Chicago Selected for Obama’s Presidential Library

May 04, 2015 • Projects

The Barack Obama Foundation will oversee the multimillion-dollar project's planning and construction, though the exact location is yet to be determined.

RIBA Responds to Nepal Earthquake with Resources for Architects

Apr 30, 2015 • Events

In partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the institute is seeking Nepalese nationals and experienced professionals to join the initiative.

QS Announces the 2015 Top 100 International Architecture Universities

Apr 30, 2015 • Industry

QS is a global career and education network that publishes academic rankings annually.

Architect Lee H. Skolnick and Kinesis Project Host Dance Performance in New York

Apr 29, 2015 • Events

The performance combined both dance and architectural elements to explore the way people move and react in space.

Docomomo US Names 2015 Modernism in America Awards Winners

Apr 29, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Six award winners will receive awards of excellence, while five will receive citations of merit.

Pathmakers Exhibition Opens at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York

Apr 28, 2015 • Events

The exhibition features more than 100 notable works by influential women working with materials, such as textiles, ceramics, and metals.

Rockwell Nominated for Two 2015 Tony Awards

Apr 28, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Rockwell was nominated in the Best Scenic Design of a Play and the Best Scenic Design of a Musical categories – his fourth and fifth nominations.

Harvard GSD Announces 2015 Wheelwright Prize Winner

Apr 28, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Erik L’Heureux, AIA, won a $100,000 traveling fellowship for his proposal his winning proposal, Hot and Wet: The Equatorial City and the Architectures of Atmosphere.

Mecanoo and Sasaki Associates Complete Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston

Apr 27, 2015 • Projects

The 215,000-square-foot, six-story edifice was constructed to consolidate the city’s 500 Boston Public Schools (BPS) department civil servants into one place.

Contract Publisher John Rouse Among NYSID Honorary Doctorate Recipients

Apr 27, 2015 • People

Trisha Wilson and Jamie Drake will additionally receive Honorary Doctorate degrees, with Wilson giving the commencement speech.

Winners Announced for 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition

Apr 24, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

In addition to three winners, four firms were awarded with an honorable mention.

Architecture Billings Index Shows Increase for March

Apr 22, 2015 • Industry

The increase in design activity marks the second consecutive month of growth.

ADP Workforce Vitality Index Indicates Decline for First Quarter

Apr 22, 2015 • Industry

The decline has caused a downturn from the overall upwards trending index since the last quarter of 2014.

AIA Announces COTE Top Ten Awards Winners

Apr 22, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

In addition to the Top Ten Awards winners, COTE honors one previous winner with the Top Ten Plus award – a project with quantifiable metrics to demonstrate the impact of its sustainable design.

International Spy Museum Proposes Move to L’Enfant Plaza

Apr 21, 2015 • Projects

The $100 million project is designed to accommodate the museum’s need for a larger space.

ASID Selects Five Fellows for 2015

Apr 17, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The fellowship is awarded to professionals who have made mentionable contributions to the interior design industry.

Development Plan Announced for Union Station

Apr 17, 2015 • Projects

The plan includes station renovations and a mixed-use complex to include office space, 1,300 residential units, retail space, hotels, parks, and plazas.

AIAS Launches Early Licensure Campaign PASS

Apr 16, 2015 • Industry

The program will assist aspiring architects in early licensure.

Glen Morrison Named President of Tarkett North America

Apr 16, 2015 • People

The majority of his past experience is in the building and construction industry, having most recently served as president of Alcoa.

Roster Announced for Chicago Architecture Biennial

Apr 15, 2015 • Events

Over 60 firms and designers, chosen by co-artistic directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, have been announced for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, this year titled "The State of the Art of Architecture." 

Harvard GSD Appoints John Peterson as Loeb Fellowship Curator

Apr 15, 2015 • People

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has appointed John Peterson, a 2006 Loeb Fellow and Contract’s 2009 Designer of the Year, to succeed James Stockard as the new curator of the Loeb Fellowship beginning in January, 2016.

Steve Hillis Named President of Beaulieu Commercial

Apr 15, 2015 • People

Hillis previously served as the senior vice president of Durkan Hospitality.

Finalists Named for Smart School Project

Apr 15, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The $58 million Smart School Educational Complex will house 1,000 students and be comprised of 37 buildings.

IIDA to Induct New President and Board Members

Apr 09, 2015 • People

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has appointed Nelson Design Director Scott Hierlinger, IIDA, as the 2015-16 president and HOK Vice President and Director of Interior Design Marlene Liriano, IIDA, as its president-elect.

IIDA Extends Deadline for Best Interiors of Latin America & The Caribbean Competition

Apr 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The final deadline to submit entries has changed to Thursday, April 16, 2015.

