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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

BLS Reveals Architectural Employment Data

May 11, 2015 • Industry

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

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.

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.

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.

ADP Monthly Employment Report Indicates Decrease in Job Growth for April

May 06, 2015 • Industry

This report marks the fifth consecutive month of decline.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Architecture Billings Index Shows Increase for March

Apr 22, 2015 • Industry

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

AIAS Launches Early Licensure Campaign PASS

Apr 16, 2015 • Industry

The program will assist aspiring architects in early licensure.

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.

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.

Steve Hillis Named President of Beaulieu Commercial

Apr 15, 2015 • People

Hillis previously served as the senior vice president of Durkan Hospitality.

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.

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.

Populous Reveals Renderings of Milwaukee Arena

Apr 09, 2015 • Projects

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

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.

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.

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. 

Leonardo DiCaprio to Build Sustainable Belize Resort

Apr 08, 2015 • Projects

The new resort will be the first in Belize to follow the Living Building Challenge requirements.

Snohetta to Redesign French Laundry

Apr 08, 2015 • Projects

The redesign will focus on the restaurant's outdoor spaces and kitchen.

Three Finalists Named for 2015 Wheelwright Prize

Apr 07, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The winner receives a $100,000 fellowship for travel-based research.

Renderings Revealed for MLK Memorial Library Modernization

Apr 07, 2015 • Projects

Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture released renderings for the modernization Mies van der Rohe's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. 

ADP Monthly Job Report Shows Decline for March

Apr 06, 2015 • Industry

The report reveals a total of 189,000 private nonfarm jobs were added to the United States economy in March.

ASID Names 2015 National Awards Recipients

Apr 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Recipients are awarded based on their contributions toward the advancement of the profession, while demonstrating a commitment to enhancing quality of life through interior design.

Winners Announced for the 2015 eVolo Magazine Skyscraper Competition

Apr 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The award recognizes innovative ideas in skyscraper design that blend new technology and creative materials.

AIANY Names David Burney Interim Executive Director

Apr 03, 2015 • People

David Burney, FAIA, has been named interim executive director of the AIANY and Center for Architecture.

Tony Chi Awarded 2015 Lawrence Israel Prize

Apr 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The award recognizes recipients with ideas beneficial to FIT Interior Design students.

Columbus Museum of Art to Complete Final Phase of Expansion

Apr 03, 2015 • Projects

The $37.6 million expansion includes a renovation to the Ross Wing, museum lobby, and construction of a new wing.

Facebook Moves into New Frank Gehry-designed Headquarters

Apr 03, 2015 • Projects

The new 433,555-square-foot building features a single floor plan to house approximately 2,800 employees.

Video on 2015 Interiors Awards is Released

Apr 02, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Contract magazine has released a video about the 2015 Interiors Awards Breakfast, which was held January 30 in New York.

Harrington College of Design Is Closing

Apr 02, 2015 • Industry

Chicago’s 84-year-old Harrington College of Design is starting to shut down its operations and will permanently close by August 2018, according to school administrators.

AIA Names Recipients for 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Apr 02, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The awards honor excellence in the architectural design of libraries.

ASID Offers Online Business Strategy Courses for Interior Designers

Apr 01, 2015 • Industry

Completion of the courses will fulfill half of the 2015 ASID CEU requirements.

BanG Studio Launches Funding Campaign for Governors Island City of Dreams Pavilion

Apr 01, 2015 • Industry

BanG Studio recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its winning pavilion, which will help restore and clean New York City’s waterways through oyster reef restoration.

IIDA Hosts 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction in New York

Mar 31, 2015 • Events

The annual event joins industry professionals and IIDA New York board members in celebrating the importance of sustainable practices.

Page/Park Architects to Restore Glasgow School of Art

Mar 31, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the landmark building was devastated by a fire last year.

AMC Unveils “Mad Men” Bench in New York

Mar 31, 2015 • Projects

Lorenzo Apicella, Michael Bierut, and Emily Oberman of Pentagram designed the temporary bench installation.

James Beard Foundation Announces Six Restaurant Design Nominees

Mar 27, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The category recognizes two classes of nominees: spaces accommodating 75 or less guests and spaces for 76 or more.

Hughes, Shimoda, Braga, and Molina Named IIDA Fellows

Mar 27, 2015 • People

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has announced that four members will be inducted into its College of Follows, the highest honor offered by IIDA to its members.

Morphosis Reveals 7132 Tower Renderings

Mar 27, 2015 • Projects

The 7132 Tower hotel is the firm's first project in Switzerland and features a thin, transparent coating reflecting the surrounding environment.

