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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.