Winners Announced for the 2015 Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence

Oct 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Honored at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco, winners include five projects in North America, three projects in Europe, and two projects in Asia.

HOK Reveals Renderings for Apple’s New Sunnyvale Campus

Oct 09, 2015 • Projects

The yet-to-be-finalized plans depict a futuristic complex with 770,000 square feet of dedicated office space and 90,000 square feet of green space. 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Design New Facility for the University of Chicago

Oct 08, 2015 • Projects

The David M. Rubenstein Forum will host conferences, workshops, lectures, ceremonies, and other events.

Amanda Levete Architects Design Maggie's Centre for Southampton, England

Oct 08, 2015 • Projects

To open in 2017, the Southampton cancer treatment facility will be located adjacent to the Southampton General Hospital’s oncology unit.

Donaghy Named Contract Associate Publisher

Oct 08, 2015 • People

Emerald Expositions, the publisher of Contract magazine, has announced that Karen Donaghy has joined the company as Associate Publisher of Contract magazine.

Mama Sarah Obama Foundation Plans $12 Million Headquarters in Kenya

Oct 07, 2015 • Projects

Established by U.S. President Barack Obama’s grandmother, the foundation seeks to provide, education, food, and shelter to African families in need.

Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership Completes Museum in Bulgaria

Oct 07, 2015 • Projects

LHSA + DP was selected through an international competition held by the Americans for Bulgaria Foundation, who also hired on Sofia-based A+A Architects, along with several other local engineers and fabricators.

Perkins+Will Toronto Reveals University Project in Canada

Oct 07, 2015 • Projects

The 210,000-square-foot building is expected to house four academic departments, a suite of active learning classrooms, student life programming, and an event space.

Goettsch Partners Designs Musical Arts Center for Northwestern University

Oct 07, 2015 • Projects

The structure adjoins Regenstein Hall—home to the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music—and allows for Bienen to consolidate for the first time.

Selldorf Architects to Complete Nonprofit School in Zambia

Oct 05, 2015 • Projects

Founded in 2012 by Joseph Mizzi and Nchimunya Wulf, 14+ Foundation is a nonprofit that aims to develop, build, and operate schools and orphanages in underdeveloped African areas.

Herzog & de Meuron Design Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada

Oct 05, 2015 • Projects

In reference to the region’s prominent use of timber, the gallery will be a 230-foot-tall structure clad in wood with cantilevered roofs.

Prince-Ramus Wins 2015 Marcus Prize

Oct 02, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The $100,000 prize, funded by Milwaukee’s Marcus Corporation Foundation, provides $50,000 to the winner and a further $50,000 for the recipient to lead an architecture design studio in collaboration with UWM SARUP faculty.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Design Tianjin Juilliard School in China

Oct 02, 2015 • Projects

The Tianjin City project—located approximately 75 miles southeast of Beijing—will open in 2018 as a collaborative effort between Juilliard and several other institutions.

Dolby Laboratories Relocates San Francisco Headquarters

Oct 02, 2015 • Industry

The site offers a host of facilities geared toward the company’s scientists and engineers, such as a series of 100 laboratories totaling 63,000 square feet.

Madisen Maher Architects Design New Wisconsin Headquarters for Klement Sausage Co.

Oct 01, 2015 • Projects

The new fourth-floor space will span an estimated 13,000 square feet in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Pabst Professional Center, an office development.

HOK and Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates Design Expanded Terminal at Will Rogers World Airport

Oct 01, 2015 • Projects

The schematic design was recently approved by Oklahoma City Airport Trust and hopes to increase the terminal’s capacity.

Rural Urban Framework Receives 2015 Curry Stone Design Prize

Oct 01, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The award was founded in 2008 and is annually bestowed upon emerging architects and urban designers in recognition of works with significant social impact.

HOK Designs Mixed-Use Office Complex in San Francisco

Sep 30, 2015 • Projects

The mixed-use complex will be an urban campus with structural architecture that aims to aesthetically meld with the district. 

AZPML Completes $1 Billion Birmingham New Street Railway Station

Sep 30, 2015 • Projects

Since its debut, Zaera-Polo has issued a statement that the station’s design does not honor his original concept, which was altered by British railway operator Network Rail.

Winners of the IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America & the Caribbean 2015

Sep 29, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Founded in 2012, the awards honor the highest level of creativity and design excellence in interior design and architecture projects throughout their eponymous regions.