Rick Bell Resigns as AIANY Executive Director

Mar 27, 2015 • People

The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY) has announced that Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, has resigned, effective immediately, after nearly 14 years in the position. No explanation for the resignation is given.

SelgasCano Unveils Design for 15th Serpentine Pavilion

Mar 26, 2015 • Projects

The design for the temporary pavilion includes an amorphous, polygonal, plastic structure featuring a series of connected spaces.

SOM Designs Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

Mar 25, 2015 • Projects

The firm sought to capture the essence of the Baccarat crystal brand in its design, and thus the use of glass predominates throughout the building.

Stanton Williams to Upgrade London’s Royal Opera House

Mar 24, 2015 • Projects

The building was built in 1858, reconstructed in the 1990s, and will now receive upgrades to its entrances and public spaces.

Ralph Mancini, Founder of Mancini Duffy, Has Died

Mar 24, 2015 • People

Mancini served as Chairman Emeritus with Mancini Duffy after retiring in 2006.

FRCH Design Worldwide Completes Contemporary Arts Center Lobby Renovation

Mar 23, 2015 • Projects

Completed this month, the renovation marks architect Zaha Hadid’s first significant U.S. building.

iF Design Announces 2015 Award Winners

Mar 20, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Winners were selected from five categories: product, packaging, communication, interior architecture, and professional concept.

Reesie Duncan Receives STEP Award

Mar 20, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The STEP Awards honor women in the manufacturing industry who have demonstrated excellence and leadership.

Architecture Billings Index Shows Improvement for February

Mar 19, 2015 • Industry

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has shown an increase in design activity for the month of February, following its first negative score in ten months in January.

Ibañez Kim Studio Wins Folly 2015 Competition

Mar 19, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

An international competition, the Folly program challenges early-career designers to deeply examine the concept of folly.

ASID Interior Design Billings Index Reveals Slowed Billings to End 2014

Mar 18, 2015 • Industry

U.S. interior design firms ended 2014 with continued but slowed business improvement overall.

Omer Arbel to Receive 2015 Allied Arts Medal

Mar 18, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Omer Arbel, principal of Omer Arbel Office and co-founder and creative director of Bocci, is the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2015 Allied Arts Medal. 

Philippe Starck to Design New SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel

Mar 17, 2015 • Projects

Developer Dranoff Properties and sbe, a hospitality, lifestyle, and real estate development company, have named French designer Philippe Starck as the interior designer for the new SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel & SLS International Residences. 

DOE and NIBS Announce New Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

Mar 16, 2015 • Industry

The guidelines will provide details in regards to President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative, a national plan to make commercial and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.

David Chipperfield Selected to Redesign Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Southwest Wing

Mar 12, 2015 • People

After a yearlong selection process, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has chosen British firm David Chipperfield Architects to redesign the museum’s Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art. 

Büro Ole Scheeren Reveals Renderings for Guardian Art Center in Beijing

Mar 12, 2015 • Projects

Comprised of a museum, event space, and cultural lifestyle center, the Guardian Art Center is a new hybrid concept that transcends the traditional functions of an auction house.

Michael Graves Dies at Age 80

Mar 12, 2015 • People

Architecture and design legend Michael Graves, FAIA, died this morning in Princeton, New Jersey, at age 80.

Kinslow, Keith & Todd Propose Tulsa Tornado Tower

Mar 12, 2015 • Projects

Oklahoma-based architectural firm Kinslow, Keith & Todd have released renderings for a proposed Tulsa Tornado Tower, a funnel-shaped building that would rise 20 to 30 stories.

Springs Window Fashions Acquires MechoSystems

Mar 11, 2015 • Industry

Springs Window Fashions (Springs)—a provider of custom window covering products—has announced its definitive agreement to acquire MechoSystems, Inc., a design and manufacturing company that produces commercial solar shades.

Anthony J. Haas Named 2015 President of American College of Healthcare Architects

Mar 10, 2015 • People

American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has named WHR Architects Senior Principal Anthony J. Haas FAIA, FACHA, as its 2015 president. 

Frei Otto Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate

Mar 10, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

German architect Frei Otto learned in recent weeks that he was going to be named the 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate in the public announcement that was scheduled to be made on March 23.

Perkins+Will Names Tyson Curcio as Chief Operating Officer

Mar 10, 2015 • People

Perkins+Will, a global architecture and design firm, announced the appointment of Tyson Curcio, AIA, as the company’s chief operating officer (COO).

BLS Reveals Architectural Employment Data

Mar 09, 2015 • Industry

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that architecture and engineering services added 4,900 jobs in February.