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Connection JUNE 2012 In Honor Of Christopher Shawn Kelley




21year anniversary


Christopher Shawn Kelley Architect Christopher Shawn Kelley, AIA, passed away on Saturday May 26 at the age of 39. Kelley graduated from the University of Florida with honors, earning a Bachelor of Design in 1995 and then a Master of Architecture in 1997

from the school. An active member of the AIA, he went on to become the first regional associates director from the Florida and Caribbean

Region for the AIA’s National Associates Committee. He continued his service to the architecture community through his efforts in helping to lead the Young Architects Forum where he served as chairman in 2009.

Kelley worked for two firms during his 15-year professional career, first at Ruyle, Masters, Hayes + Jennewein Architects in Tampa, Fla., and

then at the Washington, D.C. office of Gensler, where he worked until his death. And during his career, he received several awards, including

the 2010 Young Architect Award. Kelley was also a husband, father, son and friend. “Christopher saw the world as a place to engage in and

his career as a means to invest in his profession. His discerning guidance, insightful advice and wonderful sense of humor made a difference in, and influenced the lives of countless young architects” recalls AIA colleague and friend Mickey Jacob, FAIA. “With thoughtful leadership,

unwavering enthusiasm and an inspirational style, Christopher set a standard of excellence in everything he did that made us all want to be a better person.”

Kelley was the loving husband of Suzanna W. Kelley, the devoted father of Ashtyn Elizabeth and Logan William Kelley, and the adoring son of Patricia L. Kelly and Harry J. Kelley.

The Kelley Children Education Fund has been established to help support the future education needs of Christopher’s children, Ashtyn and Logan.

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Deepika Padam, AIA

Assistant Editor

Josh Flowers, AIA

Assistant Editor

Bonnie Sen, AIA

Graphic Designer

Nathan Stolarz, AIA

Graphic Designer

James Cornetet, AIA

06YAFnews News

News and resources relevant to young architects


Aliens, Spaceships & Strippers: Adapting to the New World

James Cornetet, AIA critiques the international practice of architecture


AIA NY ENYA Competition 18 Ridge Avenue Urban Bench Competition 22 Urban Bicycle Station Competition 26 Reclamation Competition 30 Ballet West Fluid Adagio 34

08 editor's note YAF at Convention

Deepika Padam, AIA gives a run down of YAF activities at the AIA national convention

16 leadership Chris Baribeau, AIA

Chris Baribeau, AIA answers questions regarding his practice and taking the leap of faith


Michel Borg, AIA reviews Studio Gang's latest monograph

featuring illinois region

43 DESIGN Chicago's First LEED Platinum Home 46 LEADERSHIP

April Hughes, Assoc. AIA reviews Chicago's first LEED Platinum home

Becoming Young in Architecture

Marsha Spencer, AIA reflects upon the history of Chicago Women in Architecture as the organization turns 40


University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Sheri Andrews, AIA reviews the new laboratory designs for the University of Chicago

60 event 2+2

Douglas L Milburn, Assoc. AIA reviews the 2011 AIA Illinois Annual Conference

50 community Community Interface Committee

Scott Cryer, AIA and Nootan Bharani, AIA share how they are getting the community involved in design

56 design Evolution of an IDE...

Vladimir Radutny, AIA and Paul Tebben discuss starting a design practice during the Great Recession

62 calls for submissions Stories, programs, entries

Calls for submissions for Connection, programs for 2013 convention, design competitions

Disclaimer: This publication is created by Young Architect members of the American Institute of Architects. Views expressed in this publication are solely those of the authors.



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2012 AIA National Election Results

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, Elected 2013 First Vice President and 2014 President Donald C. Brown, FAIA, Elected 2013-2014 Vice President Susan Chin, FAIA, Elected 2013-2014 Vice President Richard DeYoung, AIA, Elected 2013-2014 Secretary http://info.aia.org/aiarchitect/2012/0519/newsletter/elections.html

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yaf summit20 update | architect feature

Volume One of Summit20 Outcomes Report and a video recording made by AIA is available at www.aia.org/YAFSummit20. ARCHITECT magazine covered the story "Come Together" in the May 2012 issue http://www.architectmagazine.com/architects/the-yaf-turns-20.aspx.

aia Partners with Broadcastr to Deliver Geo-Targeted Architectural Content to Mobile Devices

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is partnering with Broadcastr on a project that will raise public awareness of architectural accomplishments, elevate appreciation of the profession, and provide reasoning behind design. Broadcastr is a new application for iPhone and Android that links media to places. With thousands of stories and tours curated by experts and users, Broadcastr transforms any iPhone or Android device into a multimedia guide to the world. AIA is curating in-depth architectural interviews that users can discover as they walk, drive, or bike through a particular city. AIA is piloting the partnership in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The partners hope to expand multimedia tours to other locations nationwide in the coming months. Audio interviews will be included in tours within the app. See http://www.aia.org/broadcastr.

Architects Announce Guide to International Green Construction Code

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today introduced the first overview guide on how architects can implement in their practice the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which was introduced in March by the International Code Council (ICC).

Architecture Billings Index Reverts to Negative Territory

Decline is possibly a brief pause from unusually strong winter activity

After five months of positive readings, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has fallen into negative terrain. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 48.4, following a mark of 50.4 in March. This score reflects a decrease in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 54.4, down from mark of 56.6 the previous month. You can see this press release online here: http://www.aia.org/press/ releases/AIAB094780

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The guide, entitled simply, “Guide to the IgCC,” www.aia.org/igcc is meant as a one-stop-shop document exclusively for AIA-member architects working in jurisdictions where the IgCC is adopted or soon will be. The announcement was made on the opening day of the AIA’s 2012 National Convention.

aia Selects Recipients of the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

AIA has selected nine recipients to receive the 2012 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship. The recipients will receive compensation for the entire cost of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and a full set of study guides provided by Kaplan Construction Education. The recipients include: Valerie J. Amor, Jeff Bartosik, Tami Beck, Lauren DiBianca Frye, Ryan Heusinkveld, Miki Hirai, Tina Hovsepian, Andrew Mitchell, and Jill Sornson Kurtz. The recipients of the scholarship were chosen by a jury composed of AIA members including a National Associates Committee representative, a Young Architects Forum representative, IDP Coordinators, and a representative from Kaplan Construction Education. Details at http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB094873

2012 yaf/cod ideas competition

The call for submissions and details are available at www.aia.org/ ideascompetition 07

Editor's Note

yaf at c o n v e nt i o n Deepika Padam, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB Deepika Padam, AIA, LEED AP bd+c is the Communications Advisor for the National AIA Young Architects Forum. Brought up in India and a graduate of University of Michigan, she is a Senior Designer and Project Manager with Heller Manus Architects based in San Francisco, California.

I had a horrible first day at DC during my AIA convention trip.

W. Waldrep and David Zach, YAF Summit20 Outcomes by Jennifer

Don’t ask! Oh what a relief it was when the convention started the

Workman AIA and Brad Benjamin AIA, and 2012 YAF/COD Ideas

following day! It is always a joy to see old friends at this wonderful

Competition by Virginia Marquardt AIA. A tweetup was held at the

annual event. Design Connects. As Jeff Potter FAIA elaborated, the

lounge moderated by Joe Benesh AIA that garnered a huge audience

theme stood for how the art and science of design connects us to

of social media junkies. Most importantly, the candidates that were

one another.

running for the national AIA elections made an appearance at our lounge and addressed questions and concerns of the emerging

The convention was a big success for YAF, and emerging professionals

professionals. Congratulations to all of them for the legacy they

in general. YAF and NAC co-hosted the EP lounge at prime real estate

have formed in the AIA and beyond, and we hope they will continue

in the convention center. Our design was fit for the location decked

to support emerging professionals moving forward.

out with interactive boards, exhibits, multi-media presentations, and comfy couches. We held several presentations at the lounge,

YAF organized two sessions – Young Architects Awards Winners

such as Repositioning Initiative and Future of Architecture by Lee

presentation, and Leadership Forum panel discussion both

YAF Leadership Forum panel presentation

YAF Legacy Lunch


EP Lounge co-hosted by YAF and NAC

Candidates for AIA National Office addressing the emerging professionals at EP Lounge

moderated by Matt Dumich AIA. In addition, Brad Benjamin AIA

Regional Directors on the first evening organized by Jason Dale

moderated the YAF/COD 2011 Ideas Competition panel presentation.

Pierce AIA. The YAF Advisory Committee held the annual YAF Legacy

Young architects also co-presented with Fellows during the College

Lunch with the past AdCom members the following day. Some of

of Fellows 2+2 presentation. The 2012 Young Architects Award

us made it to the fab Chapter Host Party at the Newseum at night.

winners were honored during the Honors and Awards ceremony.

