BIG to Design Hudson Yards Office Tower

Feb 12, 2016 • Projects

Tishman Speyer has unveiled Bjarke Ingels Group’s design for The Spiral, a 65-story, 2.85 million-square-foot office tower situated at the very end of the High Line in the Hudson Yards district.

Stantec Acquires VOA Associates

Feb 12, 2016 • Industry


Edmonton, Alberta-based global design firm Stantec has signed a letter of intent to acquire Chicago-based VOA Associates, in an deal that is expected to close in late March.


AIA Announces Construction Forecast and Design Trends for Next Decade

Feb 11, 2016 • Industry

The semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast from the American Institute of Architects has projected an increase in spending by more than eight percent in 2016 and more than six percent in 2017.

149 AIA Members Elevated to College of Fellows

Feb 11, 2016 • Industry

The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects has announced the election of 149 AIA members to the prestigious College of Fellows.

HOK and TAC Arquitectes to Design FC Barcelona Arena

Feb 10, 2016 • Projects

International firm HOK and Barcelona-based TAC Arquitectes have been named the winners of the competition to design a 10,000-seat arena for FC Barcelona in Spain.

2016 NeoCon Keynote Speakers Announced

Feb 10, 2016 • Industry

NeoCon has announced the line-up of keynote speakers for the 2016 fair, which will be held June 13–15 at The Mart in Chicago.

Reinventer Paris Competition Selects 23 Design Teams

Feb 10, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The Réinventer Paris design competition has announced a selection of 23 proposals to develop architectural projects throughout the French capital. 

AIANY Names Six Winners of New Practices New York Competition

Feb 09, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter has announced the six winners of New Practices New York.

Eva Maddox Retires

Feb 09, 2016 • People

Eva Maddox has retired from her position as design principal at Perkins+Will. 

View the Video About Designer of the Year Todd Heiser

Feb 08, 2016 • People

View a video produced by Pentagram about Designer of the Year Todd Heiser.

View the Video About Legends Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge

Feb 08, 2016 • People

View the video about Legends Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge.

Photos from the 2016 Interiors Awards Breakfast

Feb 05, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The 37th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast was held on January 29 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

Foster + Partners to Break Ground on Norton Museum of Art Expansion

Feb 05, 2016 • Projects

British architecture firm Foster + Partners will break ground on the expansion of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 6.

Architectural League Of New York Names 2016 Emerging Voices Winners

Feb 04, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of its Emerging Voices recognition program.

Entries Accepted for AIANY Interiors Committee Speed Presentations

Feb 03, 2016 • Events

The AIANY Interiors Committee is hosting a speed presentation evening on March 23 at the Steelcase showroom in New York.

Weishaar of Brininstool + Lynch to Design National World War I Memorial

Feb 03, 2016 • Projects

 The United States World War I Centennial Commission has chosen a design for the National World War I Memorial.

Hans Butzer Wins 2016 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

Feb 02, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects has named Hans Butzer, AIA, as the recipient of the 2016 Thomas Jefferson Award. The architect is a director of the Oklahoma­ City–based practice Butzer Architects and Urbanism.

Escobedo Solíz Studio Wins MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program

Feb 02, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The annual Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 in New York has named Mexico City­–based Escobedo Solíz Studio as the winner of the 17th edition of the international competition.

National Museum of African American History and Culture to open September 24

Feb 02, 2016 • Projects

The opening date has been set for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

George Smart Wins 2016 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award

Feb 01, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects has honored George Smart, founder of nonprofit organization North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), with the 2016 Collaborative Achievement Award.

Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge Win 2016 Legend Award

Jan 29, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The husband-and-wife design team of Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge have been awarded Contract magazine’s 2016 Legend Award

Todd Heiser of Gensler Named 2016 Designer of the Year

Jan 29, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

Todd Heiser, IIDA, of Gensler has been awarded the 2017 Designer of the Year honor.  

Rockwell Group to Design Dream Hollywood Hotel

Jan 29, 2016 • Projects

New York-based firm Rockwell Group has been selected to design Dream Hotel Group’s latest project in Hollywood.

2016 Interiors Awards Winners Announced

Jan 29, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The 37th Annual Interiors Awards winners were announced this morning at the Interiors Awards Breakfast at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. 

