Katie Michael­-Battaglia Named Chapter President of IIDA NY

Jul 02, 2015 • People

A member of IIDA NY since 2002, Michael-Battaglia has worked with the Leaders Breakfast committee since 2011 and previously served as vice president of membership from 2008 to 2009.

Nader Tehrani Appointed The Cooper Union Dean of Architecture

Jul 01, 2015 • People

Tehrani brings with him more than 25 years of industry experience, during which he founded Boston–based NADAAA.

ASID to Host Celebration Awards Gala in Boston

Jul 01, 2015 • Events

This year, Celebration will place a special emphasis on the 40th anniversary of ASID.

Renzo Piano Designs the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles

Jun 30, 2015 • Projects

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously granted final approval to construct the $300 million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Rick Fedrizzi to End Term as CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council in 2016

Jun 29, 2015 • People

Since 2003, Fedrizzi has served as CEO for the organization, which has assembled a search committee to fill the position for 2017.

37th Annual Interiors Awards Jury Announced

Jun 29, 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.

Beyer Blinder Belle Reveals Renderings for the U.S. Diplomacy Center

Jun 29, 2015 • Projects

As the country’s first U.S. Diplomacy museum, the facility is slated to re-engage the nation with diplomatic virtues and ideas.

Goettsch Partners to Design Park Tower in San Francisco

Jun 29, 2015 • Projects

Currently in the schematic design phase, tower construction will begin this October with a slated completion date of 2018.

The American Society of Interior Designers Elects 2016 Board of Directors

Jun 25, 2015 • People

The 2016 ASID Board of Directors term begins on October 1, 2015, and the current board will continue to serve until then.

Winners Announced for 2015 Inspirations Awards

Jun 24, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The awards celebrate leadership in socially responsible design among commercial interior designers and architects.

Architecture Billings Index Reveals Positive Growth in May

Jun 24, 2015 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the ABI score increased from 48.8 in April to 51.9 in May, reflecting an increase in design services.

Moreau Kusunoki Architectes’s “Art in the City” Wins Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

Jun 23, 2015 • Projects

The winning design will be an interactive experience that engages visitors with museum artwork and programs throughout linked pavilions and plazas positioned around an interior street.

ASID State of the Industry Report Foresees Continued Growth for Interior Design Industry

Jun 23, 2015 • Industry

Several indicators, such as an increase of billing and inquiries, suggest that the design industry has recovered from the 2008 recession and that firms of all sizes will hire new employees within the next year.

Gerkan, Marg and Partners Selected to Design China’s Guangzhou City Museum

Jun 19, 2015 • Projects

Gerkan, Marg and Partners’ 268,395-square-foot design references the historic Chigang Pagoda

AIA Launches Look Up Film Challenge

Jun 19, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

As part of an ongoing public awareness campaign, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has launched the Look Up Film Challenge

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos to Design China's Guangzhou Science Museum

Jun 19, 2015 • Projects

The approximately 262,467-sqaure-foot science museum will be located on the south bank of the Pearl River

Indian Architect Charles Correa Dies at Age 84

Jun 18, 2015 • People

Correa, an RIBA Gold Medal recipient, created a modernist architectural vocabulary in India, designing many buildings there and abroad.

The Soul of Design: Martin Lesjak and Anastasija Sugic Deliver NeoCon Keynote

Jun 18, 2015 • Events

Martin Lesjak, co-founder of INNOCAD and Contract 2015 Designer of the Year, and fashion designer Anastasija Sugic delivered a keynote presentation at NeoCon about their work through 13&9 Design, of which they are both CEOs and creative directors.

2015 RIBA National Awards Winners Announced

Jun 18, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London has named 37 winners for the 2015 RIBA National Awards.

AIA Honors 2015 Small Project Award Recipients

Jun 16, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Now in its 12th year, the program aims to raise public awareness of the value architects bring to projects, regardless of their size and scope, in three categories.

2015 Best of NeoCon Winners

Jun 15, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The winners of the 2015 Best of NeoCon Competition were announced on June 15. Here is a comprehensive list of all winning products, with links to gallery images of each.

OMA Completes Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow

Jun 15, 2015 • Projects

Owned by Russian businesswoman and gallerist Dasha Zhukova, the polycarbonate-clad gallery is housed in a refurbished Soviet-era restaurant that had been abandoned for more than 20 years.

Patricia Urquiola Inspires with Keynote Address at NeoCon 2015

Jun 15, 2015 • Events

Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola discusses her inspirations, the trajectory of her career, and what she has learned from consistently pushing the boundaries as a woman in the design industry.

Contract Magazine and IIDA Announce 2015 NeoCon Booth Design Winners

Jun 14, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The competition celebrates originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials, and the use of space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics in showrooms and booths at NeoCon.

MVRDV Selected to Design Cultural Cluster in Zaanstad, North Holland

Jun 12, 2015 • Projects

The firm’s winning proposal depicts an approximately 25,000-square-foot building with a complex facade featuring multiple house-shaped voids varying in size in reference to the institutions housed within.