The emerging professionals reception was the second evening co-hosted with NAC. The attendance was fantastic as usual! We

Our publications effort didn’t lag behind. We released the 2012

attended the AIAS Nightcap reception afterwards. We did manage

Young Architects Award book created by our editorial team led by

to take care of some business items the day after in the AdCom

me, and 2011 Ideas Competition book created by Brad Benjamin

business meeting. This evening was taken by the COF Convocation

AIA. They were made available at the AIA bookstore and sold out by

Dinner, which Adam Palmer AIA was lucky to attend.

the last day! The May issue of ARCHITECT magazine was released at convention featuring an article about YAF Summit20. To get some

So at the end of it all, I got to participate in yet another fantastic

real estate in the official national magazine of AIA was a big feat that

convention, attend a few great sessions, catch up with old friends,

we will need to continually strive for.

and form new connections. The weather in DC was perfect and AIA|DC did a fabulous job of organizing the event. But my favorite

We got some media coverage as well. Jennifer Workman AIA

part was the Michigan Alumni Reception of course where I got to

was interviewed and broadcast live on convention TVs talking

see some old friends from school. What a successful and memorable

about Summit20. I had the opportunity to be part of the I AM AIA


video campaign. I was also fortunate to be interviewed for the Repositioning Initiative. And of course we socialized! It began with Golf with Donald Trump in which Adam Palmer AIA, Jennifer Workman AIA and Brad Benjamin AIA represented YAF. There was a meet-up of Young Architects



If that Pelican looks confused

TO SAY THAT some things have changed in the world since the end

it is because he is in disbelief

of the 20th century is an understatement. The world is amidst a

that the 2001 Odyssey: Tampa's Premiere Adult Nude Club is be-

revolution fueled by the emergence of a global market, international

ing relocated to St. Petersburg's

travel and instant communication. As our everyday lives grow more

Pier. Rendering by West 8.

connected, rather than all 196 countries unifying under a New World Order, the dissimilarities between cultures from around the world are growing. Individuality and one’s unique cultural heritage are more celebrated now than ever. People demand specificity, the concept of mass customization is no longer relevant. Instead we (architects) need to re-examine the needs of the new generation. The internet and the devices that we all use to “plug in� have drastically changed the way people interact with their environment. Individuals are no longer satisfied with passively participating in their built world, the new plugged-in generation demands to actively participate in the formulation of a world that is unique and responsive to their individual needs and desires.



A LIE N S , SP A C ESHIPS & S T RIPPERS Adapting to the New World

Critic James Cornetet, AIA Cornetet is a partner and founding member of Process Architecture, LLC in Orlando. Cornetet is also a professor of architecture at the University of Central Florida and is an architectural critic and regular contributor to Florida/Caribbean Architect, Bauwlet and Critique This!

Other signs have emerged that suggest the world has changed, but

In June of 2011, St. Petersburg launched an international design

most architects choose to ignore them. Phrases like buy local and

competition to redesign the city’s signature pier. The original pier,

free-cycle have entered our everyday lexicon. Some could argue

an inverted pyramid designed by William B. Harvard Sr., founder of

that the trending of these phrases is based on a return to sustainable

Harvard Jolly Architecture, had little to do with St. Petersburg, Florida.

principles in the United States, but this “return” is actually a revolt

The structure was different for the sake of being different, and an

against the Corporatism that has whitewashed the unique and

oddity in its own right, reflecting the architectural spirit of the 1970s.

discrete cultural institutions across the United States. The New World

At the commencement of the competition, the community of St.

supports its ADHD users, the new drug is constant stimulation.

Pete was circumspect to have another architect’s vision forced upon

People crave on demand everything, including architecture. The

their beautiful Bay shores. The international search for an architect

individual of the 21st century has become a highly defined culture

led to the selection of three finalists: Michael Maltzan Architects,

of one.

Bjarke Ingels Group (B.I.G.), and West 8. All three are very talented design firms, and are firms that I have long followed even before

During the last quarter of the 20th century, boutiques in every town

becoming celebrities gossiped about in design studios across the

were replaced by stores that cater to the lowest common cultural


denominator. The resurgence of the individual, one-off goods and all that is local is prompting the revival of the boutique.



Despite the talent of the finalists, the quality of the designs and the captivating spaces depicted in the renderings, the competition was a failure in the sense that none of the entries had anything to do with the local culture of St. Petersburg Florida and the people that live there. As kismet would have it, West 8’s design would reveal the pitfalls associated with designing for a foreign culture. From the public’s perspective, West 8’s design was little more than an updated contemporary version of the previous oddity (the inverted pyramid). The inverted pyramid looked as if it landed from another planet, while West 8’s design resembles a sea creature that has broached the surface of the Bay. Both are alien and foreign. Although the form of the design would prove to be the most problematic fault of West 8’s proposal, there are other issues not addressed in the design that are common knowledge to almost any resident living in St. Petersburg. Exposure to the relentless heat of Florida’s hot summers has caused the death of many poorly designed public spaces in Florida. To put it bluntly, heat kills, and the success of any public space or esplanade is dependent on an ample supply of shade. Culturally, the entries show a lack of understanding of the boat culture at St. Pete, which becomes apparent in how the yachts and other ocean going vessels The similarities are striking. A paternity test may be in need to clear up this situation. West 8's proposal on top, and the infamous 2001 Odyssey is featured below.


interact with the proposed structure. Talk to anyone in St. Pete that

with a spaceship sitting atop it. (If Robert Venturi is reading this

owns a boat, and they will tell you that they do not want to drop

article, please forward to me your comments regarding a decorated

anchor and hang out in the Bay all day, they want to be able to dock

shed with a duck nesting atop it.) The structure is a landmark in the

at locations and disembark from their boat and interact with the

sense that it cannot be missed from the highway. Unfortunately for

amenities of the Pier. These are just two of many more problems

West 8, the spaceship that they designed for the pier looks as if it

that begin to illustrate the lack of specificity to local issues that are

is the same model that brought the nudes to 2001 Odyssey. This

unknowingly neglected by alien architects.

cultural blunder could have been avoided with a greater knowledge of the local context, which can only be attained from living and

One could assume that these and other issues specific to this region

knowing a region. St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster commented on the issue

would eventually come to light as the design process actualizes into

“It comes as a complete shock that anyone would equate art (West

a two-way conversation between the client/user and the architect,

8’s design) with the little flying saucer (2001 Odyssey).” It may come

but another international blunder will reveal that many of these

as a shock to the mayor, but people frequently equate architecture

designs never move beyond a superficial understanding of the

to objects, and these cultural associations are stronger than any of

local culture that commissions them. These alien spaceships that

the connotations intended by the architect. If West 8’s submission

unwantedly crash landed in their towns at the cost of the tax payer

were to have been selected, it would forever be equated to the duck

are rarely embraced by the people that are dragooned to live with

squatting atop the decorated shed on Dale Mabry Highway.

them. Another example of alien architects landing their contemporary Down the road just twenty miles away along the Dale Mabry

spaceships in foreign cities around the world can be found in

Highway, is the 2001 Odyssey: Tampa’s Premiere Full Nude Adult

Guangzhou, China. The Guangzhou Opera overlooks the Pearl River,

Club. The building amounts to little more than a decorated shed

and is adjacent to the recently completed Guangzhou Museum

The odd inverted pyramid of St. Pete's existing Pier.



designed by Rocco Design Architects, an architecture firm based in Hong Kong. The proximity of these two structures serves as a perfect juxtaposition for studying the success of local architecture as compared to alien spaceships. During a recent trip to Guangzhou, I questioned many of the locals about the design of the Guangzhou Opera House. Most politely smiled, and stated that they did not care for the structure, while a few outspoken citizens stated that the structure had nothing to do with their culture. Fascinated by such disapproval of the Opera House, I was compelled to visit the structure every day that I was in Guangzhou, because I was curious to see how people interacted with the structure. Each time I visited the Opera House, I never saw more than a dozen people on the grounds at one time, and most of the people I saw were employees or security guards. The heat is relentless in Guangzhou, and the public plazas of the Opera House offer no shade or protection from the hot sun and afternoon thunderstorms. The reflecting pool had grown dark green from algae blooms, and the dramatic night images are rarely experienced, due to the structures lack of use in the evening. Directly across from the Opera House, however is the Guangzhou Museum which is always alive with activity. Hundreds of people enter the structure every minute, lines wrap the building. The building’s dramatic cantilevering super structure provides an endless amount of shaded public space. The locals visit the museum just to hang out. The space is cool and sheltered as opposed to the heat island that is the Opera House. In addition to creating useful outdoor public space, the architecture is of the local culture. The design references the local art of Chinese puzzle ball making, an object which is a sphere of ivory carved from the inside out. Rocco Yim describes sculpting the interior spaces out of a solid mass, and articulating the exterior in a manner consistent with this ancient art form. In addition the red highlights reference the political history of the country, and the interplay of exterior apertures and veils of perforated metal on the interior creates an ephemeral quality of light that rivals the Masters. It is a beautiful structure designed by a talented Hong Kong architect familiar with the culture, and the building is revered by the locals.

(top) Guangzhou Opera House designed by Zaha Hadid. (bottom) Guangzhou Museum designed by Rocco Yim. Photographs by James Cornetet.


On the 25th of February 2011 the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) released an article titled Will Architects Exist in 2025. The article was based on a study by the Institute, and many may find the results stunning. According to RIBA two types of firms will thrive after the world recovers from its first Global Recession. Small, locally focused and highly specialized boutique design firms will propagate in every community. Their geography of influence will be no greater than a few miles, and they will be intimately familiar with the specifics of the culture and district. At the other extreme, super firms, larger than what exist now, will sustain and continue to grow due to the infrastructural demands of the 21st century city. As the population of the world expands, mega-structures and mega-infrastructures will be required to meet the needs of humanity. The mid-size firms that currently complete most of the significant projects in the United States will slowly die due to the fact that they are too large to compete with the specificity in design offered by the boutiques, and they will also fail because they are not large enough to handle the growing international demand for super-sized architecture.

The invasion of alien architects into a town near you is a fad that will soon pass. The next time a new Pier design is needed by the citizens of St. Pete, you can expect that a local architect will be the designer, and (s)he will be supported by a super-firm to assist in realizing a vision specific to the region. This is a sharp contrast from the reckless creation of costly alien spaceships all around the world that upon completion are socially quarantined, as if the themes at play in the movie District 9 were a commentary on the architectural importation of foreign styles from other galaxies. That commentary would read that specificity is the desire of the new world, and aliens are not welcome. Chinese puzzle ball. Photograph by James Cornetet.




Chris baribeau, AIA

Writer: Chris Baribeau, AIA Baribeau is a principal at Modus Studio in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Baribeau is the recipient of the 2011 AIA Arkansas Emerging Professional Award.