HOK Names Bill Hellmuth as Chief Executive Officer

Jan 27, 2016 • People

International architecture, engineering, and planning firm, HOK has announced the promotion of firm-wide president and design principal for the Washington, D.C. office, Bill Hellmuth, AIA, to the position of chief executive officer, effective April 19.

NCARB Renames the Intern Development Program

Jan 27, 2016 • Industry

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced that the Intern Development Program (IDP) will be renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), effective June 29, 2016.

Heneghan Peng to Design Canadian Canoe Museum in Ontario

Jan 26, 2016 • Projects

Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects has been named the winner of a competition to design the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.

Snohetta Unveils Design for Temple University Library

Jan 26, 2016 • Projects

New York–based firm Snøhetta has unveiled the design of a new library for Temple University’s campus in Philadelphia.

CIDA Board of Directors Adopts New Quality Standards

Jan 25, 2016 • Industry

Reflecting information gathered over the past three years regarding the future directions of the interior design practice, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board of Directors adopted new quality standards for higher education programs, which seek to more systematically prepare graduates for entry into the profession.

SHoP, Snohetta, and Adjaye Selected as Finalists to Design Syracuse University National Veterans Resource Complex

Jan 25, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

Syracuse University has named three finalists to advance the final round of the competition to design the National Veterans Resource Complex on its New York campus. 

Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center Oculus to Open in March

Jan 22, 2016 • Projects

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced the long-anticipated opening date of the Santiago Calatrava­–designed World Trade Center Oculus in New York. The centerpiece of the $3.9 billion transportation hub is slated to open during the first week of March, after years of delays and overrun budgets.

Scott Merrill Wins 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize

Jan 22, 2016 • People

Architect Scott Merrill, AIA, has been named the recipient of the University of Notre Dame’s prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Prize.  Recognized for his ability to design classical architecture that expresses regional identities, Merrill is the founder of the Florida–based firm Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects.

Kengo Kuma Unveils Renderings of Congress Center and Symphony Hall in France

Jan 21, 2016 • Projects

Tokyo-based firm Kengo Kuma and Associates has shared renderings of their design for a mixed-use development in Angers, France.

Getty Research Institute Appoints Maristella Casciato as Senior Curator of Architecture

Jan 21, 2016 • People

The Getty Research Institute has announced the appointment of Architectural Historian and Curator Maristella Casciato as senior curator of architectural collections.

Architecture Billings Index Closes 2015 on a Positive Note

Jan 20, 2016 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects has reported that the Architecture Billings Index concluded 2015 in positive terrain. December’s ABI score was reported as 50.9, up from the reading of 49.3 in the previous month.

Interface Hires Jay Gould as Chief Operating Officer

Jan 20, 2016 • People

Interface Inc. has hired Jay Gould as its new chief operating officer. The Georgia-based manufacturer of modular carpet announced on January 13 that Gould will be executive vice president and chief operating officer, overseeing global operations, marketing, and organizational development. 

OMA to Renovate KaDeWe Department Store in Berlin

Jan 20, 2016 • Projects

Rotterdam-based OMA has been selected to renovate and expand continental Europe's largest department store, the historic Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin.

SOM Releases Renderings for Moynihan Station Project

Jan 19, 2016 • Projects

New York–based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has released renderings of a revised plan to renovate the James A. Farley Post Office into a train station, as part of the larger redevelopment of the Penn Station complex. 

The AIA Announces the 2016 Institute Honor Awards

Jan 15, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the 2016 recipients of the AIA Institute Honor Awards. The AIA Institute Honor Awards recognizes distinguished works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Wins 2016 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award

Jan 15, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the Monterey Bay Aquarium as the 2016 winner of the Twenty-Five Year Award. Identifying architectural design of lasting importance, the award distinguishes works that have endured the test of time and served as exemplary models for 25 to 35 years.

HKS to Design Los Angeles Football Stadium for the Rams

Jan 15, 2016 • Projects

The National Football League has announced that the St. Louis Rams will be returning to Los Angeles for the 2016 season in an HKS-designed stadium.

IIDA Announces Formation of Interior Design Diversity Council

Jan 15, 2016 • Industry

A group of 29 designers and manufacturer representatives confronted the topics of diversity and inclusion within the interior design industry during the 19th International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Industry Roundtable, held on January 8–10. Following a discussion led by IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, the interior design industry’s first Diversity Council was assembled.



