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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Sagmeister and Cama 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.

WeWork Acquires IT Consultancy CASE Inc.

Aug 06, 2015 • Industry

Following the acquisition, the company now heads WeWork’s digital department and applies its consulting experience to enhancing and developing all WeWork locations.

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.

Patterson Architects Associates Completes Len Lye Centre in New Zealand

Aug 06, 2015 • Projects

The structure was developed via systems methodology, which utilizes patterns found in the environment to inform the aesthetic. 

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple to Receive $23 Million Restoration

Aug 04, 2015 • Projects

Chicago–based architect Gunny Harboe, president of Harboe Architects, PC, has been selected as the leading architect of the renovation.

David Parken Resigns as CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects

Aug 04, 2015 • People

During his tenure with the organization, Parken made significant contributions to the architecture, design, and construction industries, and helped to augment the organization’s member services and event programming.

Populous Designs United Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Aug 04, 2015 • Projects

United currently utilizes the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Memorial stadium, however the league hopes the new design will offer a more modern and intimate alternative.

Atkins Designs Tallest Building in Vietnam

Aug 03, 2015 • Projects

Landmark 81 will usurp the approximately 1,131-foot-tall Landmark 72 in Hanoi, Vietnam, as well as a selection of other well-known, global high-rises.

Johnson Pilton Walker Architects to Revamp Anzac Memorial in Sydney

Jul 31, 2015 • Projects

The memorial was erected in Hyde Park as a military monument but was not fully realized due to a lack of funds attributed to the Great Depression. 

Studio Libeskind to Design Pyramid-shaped Tower in Jerusalem

Jul 31, 2015 • Projects

Recently approved by the Jerusalem Municipality, the Pyramid Tower will become a public space for both residents and visitors.

New York Firm WASA Studio Files for Bankruptcy

Jul 31, 2015 • Industry

The firm has been granted chapter 11 protection from creditors and its Broadway office landlord, while it seeks buyers and a new office space in the same building.

Two Universities Chosen to Create New Architecture and Design School in China

Jul 31, 2015 • Projects

The competition was only open to some of the most prestigious universities and both winning universities will work in collaboration with the Harbin Institute of Technology of China (HIT) to design the school.

Architect Robert Mosher Dies at Age 94

Jul 29, 2015 • People

He is most well known for his work as a design consultant for the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.

OMA to Design Sports and Science Facility for Brighton College in England

Jul 29, 2015 • Projects

The building's completion will finalize the school’s approximately $62 million redevelopment plan.

AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Predicts Increased Spending

Jul 29, 2015 • Industry

The construction market saw its most activity occurring in the commercial sector, which will likely see an overall increase in spending of 12.3 percent in 2015. 

Perkins+Will Moves Headquarters to Wrigley Building in Chicago

Jul 28, 2015 • Projects

Construction of the new space is scheduled to begin this September, and the move is slated for February 2016.

New York Governor Cuomo Announces LaGuardia Airport Redesign

Jul 28, 2015 • Projects

The project’s first phase will cost approximately $4 billion and is expected to relieve traffic congestion via a single central terminal that is 600 feet closer to the Grand Central Parkway.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Release Renderings for International Spy Museum

Jul 28, 2015 • Projects

A glass-wrapped base will support an upside-down trapezoidal structure, which will feature crimson columns that rise along its exterior and a glazed pavilion that hovers two stories above.

5+design Reveals Renderings for Two Transit Hubs in Moscow

Jul 27, 2015 • Projects

The hubs are in development to connect Moscow’s old and new districts and expand the city from the south side, reducing both traffic and pollution.

BIG Reveals Winning Proposal for New Germany Skyscraper

Jul 24, 2015 • Projects

The BIG design was chosen by New York–based international developer and fund manager Tishman Speyer during a competition that resulted in five shortlisted proposals.

David Adjaye Unveils Renderings for Children's Cancer Hospital in Rwanda

Jul 23, 2015 • Projects

To contain a residential section for both patients and staff, the institution will be completely unique among hospitals in Africa.

Sorg Architects Merges with DLR Group

Jul 22, 2015 • Industry

DLR anticipates a complete assimilation of Sorg’s Washington, D.C., operations by September.

Architecture Billings Index Shows Continued Growth in June

Jul 22, 2015 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports that the ABI score has indicated an increase in design services and has achieved its highest point in more than eight years.

UNStudio to Design New Netherlands Theatre

Jul 21, 2015 • Projects

Inspired by geological configurations, the four-story concept proposes connected volumes with sizable windows set in stone facades.

