepted and taken seriously, and to have the builders follow their designs—architects must be loud and proud.  A shy architect will struggle in this field since the job relies heavily on communication skills with clients, designers, builders, contractors, public etc…

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In order to have their designs accepted and taken seriously, and to have the builders follow their designs—architects must be loud and proud. Image Source: Msaofsa

 6) It Is A Glamorous Job

Becoming the next Frank Lloyd Wright seems glamorous, right? Yes, it must have been glamorous to be a famous architect who created some of the most ingenious structures, but this is not the reality for the everyday architect.

Most architects are busy working out the details; meeting city officials; trying to leap through bureaucratic red tape; dealing with building codes; constrained by a client’s budget, or visiting contractor sites—nothing about these tasks is glamorous. While some architects do have the chance to travel, it is not as common as some may think.

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While it may be glamorous to be a famous architect, this is not the reality for the everyday architect. Image Source: Markoff-Fullerton

 7) Architects Are Creative Artists

While many architects entering school think they need amazingly creative artistic skills—it is simply not a job requirement. Architects do need to be creative problem solvers, but they don’t need the skills of Picasso.

In fact, a lot of their work involves basic geometry skills which are by no means creative. And Computer Aided Design (CAD) has pretty much taken over the pencil and paper, so most times architects are hunched over computers rather than drawing their own design.

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Architects do need to be creative problem solvers, but they don’t need the skills of Picasso. Image Source: Atasadero Glass

 8) Architects Work Alone

Like most projects—architecture is not the work of one sole person—it takes a team. There are usually dozens of people involved in the larger projects (interns, modelers, the CAD designers, people in the field etc)

While most design firms have a managing principle: a person who facilitates the design; they are not usually the actual designers. Rather it is the lower totem staff who create the design, but sometimes the managing principle becomes ‘The Architect” who designed said building.  We see how this could be frustrating for the rest of the team. Just know that when you read in a magazine about ‘so and so was the architect’ , there was probably a lot more people involved than that one person mentioned in the article.

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Like most projects—architecture is not the work of one sole person—it takes a team. Image Source: Pastiche of Cape Cod

 9) Architects Can Get You The Materials

Architects design, as we mentioned above, they are not the builders of their designs; therefore, they are not brokers for the materials used in a project.

They can only suggest which materials are best suited for the design, and perhaps mention a possible source of such material to the builders, but the builders probably already have their own  material sources, and perhaps their own ideas of what materials will work best.

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Architects design, as we mentioned above, they are not the builders of their designs— they are not brokers for the materials used in a project. Image Source: Demetriades

 10) All Architects Are Equally Qualified

They all went to school to get the same degree, right? So they should all be equally qualified for the task at hand? Wrong. Yes, architecture is a science, but there are numerous ideologies that can change the way an individual firm approaches your job.

Look to their individual past experiences: What are they predominant in–Commercial or housing or green design etc? Ask how they approach a job, what is their workflow process, what do their past projects look like? No two architects or architectural firms are alike, so choose one that best suits your individual needs.

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Architecture is a science, but there are numerous ideologies that can change the way an individual firm approaches your job. Image Source: DTC Portland

Wow! There are a lot of misconceptions about architects. Do any of these ring true for you?  We think that despite all the ups and downs of this field of study, architecture still remains an amazing job whereby you can become well-known for your unique and creative design abilities.

What do you think the most common misconception of architects is?

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Get Lectured: Cal Poly LA Metro ’15

Archinect’s Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015

Archinect’s Get Lectured is back in session! Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school’s lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don’t want to miss.

Today’s poster comes from The Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design, an off-campus multidisciplinary program of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Want to share your school’s lecture series? Send us your school’s lecture series poster and details to connect@archinect.com.