Robert Valentine, Founder of Design Collective Incorporated, Dies at 73

Jan 14, 2016 • People

Robert B. Valentine, the founder of Design Collective Incorporated in Columbus, Ohio, died on December 22, 2015, from a heart attack.

BIG to Design Wilson Secondary School in Virginia

Jan 14, 2016 • Projects

Copenhagen- and New York–based Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled plans for the design of the Wilson Secondary School in Arlington, Virginia.

The AIA Issues Response to State of the Union Address

Jan 13, 2016 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects has issued a response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on January 12.

Alejandro Aravena Wins 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Jan 13, 2016 • People

Alejandro Aravena has been named the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate.

Flanagan Lawrence to Renovate Outdoor Theater in Poland

Jan 12, 2016 • Projects

Flanagan Lawrence has won a competition to renovate the 1976 Szczecin Summer Theatre in Poland with a tensile structure design that features two angled and arched openings.

Scottish Architect Gareth Hoskins Dies at Age 48

Jan 11, 2016 • People

Some of the architect’s most prominent projects include the National Museum of Scotland, the World Museum in Vienna, and the Scottish National Gallery.

Russell A. Davidson Inaugurated as 2016 AIA President

Jan 11, 2016 • People

Managing Principal & President of New York-based KG&D Architects Russell A. Davidson was inaugurated as the 92nd President of the AIA. Succeeding the 91st President, Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, Davidson will represent nearly 88,000 AIA members.

Carmody Groarke to Design Members' Room at V&A Museum in London

Jan 08, 2016 • Projects

The flexible members-only space will overlook a courtyard that is one aspect of a larger expansion underway by London-based Amanda Levete Architects.

Javits Center Expansion Plan Announced

Jan 08, 2016 • Projects

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a $1 billion expansion for the Jacob. K Javits Center on the Far West Side of Manhattan.  

BIG to Design New Stadium for the Washington Redskins

Jan 07, 2016 • Projects

Despite a search that has lasted more than a year, a new stadium location has yet to be selected, though local officials have indicated a possible site near Robert F. Kennedy Memorial (RFK) Stadium.

New York State Governor Cuomo Unveils Plans to Renovate Pennsylvania Station

Jan 07, 2016 • Projects

Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his vision for the renovation of Pennsylvania Station and the corresponding creation of a modernized, statewide transportation network, as part of his larger agenda to improve the infrastructure of New York State.

Five Teams Shortlisted to Redevelop St Luke's Area in London

Jan 06, 2016 • Projects

The approximately $72 million project aims to deliver leisure and community facilities, affordable housing, and improved public space to the proposed Finsbury Leisure Centre site.

Toronto Approves Partisans Design for Union Station

Jan 05, 2016 • Projects

Intended to generate revenue during slow commuter hours, the mixed-use space will be similar to New York’s Grand Central Terminal, as well as St. Pancras Station in London.

HOK to Design Research Hub for the University of Glasgow in Scotland

Jan 05, 2016 • Projects

The approximately 151,000-square-foot research hub will be located on the University of Glasgow’s 31-acre Gilmorehill Campus in the West End.

Richard Rogers to Receive the 2015 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize

Jan 05, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

Regarded as the highest honor bestowed by ULI, the award honors those who have fulfilled a longtime commitment to establishing communities rooted in high quality design and development.

Gluckman Tang Architects to Design Cultural Center in Massachusetts

Jan 04, 2016 • Projects

A proposal has been announced for the creation of a “cultural corridor” that would connect Berkshire County’s Williamstown to the City of North Adams, Massachusetts, with two new museums and a renovated theater. New York-based Gluckman Tang Architects has been selected to lead the design.

German Industrial Designer Richard Sapper Dies at 83

Jan 04, 2016 • People

Sapper was known for designing such products as the 9091 whistling kettle for Alessi, IBM’s ThinkPad laptop series, and the Tizio tabletop lamp for Artemide.

Lever Architecture Designs Mixed-Use Portland High-Rise Made of Wood

Dec 30, 2015 • Projects

The 12-story, mixed-use tower will feature a rectangular facade with glass set amongst wood screens and live plantings.

David Chipperfield Architects Unveils Bötzow Brewery Development in Berlin

Dec 29, 2015 • Projects

Established in 1885, the former Bötzow Brewery is located on an approximately  260,000-square-foot site near the city’s Alexanderplatz.

