BIG Unveils $500 Million Plan to Redevelop a Pittsburgh District

Nov 27, 2015 • Projects

The New Lower Hill Master Plan calls for an estimated 1.2 million square feet of residential units, as well as 1.25 million square feet of commercial space with offices, retail components, and hotels.

37th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast to be Held in January

Nov 27, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The ceremony honors the winners of the Interiors Awards, which recognize projects across 14 categories.

Westlake Reed Leskosky Renovates Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Nov 25, 2015 • Projects

As the National Historic Landmark’s first revamp in more than 45 years, the renovations involved restoring and modernizing the interior with a contemporary and energy-efficient infrastructure.

Northwestern University Breaks Ground on New Athletic Facility

Nov 25, 2015 • Projects

The approximately $220 million structure will overlook Lake Michigan and Chicago from its site next to the pre-existing Henry Crown Sports Pavilion/Norris Aquatics Center and Combe Tennis Center.

AMBS Architects Unveils Plan for Tallest Building in the World

Nov 24, 2015 • Projects

Slated to rise approximately 3,800 feet over Basra, Iraq, the Bride will surpass Dubai’s 2,723-foot-tall Burj Khalifa.

NCARB Honors Three Architecture Programs for the Integration of Practice and Education

Nov 24, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The three programs were located at Mississippi State University, Philadelphia University, and the University of Florida.

Permission Granted to Construct London’s Second Tallest Tower

Nov 24, 2015 • Projects

At approximately 900 feet tall, the glass-clad building will be just shy of supertall classification.

Foster + Partners to Design New Apple Store in Chicago

Nov 23, 2015 • Projects

Chosen with the goal of increasing visibility and sales, the North Michigan Avenue store will replace Apple's flagship Chicago location.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Designs $173 Million Arena

Nov 23, 2015 • Projects

McCormick Place Event Center will serve as an expansion to Chicago's McCormick Place—the largest convention center in North America.

Two Skyscrapers to be Constructed with Adjoining Bridge in Denmark

Nov 20, 2015 • Projects

Financial setbacks previously delayed the Nordhavn harbor development, which was granted city approval in 2008.

REX Selected for Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center

Nov 20, 2015 • Projects

Renderings are currently slated for reveal this spring, with construction of the approximately 80,000-square-foot building to follow in 2019.

Foster + Partners to Design New Headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales

Nov 20, 2015 • Projects

The 150,000-square-foot BBC building will replace the broadcasting company’s Llandaff headquarters in Cardiff, Wales.

3XN Architects Completes Hospital Expansion in Denmark

Nov 19, 2015 • Projects

The new Patient Hotel and Administrative Building, for Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet hospital, replaces an outdated structure that will be demolished to make way for a North Wing treatment building.

AIANY Names Benjamin Prosky as Executive Director

Nov 19, 2015 • People

Prosky is currently the assistant dean for communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)—a position he will leave to assume his new role early next year.

Architecture Billings Index Shows Continued Growth

Nov 18, 2015 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported an ABI of 53.1 in October, which indicates a slight decrease from September’s score of 53.7.

Perkins Eastman to Acquire ForrestPerkins

Nov 17, 2015 • Industry

The acquisition will see ForrestPerkins open an atelier within Perkins Eastman’s New York office in January, as well as relocate to new offices in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco later in the year.

Perkins+Will Acquires UK Studio Portland Design Associates

Nov 17, 2015 • Industry

Portland was founded in 1987 as a design consultancy specializing in branding and retail strategy, with an emphasis on predicting changes in consumer behavior.

Marriott to Acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for $12.2 Billion

Nov 16, 2015 • Industry

The acquisition joins Starwood’s global lifestyle brands with Marriott’s luxury, select-service, convention, and resort brands, to offer a more comprehensive portfolio. 

Foster + Partners Conceives Musée de la Romanité Narbonne in France

Nov 16, 2015 • Projects

The single-story institution will house a collection of Roman artifacts referencing the history of the former Roman port of Narbonne.

2015 Nightingale Awards Winners Announced

Nov 16, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Nightingale Best of Competition Award was given to Nemschoff for Ava Recliner, which also received a Gold Award in the Seating: Patient category.

SHoP Architects Unveils Plans for Brooklyn High-Rise

Nov 13, 2015 • Projects

The tower will occupy a site that is currently home to the historic 1908 Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg, which may be integrated into the new structure.