Did you always want to be an architect?

Who would you cite as a professional influence?

Oddly enough, I did in fact always want to be an architect. I am

Definitely Marlon Blackwell. Bryan Mackay-Lyons has also been a

fortunate (I think) to have been able to answer that inevitable and

long time inspiration. As he would say, ‘Tilling the soil’ is a remarkable

daunting question of what to do with one’s life from a very early age.

stance to take on regional architecture and his body of work proves

It just made sense to me as a merger of art and science.

the value of ‘being’ where you live and work. The late Ed Blake of The Landscape Studio was a definite giant in my professional world.

Describe your educational background.

I was very fortunate to spend many calm and educational hours

I studied architecture at the University of Arkansas, now rightfully

just walking various sites with ‘Cosmic’ Ed Blake. His manner and

named the Fay Jones School of Architecture. I was fortunate to be

understanding of the forces in the world still affect me in my work

part of multiple visiting professor studios (Bryan Mackay-Lyons, Julie


Snow) and live in Rome for a semester. The life of the school, travel, and the immersion in a creative community are all truly positive elements in the core of the education I received.

How did you make the decision to start your own firm? What was your early professional experience like?

In retrospect, the decision to start the firm seemed easy and

My only architectural job prior to having my own practice, was

obvious. The logistics to make it happen seemed, at times, daunting

working for Marlon Blackwell Architect for 5.5 years. Marlon was

and implausible. Economic crashes aside, we knew starting a small

my professor in school, and we evolved an exceptional working

business was difficult at best, but undoubtedly doable. The truth

relationship. I never felt like a mere task performer, but an integral

is that with a tangible project sitting in front of us, my business

part of a critical design collective. I was running projects and earned

partner, Josh Siebert, and I knew this was the right opportunity to

the freedom to push design ideas early in my time there.

make something our own.


How did you decide on the name Modus Studio?

its current form and place. In the end, our presentation was received

We quickly abandoned any tendency to use our names. We wanted

with applause and smiles by the 80 people in attendance. For us,

a clear dispatch from the last name lineage as a mode to allow us

that was a moment of fruition in our decision to start Modus Studio.

to operate in a modern studio format. So studio seemed like an obvious word as an open atmosphere of collaboration and design

How is your firm faring during in the current economy?

thinking. We also wanted direction and a way to celebrate the

We have been extremely fortunate during the past 3 years. When we

process of a design, a mode, an operandi, a modus operandi. And

started Modus in late 2008, Josh and I sat back to back in my 9’x11’

this is how Modus Studio was conceived. We also focus our work

home office. We are now a 9 person firm with a 1600+ sf studio on

on a modern, design-driven language and felt that there was an

the 5th floor of the Ball Plaza Building in downtown Fayetteville. We

appropriate modern connotation to the name.

attribute this to our energy and passion for our work and our ability to hear our clients and respond with appropriate architectural ideas.

What was your first project? Our first project was the Green Forest Middle School which recently

What are you working on now?

won a design Merit Award at the AIA Arkansas convention.

Currently we are wrapping up construction on the first LEED for

Was there a moment after opening your office that you thought “OK,

Homes Multifamily Platinum project in the state, eco modern

this is going to work”?

flats. We are also working with the same clients on the project currently referred to as 555 Maple, one of the largest scale new infill

Our first major presentation to the Green Forest Public School Board

multifamily projects ever pursued in downtown Fayetteville. We just

to show our design for the middle school was a big moment. We

completed the Green Forest Athletics Facility and are about 75%

were proposing an introduction of modern design to this small rural

through construction on a new elementary classroom building for

community, and we had no idea how it would be publicly received.

Heber Springs, Arkansas as well as a renovation to the Post Winery

We had put a lot of time and effort into producing inspirational

in Altus, Arkansas.

imagery, telling the story of the site and why our design resulted in



Can you describe your work in one to two sentences? Our work seeks to be rooted in place while bridging a connection to the global modern world through architecture, graphic design, prototyping and fabrication. True sustainability is found in good ideas, and our work seeks to embody good ideas in a process that can produce relevant, obtainable architecture positively affecting the built environment in which we live.

Can you talk about your vision for the future of your firm? Local>regional>national>international. This is a fairly linear and logical order of aspirations that we take very seriously. We believe we have the ability and energy to address the subject of architecture on a global scale and we aim to do so. The south is home to us and in great need of the type of thinking we offer and yet we have already found ways to make a more global impact with some of our pro bono work abroad http://www.modusstudio.com/public/esthershouse-orphanage/.

Green Forest Middle School Interior


What do you like to do for fun? Right now my life it is all about striking the balance between my passion for architecture and my passion for my young family. My wife (also an architect) and I have a 15 month old daughter . She is a mess and full of life. Amazing stuff. I think it is worth noting that without the understanding and love of another architect as my wife, I don’t think I would be able to do what I do.

What advice would you offer to young architects? You have to love it. When you love it, it isn’t ‘working’ it’s living. If you hate what you do, that isn’t living, it’s slowly dying. I would also suggest that full immersion is the only route. You can’t just dabble in striking out on your own, you have to embrace it, jump in, and wrestle it to the bottom, but make sure you come up for air and always keep your eyes open.

All images by Rett Peek

Green Forest Athletic Center




a i a ny e nya c o m p e t i t i o n a n A I A N e w Yo r k E m e r g i n g N e w Yo r k A r c h i t e c t s ( E N YA ) C o m m i t t e e D e s i g n C o m p e t i t i o n Competition Description: The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee of the AIA NY Chapter is proud to announce the winners of its fifth biennial design ideas competition, The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections . One hundred seventy-eight (178) teams and individuals registered for the competition and more than ninety-eight (98) entries from sixteen (16) countries were submitted for judging. The winning entries will be exhibited at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY, this July and be published in a competition catalog. In coordination with the exhibition, ENYA will be hosting a symposium to discuss design issues related to the winning entries and possibilities for the future development of the site and its neighboring community. The Harlem Edge is presented as part of Future Now, the 2012 AIA New York Chapter Presidential Theme. All are invited to the Exhibition Opening at the Center for Architecture in New York City on July 12, 2012 . Visit the Competition Website for more information: www.enyacompetitions.org Competition Jury: Emily Abruzzo, RA, LEED AP, partner with Abruzzo Bodziak Architects LLC Meta Brunzema, RA, LEED AP, Principal of Meta Brunzema Architect PC Dr. Dickson D. Despommier, Ph.D, Professor of Public Health in Env. Health Sciences at Columbia University Louise Harpman, Principal of Specht Harpman Michael Marrella, AICP, Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYC Dept. of City Planning Jesse Reiser, Principal of Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture Keith VanDerSys, co-founder of PEG office of landscape + architecture


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r i d g e a v e : u r b an b e nc h Competition Description: The RIDGE AVE: URBAN BENCH design competition is an idea to design a new urban bench for bus stops along Ridge Avenue - a major off-grid avenue connecting the northwest neighborhoods of Philadelphia to the busy city center. Once a bustling commercial corridor with a rich history, Ridge Avenue seeks to restore and renew its identity as a major artery that Francisville residents can be proud of. The competition seeks to further enhance and support plans already in process for neighborhood redevelopment through the design of prominent benches along the commercial corridor. This competition focuses on two locations at the intersections of Girard Ave & Ridge Ave, and at 15th Street & Ridge Ave. These northbound and southbound bench locations were intended to provide a landmark at both points of entry into the neighborhood of Francisville. Following the competition, the winning entry will be fabricated by neighborhood residents in partnership with the designer, and installed at the two sites. Moving forward, the hope is to see more innovative benches developed along Ridge Avenue. Competition Jury: Paul Avazier, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP – Atkin Olshin Schade Architects & AIA Philadelphia Jules Dingle, AIA – DIGSAU Architecture, Urbanism, & Environmental Design Penolope Giles – Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation Robin Kohles – Community Design Collaborative Joshua Goodsell – The Philadelphia Social Reconstruction Congress Organizers: Paul Avazier, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP Associate Director Erike DeVeyre, Assoc. AIA – Design Competitions Chairperson Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation The Philadelphia Social Reconstruction Congress




RIDGE AVE: URBAN BENCH design competition Francisville is growing. Its void spaces have begun to be reclaimed creating promising meadows along Ridge Avenue. To celebrate this growth, the new Ridge Avenue Bench will mark important intersections between the orthogonal city grid and Francisville`s off-grid streets. Inspired by the resulting irregularities in the surrounding urban fabric, the Bench has a soft, owing form that converges to a central point. From a distance the bench reads as a ower or a leaf. Up close, its formal softness contrasts with its materiality, durable and impervious Cast Stone. The Bench’s distinctive geometry will allow people to appropriate the surrounding public space in many different ways and will help provide a recognizable identity to Francisville and Ridge Avenue.

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FINISH: Acid-Washed and Finished with Polyet Non-Staining Waterproof Material SUPPORT: Free-Standing; Lifted into Place

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Black Thought McCoy Tyner has been the most influencial jazz pianist and composer of the past 50 years. He introduced complex harmonies, scales, and African rhythms into American jazz. He was born in Philadelphia in 1938, began studying the piano at age 13, and attended Granoff School of Music. He is known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet and a long solo career. McCoy Tyner’s richly harmonic and percussive style of playing has influenced countless musicians and contributed to many of jazz’s greatest moments.



Tariq Trotter, better known as Black Thought, is a hiphop artist who is the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots and occasional actor. Black Thought, who co-founded The Roots with drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Thompson), is widely lauded for his complex and politically aware lyrical content, and his sharply honed live performances. Black Thought was born in 1971 and attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts and Millersville University.