Peabody Essex Museum to Undergo $650 Million Renovation and Expansion

Jul 21, 2015 • Projects

The expansion will feature a new three-story wing designed by New York–based Ennead Architects, and the off-site Collection Stewardship Center designed by Boston–based Schwartz/Silver Architects. 

Archea Associati Completes Ceramic Art City in China

Jul 20, 2015 • Projects

The circuitous complex centers around a museum celebrating the region’s notable ceramics production industry and includes a gate, master building, hotel, and an industrial ceramics processing area.

Alejandro Aravena to Direct the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Jul 20, 2015 • People

This year’s theme “Battles to be Won” will emphasize how improving the built environment can enhance people’s overall quality of life.

Japan Dismisses Zaha Hadid’s Concept for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Jul 17, 2015 • Projects

If it had been completed, the stadium would have been one of the most costly sporting venues ever constructed.

London Design Biennale to Open September 2016

Jul 17, 2015 • Events

The event will highlight the international state of design, its prominent role in modern life, and a selection of the world’s finest projects.

2015 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Announced

Jul 16, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Of the six contenders, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is the only one that has won before, having received the honor in 2009.

Two Winners Announced for the 2015 CTBUH Annual Awards

Jul 15, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

While the Performance Award was given to Chifley Tower, Holedeck received the Innovation Award.

Gehry Partners Design Approved for Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

Jul 14, 2015 • Projects

Following a series of revisions, the final memorial design now meets the design principles established by the National Capital Planning Commission.

Alex de Rijke Resigns as Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art

Jul 14, 2015 • People

His role will officially end this September, at which point he plans to focus more on his work with locally based dRMM—a firm he founded with Sadie Morgan and Philip Marsh in 1995.

Populous to Design Football Stadium in London

Jul 13, 2015 • Projects

Located in the city’s Haringey borough, the proposed 61,000-seat elliptical stadium will feature a retractable pitch, allowing it to host American football games.

Elenberg Fraser Designs Curvaceous Tower in Melbourne

Jul 13, 2015 • Projects

The voluptuous form uses parametric modeling software to create a series of curves and bulges in reference to the undulating, fabric-wrapped dancers in Beyoncé’s “Ghost” music video.

Louvre Selects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to Design Conservation Site

Jul 13, 2015 • Projects

Located in Liévin, northern France (Nord-Pas-de-Calais) on a site neighboring the Louvre-Lens museum, the approximately 65,615-square-foot, one-story building will feature a green roof and primarily facilitate study and research.

ASID Names 2015 National Honors Recipients

Jul 13, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Honors awarded include the ASID Chapter Community Service Award, ASID Medalist Award, Educator Medalist Award, Industry Partner Merit Award, and the Lifetime Award.

NCARB Releases Annual Report on the Path to Architectural Licensure

Jul 10, 2015 • Industry

The report explores the behaviors of candidates for architectural licensure and has revealed a growing number of architects licensed to practice in the U.S.

Pratt Institute Film/Video Department Expansion by WASA/Studio A Opens

Jul 09, 2015 • Projects

New York–based firm WASA/Studio A, lead by Pratt alumnus Jack Esterson, designed the 15,000-square-foot institution in the former Prattstore building.

Ennead Architects Complete Renovations at the New York Hall of Science

Jul 09, 2015 • Projects

Located in Queens, the midcentury modern building was originally designed by Harrison and Abramovitz Architects for the 1964/1965 World’s Fair and is among the few surviving structures.

Pedro Gadanho to Join New Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon

Jul 09, 2015 • People

Gadanho will resign from his position as curator of contemporary art and architecture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, which he was appointed to three years ago.

David Adjaye Designs New Studio Museum in Harlem

Jul 07, 2015 • Projects

Founded in 1982 to house works by artists of African descent, the museum will expand with a new $122 million building.

Triangle Tower by Herzog & de Meuron Approved in Paris

Jul 07, 2015 • Projects

Despite concerns with the sustainability of its design, the tower will be the city’s first skyscraper built in more than 40 years.

California Architect Donald Wexler Dies at Age 89

Jul 06, 2015 • People

Known for designing midcentury steel homes and the main terminal at the Palm Springs International Airport in California, Wexler was a disciple of California architect Richard Neutra and a proponent of the desert modern movement.

Healthcare Environment Awards Final Deadline is July 16

Jul 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The competition honors healthcare interior architecture and design in seven categories with winners featured in Contract magazine’s October issue and on contractdesign.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.