Andersson-Wise Architects Design $120 Million Mixed-Use Texas Site

Nov 13, 2015 • Projects

Centered around a 40,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor marketplace, Saint Elmo Public Market will debut in 2018 with more than 225,000 square feet of creative office space, as well as a relocated Saxon Pub.

Caruso St John Architects Reveal $243 Million Biomedical Lab in Switzerland

Nov 12, 2015 • Projects

The 376,736-square-foot Department of Biomedicine will adjoin the university's pharmaceutical center, replacing an existing laboratory that is dedicated to academic use.

MVRDV Completes Tennis Club East of Amsterdam

Nov 12, 2015 • Projects

Known as “the Couch,” the publicly accessible sporting structure building facilitates activities and programming at Tennisclub IJburg.

AIA Announces People’s Choice Award Winner for the Look Up Film Challenge

Nov 11, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Launched earlier this year, the program connects filmmakers with architects to collaborate on short films that highlight the importance and impact of architecture today.

SHL Architects Partner with James Turrell for Danish Museum’s Expansion

Nov 11, 2015 • Projects

The $32 million addition to Denmark’s ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum will include approximately 13,000 square feet of underground exhibition space, along with two semi-subterranean art installations.

A Retail Project Conceived by Adjaye Associates Nears Completion in Beirut

Nov 10, 2015 • Projects

Despite the fact that select aspects of the interior and roof still remain in the works, the waterfront building recently opened on a site that was once occupied by warehouses.

KPF Designs Brooklyn’s First Office Tower in More Than a Decade

Nov 10, 2015 • Industry

The 600-foot-tall tower will be the Brooklyn borough’s first ground-up commercial structure since the implementation of the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn Development Plan.

REX Designs Washington, D.C., Office Building

Nov 09, 2015 • Projects

Dubbed 2050 M Street, the building's glazed curtain facade features a series of 900 insulated-glass panels with a slight curve that is achieved by using a heat roller tempering process.

Jump Studios and CBRE Complete Google’s Madrid Campus

Nov 06, 2015 • Projects

The 27,000-square-foot structure facilitates learning, idea sharing, and start-up creation for more than 7,000 members and 50 resident start-up companies.

Icehotel Plans Permanent Lodge in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Nov 06, 2015 • Projects

The hotel will feature a turf-clad roof and observation deck, solar panels, and winter-inspired interiors.

Jeanne Gang Conceives $325 Million Addition for the American Museum of Natural History

Nov 05, 2015 • Projects

The project intends to improve internal circulation and unify programming, which is currently distributed across 25 facilities.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Complete Yale’s Singapore Campus

Nov 05, 2015 • Projects

Completed in partnership with Forum Architects of Singapore, the project included three residential colleges, two buildings, and a series of outdoor courtyards.

HOK Creates Government Headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Nov 04, 2015 • Projects

Capital Market Authority Tower will house an organization that is in charge of the country’s capital market regulation.

Missed Opportunities at Chicago Architecture Biennial

Nov 04, 2015 • Design Practice

The first Chicago Architecture Biennial opened in early October as a sweeping, citywide event that was conceived on the model of the contemporary bank—it’s too big to fail.

Winners Announced for the 2015 LEAF Awards

Nov 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The jury’s final selection was announced during the 2015 LEAF Awards Gala Dinner on October 16th at London’s Landmark Hotel.

NCR Breaks Ground on Atlanta Headquarters

Nov 03, 2015 • Industry

Designs for the 485,000-square-foot Midtown tower have been conceived by Durham, North Carolina–based Duda Paine Architects, while global firm Gensler is responsible for the design of the interiors.

NADAAA and John Wardle Architects Complete the Melbourne School of Design

Nov 03, 2015 • Projects

The approximately 170,000-square-foot building spans five floors, with an additional basement level, all linked together by a prefabricated-steel staircase.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Selected to Design Airport Terminal in Taiwan

Nov 02, 2015 • Projects

The winning mixed-use concept aims to streamline pedestrian traffic while facilitating more than 45 million annual travelers. 

Acuity Brands, Inc., Acquires Juno Lighting Group

Oct 30, 2015 • Industry

Acuity Brands, Inc., will soon acquire all equity interests of Juno Lighting Group, a unit of Schneider Electric that provides downlighting and track lighting fixtures, for approximately $385 million.

Chicago Approves MAD’s Design for George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Oct 30, 2015 • Projects

The previously proposed design by MAD Architects has been approved by Chicago City Council Members.

HOK Conceives $1.8 Billion Terminal for Salt Lake City International Airport

Oct 29, 2015 • Projects

Inspired by the nearby Wasatch Range mountains, a new three-story, approximately 1.7 million-square-foot terminal will replace three existing terminals.