Omar Tyree Omar Tyree, is a New York Times best-selling author, a journalist, reporter,poet, screenwriter, songwriter, playwrite, event host, lecturer, blogger, publishing consultant and literacy advocate, who has won a 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award for Body of Work in Urban Fiction, and a 2010 HBCU Legends Award. He was Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from the Central High School in 1987.

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Bunny Sigler

Bunny Sigler is a pop and R&B songwriter and record producer who has done extensive work with the team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and who was instrumental in creating the “Philly Sound” in the early 1970s. He is nicknamed “Mr. Emotion.” The singer was born in Philadelphia in 1941. Bunny has worked with most of the artists associated with the Philadelphia stable including The O’Jays, Jackie Moore, The Roots, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Lou Rawls, Barbara Mason, Billy Paul, Patti LaBelle and Stephanie Mills.

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Lavoy Allen is a professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was selected 50th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. Born in 1989 in Morrisville, PA, Allen did not play much basketball until eighth grade. He attended Pennsbury High School. Allen committed to Temple University and coach Fran Dunphy. He was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Team honoree and a two-time All-Atlantic 10 First Team recipient. He was the recipient of the Robert V. Geasey Trophy honoring the Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year.



Ahmir Khalib Thompson known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. He is best known as the drummer for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots. He has produced for artists such as Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa and more recently, Al Green, Amy Winehouse and John Legend. Born to a musical famly in Philadelphia in 1971, he started his carreer early. By the age of seven, Thompson began drumming on stage at shows, and by 13, had become a musical director. He attended Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

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Bilal Sayeed Oliver, better known by his stage name Bilal, is a neo soul/jazz singer-songwriter, musician and producer. Bilal was born in northwest Philadelphia. He attended New York’s City’s Mannes Music Conservatory were he was classically trained. After this he was able to sing opera in several languages. Bilal is a member of the Soulquarians collective, along with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Q-Tip, and D’Angelo.



Dawn Staley Jill Scott is a soul and R&B singer-songwriter, poet, and actress with three Grammy Awards. Born in 1972, Scott grew up in a North Philadelphia neighborhood. She attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls. After graduating, she attended Temple University while simultaneously working two jobs. Prior to breaking through the music industry, Scott worked at a variety of jobs, including a number of retail positions and stints at a construction site and an ice cream parlor.


Dawn Staley is a 3-time Olympic gold medalist basketball player, voted one of Top 15 players in WNBA history along with other numerous awards and championships in playing and coaching. She was a head coach at Temple Univ. for its women’s basketball program, later at Univ. of South Carolina. She was born in Philadelphia in 1970, grew up in the project on 25th Street and Diamond Street. She played as a guard at Dobbins Tech High School then received her scholarship to University of Virginia.


Jacqui Frazier-Lyde Jacqueline “Jacqui” Frazier-Lyde is a Philadelphia Attorney and a former professional boxer who started practicing boxing at the age of 38. She has a record of 13 wins, 1 loss and 9 wins by knockout. She attended Plymouth-Whitemarsh High in Philadelphia and she competed in basketball, hockey, softball and lacrosse. She won an athletic scholarship to American University, and began her studies as a chemistry major. She then switched into law, which she studied at Villanova University, where she graduated in 1988.

King Britt is a DJ and record producer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For two years he toured with Digable Planets under the nickname “Silkworm”. He then founded Ovum Recordings with Josh Wink. Since then he has been releasing records under the names Sylk 130 and Scuba. In a favorable review of the 1998 album When the Funk Hits the Fan, Billboard compared his sound to that of Soul II Soul and De La Soul. He is a 1986 graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia.

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John Franklin Street (born October 15, 1943) was the 97th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. He was first elected to a term beginning on January 3, 2000, and was re-elected to a second term beginning in 2004. He is a Democrat and became mayor after having served 19 years in the Philadelphia City Council, including seven years as its president, before resigning as required under the Philadelphia City Charter in order to run for mayor. He followed Ed Rendell as mayor, assuming the post on January 3, 2000. Street was Philadelphia’s second black mayor.

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Using simple rectilinear forms and familiar materials for the massing and seating, Hands-on is not only a bus stop bench for Septa riders to comfortably rest on, but also a monument to selected living individuals who have emerged from the city of Philadelphia and carved for themselves inspiring, innovative and successful careers. Hands-on celebrates these Philadelphia living legends by casting their hands directly to the benches concrete vertical surfaces.

These life castings reveal intricate detail, wrinkles, and lines even in a material as ubiquitous and under appreciated as concrete. Hands are expressive of personality and the life of an individual in a way that transcends words. Life cast hands offer a view into a person that is not usually obtainable face to face. It allows us to stare at and contemplate the hands of these people who come from the same place, who have achieved great success, with hands although individual and unique, are basically not very different from our own. Hands-on serves and a monument where septa riders can relax and engage with each other on the game top, while simultaneously being reminded of the great people who have emerged from the same place as themselves, and having a unique look at those people, not though their work or their faces, but through the tools with which they, just like everyone else operate with.

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U r b an B i cyc l e Stat i o n a n A I A N e w H a m p s h i r e Yo u n g A r c h i t e c t s Fo r u m D e s i g n C o m p e t i t i o n Competition Description: The future of urban transportation, public health, and environmental conservation requires cities to encourage their populations to shift to alternative modes of transportation, with the bicycle offering a leading option. Also with the increase in the presence and fundamental understanding of bicycles, fueled by urban culture, energy costs, environmental awareness this year’s Young Architects Competition challenged each candidate to address these paramount needs through the design of an 7,000 sf Urban Bicycle Station near Market Square in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The vision of this competition was aimed at establishing a more bike-friendly city that presents designs coming to a tectonic resolution responding contextually and culturally from a detailed urban analysis of the city of Portsmouth. Proposals were to create a multidimensional urban environment, layered with activity. The material, and formal qualities of each proposal were to reflect the larger initiative to deepen the sense of bicycle culture in Portsmouth. Website: www.aianhyac.org Competition Jury: Christopher Carley, AIA - Principal at C.N. Carley Associates, Concord, NH Rob Harbeson, AIA - Project Architect at DeStefano Architects, Portsmouth, NH Liaquat Kahn - AET Department Head at NHTI, Concord, NH











Bicycle Storage:

Secure card access, covered storage. Expressive symbolic representation of bicycle culture


Flexible Public Gallery showcasing bicycling culture & history


Bicycle Lane:

Pedestrian Street:

Bicycle Sharing:

New lane created along Daniel Street is created

Glass enclosed pedestrian street that allows for public bicycle racks, small social events and acts a main circulation and entrance to the major programmatic spaces of the building


New Street Plaza is created



The spokes of a bicycle wheel create a form and iconic image that is recognizable throughout our social culture. This image is translated and expressed in the most vital and visible location on the edge of Daniel Street viewed from Market Square in downtown Portsmouth. The expression found in the bicycle storage facade celebrates bicycle culture’s positive force for the environment, personal health and a deeper refined quality of life.







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-utilize the historic character of Daniel street to generate the building scale and building form -utilize solar generated power for lighting, heating and amenities. -utilize Bicycle Friendly community and culture


Building Expression:

Life Cycle creates a civic presence that blends with the Historic surrounding of Portsmouth with scale and continuation of the its street facade line. It presents a tectonic expression on the bicycle storage facade that celebrates the bicycle culture by boldly displaying the bicycles within a dynamic glass jewel box that is broken up with mullions that represent the spokes of a bicycle wheel. The buildings facade is then broken up by a glass enclosed pedestrian street that allows for public bicycle racks, small social events and acts as a main circulation and entrance to the major programmatic spaces of the building. The façade along Daniel Street is then further presented with a lined skin the wraps the glass enclosed lobby and gallery spaces of the building. The wrapping skin represents the movement of the circulation along the exterior of the buildings and provides a sense of dynamic movement leading towards Market Square.





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The entire site is sculpted to encouraged public interaction with the bicycle community. It creates a public realm and bicycle facility that works in tandem with one another. Public roofs on the second level of the building provided landscape zones for relaxation and social interaction. While on the street level a new public bicycle sharing plaza is created along the bicycle storage facade. Located on the ground level also are the amenity spaces which are buried deeper in to the building to provide for security and comfort while the Daniel street facade is lined with the public spaces consisting of the bicycle shop and cafe which opens up to a public courtyard. Also on the second level of the building is a large public gallery that overlooks Daniel Street which will be used as a flexible space showcasing bicycling culture & history.

Landscaped Terraces: Public Green Space allows interaction with the building and it uses.

Wrapped Building Form:

Building form wraps around the corner engaging the movement around the site

Sustainable Concepts:


-Provides alternative modes of transportation -Carbon Neutral building -Maximizing Natural Light, Significant natural light is introduced through the buildings transparent façade, and diffused with wrapped skin system were direct sun exposure calls for it. -New high efficiency light fixtures are controlled by sun sensors -Public Green Roofs collecting rain and storm water runoff. -Bamboo flooring in Gallery and Retail areas -New geothermal radiant heating and cooling system -Low flow water fixtures in amenity spaces -Landscape and open space enhancements -Photovoltaic Panels to be placed on rooftop to power project


Cornice Heights:

Civic Presence that blends with the Historic surrounding of Portsmouth within its existing scale and by the continuation of the street facade line.

Photovoltaic Panels: Utilize solar generated power for lighting, heating and amenities.





r e c l a m at i o n an AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Design Competition Competition Description: Reclamation, a single stage local design competition dedicated to examining and finding solutions to some of the large urban design challenges facing the City of Milwaukee. This year's competition focused upon reclaiming a parcel of land which was segregated and chopped up by the city and state during the construction of the interstate through downtown and the recent reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange. There was no set program for this competition. Teams were encouraged to develop a program as part of their entry. Competitors were limited to the area bounded by St. Paul Avenue on the South, Clybourn Street on the North, 5th Street on the East and 6th Street on the west. The site included the undeveloped parcel, land underneath the freeway and 6th street as well as the existing pump station and billboard column. Competitors could propose solutions that occupied any reasonable percentage of the total site area.