Fifteen Firms Compete in Museum of Ethnography Competition

Dec 29, 2015 • Projects

Though French practice Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes was previously selected to design the museum last year, a new competition ensued after the government decision to relocate the planned site.

Coffey Architects Completes Headquarters for Qingdao Iron and Steel Group

Dec 29, 2015 • Projects

Dubbed Cloister, the Qingdao property features a series of brick structures, which contain the steelworks company’s offices and amenities.

Lodging Econometrics Forecasts a Surge in Hotel Openings for the Next Two Years

Dec 28, 2015 • Industry

Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and InterContinental Hotels Group are expected to lead this growth from 2016 to 2017.

NADAAA Designs New Home for University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Dec 23, 2015 • Projects

For the renovation and expansion of the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Boston-based firm NADAAA was tasked with transforming the city’s iconic One Spadina Crescent into a site more suitable to the University’s evolving educational agenda.

Zaha Hadid’s Plans for a Tower in Melbourne Revealed

Dec 23, 2015 • Projects

A collaborative effort with locally based Plus Architecture, the tower will house mixed-use components, such as office space, retail outlets, and residential units.

Santiago Calatrava Completes Museu do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro

Dec 23, 2015 • Projects

Located in the Puerto Maravilha neighborhood, the museum sits on Maua Pier, where it is part of a local revitalization project.

Heatherwick Studio Designs Mixed-Use Development in Shanghai

Dec 23, 2015 • Projects

Known as M50, for its location at 50 Moganshan Road, the 3.2-million-square-foot development will feature a large mountain-shaped block, while prominently incorporating trees and landscaped spaces.

Kengo Kuma Wins 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium Competition

Dec 22, 2015 • Projects

Kuma’s winning proposal embodies several of his signature design traits, such as a prominent use of natural materials and wood, an organic ovular structure, and an integration of live plantings that is widely typical of traditional Japanese architecture.

Henning Larsen Architects Design Lund University’s Forum Medicum in Sweden

Dec 21, 2015 • Projects

The centrally located, 270,000-square-foot medical research facility will serve as a communal gathering space for the university’s employees, students, and visitors.

The AIA Launches Equity in Architecture Commission

Dec 21, 2015 • Industry

The endeavor is a result of the “Equity in Architecture” resolution, which seeks to retain talent, advance the profession, and enhance the value of design to society through diversity tactics. 

Seven Firms Shortlisted to Design Obama Presidential Center in Chicago

Dec 21, 2015 • Projects

Shortlist proposals will be submitted during the first quarter of 2016 and the designs must accommodate both of the Center’s considered locations, Jackson Park and Washington Park.

Mecanoo Completes the Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel

Dec 18, 2015 • Projects

Hotel components are united by a façade that comprises glass and composite diamond-shaped panels in hues of white and gray.

Lohan to Join Wight & Co.

Dec 18, 2015 • Industry

Dirk Lohan and his partner Floyd Anderson have announced that they are closing their firm Lohan Anderson and joining Wight & Co., where they will be partners.

MAD Architects Unveils Completed Design for Harbin Opera House in China

Dec 17, 2015 • Projects

The curvilinear development includes a 1,600-person theater, a 400-person concert hall, and an outdoor public plaza that doubles as an event space.

Winners Announced for the 2015 IIDA Global Excellence Awards

Dec 17, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The international design competition annually recognizes high-caliber interior design and interior architecture projects for their outstanding originality.

Gensler to Renovate Ford Foundation Building

Dec 17, 2015 • Projects

Constructed almost a half-century ago, the Ford Foundation’s iconic New York headquarters is set to undergo a two-year, $190 million renovation ­­ courtesy of global firm Gensler, which will bring the building up to code while echoing the Foundation’s evolved values.

Architecture Billings Index Reveals a Decrease in Billings for November

Dec 16, 2015 • Industry

November's ABI score dipped from 53.1 in October to 49.3, reflecting a decrease in design services.

Two New Proposals Revealed for Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Dec 16, 2015 • Projects

Titled Design A and Design B, the schemes remain anonymous at this stage, but are thought to be from Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito, respectively.

UNStudio Completes $41 Million Terminal in the Netherlands

Dec 15, 2015 • Projects

Constructed in collaboration with New York-based engineering firm Arup, Station Arnhem replaces a former 1950s train station.