More than 4,000 Expected to Attend the 2015 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference

Sep 29, 2015 • Events

The event will be held November 14–17, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 

VOA Associates Design Virgin Hotel New York

Sep 28, 2015 • Projects

The approximately 500,000-sqaure-foot, 39-story sculpted tower will be built over a three-level podium structure with glass-fronted retail outlets that face street level.

Related Companies Plans $6.5 Billion Mixed-Use Development Adjacent to Levi’s Stadium

Sep 28, 2015 • Projects

The large-scale project will be built on a 239-acre plot that is primarily occupied by a landfill, and it will feature more than 9.2 million square feet of retail, entertainment, office, and residential space.

MASS Design Group Conceives African Design Center

Sep 25, 2015 • Projects

The firm’s Rwanda program director, Christian Benimana, will head the center and give a presentation during the United Nations Solutions Summit in New York on September 27.

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Unveil Design for South China Office Building

Sep 25, 2015 • Projects

To be located in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, the building will house China Minmetals Corporation—a Beijing–based global metals and mining operation that was established in 1950 and is currently the largest iron and steel trader in China.

Berke to Succeed Stern as Yale Dean

Sep 25, 2015 • People

Deborah Berke is the founder of the New York–based design firm Deborah Berke Partners and will succeed Robert A.M. Stern on July 1, 2016.

Zaha Hadid Awarded 2016 RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture

Sep 24, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Zaha Hadid Architects is now known for its avant-garde blend of technology and abstract design, which contributed to her recent win.

2015 Archtober Design Festival Begins Next Week

Sep 24, 2015 • Events

Archtober was established by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2010 and offers design aficionados the opportunity to attend more than 100 events, programs, talks, and exhibitions.

Three Firms Shortlisted for Taoyuan International Airport Expansion

Sep 23, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The firms will each receive an estimated $413,386 to develop their proposals for Terminal 3, which will debut in 2020.

Architecture Billings Index Decreases in August

Sep 23, 2015 • Industry

Indicative of a decrease in billings, the ABI has dropped from 54.7 in July to 49.1 in August.

DKNY to Relocate New York Headquarters

Sep 23, 2015 • Industry

The move coincides with the impending closure of DKNY’s 18,000-square-foot flagship store in New York, employee layoffs, and the resignation of DKNY founder Donna Karan.

Renzo Piano Designs $151 Million Headquarters for Kum & Go

Sep 22, 2015 • Projects

Krause Gateway Center will replace Kum & Go’s 15-year-old headquarters in West Des Moines, Iowa, when it opens in early 2018.

Shortlist Announced for New U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil

Sep 22, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Six notable architecture and design firms have been shortlisted in the first stage of a two-stage selection process for the new U.S. Embassy compound in Brasilia, Brazil.

John F. Kennedy International Airport to Receive First Hotel

Sep 22, 2015 • Projects

Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1962, the TWA terminal has been unoccupied since 2001 and will now be outfitted as a hotel lobby with a new-built addition.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby Receive London Design Medal

Sep 21, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The London Design Festival annually celebrates the city's most creative thinkers, practitioners, retailers, and educators.

Elkus Manfredi Architects Reveals $500 Million New Balance Headquarters in Boston

Sep 21, 2015 • Projects

The 250,000-square-foot facility will also include a commuter rail stop and an onsite, 600-seat training facility for the Boston Bruins.

Mecanoo to Renovate New York Public Library

Sep 18, 2015 • Projects

Mecanoo has indicated that it will generate a master plan in reference to the data and public feedback the library has collected in the past year.

Coverings 2016 to Be Held at McCormick Place in Chicago, April 18-21

Sep 18, 2015 • Events

As the largest tile and stone trade show in North America, the exposition serves as a launch pad for innovative products, tools, and machinery geared toward the design industry.

Interiors Awards Final Deadline is Tomorrow

Sep 18, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The final deadline to enter the 37th Annual Interiors Awards is Midnight ET, Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Kersten Geers and David Van Severen to Curate Biennale Interieur 2016

Sep 18, 2015 • People

The international event will occupy approximately 131,234 square feet of Kortrijk Xpo in Kortrijk, Belgium, from October 14–23.

Mecanoo to Design $543 Million Engineering School in the UK

Sep 17, 2015 • Projects

The 255,905-square-foot Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will span one block near the school’s main campus, which is the largest campus in the UK.