State Architect of California Launches Initiative to Make Local Schools More Sustainable

Oct 29, 2015 • Industry

The “7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water” initiative aims to demonstrate the importance of contemporizing California school facilities with more sustainable features.

Heatherwick Studio Converts Coal Yard in London for Mixed-Use Retail Complex

Oct 28, 2015 • Projects

The approximately 100,000-square-foot retail complex will sit within a Victorian-era coal yard in King's Cross.

Fendi Moves Rome Headquarters to a Mussolini-Commissioned Building

Oct 28, 2015 • Projects

An icon of Fascist architecture nicknamed “The Square Colosseum,” the 1943 building features a marble-clad facade punctuated by a series of archways.

Volker Staab to Expand Berlin’s Bauhaus-Archiv Museum

Oct 27, 2015 • Projects

The structure will house additional exhibition space for both the Bauhaus-Archiv and Museum für Gestaltung throughout subterranean galleries, a five-story tower with a glazed facade, and a one-story block along Von-der-Heydt-Strasse.

Snohetta to Complete an Extension to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Oct 27, 2015 • Projects

Renderings show a striated facade comprised of textural, fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels and horizontal bands of windows—conceived to juxtapose a postmodern building nearby.

BBGM Acquires Boutique Design Firm MONOGRAM

Oct 27, 2015 • Industry

The West Coast expansion will allow BBGM to broaden its design scope on a national and international scale.

University of Kentucky Breaks Ground on a $265 Million Research Facility

Oct 26, 2015 • Projects

The 306,000-square-foot Research Building Two (RB2) will be used for scientific research that addresses local health concerns, such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and substance abuse.

SHoP Architects Expand New Mexico Art Gallery

Oct 23, 2015 • Projects

To feature a textured and folded facade inspired by Navajo patterns, a wing is expected to more than double the amount of available exhibition space at SITE Santa Fe gallery.

MVRDV Designs Hongqiao Flower Building in China

Oct 23, 2015 • Projects

Conceived for Sincere Property Group, the flowerlike structure offers an estimated 161,000 square feet of Class-A office space.

Arcadis Merges Two Acquisitions as CallisonRTKL

Oct 23, 2015 • Industry

Specializing in commercial and retail markets, the firms will expand their design footprint and services as CallisonRTKL to a wider global market.

Vishaan Chakrabarti Leaves SHoP Architects to Start New Firm

Oct 22, 2015 • People

After three years of service, the architect will start his own practice—the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism.

Renzo Piano Designs 65-Story, Mixed-Use Tower in London

Oct 22, 2015 • Projects

To cost more than $1.5 billion, the development aims to streamline connections between the local railway station and the Bakerloo tube line.

EwingCole Repurpose Philadelphia Factory as the New Fillmore Music Venue

Oct 22, 2015 • Projects

Created for Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment Division, the 40,000-square-foot music venue was converted from the former 1893 Ajax Metal Company building.

Architecture Billings Index Reflects Growth in September

Oct 21, 2015 • Industry

The American Institute of Architects reported an ABI of 53.7 in September versus August’s score of 49.1.

OMA Designs Municipal Building for Rotterdam

Oct 21, 2015 • Projects

Conceived to blend with the city’s surrounding architectural styles, the structure will house various retail, cultural, commercial, office, and residential components.

Kengo Kuma Conceives Filipino Museum Inspired by Rock Formations

Oct 21, 2015 • Projects

The Museum of Indigenous Knowledge will showcase its location’s history and geography within a 96,875-square-foot structure inspired by the Philippine's Neolithic era.

Renzo Piano Reimagines Moscow Power Station as Contemporary Art Space

Oct 19, 2015 • Projects

The approximately 5-acre site will house public spaces with free exhibitions, indoor art galleries, and educational facilities in support of art workshops and courses.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Wins 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize

Oct 19, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The firm received the prize during a ceremony that was held on October 15 at the RIBA headquarters in London.

BIG Designs Art Gallery Near Oslo, Norway

Oct 16, 2015 • Projects

Kistefos Museum's bridge-like mass will spiral over the Randselva River in the center of a sculpture park that was created in the late 1990s.

Gallaudet University Names Four Finalists for Redevelopment Project

Oct 16, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

A Washington, D.C. liberal arts school that caters to the deaf and hard of hearing, the university will soon redevelop its campus as a mixed-use cultural district.

