January 1, 2012 |
The nation's architects reported a slight improvement in business in November, the first uptick in four months. Architectural contracts are a leading indicator of construction activity, with a lag time of about nine months to a year between the awarding of the contracts and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects, the leading trade group for the profession, said that its index of “work on the boards” reported by architects was 52, following a score of 49.4 in October.
December 7, 2002 |
The American Institute of Architects will not have a Gold Medal winner in 2003. At a meeting in Washington Thursday, the organization's board of directors did not achieve the three-fourths majority needed to select the winner of its highest honor, which is awarded annually to an architect whose work has had "a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture." The AIA did not release names of the nominees, in accordance with the organization's bylaws.
October 5, 1989 |
Early in his professional career, architect Arnold Stalk was troubled by the plight of the homeless. The fate of families forced to survive on the street or crowded into overpriced Skid Row hotel rooms oppressed his soul and challenged his sense of responsibility as a neophyte designer. Unlike many architects, who feel they ought to do more than build homes for the rich but never come to grips with their troubled consciences, Stalk took action.
November 30, 2005 |
Officials at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia have sued the building's internationally acclaimed architect, accusing the firm of "deficient and defective design work" and of delays that boosted the project's final cost. The lawsuit filed in U.S.
October 17, 2010 |
The creative department of the real estate business has lost its swagger. Architects, the exalted artists who design structures that will stand for generations, are feeling a lot less glamorous these days. As the recession emptied offices, stores and factories, the demand for new ones disappeared. Work for architects also went away. When people look back, there will be few signature buildings on the country's metropolitan skylines to point to that were built in the years around 2010, said Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects.
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December 7, 1994
Trustees of the Irvine Unified School District recently awarded a $350,000 contract to PJHM, a San Clemente architectural firm, to design the proposed Northwood Point Elementary School. The firm also designed Meadow Park Elementary School and the new South Lake Middle School. The Northwood Point school was originally expected to open in the fall of 1997, but opening may be delayed for a year so that its development coincides with that of the adjacent Northwood Point community.
March 31, 2007 |
Architect Brenda Levin, a Los Angeles-based specialist in historic preservation and adaptive re-use of cultural facilities who recently transformed Griffith Observatory, has been selected as the design architect for the expansion and modernization of the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The project will accommodate the vast collection of Native American artifacts compiled by the Southwest Museum, which merged with the Autry in 2003.
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February 8, 1997 |
Students at two northeast Valley high schools are getting a chance not only to express their feelings, but to publish them as well, thanks to an unusual poetry workshop taught by a Pasadena architect with a bent for literature. For the second year, Fernando Castro has obtained a grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department to lead his popular writing workshop at San Fernando and McAlister high schools.
September 26, 2010 |
Frank Gehry was on the panel. So was Thom Mayne. And fellow architects Eric Owen Moss, Peter Cook, Hernan Diaz Alonso and Greg Lynn. The subject was the "troubled relationship" between architecture and beauty. The setting, on a warm recent evening, was an outdoor pavilion in the main parking lot at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where Moss is director. The impresario, moderator and ego-wrangler was architect Yael Reisner, Cook's wife and the author of a new book of interviews with architects on beauty.
April 24, 1988
John McCafferty's statement, "But we took our sketches to Gary, a young designer we'd heard about who would do an architect's work without attaching AIA to his title and another zero or two to his price," is extremely unfair to architects. In the first place, his assumption that all California architects are "AIA" is inaccurate. One can be licensed in California as an architect without joining the American Institute of Architects. The purpose of licensing architects is to protect the health, welfare and safety of the public by establishing a minimum threshold of competence and ability in the profession, thereby creating a minimum standard to judge one's services.