SOM Completes Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower in China

Sep 17, 2015 • Projects

Chinese real estate company Greenland Group developed the 56-story glass tower, which was certified LEED Silver.

Cushman & Wakefield Moves U.S. Headquarters to Chicago

Sep 17, 2015 • Industry

The move follows in the wake of Cushman's $2 billion acquisition by commercial real estate advisor DTZ. 

Gehry Reveals Pro Bono Design for Children's Institute, Inc., in Los Angeles

Sep 16, 2015 • Projects

The campus will feature a grouping of buildings with facilities in residential-style buildings topped by traditionally lustrous Gehry-style roofs.

Marvin J. Malecha Named President of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design

Sep 16, 2015 • People

Malecha is currently the dean at North Carolina State University’s (NC State) College of Design and will assume his new positions at the end of this semester.

Contract Magazine and Formica to Host Webinar on October 7

Sep 16, 2015 • Events

Contract magazine and Formica Corporation are teaming up to host a webinar at 10 a.m. ET on October 7, 2015.

Five Winners Selected for Praemium Imperiale International Arts Awards

Sep 14, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Perrault is among five laureates selected by the Japan Art Association (JAA) to win the award, which recognizes contributions and achievements within the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theater/film.

Paul Murdoch Architects Completes Flight 93 National Memorial

Sep 14, 2015 • Projects

Dedicated to the 40 passengers and crew who died rerouting the flight that terrorists had intended to crash in Washington, D.C., the 2,200-acre memorial site is comprised of a $26 million visitor center and museum.

Interiors Awards Deadline Extended to September 18

Sep 14, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Interiors Awards celebrate great design in projects across 14 categories of commercial interior architecture and design, as well as a student category.

Under Armour Inc. Begins Construction on a Mixed-Use Campus in Baltimore

Sep 11, 2015 • Projects

The approximately 200-acre site will be situated within Port Covington in the South Baltimore peninsula, where Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has been acquiring property for several years.

Indiana University Health Names HOK as Executive Architect for Upcoming Projects

Sep 11, 2015 • Projects

The projects aim to renovate the facility’s mode of patient care with a model sustainable for more than 100 years.

Grimshaw Architects Reveals Updated Plan for London’s Euston Station

Sep 11, 2015 • Projects

The updated proposal seeks to integrate the station with the forthcoming HS2 high-speed railway, which will be built between London and the Midlands.

David Adjaye Wins MIT’s 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts

Sep 10, 2015 • People

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has selected architect and designer David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates as the recipient of the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts.

President Barack Obama Awards Everett Fly with 2014 National Humanities Medal

Sep 10, 2015 • People

President Barack Obama is presenting the 2014 National Medals of Arts and Humanities to award recipients during a ceremony at the White House today.

Martha Thorne Named Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid

Sep 09, 2015 • People

IE University has appointed Pritzker Architecture Prize Executive Director Martha Thorne as the new dean of its Madrid and Segovia, Spain–based School of Architecture and Design.

Gonzalez Hinz Zabala and Young & Ayata Awarded First Place in Bauhaus Museum Design Competition

Sep 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the city of Dessau-Roßlau have announced a joint first-place winner for its Bauhau Museum design competition.

Blackstone Acquires Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc. for About $4 Billion

Sep 09, 2015 • Industry

Real estate private equity firm Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII LP has acquired Chicago–based Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc. for about $4 billion.

Mahesh Ramanujam Selected as New U.S. Green Building Council CEO

Sep 08, 2015 • People

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named Mahesh Ramanujam, the company’s current chief operating officer, as USGBC’s new CEO.

Michael Maltzan Architecture Designs New Public Plaza for California’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Sep 04, 2015 • Projects

Segerstrom Center’s new plaza is part of The Next Act, a three-phase, $68 million campaign created to better meet the needs of locals.

Hans van Heeswijk Architecten Complete Entrance Hall for Van Gogh Museum

Sep 04, 2015 • Projects

The entrance hall will open to the public on September 5, 2015.

L.A. Herald Examiner Building to be Converted into Mixed-Use Office Space

Sep 04, 2015 • Projects

Originally the headquarters of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the landmark building has been vacant since the newspaper’s closure in 1989. 

Second Quarter 2015 ASID Interior Design Billings Index Remains Positive

Sep 03, 2015 • Industry

Improvement was seen in all firm sizes and industry sectors, with the exception of education, indicating a market on the uptick. 