Buro Ole Scheeren Reveals Renderings for Vancouver Skyscraper

Jun 12, 2015 • Projects

The 48-story tower will replace an existing 20-story office building owned by the project's developer, Bosa Properties.

BIG Reveals Renderings of Two World Trade Center

Jun 10, 2015 • Projects

Originally designed by London–based Foster + Partners, the edifice was reimagined by BIG when key tenants 21st Century Fox and News Corp. sought a concept with a more modern appeal. 

Best of NeoCon Entries Available for View

Jun 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The winners will be first announced at the Best of NeoCon Awards Breakfast, held at 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 15, at the Renaissance Hotel.

Call for Entries Now Open for the 37th Annual Interiors Awards

Jun 08, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Contract magazine’s 37th annual Interiors Awards, which celebrate great design in projects across 14 categories of commercial interior architecture and design, as well as a student category, is now accepting entries.

Frick Museum Alters Plans for Expansion

Jun 04, 2015 • Projects

Designed by New York–based Davis Brody Bond, the original proposal was conceived to replace an on-site gated garden with a six-story museum addition that would provide a needed exhibition space.

Gottlieb Paludan Architects Receives 2015 Nykredit Architecture Prize

Jun 04, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The $75,337 prize is known as Scandinavia’s most distinguished architectural award.

Hospitality Design Magazine Announces 2015 HD Awards Winners and Finalists

Jun 04, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

This year, over 560 project entries were submitted across 20 categories, and approximately 340 product entries were submitted in 10 categories.

SHoP Architects and West 8 to Design Miami Innovation District

Jun 03, 2015 • Projects

The 7,000,000-square-feet site is intended to position Miami as a location for future tech industries.

IIDA Names Patricia Urquiola as the 2015 IIDA Titan Award Recipient

Jun 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Urquiola founded her eponymous studio in Milan where she currently works on product design, architecture, interiors, installations, and concept creation. 

Yves Béhar Honored with 2015 IIDA Star Award

Jun 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Béhar is a proponent of holistic product, digital, and brand design and actively practices design as a means of social and environmental change.

Google Selects New Build Site for Headquarters

Jun 02, 2015 • Projects

Designed by Bjarke Ingels of Netherlands–based BIG and Thomas Heatherwick of London–based Heatherwick Studio, the new proposed headquarters will be similar to their original concept.

Three Firms Selected to Build Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon

Jun 02, 2015 • Projects

Portland–based Mayer/Reed, Canadian firm Dialog, and the New York and San Francisco offices of Snøhetta have been selected to design the walkway structure at the second biggest waterfall by volume in North America.

HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff to Design LaGuardia Airport’s $3.6 Billion Redevelopment

Jun 01, 2015 • Projects

Design of the new terminal building will feature a new central entry portal, unify previously unconnected terminals, and serve approximately 50 percent of the passenger volume at the airport.

Monica Ponce de Leon Named Dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture

May 29, 2015 • People

Ponce de Leon will replace Alejandro Zaera-Polo following allegations of plagiarism in his work for the 2014 Venice Biennale.

Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley Appointed to Curate Istanbul Design Biennial

May 29, 2015 • People

The curators plan to reveal the third Istanbul Design Biennial’s theme in December 2015. 

Winners Announced for AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Innovation Awards

May 29, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Morphosis Architects’ Emerson College Los Angeles was honored with the Stellar Architecture award.

SHoP and Studio O+A Design New Uber HQ

May 29, 2015 • Projects

The company is building a new headquarters, designed in collaboration by New York-based architecture firm SHoP Architects and San Francisco-based Studio O+A.

DIFFA/Chicago’s Annual Gala, The Imagine Ball, Is June 13

May 27, 2015 • Events

Shining a light on a world without AIDS, the organization’s Imagine Ball is the fifth in a series of six Believe Galas dedicated to DIFFA/Chicago grantees.

ASID and IDI Celebrate World Interiors Day

May 27, 2015 • Events

World Interiors Day is an annual event created to raise awareness of the important role interior architecture and design work play in society.

NELSON to Acquire VeenendaalCave, Inc.

May 26, 2015 • Industry

The firm will operate as VeenendaalCave, Inc., until it completes a full transition into the NELSON brand on June 30.

Architecture Billings Index Reflects Decrease in Design Services

May 21, 2015 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the ABI score for April was 48.8, reflecting a drastic decrease from March’s score of 51.7.

HOK and USL to Launch Stadium Development Initiative

May 21, 2015 • Projects

To increase both facility capacities and amenities, HOK plans to guide soccer-specific stadium development for expansion clubs and renovation of current USL stadiums.

Entries Now Being Accepted for Healthcare Environment Awards

May 21, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Co-sponsored by Contract magazine, the competition honors healthcare interior architecture and design across a range of project types.

Winners Announced for 2015 RIBA London Awards

May 21, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The city’s most prestigious design honor was awarded to 38 London projects, which will now be considered for the RIBA National Awards, announced in June.