2015 Design Biennial Boston Winners Announced

Apr 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The four winners will show installations on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and an exhibition at the BSA Space.

Populous Reveals Renderings of Milwaukee Arena

Apr 09, 2015 • Projects

The NBA has pressured new team owners to have a new arena built.

Leonardo DiCaprio to Build Sustainable Belize Resort

Apr 08, 2015 • Projects

The new resort will be the first in Belize to follow the Living Building Challenge requirements.

Snohetta to Redesign French Laundry

Apr 08, 2015 • Projects

The redesign will focus on the restaurant's outdoor spaces and kitchen.

The Met Breuer to Launch in March 2016

Apr 08, 2015 • Events

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will launch its first season of programming at The Met Breuer in the landmark building by Marcel Breuer in New York. 

Three Finalists Named for 2015 Wheelwright Prize

Apr 07, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The winner receives a $100,000 fellowship for travel-based research.

Renderings Revealed for MLK Memorial Library Modernization

Apr 07, 2015 • Projects

Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture released renderings for the modernization Mies van der Rohe's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. 

ADP Monthly Job Report Shows Decline for March

Apr 06, 2015 • Industry

The report reveals a total of 189,000 private nonfarm jobs were added to the United States economy in March.

Winners Announced for the 2015 eVolo Magazine Skyscraper Competition

Apr 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The award recognizes innovative ideas in skyscraper design that blend new technology and creative materials.

ASID Names 2015 National Awards Recipients

Apr 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Recipients are awarded based on their contributions toward the advancement of the profession, while demonstrating a commitment to enhancing quality of life through interior design.

Facebook Moves into New Frank Gehry-designed Headquarters

Apr 03, 2015 • Projects

The new 433,555-square-foot building features a single floor plan to house approximately 2,800 employees.

AIANY Names David Burney Interim Executive Director

Apr 03, 2015 • People

David Burney, FAIA, has been named interim executive director of the AIANY and Center for Architecture.

Columbus Museum of Art to Complete Final Phase of Expansion

Apr 03, 2015 • Projects

The $37.6 million expansion includes a renovation to the Ross Wing, museum lobby, and construction of a new wing.

Tony Chi Awarded 2015 Lawrence Israel Prize

Apr 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The award recognizes recipients with ideas beneficial to FIT Interior Design students.

Video on 2015 Interiors Awards is Released

Apr 02, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Contract magazine has released a video about the 2015 Interiors Awards Breakfast, which was held January 30 in New York.

Harrington College of Design Is Closing

Apr 02, 2015 • Industry

Chicago’s 84-year-old Harrington College of Design is starting to shut down its operations and will permanently close by August 2018, according to school administrators.

AIA Names Recipients for 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Apr 02, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The awards honor excellence in the architectural design of libraries.

ASID Offers Online Business Strategy Courses for Interior Designers

Apr 01, 2015 • Industry

Completion of the courses will fulfill half of the 2015 ASID CEU requirements.

BanG Studio Launches Funding Campaign for Governors Island City of Dreams Pavilion

Apr 01, 2015 • Industry

BanG Studio recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its winning pavilion, which will help restore and clean New York City’s waterways through oyster reef restoration.

IIDA Hosts 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction in New York

Mar 31, 2015 • Events

The annual event joins industry professionals and IIDA New York board members in celebrating the importance of sustainable practices.

Page/Park Architects to Restore Glasgow School of Art

Mar 31, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the landmark building was devastated by a fire last year.

AMC Unveils “Mad Men” Bench in New York

Mar 31, 2015 • Projects

Lorenzo Apicella, Michael Bierut, and Emily Oberman of Pentagram designed the temporary bench installation.

Hughes, Shimoda, Braga, and Molina Named IIDA Fellows

Mar 27, 2015 • People

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has announced that four members will be inducted into its College of Follows, the highest honor offered by IIDA to its members.

Morphosis Reveals 7132 Tower Renderings

Mar 27, 2015 • Projects

The 7132 Tower hotel is the firm's first project in Switzerland and features a thin, transparent coating reflecting the surrounding environment.

James Beard Foundation Announces Six Restaurant Design Nominees

Mar 27, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The category recognizes two classes of nominees: spaces accommodating 75 or less guests and spaces for 76 or more.

Rick Bell Resigns as AIANY Executive Director

Mar 27, 2015 • People

The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY) has announced that Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, has resigned, effective immediately, after nearly 14 years in the position. No explanation for the resignation is given.

SelgasCano Unveils Design for 15th Serpentine Pavilion

Mar 26, 2015 • Projects

The design for the temporary pavilion includes an amorphous, polygonal, plastic structure featuring a series of connected spaces.