Gehry Reveals Renderings for New Mixed-Use Development in Los Angeles

Sep 03, 2015 • Projects

Gehry’s $300 million plan is one of several under consideration for its location, which is known as the “Gateway to the Sunset Strip.”

Johnson & Johnson to Open New Shared Services Headquarters in Tampa

Sep 02, 2015 • Projects

Tampa was selected over two unnamed cities; however, the company revealed that neither was in Florida. 

Foster + Partners and PTW Architects to Design Tower 4N in Sydney

Sep 02, 2015 • Projects

The 15-story, commercial-use tower will be footed by a renovated Art Deco-era podium and contain office space, 48 residential apartments, 283 hotel rooms, a childcare center, and 121 parking spaces.

NCARB Announces 13 Schools to Implement the Integrated Path Initiative

Sep 01, 2015 • Industry

The first round of approved schools include a diverse array of both public and private accredited B.Arch and M.Arch programs across nine jurisdictions.

SOM Reveals Plans for New National Cancer Institute Near Cairo

Sep 01, 2015 • Projects

An in-patient hospital and an outpatient facility will be the centerpiece of the campus and together total four million square feet.

Associated Builders and Contractors Report a Rise in Nonresidential Construction Spending

Sep 01, 2015 • Industry

The construction economic update is an analysis of the monthly economic indices provided by the federal government.

2016 Venice Biennale U.S. Pavilion Winning Architects Announced

Aug 31, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

This year’s theme and the exhibition will highlight the far-reaching effect architects can have across the world, with a specific emphasis on four possible projects in postindustrial Detroit.

Interiors Awards Deadline Less Than Two Weeks Away

Aug 31, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Winners of the 37th Annual Interiors Awards will be published in the January/February issue of Contract, and honored at the Interiors Awards Breakfast on January 29, 2016.

David Chipperfield Architects to Renovate the U.S. Embassy in London

Aug 31, 2015 • Projects

Selected over New York–based KPF and British firm Foster+Partners, DCA will not begin renovations until the site’s diplomatic staff is relocated to a new embassy that is currently under construction.

New 1.1 million-square-foot Office Development Planned for San Jose

Aug 28, 2015 • Projects

The location may be highly desirable to tech companies, and negotiations have begun with an unnamed client, thought to be Apple, who may occupy the entire development.

New York’s Meatpacking District Emerges as an Upcoming Office Destination

Aug 28, 2015 • Industry

The district could see as much as 600,000 square feet of new commercial and office space constructed over the next five years.

Design Selected for Los Angeles Convention Center Expansion

Aug 28, 2015 • Projects

Populous, HMC Architects, Chu+Gooding Architects, and OLIN have been chosen to complete the expansion and renovation, which will cost an estimated $350 million.

New York Building Congress Reports an Increase in Office Construction

Aug 27, 2015 • Industry

A rise in employment, low interest rates, and major local developments currently underway may be influencing New York's recent surge in office space.

Los Angeles LGBT Center Selects Leong Leong to Design a New Mixed-Use Campus

Aug 26, 2015 • Projects

The nonprofit organization is constructing the 183,700-square-foot building to better accommodate its 42,000 monthly client visits and act as its new administrative headquarters. 

The Barack Obama Foundation Issues RFQ for Presidential Library Architect

Aug 26, 2015 • Industry

The deadline to submit credentials and samples of work is September 16.

Semple Brown Design and Handprint Architecture to Design UNC Campus Commons

Aug 25, 2015 • Projects

The student navigation and support hub will also house the school’s music and musical theater programs

Fentress Architects to Design New South Terminal at Orlando International Airport

Aug 25, 2015 • Projects

During the project’s first phase, a 2,500-space parking area and 16–24 new gates will be constructed to better accommodate domestic and international flights.

Green Bay Packers Reveal Master Plan for Titletown District

Aug 24, 2015 • Projects

The development is a collaborative project between real estate advisory firm Sterling Project Development (SPD), global architectural firm ROSSETTI, and Biederman Redevelopment Ventures.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to Design Expedia’s New Seattle Headquarters

Aug 24, 2015 • Projects

Currently headquartered in downtown Bellevue, Washington, the online travel company will relocate to a waterfront property along Seattle’s Elliott Bay shoreline, which is currently undergoing a billion dollar redevelopment.