Joel Sanders to Present 8th Annual Oberfield Lecture

May 20, 2015 • Events

The lecture will be hosted by the New York chapter of AIA (AIANY) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at the AIANY Center for Architecture.

MVRDV Selected to Design Seoul Public Park

May 19, 2015 • Projects

Known as the Seoul Skygarden, MVRDV’s competition-winning concept is slated to be the country’s answer to New York’s High Line.

Design Inspiration at ICFF in New York

May 19, 2015 • Events

Produced by Emerald Expositions, the publisher of Contract, ICFF featured 165,000 square feet of exhibition space, a range of events and features, and a number of CEU-accredited education sessions presented by the American Society of Interior Designers.

2015 NCARB Report Preview Reveals Record-high Number of Architect Candidates

May 18, 2015 • Industry

Slated for release in July, the full 2015 report will include data and minority numbers within the field, an updated status on graduates from accredited architecture programs versus non-accredited programs, and IDP and ARE year-over-year completion times.

Thomas V. Vonier, FAIA, Elected 2017 AIA President

May 18, 2015 • People

Additionally, Jennifer Workman, AIA, L. Jane Frederick, FAIA, and Anthony P. Schirripa, FAIA, were elected to serve as at-large directors, while Stuart L. Coppedge, AIA, was elected 2016–2017 treasurer.

ASID Interior Design Billings Index Reveals Optimistic Projection After First Quarter 2015

May 18, 2015 • Industry

IDBI data predicts stronger business conditions and continued expansion for interior design, with an index of 73 slated for the next six months.

IIDA Announces 2015 HD Product Design Competition Winners

May 15, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has named the winners of the 19th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition, which is presented in partnership with Hospitality Design magazine and open to all exhibitors at HD Expo 2015.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Reveals Renderings for U.S. Olympic Museum

May 15, 2015 • Projects

New York–based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in partnership with Denver–based practice Anderson Mason Dale Architects, has unveiled renderings of the U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Pritzker Prize Award Ceremony to Stream Live Tonight

May 15, 2015 • Industry

The Pritzker Prize will hold its annual award ceremony tonight at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

NCARB to Discontinue Use of the Term Intern

May 15, 2015 • Industry

 NCARB will discontinue the use of the term intern but proposes no new alternative. 

Winners of 2015 Architectural League Prize Announced

May 14, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Architectural League of New York and the Young Architects + Designers Committee have named six winners to be awarded with the Architectural League Prize, one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young designers and architects. 

Jane Hallinan Named IIDA 2015 Member of the Year

May 13, 2015 • People

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has named Jane Hallinan, Assoc. IIDA, as the 2015 Member of the Year award recipient. 

Obama Library and Museum to be in Chicago

May 12, 2015 • Projects

After weeks of speculation, the Barack Obama Foundation formally announced today that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built on the South Side of Chicago. 

ICFF to Be Held at Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, May 16–19

May 11, 2015 • Events

The 27th edition of ICFF, the premier global design show, will be held at Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, May 16–19.

Shigeru Ban Contributes to Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

May 11, 2015 • Events

In collaboration with his firm, Ban’s relief organization Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) will assemble shelter and medical aid stations onsite.

BLS Reveals Architectural Employment Data

May 11, 2015 • Industry

The architectural and engineering services sector saw an addition of 3,700 jobs last month.

Henry N. Cobb Awarded 2015 President’s Medal by the Architectural League of New York

May 08, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

A contributor to architectural education, Cobb also served as chair of Harvard’s department of architecture in the 80s and is active in the Architectural League.

Szczecin Philharmonic Hall Wins 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award

May 08, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The building was designed by Barcelona–based Barozzi Veiga who received a cash prize and the biennial award.

ADP Monthly Employment Report Indicates Decrease in Job Growth for April

May 06, 2015 • Industry

This report marks the fifth consecutive month of decline.

Winners Announced for 2015 National Design Awards

May 05, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The National Design Awards promotes innovative design’s ability to shape the world and recognizes excellence, innovation, and public impact. 

Two James Beard Awards Winners Announced for Design

May 05, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

In an effort to recognize the culinary and design accomplishments of other cities, the event was held in Chicago in contrast to New York where it has taken place since its inception in 1990. 

OMA Completes Arts Center for Fondazione Prada

May 04, 2015 • Projects

The complex is a cultural center dedicated to art, cinema, and philosophy established by Prada and comprised of seven buildings converted from a 100-year-old Milan distillery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harvard GSD Announces 2015 Wheelwright Prize Winner

Apr 28, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Architecture Billings Index Shows Increase for March

Apr 22, 2015 • Industry

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

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.

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.

AIAS Launches Early Licensure Campaign PASS

Apr 16, 2015 • Industry

The program will assist aspiring architects in early licensure.

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." 

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.

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.

Populous Reveals Renderings of Milwaukee Arena

Apr 09, 2015 • Projects

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

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.

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.