Competition Jury: Eric Resch - Founder, President Stone Creek Coffee; Community Representative Erica Lee, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP - Project Designer at Broihn Design Group; Emerging Professional Representative Ray Isaacs - Associate Professor of Architecture, SARUP; Faculty Representative Matthew Edwards AIA, LEED AP - Architect at Engberg Anderson, AIA Milwaukee President; AIAM Representative Brian Hatzung AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Vice President, Zimmerman Architectural Studios; Licensed Professional Representative Claudia Peterson - Technical Services Chief, Wisconsin DOT; Owners Representative Competition Sponsors: AIA Milwaukee Kahler Slater Architects Stone Creek Coffee Plunkett Raysich Architects Wisconsin Department of Transportation Zimmerman Architectural Studios


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ballet west fluid adagio a n A I A U t a h a n d YA F U t a h D e s i g n C o m p e t i t i o n Competition Description: The goal of this temporary installation is to create a unique spatial experience within the urban context of Salt Lake City. The objective of the project is to provide visitors with an outdoor recreational/leisure area and a much-needed refuge in an urban envi-ronment, while making the best use of the pre-existing space and available materials. The winning team must respond to the program and tight budget, and will be involved in every aspect of the design, development, and construction of the project. The broader purpose of this competition and resulting installation is to advocate quality design and encourage artistic endeavors in Salt Lake City. With this in mind, AIA Utah is providing young designers the opportunity to design and build a temporary outdoor “Adagio� or leisure space. This installation will heighten the purpose and exposure of design within the city and inspire greater design awareness by the public.

Competition Jury: Lisa C. Henry Benham, Assoc. Professor, School of Architecture, University of Utah Tim Dolan, Westminster Scholars Program Director, Westminster College Julie McHood, IIDA Adam Price, Executive Director, Salt Lake Art Center John P. Sparano, AIA, AIA Utah President, Saparano + Mooney Architecture Gage Williams, Department of Theatre Chair and Head of the Performing Arts Design Program Professor

Organizers: AIA Utah Diverse Salt Lake County Salt Lake City Arts Council


f i r s t PL A C E S WAY ' D b y D a n i e l Ly m a n The winning entry was constructed and is currently enjoyed by local residents and visitors. Images by Trevor Muhler.

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SE C O N D PL A C E INVERSION by David Brach, Hannah Vaughn and Scott Yribar

T HIRD PL A C E LITOTES by Jeff Svitak and Milene Guermot



Book Review

r e v e a l : St u d i o g an g a r c h i t e ct s Reviewer: Michel Borg, AIA Borg is an architect and educator who lives and practices in Orlando, Florida. He has written for several publications, including Texas Architect and Columns magazine. He is currently the Regional Design Director for HKS' Southeast offices and the National Design Director of the Education Studio..

THIS IS A book you can use. This is a book I have already used. As both

humble nom de guerre, “A Topographical Tower.” The twenty-seven

a practicing architect and an adjunct professor of an architectural

pages of inspiring imagery belonging to this specific construction

design studio, I am amazed at how many monographs of our most

begin with a long, horizontal elevation of the Grand Tetons being

renowned architects do not show the process by which a design has

compared to a black and white panoramic of downtown Chicago.

evolved. To mentor young talent in an architectural firm, I attempt

The accompanying words lay claim to the notion that buildings

to use examples of not only my own methodology, but expose them

clustered together are visually comparable to a mountain range

to other’s means of working, so that eventually they can find their

seen from afar, and offering the same promise of opportunity.

own voice in this world of design. To expose students to both the

There are numerous, enrapturing diagrams: one in which (what

linear and abstract thinking that informs the direction and shape of

appears to be a quarter-scale model of the downtown area) yarn

a building’s character, it is important to show that this concept of

is used to identify viewing corridors from specific points vertically

process does not end with architecture school and design studio.

on the tower’s specially-shaped balconies; one that describes the

REVEAL appeals to both the student and the practitioner equally.

character of the projections as flares, swells, clefts, waves, and

In this very first book of her firm’s work, Jeanne Gang gets it right.

combinations of the above (swell/flare, for example) hand marked over a 3D extrusion of the façade; one of a hazy black and white

We are invited to become Dorothy, as she enters the Emerald City

photograph of the building under construction, where the edge of

and peers behind the curtain to see which levers the Wizard is

the balcony is complete, but the railing, or exterior glass is not set;

pulling. In her opening remarks, Jeanne testifies that this is a book

and, finally, one of a delicate line drawing that shows the distinctive

“…that rescues ideas, including those paths-not-taken…”


position of each balcony on every floor overlaid on top of one

about this, she would be correct. As one flips through the pages and

another, giving the allusion of Rapunzel letting down her golden

reads the accompanying thoughts, there are certainly moments of

braid. Among the provocative diagrams are also those which pose

scintillating discovery, as well as intoxicating confusion, as one tries

a bit of an intellectual stretch (these may be “the paths-not-taken”),

to ascertain just how an idea evolved – why this piece of inspiration

such the marked-up perspectival illustration of a ski map. Yet, the

worked, and that other did not.

agglomeration of all this material paints a fascinating picture into the deliberate and unrelenting process being revealed to us of how

Her most recognizable building to-date is, of course, Aqua. Rarely

this brilliant piece of architecture was incubated, birthed, taught

does an architect happen upon such an elegantly simple idea

to speak, waddled through adolescence and then matured to

replete with so many possibilities. Here, Studio Gang re-invents the


entire concept of how a balcony can create a truly unique identity for a building. Others have imitated this concept with varying

The other, unfamiliar projects featured in this volume are no less

degrees of success, but none are as visually powerful as the original

rigorously examined. Studio Gang had the insight to limit the

876-foot tall edifice. We are introduced to this project via the

investigations, analysis and development of some design projects,


and expound on others. This creates a rhythm through the book

of laser cut model-making (something my student’s still haven’t yet

of big, medium and small expositions, instead of all projects being

figured out) and the reliance on digital media to represent concepts,

weighted the same. The firm’s prowess is displayed through the

yet elevates the almost lost art of physical model making and hand

depth of scrutiny into different building materials: brick, concrete

sketches. It encourages without disparagement, and enlightens

and paper-thin cut marble, among others. The work is not just about

without condemnation.

the exterior forms, but the meaning imbued through materials, color and texture.

The singularly most visually disturbing image to me is the display by the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) of 2,500 catalogued bird

Whereas the graphics delight and invigorate, the written words

carcasses to demonstrate the dangers that glass and light pollution

pique the corners of the mind. The introductory comments by

pose to this migrant class of tetrapod vertebrates. It is one of the

Moshen Mostafavi are a particularly good synopsis of the book’s

graphics featured in the subdued, yet discerning, Ford Calumet

contents. Jeanne Gang’s commentary makes strong references

Environmental Center project.

to Le Corbusier’s notion that Architecture resonates in a world equally informed by Art and Engineering (or Science), and toys

This book’s possesses an evocative power, and so I end with Jeanne’s

with the recollection of the Machine in early modernist philosophy.

own words, which REVEAL is “an idea which recognizes that pleasure

Mark Schendel’s short essay on “Making is Thinking” is particularly

and discovery often stem from looking at the world with openness,

appealing to my own sensibilities. It decries the overuse and misuse

as if we are seeing it for the first time.”




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Chicago's First

LEED P l at i n u m h o m e Writer April Marie Hughes, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C Photographer Christopher Barrett Photography April Marie Hughes, Associate AIA, LEED BD+C is a designer and project manager with Farr Associates in Chicago, Illinois. She has helped lead the design of three LEED Platinum projects, as well as two net zero energy designs in Chicago—the Yannell Residence and the soon to be completed commercial Harmony House for Cats. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas, and believes the Jayhawks will win the 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament.



Aerial view from South West.

The Yannell Residence is Illinois’ first LEED-Homes Platinum-

increased energy production of the solar panels, mounted on the

certified home, boasting the nation’s highest score total for an urban,

northern portions of the butterfly roof facing it. The passive solar

net-zero energy residence (115.5 points). As Chicago’s first Net Zero

design features low-E windows on the south face of each wing,

Energy design, it demonstrates that beautiful, sustainable, energy-

significantly reducing energy transmission. The massing allows solar

positive housing can be integrated seamlessly into existing housing

access from the one-story south wing, housing kitchen, dining and

stock in northern climates. Located two blocks from a commuter rail

living spaces, to the two-story north wing including bathrooms and

stop in the dense, walkable Ravenswood neighborhood, it sits on


the site of a formerly mold and lead contaminated building. Advanced, integrated energy systems include a geothermal system, The design began in March 2006 with floor plans that feature two

cooling forced air in summer, and warming radiant floors in winter.

narrow wings, maximizing solar penetration for winter heating, and

The north walls of each wing feature an interior mass wall/plenum

aid in natural ventilation. Connected by an entry/passageway foyer,

air return system that allows heated air to pass along the front and

each wing faces a landscaped interior courtyard garden that creates

back of the mass wall, re-circulating that air through the house to

views of outdoor rooms and habitat certified by the National Wildlife

minimize mechanical energy usage. The 10KW photovoltaic array

Federation. Each wing features a butterfly-shaped roof: capturing

is coupled with four evacuated tube solar panels, providing 100%

rainwater, hiding the home’s photovoltaic array, and providing

of domestic hot water and excess heat to the radiant floor system,

solar shading and access. Interestingly, the high albedo roof is so

and aims to produce more energy than the home consumes over

reflective that the southern portions of the butterfly roof aid in the

the course of a year.