Listed below are upcoming events only. Free + open to the public.
Lecture / reception / discussion: 6:30-8:30 pm

Apr 9
Marcelyn Gow / Servo Los Angeles
at Helms Bakery: 8758 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

May 1
South Gate + HMC Charette / South Gate High School + HMC Architects

May 7
Erick C

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Odontology Teaching and Research Center / Philippe Gazeau

Architects: Philippe Gazeau
Location: 63100 Clermont-Ferrand, France
Area: 10000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Philippe Ruault, Christophe Camus

Project Director: Michael Raffegeau
Engineering: Technips TPS
Builders: GFC Construction, Direction Auvergne

From the architect. On the site of the CHU d’Estaing teaching hospital, the shape of the new teaching and research unit (UFR) and dental care centre building (CSD) is designed to make the 2 activities and units instantly distinguishable. The architectural project had to overcome a twofold difficulty: it had to give the new project a very clear identity of its own on an altogether different scale next to the CHU d’Estaing, while also offering a unique building asserting the existence of two readily identifiable and distinguishable entities. Two programmes and a building with enough presence to form a consistent frontage. The frontage is always the main feature, even from the rear of the hospital.

The slope on the land is used to handle the main street entrance to the UFR on the lower ground floor, and a direct access from the hospital to the lecture theatre on the upper ground floor. The base of the UFR is held together by a large crossing space of twice the height, the entrance hall and the lecture theatre, linking up all the spaces, including with direct access to the lecture theatre from the CHU d’Estaing. The patios running through the volumes of the UFR and the dental care centre help one find one’s way around the spaces with extra-comfortable lighting through natural daylight.



The teaching and research unit (UFR) comprises a partial base on which rest on the north side of the plot three platforms slightly offset with respect to each other and the volume of the care centre to the south. The dynamic cutout expression of the units makes the associated activities immediately obvious without taking anything away from their monolithic intensity. A continuous glittering monochrome curtain comprising 48,000 aluminium spheres threaded onto a stainless steel wire enshrouds the discontinuous buildings in a continuous fluid movement. This weblike filter helps to subdue the lighting and the views. The dental care centre (Centre de Soins Dentaire, CSD) is set on just one level, lending its volume a degree of autonomy within the overall unit. The dental care rooms are arranged on either side of a reception hall lit by a patio. A metal grid made up of several thousand floating spheres hanging outside the frontages gives the unit a fluid, mobile outline. Two programmes and an architecture with enough strength and presence to form a coherent building frontage, a main façade extension to the CHU d’Estaing.

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Odontology Teaching and Research Center / Philippe Gazeau © Philippe Ruault
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Odontology Teaching and Research Center / Philippe Gazeau Floor Plan
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Odontology Teaching and Research Center / Philippe Gazeau originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 09 Apr 2015.

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Does Your Administrative Staff Spend Too Much Time Correcting Errors?

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Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum

Henning Larsen Architects has been selected over eleven finalists to design the new NORR – National Museum in Östersund, Mid-Sweden. Acting both as an extension to the existing Jamtli Museum and a new branch of the Swedish National Museum, the new building will feature a large and flexible exhibition hall, workshops, offices and a cafe.

“The new exhibition hall is designed as wooden sculpture with an easily recognizable silhouette against the sky. The roof is quite remarkable because the deep skylights filter the soft northern daylight directly into the exhibition space. This gives a very sensitive light as well as a view to the sky,” says Søren Øllgaard, partner at Henning Larsen Architects and design responsible for the project.

“The new building draws inspiration from the context through scale and materials, giving it a respectful approach to its surroundings,” added the practice in a press release. “A strong connection to the existing Jamtli Museum is created by a logical and functional flow. In turn this creates a common identity, forming a strong and vibrant art centre on both a regional and national level.”

The project is due to be completed in 2018.

Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum Courtyard. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum Workshop. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum Site Plan. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum Plan 00. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum Plan 01. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum Roof Plan. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum North Facade. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum East Facade. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum West Facade. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum Section. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum Sketch. Image © Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 09 Apr 2015.

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