SOM Designs Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

Mar 25, 2015 • Projects

The firm sought to capture the essence of the Baccarat crystal brand in its design, and thus the use of glass predominates throughout the building.

Stanton Williams to Upgrade London’s Royal Opera House

Mar 24, 2015 • Projects

The building was built in 1858, reconstructed in the 1990s, and will now receive upgrades to its entrances and public spaces.

Ralph Mancini, Founder of Mancini Duffy, Has Died

Mar 24, 2015 • People

Mancini served as Chairman Emeritus with Mancini Duffy after retiring in 2006.

FRCH Design Worldwide Completes Contemporary Arts Center Lobby Renovation

Mar 23, 2015 • Projects

Completed this month, the renovation marks architect Zaha Hadid’s first significant U.S. building.

iF Design Announces 2015 Award Winners

Mar 20, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Winners were selected from five categories: product, packaging, communication, interior architecture, and professional concept.

Reesie Duncan Receives STEP Award

Mar 20, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The STEP Awards honor women in the manufacturing industry who have demonstrated excellence and leadership.

Architecture Billings Index Shows Improvement for February

Mar 19, 2015 • Industry

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has shown an increase in design activity for the month of February, following its first negative score in ten months in January.

Ibañez Kim Studio Wins Folly 2015 Competition

Mar 19, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

An international competition, the Folly program challenges early-career designers to deeply examine the concept of folly.

ASID Interior Design Billings Index Reveals Slowed Billings to End 2014

Mar 18, 2015 • Industry

U.S. interior design firms ended 2014 with continued but slowed business improvement overall.

Omer Arbel to Receive 2015 Allied Arts Medal

Mar 18, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Omer Arbel, principal of Omer Arbel Office and co-founder and creative director of Bocci, is the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2015 Allied Arts Medal. 

Philippe Starck to Design New SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel

Mar 17, 2015 • Projects

Developer Dranoff Properties and sbe, a hospitality, lifestyle, and real estate development company, have named French designer Philippe Starck as the interior designer for the new SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel & SLS International Residences. 

DOE and NIBS Announce New Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

Mar 16, 2015 • Industry

The guidelines will provide details in regards to President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative, a national plan to make commercial and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.

David Chipperfield Selected to Redesign Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Southwest Wing

Mar 12, 2015 • People

After a yearlong selection process, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has chosen British firm David Chipperfield Architects to redesign the museum’s Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art. 

Michael Graves Dies at Age 80

Mar 12, 2015 • People

Architecture and design legend Michael Graves, FAIA, died this morning in Princeton, New Jersey, at age 80.

Kinslow, Keith & Todd Propose Tulsa Tornado Tower

Mar 12, 2015 • Projects

Oklahoma-based architectural firm Kinslow, Keith & Todd have released renderings for a proposed Tulsa Tornado Tower, a funnel-shaped building that would rise 20 to 30 stories.

Büro Ole Scheeren Reveals Renderings for Guardian Art Center in Beijing

Mar 12, 2015 • Projects

Comprised of a museum, event space, and cultural lifestyle center, the Guardian Art Center is a new hybrid concept that transcends the traditional functions of an auction house.

Springs Window Fashions Acquires MechoSystems

Mar 11, 2015 • Industry

Springs Window Fashions (Springs)—a provider of custom window covering products—has announced its definitive agreement to acquire MechoSystems, Inc., a design and manufacturing company that produces commercial solar shades.

Frei Otto Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate

Mar 10, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

German architect Frei Otto learned in recent weeks that he was going to be named the 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate in the public announcement that was scheduled to be made on March 23.

Perkins+Will Names Tyson Curcio as Chief Operating Officer

Mar 10, 2015 • People

Perkins+Will, a global architecture and design firm, announced the appointment of Tyson Curcio, AIA, as the company’s chief operating officer (COO).

Anthony J. Haas Named 2015 President of American College of Healthcare Architects

Mar 10, 2015 • People

American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has named WHR Architects Senior Principal Anthony J. Haas FAIA, FACHA, as its 2015 president. 

KANVA Wins 2015 RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award

Mar 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has selected Montrealbased, multidisciplinary firm KANVA as the recipient of its 2015 Emerging Architectural Practice Award.

BLS Reveals Architectural Employment Data

Mar 09, 2015 • Industry

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that architecture and engineering services added 4,900 jobs in February.

Entries Now Being Accepted for Inspirations Awards

Mar 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Contract magazine’s annual Inspirations Awards program, which celebrates leadership in socially responsible design among commercial interior designers and architects, is now accepting entries.

David Geffen Gains Naming Rights to Avery Fisher Hall After $100M Donation

Mar 06, 2015 • Industry

The hall will be renovated, beginning in 2019, and the cost is estimated to be at least $500 million.