South Wing - Living Dining

South Wing - Kitchen

The grey-water and rainwater systems demonstrate that water

the home that was formerly on the site was salvaged and refinished

conservation is critical for truly sustainable design. Spent water from

to clad the stairs. Artfully placed FSC rain screen cedar cladding

the washing machine is collected and filtered to provide potable-

provides a combination of privacy, functionality and beauty to the

equivalent water for dual flush toilets. Rainwater is collected in a


cistern and used to water landscaping. The courtyard fountain serves as a design element and a way to keep the water in the cistern

Most importantly, the residence has proved an icon for the

in constant motion, inhibiting stagnation and bacteria growth. Both

neighborhood and community since its completion in May 2008.

of these water reuse functions are not considered code compliant

It sheds light on what is possible now and gives further credibility

in the City of Chicago or State of Illinois, however the design team

to the identity of Chicago as being on the forefront of sustainable

obtained the permission to be the first in the State to install such

design and living.

a system for single-family residence. 100% of the paving on site is permeable and all of the landscaping for green roofs, site and parkways is ‘turf free’, requiring little water due to its native, noninvasive nature. Sustainable building materials feature FSC cabinetry and structural wood, recycled newspaper countertops, recycled-glass wall tiles and no-VOC paints. Oak flooring that once covered the floors of




BE C OMI N G Y OU N G I N A R C HI T E C T URE The Chicago Women in Architecture at 40

Writer Marsha Spencer, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB Marsha Spencer is an architect and project manager at Proteus Group, LLC, in Chicago, and is currently Vice President of Chicago Women in Architecture.

Chicago Women in Architecture is approaching its 40th year of being an organization servicing the community of women in the field of architecture and related fields. Over these 40 years the role of the organization has varied in intensity but has endured to offer support for the professional life of women through networking, continuing education, fellowship, (or commiseration). The influence of our members can be felt not only throughout the Chicago area, but also nationally and globally. Chicago Women in Architecture is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that exists as a forum for women in architecture and related professions. The primary goal of CWA is to advance the status of women in these professions by:

Increasing the visibility of women in architecture Guiding and encouraging women to consider a career in architecture Establishing liaisons with other professional organizations Networking for job placement and career advancement Advocating for issues of concern to women within the profession


In 1973 Gertrude Lempp Kerbis sent out letters to women in the

In the beginning, CWA was somewhat of a counterpoint to the

Chicago architecture community. She welcomed these women to

AIA, which was perceived as unwelcoming, lacking diversity and

join her after work to discuss the status of women in architecture. In

having very few women members. CWA provided networking

the midst of the Women’s Movement, and shortly after the founding

opportunities, a resource to keep skills updated and a forum for

of similar organizations in New York and San Francisco, in a small office

discussion of issues peculiar to women in the architecture office.

at 664 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago Women in Architecture was

Each year the organization reconsiders itself

founded. Founding members who included Gertrude Lempp Kerbis, Natalie de Blois, Carol Ross Barney, Cynthia Weese, Nancy Abshire,

and asks the question “Is CWA still a relevant

Gunduz Dagdelen, Laura Fisher, and Jane M. Jacobsen would meet

organization?” Does there need to be a separate

every month to discuss issues in the workplace. Slowly, the group

architectural organization that caters to the

became more formalized and by 1975 had its first President (Carol

experiences of women only? The response seems

Ross Barney) and letters of incorporation. Many of these founders continue to be involved in the organization today and advocate for our members.


always to be yes – sometimes to a greater or lesser extent.



There has been an ebb and flow of activity within the organization

After 40 years, CWA has become a cornerstone in the Chicago

over time, which may parallel trends within the architectural

architectural community, and has witnessed a good deal of change.

community at large. With the recent “downturn� in the economy, we

Since the early days, the CWA has gone on to assist and nurture

anecdotally found that a greater number of women in the Chicago

more than a couple generations of young architects. Women who

architectural community were losing their positions in comparison

have made connections with each other and can call on one another

to their male counterparts. Interest in the CWA has expanded and

for mentorship and guidance.

its mission goals seem to be just as important as in the beginning. In the upcoming year, CWA will endeavor to celebrate and showcase CWA accomplishes its goals through planning educational,

the contributions that women have made to the profession over

professional and social networking events, a lecture series in

the decades. Founding members are Fellows of the AIA. Scholarship

conjunction with the Art and Design Society of the Art Institute

winners over the years have gone on to win competitions, found

of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and an annual

firms, and practice around the world. CWA members have won

scholarship awarded to an architecture student in her last year of

awards and been recognized nationally and even internationally.

study. Our membership includes architects, designers, planners, engineers, educators, landscape architects, students and many other

So, after 40 years, is the CWA still a relevant and necessary body? In

professionals whose careers parallel the field of architecture. CWA

the practice of architecture, 40 years is considered young - the CWA

strives to provide a programme of topics in architecture of interest

is really just getting started.

to not only women architects and designers, but more broadly and simply to all architects and designers.




c o m m u n i ty i nt e r fac e c o m m i tt e e Writers Scott Cryer, AIA & Nootan Bharani, AIA Cryer is a project architect at Nagle Hartray Architecture, is Co-Chair of Design Knowledge Community and Co-Founder & Co-Chair of Community Interface Committee. Bharani is an architect with Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure and the Carbon Solutions national practice in Chicago, and managing director for the Shaw Sustainable Design Solutions of Illinois practice. She is cofounder and co-chair of the Community Interface Committee and serves on the AIA Illinois Board of Directors.

IN EARLY 2009, a group of emerging architecture professionals came to the conclusion that there was a disconnect between the dozens of local public interest and community-based design entities and the profession at large. In an effort to bridge that gap this group of young architects, who were brought together thanks to their involvement in AIA Chicago’s inaugural Bridge Mentorship Program, founded the Community Interface Committee (CIC), a subcommittee of Chicago chapter of the AIA dedicated to increasing the visibility and participation of architects within community groups and nonprofit organizations. Initially, the goals of the CIC were to act as: a network and forum for exchange of knowledge related to public interest work, a point of contact for community groups and

Julianne Scherer, AIA, and Dirk Danker, AIA, both with Nagle Hartray

non-profit groups that seek solutions, a liaison between the AIA and

Architecture, lead students in an exercise meant to illustrate how a column

established pro-bono design groups, and to provide support for


architects' involvement in civic activities.

Tour participants observe an aeroponic vegetable garden at O’ Hare Airport.


To help shape the programming goals of the CIC, committee members conducted a survey of AIA Chicago membership with the intent to capture the current local climate of how architects and design professionals are engaged in their communities. Some of the highlights of this survey include the following:

The most popular project types served by volunteering architects include community planning, cultural and education projects. Over half of the respondents have an interest in participating in design charrette opportunities. Respondents would prefer to establish a sustained, longstanding relationship with a specific non-profit organization. Respondents' top motivators for providing pro bono work include: involvement with collaborating organizations, social relevance, design opportunities and having a personal impact. 75% of respondents would be more likely to participate if there were a database of community groups seeking pro bono services or a website with posted pro-bono design opportunities the survey results were used to help the CIC shape the programming of events and opportunities. In the three years since it’s founding, the CIC has been involved in a variety of activities. One of the main initiatives has been to provide educational programming focused on public interest design and construction activities. As a basic goal, the CIC has tried to provide 6-8 programs per year. These events have included building tours and visits to the offices of firms who treat public interest design as a core principle of their work. In 2010, CIC organized a panel discussion at the annual AIA Illinois conference, and CIC co-chair Nootan Bharani contributed to another similar panel discussion at the same event in 2011. In early 2011, the CIC led an effort to provide continuing education credits along with marketing and financial support for Structures for Inclusion 11 conference. This was the first time an AIA component provided such support in this event’s history.



Structures for Inclusion 11 (SFI 11) convenes in the School of the Art Institute Ballroom.

The 2012 educational campaign marks a first for the CIC in that the

In addition to the educational programming, CIC utilizes a variety

majority of programming is falling under one conceptual banner. A

of technologies to act as a conduit between members and the wide

Year to Grow is a year long exploration of the role architects can play

variety of opportunities that exist in the Chicago metropolitan area.

in the development of urban agriculture and community-centered

Volunteer opportunities are broadcast across the Committee’s blog

food systems in the Chicago area. The series of events has included

(www.communityinterface.org), their LinkedIn page (Community

visits to Inspiration Kitchens, a SEED-winning project offering

Interface – AIA Chicago) and via email. Most recently, a community

contemporary American cuisine prepared and served by students

calendar has been established on the blog to act as a one-stop shop

and graduates of an award-winning food service training program,

for architects interested in public interest design opportunities. The

a bee apiary and aeroponic vegetable garden at O’Hare Airport, and

calendar has been designed by CIC members so that contributing

an upcoming tour of Growing Home’s Wood Street Urban Farm.in

organizations are able to log on and update the shared calendar with

Public Interest Design in 2010.

any important meetings, volunteer opportunities, presentations or any other pertinent info that a community-minded architect might need to know.


On a recent CIC tour of the new Rosa Parks Apartments, designed by Landon Bone Baker, Rose Fellow Daniel Splaingard describes his role as an architectural designer working for developer Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation. A mosaic wall constructed by community group Architreasures is also visible, adjacent to the front door of the apartment.

Participants at the AIA NE Illinois / Habitat for Humanity Dupage design charrette.

Along with being a conduit for volunteer opportunities with other

It has been exciting to see the AIA CIC evolve into a useful resource

groups, the CIC has also gotten its hands dirty with direct volunteer

for AIA Chicago members, providing a new local forum that is

opportunities of its own. CIC members have participated in design

beginning to flourish just as national and international organizations

charrettes with Habitat for Humanity Dupage, Growing Home, and

like Architecture for Humanity and Public Architecture are getting

we are in talks to potentially take part in two more charrettes during

more and more attention for the amazing work they have done.