3M Commissions MSR Design to Create a New Design Center in Minnesota

Aug 21, 2015 • Projects

Spanning 40,000 square feet, the sustainable building will be four times larger than the company’s current design facility and integrate 3M solutions and technology.

Heatherwick Studio Granted Planning Permission for Maggie's Yorkshire

Aug 21, 2015 • Projects

Renderings reveal a series of curvaceous, potted-plant-inspired structures that contain both private and communal spaces beneath draping rooftop gardens.

World War I Memorial Design Competition Shortlist Announced

Aug 20, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Founded by a U.S. Act of Congress in 2013, the competition aims to redesign a 1.8-acre site near the White House in Washington, D.C.

Architecture Billings Index Remains Steady through July

Aug 19, 2015 • Industry

Although there was a slight decrease in the ABI score to 54.7, any score above 50 still equates to an overall increase in design services.

Herzog & de Meuron Win RIBA’s 2015 Jencks Award

Aug 19, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The firm will be honored with the Jencks Award, a grant worth approximately $1,560, and a certificate on October 29, 2015, at the RIBA in London.

NeoCon East Opens Registration and Announces Keynote Presentations

Aug 18, 2015 • Events

Geared toward architects, designers, and facility managers affiliated with General Services Administration (GSA), the show will take place October 28–29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

John Puttick Associates to Redesign England’s Preston Bus Station

Aug 18, 2015 • Projects

Built by UK architecture firm BDP in the 1960s, Preston Bus Station will be repurposed as the OnSide Youth Zone—an approximately $20 million project comprising one aspect of a broad, city-center redevelopment plan.

Obama Foundation to Hold Architect Search for Presidential Center

Aug 17, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The university has proposed Washington Park and Jackson Park as potential location sites, but the exact location for the center has yet to be announced.

Rolex Selects Kengo Kuma to Design its Dallas Headquarters

Aug 17, 2015 • Projects

Dallas–based architecture firm HDF will serve as architect of record for the building, which is currently under development by Harwood International as part of a broader master plan for the 18-block Harwood area.

Architecture Schools Join NCARB Integrated Path to Licensure Initiative

Aug 14, 2015 • Industry

The initiative aims to reimagine the curriculum with integrated opportunities for students to take each division of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and satisfy Intern Development Program (IDP) requirements before graduating

The Graham Foundation Awards $496,500 in Grants to 49 Winners

Aug 13, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Winners were chosen for their ability to spark a public dialogue while exploring architecture’s role in society.

HDR Inc. Acquires CEI Architecture to Form HDR | CEI

Aug 12, 2015 • Industry

The deal was made effective as of July 26, 2015, and will see both companies joining to provide a broader scope of services.

AIA Survey Reports Increased Industry Compensation Rates

Aug 11, 2015 • Industry

Since 2010, revenue has risen to more than $11 billion, which accounts for approximately 75 percent of the decline felt from 2008-2010.

2015 CAE Education Facility Design Awards Winners Announced

Aug 10, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Honoring both architects and firms for top-quality educational design work, the awards annually challenge designers to get creative with experimental work that seeks to advance the industry through innovative ideas and concepts.

DIFFA/Chicago’s The Imagine Ball raises nearly $500,000 to treat HIV/AIDS

Aug 10, 2015 • Events

The Chicago design community and invited guests gathered on June 13 for The Imagine Ball, the 27th annual black-tie fundraising gala for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago (DIFFA/Chicago).

Sagmeister, Cama, and Pillai to Speak at Contract Design Forum

Aug 07, 2015 • Events

The two-day gathering will be held November 4–6 at The Brice Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.

Ennead Architects Releases Plan for Taopu Sci-Tech City in China

Aug 07, 2015 • Projects

Renderings reveal a massive, mixed-use complex designed to interconnect with the surrounding community via a series of indoor and outdoor spaces dotted throughout linear building edges that encompass five public parks.

Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects Complete 1 Hotel Central Park

Aug 07, 2015 • Projects

Interiors were conceived by Starwood’s in-house design team, led by Senior Vice President of Design Kemper Hyers, and New York–based AvroKo.

WEISS/MANFREDI Selected to Restore U.S. Embassy in New Delhi

Aug 06, 2015 • Projects

The modernist Chancery building and its 28-acre campus will be restored and expanded with a new office annex during the first phase of development.