Winners Announced for the Third Annual IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards

Oct 16, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Winners will be published in the December issue of Contract and honored during a ceremony at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong on December 10, 2015.

Delos Relocates Within New York’s Meatpacking District

Oct 15, 2015 • Projects

The company is moving its global headquarters to 860 Washington Street, a boutique commercial building designed by James Carpenter Design Associates that is currently under construction.

ZAS Group Conceives Rosemont Hotel and Residences in Dubai

Oct 15, 2015 • Projects

The site's two 47-story towers will be anchored by a five-story podium with an artificial rooftop beach and rainforest-like development.

Santiago Calatrava Receives the 2015 European Prize for Architecture

Oct 14, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The annual award honors significant contributions to the profession that benefit humanity on a global scale.

OMA to Redesign RFK Stadium-Armory Campus in Washington, D.C.

Oct 14, 2015 • Projects

Conceptual plans will address the 190-acre property’s internal connectivity and envision public spaces that link it to the community.

Yale University Selects Beyer Blinder Belle to Design Student Center

Oct 14, 2015 • Projects

The Schwarzman Center will be the school's first university-wide student life facility when it debuts in 2020.

Gensler Completes Headquarters for PNC in Pittsburgh

Oct 13, 2015 • Projects

Exceeding LEED Platinum standards, the $400 million, 33-story high-rise receives passive natural ventilation via a double-skin facade with slender glass panels that create a staggered, diagonal pattern referencing boat sails.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases September Employment Data

Oct 13, 2015 • Industry

The BLS monthly employment report includes statistics specific to architecture and its related fields, such as construction, manufacturing, and architectural and engineering services.

Governor Wants to Sell Jahn’s Thompson Center; May Result in Demolition

Oct 13, 2015 • Industry

The iconic building is now in need of a high degree of maintenance while being located on a prime block in downtown Chicago.

Gensler and Studio O+A Designing Uber Oakland Office

Oct 12, 2015 • Projects

This 330,000-square-foot property is planned to open in 2017 for 2,000 to 3,000 Uber employees.

Eva Jiřičná Designs Gallery for the New-York Historical Society

Oct 12, 2015 • Projects

Known as the Center for the Study of Women’s History, the 3,000-square-foot gallery will be unique among U.S. museums when it opens in 2017.

MVRDV to Design Mixed-Use Tower in Amsterdam

Oct 12, 2015 • Projects

The plant-covered Ravel Plaza—a series of three adjoined buildings—is expected to house office, residential, and lifestyle components across approximately 800,000 square feet of space.

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

Oct 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

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

HOK Reveals Renderings for Apple’s New Sunnyvale Campus

Oct 09, 2015 • Projects

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

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

Oct 08, 2015 • Projects

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

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

Oct 08, 2015 • Projects

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

Donaghy Named Contract Associate Publisher

Oct 08, 2015 • People

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

Perkins+Will Toronto Reveals University Project in Canada

Oct 07, 2015 • Projects

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

Goettsch Partners Designs Musical Arts Center for Northwestern University

Oct 07, 2015 • Projects

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

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

Oct 07, 2015 • Projects

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

Mama Sarah Obama Foundation Plans $12 Million Headquarters

Oct 07, 2015 • Projects

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

Herzog & de Meuron Design Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada

Oct 05, 2015 • Projects

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

Selldorf Architects to Complete Nonprofit School in Zambia

Oct 05, 2015 • Projects

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

Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Design Tianjin Juilliard School in China

Oct 02, 2015 • Projects

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

Prince-Ramus Wins 2015 Marcus Prize

Oct 02, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

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

Dolby Laboratories Relocates San Francisco Headquarters

Oct 02, 2015 • Industry

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

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

Oct 01, 2015 • Projects

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

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

Oct 01, 2015 • Projects

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

Rural Urban Framework Receives 2015 Curry Stone Design Prize

Oct 01, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

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

HOK Designs Mixed-Use Office Complex in San Francisco

Sep 30, 2015 • Projects

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

AZPML Completes $1 Billion Birmingham New Street Railway Station

Sep 30, 2015 • Projects

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

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

Sep 29, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

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

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

Sep 29, 2015 • Events

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

VOA Associates Design Virgin Hotel New York

Sep 28, 2015 • Projects

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

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

Sep 28, 2015 • Projects

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

Berke to Succeed Stern as Yale Dean

Sep 25, 2015 • People

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

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

Sep 25, 2015 • Projects

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

MASS Design Group Conceives African Design Center

Sep 25, 2015 • Projects

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