2012. The CIC has also partnered with the Chicago Architecture

It seems that the interest in public interest design has great

Foundation to train architects on their wonderful elementary

momentum, and is taking root at local and even national levels,

education curriculum, Schoolyards to Skylines, and pair them with

with the recent completion of AIA’s Owner/ Architect Agreement for

local teachers.

Pro Bono Services, a valuable resource for anyone thinking of doing volunteer design work. We hope that this momentum continues, and look forward to the role we may play in helping promote the effort.




u n i v e r s i ty o f c h i ca g o l a b o r at o r y s c h o o l s Writer Sheri Andrews, AIA Andrews is an Associate at Valerio Dewalt Train in Chicago, Illinois. As a senior project manager at VDTA, Sheri played an integral role in the renovation and expansion of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

THE LABORATORY SCHOOLS at the University of Chicago were

Three years ago, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates of Chicago were

founded in 1896 by philosopher John Dewey, who set forward a

asked to join FGM Architects of Oakbrook, Illinois, to serve as the

set of educational principles built on a philosophy for a new age

Design Architect for the expansion and renovation of the Laboratory

following the Civil War. His principles introduced a radical shift in

Schools. Given the Schools’ rich history and high standards of

education. Instead of learning by memorization and repetition,

excellence, we at VDTA knew our research-based design philosophy

Dewey believed in a hands-on approach that encouraged students

would be a perfect fit for the project.

to become independent thinkers with lifelong passion for learning. Starting with a small class of local students from Hyde Park, the

Currently comprised of five buildings that wrap around two

Laboratory Schools now serve students from nursery through 12th

courtyard spaces, Lab Schools are about the diversity of the students

grade and is one of the leading 20 private schools in the United

and the rich learning environment that has made the school a


success for the last 100 years. Before we started to sketch our design

Early Childhood Center - Main Entrance Renderings courtesy of VDTA


of the school, we wanted to know more about the students of Lab,

at the center of the building allow for small breakout groups and

what drives the student community and how the methodologies of

spontaneous class activities. The three-story building also includes a

Dewey have molded the current school pedagogy.

gym, art and music classrooms and a large library with a storytelling area that cantilevers over the main entrance of the building.

What is the best way to understand what makes the Lab Schools unique? Become part of them. Over a three-week period, the core

The five buildings that make up the existing Laboratory Schools

members of our design team participated in the life of the school.

campus range in age from 1903 to 1995. While respecting the

They rode the bus with kids in the morning, shared an art activity

historic architecture of the oldest buildings, the renovation will

with a kindergartner, served lunch to middle school students,

bring the buildings up to date (MEP, Life Safety, A/V) and provide an

shadowed a high school student for a day, and attended an evening

innovative environment to encourage learning. Classrooms will be

basketball game among other activities. Along the way, the team

reorganized and resized, staff offices added and libraries expanded

discovered not only why the Lab Schools work so well as a teaching

in response to the program requirements. The design will also

environment, but also the critical role of architecture in fostering

add new hallway connections between the buildings to make the

exploration and learning.

circulation throughout the campus more fluid and allow for more student interaction between the grade levels.

Because the Lab schools pedagogy is built first on ideas, our research also looked forward to understand how architecture would

Situated between the three-story historic Gothic towers of Belfield

adapt to embrace new tools of education as our world evolves.

Hall, the exterior architecture of the Arts Wing addition is a modern

Our conversations led us to visit schools across the country where

translation of the collegiate Gothic architecture of the historic

facilities have become an integral part of teaching children. Working

University of Chicago Campus. The east and west ends of the

with teachers, we also identified key questions for the future on

addition mimic the gable masses of Belfield and the faceted north

topics such as technology, changes to the way students interact

glass façade pull the exterior into the buildings. Limestone solar

with knowledge, and the importance of students working with

chimneys pull the eye upward and provide a vertical anchor to the

each other. Also, we reached out to leaders in a variety of related

building. The state of the art addition will include three performance

areas, ultimately interviewing 15 leaders in educational practice. The

spaces, art classrooms, music rooms with a recording studio and

findings were summarized in a booklet titled “Lab+ The Future of

rehearsal spaces.

Education”. The entire Lab School project scope, including the new construction With the research phase complete, we developed a series of master

and renovations, is approximately 500,000 square feet. Construction

plans and massing studies, which were presented and evaluated

began on the Early Childhood Center in December 2011. The new

with the client stakeholder group over several weeks. Program

Early Childhood Campus will open in September 2013. Renovation

proximity, access to outdoor space and preliminary pricing exercises

of the five historic building and construction of a new Arts Wing is

were used as tools to find the most efficient planning solution for

projected for completion in 2016. The Early Childhood Center and

the Lab Campus. The approved master plan divided the project into

Arts Wings are anticipating LEED Silver Certification.

three pieces: Early Childhood Center, Existing Buildings and the Arts Wing. Our research of the Lab Schools pedagogy translated directly into the architecture of the Early Childhood Center (nursery to 2nd grade). Located on adjacent property near the Lab Schools campus and across from the historic Jackson Park, the ECC was designed for flexibility and interaction. Inside/outside spaces stitch together along the north/south core of the building through courtyards, corridors and full height glass walls. Classrooms on the first floor will have direct access to an outdoor teaching area. Large open areas


Arts Wing - Faceted North Elevation 55


e v o l u t i o n o f an i d e . . . The Birth of a Practice in Volatile Times

Writers Vladimir Radutny, AIA, LEED AP & Paul Tebben Vladimir and Paul are partners and founders of Studio IDE...

ON THE HEELS of a small stroke of good fortune and with a collective leap of faith, we decided to jump. Our opportunity came in the form of an investor, a family member determined to pursue the Chicago real estate market. At the time we were both situated comfortably, working at the Chicago practice of Krueck and Sexton, alongside a collection of people with inspiring talent. One of us manned the job site of the new Spertus Institute building while the other worked on a collection of exciting projects in the office.

Studio IDE... partners Paul Tebben & Vladimir Radutny, AIA, LEED AP in their design studio.


Our investor approached us with a small financial commitment that promised to fund our start-up, a design practice. In return, he hoped to find long-term benefit through the creation of a development arm of the company, one that would focus on the design, construction and sale of environmentally-responsible residential projects throughout the Chicago area. He would fund the operation and we would design and manage the construction. We saw a window of opportunity and, after careful deliberation, we jumped through it head-first. The process unfolded and the brainstorming began. Where do we start? What should we do first? Who should we call for legal advice, accounting services, health insurance & IT? These were just a few of the hurdles standing between us and the pending decision we both had already made, to leave a good thing for the uncertain hope of something better. In 2008, STUDIO IDE‌ was born, a company with a name reflective of our collective determination to Innovate, Design & Explore. We set out to find a way to practice architecture collaboratively, intertwining ourselves with people of various trades and disciplines to develop a product conceived and built by architects. Several months passed as we reached out to people in the design industry, studied residential typologies & neighborhoods and created financial pro-formas. To minimize our risk, we agreed that our first projects should be single-family residences built in more established Chicago neighborhoods. We saw what was being built--the endless monotony of housing being offered--and were determined to find a better way. Our homes, we thought, should



Exterior of Locomobile Lofts.

Interior views of Planted Environment project.


speak to lifestyles, context and the environment.

These, we

encountered an opportunity to create custom furniture. Our design

believed, would stand in stark contrast to the houses being built by

for a desk was published, and we were able to sell a duplicate piece

developers which spoke only to the bottom line.

to a client. Its success gave us the motivation to create more.

The stage was set for an exciting whirlwind of design and construction. We were at once excited and terrified but marching forward all the while.

Our greatest blessing, however, arose out of the goodwill of a close friend. He’d taken a job with a large property manager on the South Side and thoughtfully began passing along steady drafting, surveying and code research work.

Unfortunately, the months following the launch of IDE… paralleled the rapid decline in the U.S. economy. Lending practices previously

These service-based jobs, along with a growing number of design-

sympathetic to the entrepreneurial spirit had quickly withered up,

driven projects, have enabled us to move forward slowly. Our steady

closing off many of the opportunities on which we had based our

growth since 2008 has been the product of focused will, stubborn

business model. And just like that, the well was dry. What now?

persistence and determination. We owe much of our good fortune to the talented and hardworking people with whom we’ve been

The options for IDE… were simple; fight or flight. Our first move was

so fortunate to work in our studio. Our team, now four members

to switch gears. Although design development continued on three

strong, brings a unique enthusiasm and energy that fuels our

sustainable housing prototypes, immediate income-producing

everyday explorations and drives us. Most of all, we can attribute

work was fundamental to our survival. Casting a wide net, we

our office’s trajectory to an unspoken mantra that has accompanied

labored forward, taking on work without discrimination. The first

us since day one – don’t be afraid to fail.

stroke of fortune came with a call from a former colleague. A design studio she was teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

We‘ve been given a chance to live our dream, and we intend to live

(SAIC) was in need of additional Instructors. Someone had dropped

it passionately.

out at the last minute, opening the door for us to teach. We also

Interior of Locomobile Lofts.


All images courtesy of Studio IDE...



2+2 2011 AIA Illinois Annual Conference Opening Plenary

Writer Douglas L. Milburn, Associate AIA Douglas L. Milburn, Assoc. AIA is an Associate at IGW Architecture in Urbana, Illinois focusing on athletic, commercial, educational, retail and senior living projects. He has been actively involved in the AIA since 2006, currently serving as an AIA Illinois Associate Director and President of the Champaign-Urbana Section of the AIA Central Illinois Chapter.