Grimshaw Architects Designs UK Factory for Herman Miller

Dec 15, 2015 • Projects

PortalMill consolidates Herman Miller’s existing UK sites in Bath and Chippenheim into a single L-shaped facility with an open reception area.

Henning Larsen Architects Designs Microsoft Domicile in Denmark

Dec 14, 2015 • Projects

The company's new Lyngby, Denmark headquarters in is a conglomeration of two previously separate units that now share one roof and an angular façade with metal cladding.

AIA Design and Health Research Consortium Shares First Progress Report

Dec 14, 2015 • Industry

The program was developed in an effort to help policymakers, design and public health professionals, and the general public understand how research covering design’s effect on public health can be translated into architectural practice.

Los Angeles Approves $2.5 Billion Century Plaza Hotel

Dec 11, 2015 • Projects

The 1.5-million-square-foot Century City development will include retail space, restaurants, a renovated hotel, and two luxury residential towers.

Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt to Redesign David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

Dec 11, 2015 • Projects

The two firms will work with acoustic design firm Akustiks and theater design firm Fisher Dachs to reconfigure the auditorium with a new aesthetic and state-of-the-art acoustics.

London Grants Planning Permission to Gensler-Designed Hotel

Dec 10, 2015 • Projects

The 319,000-square-foot mixed-use building will feature a 200-room hotel, as well as an estimated 127,724 square feet of commercial office space and shared amenities. 

Cooper Carry Acquires the Johnson Studio

Dec 10, 2015 • Industry

The deal will enable each firm to better service the hospitality industry with an expanded menu of restaurant and hotel design services.

Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens in Los Angeles with KPF Designs

Dec 09, 2015 • Projects

Dedicated to showcasing notable vehicles, the museum was originally converted from a former 1960s department store in 1994 along downtown Los Angeles’ iconic Museum Row.

Nelson Worldwide Holdings Names Scott Foster COO

Dec 09, 2015 • People

Foster has worked in the realms of architecture, management consulting, and corporate infrastructure management for more than 20 years.

Contract Design Forum in Savannah Focused on Wellness

Dec 09, 2015 • Events

Leading designers, architects, and product manufacturers enjoyed an invigorating two days at the 11th Annual Contract Design Forum, held in Savannah, Georgia, in early November.

Eric Parry Architects Designs 73-Story London Tower

Dec 08, 2015 • Projects

The rectangular high-rise will feature a tapered facade with bronze struts arranged in a diamond-shaped pattern.

Swedish School of Architecture Wins the 2015 Kasper Salin Prize

Dec 08, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The annual award was established by the Swedish Association of Architects in 1962 and is the country’s most renowned architectural prize.

Winners Named for the 14th Annual Tile of Spain Awards

Dec 07, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Headed by Spanish architect Victor López Cotelo, the jury for the 2015 Tile of Spain Awards recognized projects within the two main categories of architecture and interior design and winners were each granted an estimated $18,400.

MoMA PS1 Announces Shortlist for the 17th Edition of the Young Architects Program

Dec 07, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Established as a competitive creative outlet for up-and-coming architects, the program challenges entrants to create a temporary installation to accommodate MoMA PS1’s live concert series, “Warm Up."

Flos Acquires Lukas Lighting to Boost U.S. Reach

Dec 06, 2015 • Industry

Lighting company Flos has acquired New York-based company Lukas Lighting, which produces custom lighting.

Interior Design Billings Index Remains Positive Through Third Quarter

Dec 04, 2015 • Industry

Third quarter 2015 billings rose slightly in September from June’s Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) score of 57.1—a positive sign in that any score over 50 indicates revenue growth.

Lemay Expands with Acquisition of Andres Escobar & Associates

Dec 04, 2015 • Industry

Following the acquisition, AE&E will maintain its Montreal and New York offices under the name Escobar by Lemay.

LMN Architects Wins 2016 Architecture Firm Award

Dec 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the firm LMN Architects from Seattle as the recipient of the 2016 Architecture Firm Award.

Douglas S. Kelbaugh Wins the 2016 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architecture Education

Dec 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

In partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the AIA has awarded Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, with the 2016 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architecture Education.

R. Steven Lewis Wins 2016 AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

Dec 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

As the newest recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, R. Steven Lewis, AIA, has been recognized for his architectural contributions to social change.