2015 RIBA London Awards Shortlist Announced

Mar 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has shortlisted 68 buildings for its 2015 RIBA London Regional Awards.

AIA Selects 2015 Diversity Recognition Program Honorees

Mar 05, 2015 • People

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named Urban Design Regional Action for Minorities (UDream) and Sorg Architects as the 2015 honorees of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program.

Ennead Architects to Design New Shanghai Planetarium

Mar 04, 2015 • Projects

After winning an international competition, New York–based Ennead Architects will design the new 409,000-square-foot Shanghai Planetarium.

Winners of IIDA Interior Design Competition and Will Ching Design Competition Announced

Mar 04, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has announced the winners of its 42nd Interior Design Competition and 23rd Will Ching Design Competition.

Emerald Expositions Acquires Healthcare Design Brands from Vendome Group

Mar 03, 2015 • Industry

Emerald Expositions, the parent company of Contract, today announced a significant acquisition primarily related to the healthcare design industry.

Behnisch Architekten Completes New Conference Hall for the United Nations

Mar 03, 2015 • Projects

Behnisch Architekten has completed a new conference hall on the campus of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Switzerland-based, self-funding agency of the United Nations with 188 member states. 

Train Station by Mecanoo Opens in the Netherlands

Mar 03, 2015 • Projects

Designed by Mecanoo, the first phase of a new complex, which includes a new train station, has opened to the public in Delft, Netherlands. 

HWKN Reveals Renderings for University of Pennsylvania’s Innovation Center

Mar 02, 2015 • Projects

New York–based architecture firm HWKN has released renderings for the new Pennovation Center at the University of Pennsylvania, which is a new complex dedicated to the university’s entrepreneurs and researchers. 

2015 Netherlands’ Sikkens Prize Awarded to David Chipperfield

Mar 02, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

British architect David Chipperfield is the 36th recipient of the Sikkens Prize, one of the oldest independent art prizes in the Netherlands.

Five Finalists Announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award

Feb 27, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Five projects have been chosen as finalists for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award—one of the most prestigious awards for European architecture.

FBI Seeks Vendors for New Headquarters

Feb 27, 2015 • Projects

The new headquarters, which will be occupied by 2022, will contain up to 2.1 million square feet of space and will house approximately 11,000 employees.

Competition to Design New Bauhaus Museum Announced

Feb 27, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

A design competition has been announced to design a new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, where the historic German art and design school founded by architect Walter Gropius was based from 1925 to 1932. 

BIG and Heatherwick Studio to Design New Google Headquarters

Feb 27, 2015 • Projects

Copenhagen-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and London-based Heatherwick Studio have been chosen to design the new Google headquarters building in Mountain View, California.

SO-IL and Freaks Freearchitects to Redesign France’s Site Verrier

Feb 26, 2015 • Projects

Paris-based architecture firm Freaks Freearchitects, in collaboration with New York–based firm SO-IL, have been selected to redesign the historic Site Verrier in Meisenthal, France.

AIACC Announces Three Council Awards Program Recipients

Feb 25, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), has named three Council Awards Program recipients.

London’s Design Museum Names 2015 Designs of the Year Nominees

Feb 25, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Design Museum in London has named the 2015 Designs of the Year nominees.

2014 Boston Society of Architects Design Award Winners Announced

Feb 24, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has named the 2014 winners of its Design Awards, which recognize design excellence in New England. 

AIA Announces 2015 Recipients for the Thomas Jefferson Award and Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

Feb 23, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced recipients for two of its annual awards.

Columbia University Names New Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program

Feb 23, 2015 • People

Kate Orff, founder and partner of New York–based landscape architecture studio SCAPE, has been named director of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s (GSAPP) Urban Design Program.

U.S. Stamp Honors Architect Robert Robinson Taylor

Feb 20, 2015 • People

On Thursday, February 12, the United States Postal Service released a limited edition of the Forever Stamp of Robert Robinson Taylor.

RAIC Names 2015 Architectural Firm Award Winner

Feb 20, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Montreal-based practice Provencher_Roy has been selected as the winner of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2015 Architectural Firm Award.

Commune Designs the Greenroom for the Oscars

Feb 20, 2015 • Projects

Los Angeles–based Commune has designed the 13th annual Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Ellis Woodman Named New Director of The Architecture Foundation in London

Feb 19, 2015 • People

Next month, Ellis Woodman will succeed acting director Sarah Gaventa and begin his new role as director of The Architecture Foundation (AF) in London. 

Rosanne Somerson Named 17th President of RISD

Feb 19, 2015 • People

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has named furniture designer, former provost, and educator Rosanne Somerson as its 17th president.