THE PAST FEW years have brought many changes to the architectural

The panel opened the plenary and the 2011 AIA Illinois Annual

profession both in practice and perception, and from this author’s

Conference exploring the future of the profession and ideas of the

perspective these changes are leading to an exciting future with

“Next Architect”, discussing changes coming in the next 10 years to

architecture diversifying possibly more than ever. These changes

the architectural profession and construction industry, and what it

are not without complication however and could broaden the

will, or should, look like as it adjusts to the aforementioned changing

challenge of communicating the value provided by the profession

landscape. Topics discussed by the panel were: the relevance of the

and our role within our communities and the world as a whole, not

profession and design in general, expansion of services/roles outside

to mention the understanding of what it is that an architect does.

of traditional architectural practice, architectural education, project delivery methods, technological tools, collaboration, innovation,

The 2011 AIA Illinois Annual Conference aimed to explore

changing practice models, and sustainability.

collaboration and innovation opportunities that exist as a result of the changing landscape of the profession. The opening plenary of

Relevant to the themes above, both as subjects in their own right,

the 2011 conference was a moderated panel discussion debating

as well as a subset of the overarching future of the profession

areas of significance within this changing landscape, exploring

were the recent economy’s impact on the future of the profession

the themes of design, community, collaboration, the environment,

and challenges the profession faces in the coming years. Panelist

innovation and practice. In an effort to gain varying perspectives,

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA said, “To adapt to the current economic

two fellows and two emerging professionals were sought as jury

climate, the industry must provide value. That being said, I think

members. Panel members included Carol Ross Barney, FAIA; Peter

that larger societal changes are required to restore prosperity. The

Exley, FAIA; Mark A. Schwamel, AIA; and Douglas L. Milburn, Associate

key is prioritizing the building of community infrastructure over

AIA with Matthew Dumich, AIA serving as the panel’s moderator.

speculative, bottom-line-oriented business.”


The world has become a global society with an ever-expanding population that is already testing our current lifestyles and their ability to exist in the future. A transformational shift is sorely needed, and has likely begun. As the profession emerges from the challenges of the recent past, as architects, we must work together to find the best solutions. We must ensure lessons from the past are provided to developing best practices of the future, creating a profession well equipped to address the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Peter Exley, FAIA, shared the following story, “There’s a great tale about John Cleese and Graham Chapman of Monty Python. Cleese had spent an entire week agonizing and crafting a sketch about a broken toaster. His partner, Chapman, was apparently goofing off. Cleese, anxious for input, challenged him to contribute. Chapman immediately sketched a scene involving a pet shop owner and a customer arguing over a dead parrot. Cleese’s broken toaster was abandoned and what resulted is one of Monty Python’s most famous sketches. Architects are the Monty Pythons of the building profession and the best ones are the Cleeses and Chapmans – the ones who percolate ideas, listen, calibrate, envision, lead nimbly, and ultimately create the iconic, appropriate, beautiful, witty, memorable, and thoroughly appropriate.” The session produced lively conversation and as the panelists shared their thoughts and insights to the questions presented by the moderator, rarely was their consensus, indicating the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. These differing viewpoints on the subjects discussed provided the attendees a unique perspective from current and future leaders of the profession while offering a glimpse of potential generational conflicts that could exist. Ultimately the challenges of our future will rely on our innovative and collaborative efforts that can help bridge these differing perceptions, facilitating a profession that will move forward together, present and future.

All images courtesy of AIA Illinois



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“Designing with reused materials turns the entire process on its head. You have to start in the middle, by seeing what materials are available. Then you figure out what you can create.” “This contest is a great way for people who care about design to be introduced to working with reused materials." Joel Lubell, DeConstruction Manager, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

“Many times good design comes from tight restrictions. Small spaces, material availability, budget…all things are seen as obstacles, but so often it is creative answers to these questions that spur innovation.” Matthew Szymanski, AIA Triangle Young Architects Forum

The challenge: design a small, unique,

and transportable structure with reuse materials at the core, from concept to construction. You design it. We build it.

A total of $3,000 in awards will be presented to multiple winners. The Grand Prize winner's design will be constructed in a 48-Hour Build overseen by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and will receive $1,000 in prize money. The final ReSpace structure will be sold and proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

respace design competition: you design it! we build it! Open Registration: May 15, 2012 Close Registration: June 15, 2012 Submission Deadline: August 15, 2012 Winners Announced at SPARKcon: September 13-16, 2012

48-Hour Build of Grand Finalist: January 2013 [See the website for more information]


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Emerging Professional Component Grants G U I D E L I N E S


he College of Fellows has established a small grants fund to assist AIA components in the development of programs which foster the mission of Young Architects and Associates. These funds may be

used to enhance the activities of an existing Emerging Professionals group or as seed money to help start a new one. Because one of the goals of the component grants program is to make Emerging Professionals groups a

The College of Fellows The purpose of the College of Fellows is

vital component activity, an explanation or demonstration of component commitment and support is essential.

to stimulate a sharing of interests among

All grants must be for a specific program or activity of a local, state, or

Fellows, to promote the purposes of the

regional Emerging Professionals group and should address at least one

Institute, to advance the profession of

of the following: advancement of the profession, career advancement,

architecture, to mentor young architects,

the value of design, starting one’s own firm, economy and change, and

and to be of ever-increasing service to

the value of licensure. General component activities or programs are not


eligible. Grants for travel or meal reimbursements will also not be funded. All grants are made to an AIA component. There is a total of $25,000

The Young Architects Forum

available for the program this year with a maximum limit of $5,000 for

The mission of the Young Architects Forum

each grant. Proposals with matching funds are encouraged.

(YAF) is to promote the professional growth and leadership development of architects during their first 10 years of licensure by addressing relevant issues, providing a national communications network, and acting as a collective voice for young architects nationwide. The goals of the YAF revolve around the themes of leadership, fellowship and mentorship.

The National Associates Committee The National Associates Committee (NAC) is dedicated to representing and advocating for Associates, both mainstream and alternative, in the national, regional, state, and local components of the AIA.

College of Fellows

National Associates Committee


Emerging Professional Component Grants G U I D E L I N E S Evaluation Criteria In order to evaluate requests for component grant funding, special attention will be paid to:

Application All applications must be submitted as a PDF no larger than 4 MB. Submissions should be no longer than 6 pages and must include the following information: 1. • •

Proposal Summary (limit one page) Title of program Applicant: name, address, phone, fax, e-mail Component: name, address, phone, fax, e-mail, executive director Concise abstract (150 words or less)



• • • •

Title Purpose and description Expected participation/audience Budget—income and expenses, in-kind support, matching funds Schedule Grant requested Key project participants: name, project responsibility, one paragraph biography. Key project participants should be AIA members.

• • •

Purpose—Is the purpose of the program consistent with the YAF and NAC missions? Will it assist the development of a local/state/regional chapter? Will it advance the professional development of Emerging Professionals? Key participants—Are the program leaders AIA members? Emerging Professionals? Are there enough volunteers involved to accomplish the proposed activity? Audience—Is the intended audience primarily Young Architects and Associates? Does the anticipated attendance warrant the expenditure? Budget—Is it realistic for the project? Is there local support, such as contributions in-kind, money from a component(s) or sponsors? Are the participants’ fees realistic, neither too high nor too low for the value? Are there matching funds as part of the proposal? Component—Is this entity an established Emerging Professionals group with component backing? If new, does this group have the leadership and component support to grow into an on-going program?

Deadlines and Notification Schedule Applications for funding in calendar year 2012 must be received no later than Friday, July 6, 2012. A jury composed of the COF Executive Committee, with one representative each from the NAC Executive Committee and the YAF Advisory Committee will review all applications in August. The jury reserves the right to make awards that are less than the amount requested. Applicants will be notified of their decision by Friday, August 31, 2012.

Submission Please e-mail your application to cof@aia.org by Friday, July 6, 2012.



Brief description of background and activities of component’s young architects and Associates (limit one page) Reference letter from component president

College of Fellows

Questions Please refer questions to Tamzin Howerton, Specialist, Practice & Knowledge Resources: phone, 202-626-7358 or cof@aia.org.

National Associates Committee

what is the young architects forum?


The Young Architects Forum is the voice of architects in the early stages of their career and the catalyst for change within the profession and our communities. Working closely with the AIA College of Fellows and the American Institute of Architects as a whole, the YAF is leading the future of the profession with a focus on architects licensed less than 10 years. The national YAF Advisory Committee is charged with encouraging the development of national and regional programs of interest to young architects and supporting the creation of YAF groups within local chapters. Approximately 23,000 AIA members are represented by the YAF. YAF programs, activities, and resources serve young architects by providing information and leadership; promoting excellence through fellowship with other professionals; and encouraging mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development.

2012 Chair Jennifer Workman, AIA

GOALS OF YAF: To ENCOURAGE professional growth and leadership development among recently licensed architects through interaction and collaboration within the AIA and allied groups. To BUILD a national network and serve as a collective voice for young architects by working to ensure that issues of particular relevance to young architects are appropriately addressed by the Institute. To MAKE AIA membership valuable to young architects and develop the future leadership of the profession.

Vice Chair Brad Benjamin, AIA, CSI, LEED AP Past Chair Adam W. Palmer, AIA, LEED AP Programs Advisor Matthew M. Dumich, AIA Communications Advisor Deepika Padam, AIA, LEED AP bd+c Young Architect Regional Directors Advisor Jason Dale Pierce, AIA, LEED AP Events Advisor Virginia Marquardt, AIA, LEED AP, CDT Public Relations Advisor Joseph R. Benesh, AIA, CDT, LEED AP College of Fellows Liaison William J. Stanley, III, FAIA, NOMA AIA Board Representative Wendy Ornelas, FAIA AIA Staff Director, Emerging Professionals Erin Murphy, AIA, LEED AP

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