AIA Selects 2015 Diversity Recognition Program Honorees

Mar 05, 2015 • People

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named Urban Design Regional Action for Minorities (UDream) and Sorg Architects as the 2015 honorees of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program.

Winners of IIDA Interior Design Competition and Will Ching Design Competition Announced

Mar 04, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has announced the winners of its 42nd Interior Design Competition and 23rd Will Ching Design Competition.

Ennead Architects to Design New Shanghai Planetarium

Mar 04, 2015 • Projects

After winning an international competition, New York-based Ennead Architects will design the new 409,000-square-foot Shanghai Planetarium.

Emerald Expositions Acquires Healthcare Design Brands from Vendome Group

Mar 03, 2015 • Industry

Emerald Expositions, the parent company of Contract, today announced a significant acquisition primarily related to the healthcare design industry.

Behnisch Architekten Completes New Conference Hall for the United Nations

Mar 03, 2015 • Projects

Behnisch Architekten has completed a new conference hall on the campus of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Switzerland-based, self-funding agency of the United Nations with 188 member states. 

Train Station by Mecanoo Opens in the Netherlands

Mar 03, 2015 • Projects

Designed by Mecanoo, the first phase of a new complex, which includes a new train station, has opened to the public in Delft, Netherlands. 

HWKN Reveals Renderings for University of Pennsylvania’s Innovation Center

Mar 02, 2015 • Projects

New York–based architecture firm HWKN has released renderings for the new Pennovation Center at the University of Pennsylvania, which is a new complex dedicated to the university’s entrepreneurs and researchers. 

2015 Netherlands’ Sikkens Prize Awarded to David Chipperfield

Mar 02, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

British architect David Chipperfield is the 36th recipient of the Sikkens Prize, one of the oldest independent art prizes in the Netherlands.

Competition to Design New Bauhaus Museum Announced

Feb 27, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

A design competition has been announced to design a new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, where the historic German art and design school founded by architect Walter Gropius was based from 1925 to 1932. 

Five Finalists Announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award

Feb 27, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Five projects have been chosen as finalists for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award—one of the most prestigious awards for European architecture.

FBI Seeks Vendors for New Headquarters

Feb 27, 2015 • Projects

The new headquarters, which will be occupied by 2022, will contain up to 2.1 million square feet of space and will house approximately 11,000 employees.

BIG and Heatherwick Studio to Design New Google Headquarters

Feb 27, 2015 • Projects

Copenhagen-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and London-based Heatherwick Studio have been chosen to design the new Google headquarters building in Mountain View, California.

SO-IL and Freaks Freearchitects to Redesign France’s Site Verrier

Feb 26, 2015 • Projects

Paris-based architecture firm Freaks Freearchitects, in collaboration with New York–based firm SO-IL, have been selected to redesign the historic Site Verrier in Meisenthal, France.

AIACC Announces Three Council Awards Program Recipients

Feb 25, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), has named three Council Awards Program recipients.

London’s Design Museum Names 2015 Designs of the Year Nominees

Feb 25, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Design Museum in London has named the 2015 Designs of the Year nominees.

2014 Boston Society of Architects Design Award Winners Announced

Feb 24, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has named the 2014 winners of its Design Awards, which recognize design excellence in New England. 

Columbia University Names New Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program

Feb 23, 2015 • People

Kate Orff, founder and partner of New York–based landscape architecture studio SCAPE, has been named director of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s (GSAPP) Urban Design Program.

AIA Announces 2015 Recipients for the Thomas Jefferson Award and Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

Feb 23, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced recipients for two of its annual awards.

U.S. Stamp Honors Architect Robert Robinson Taylor

Feb 20, 2015 • People

On Thursday, February 12, the United States Postal Service released a limited edition of the Forever Stamp of Robert Robinson Taylor.

RAIC Names 2015 Architectural Firm Award Winner

Feb 20, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Montreal-based practice Provencher_Roy has been selected as the winner of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2015 Architectural Firm Award.

Commune Designs the Greenroom for the Oscars

Feb 20, 2015 • Projects

Los Angeles–based Commune has designed the 13th annual Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Rosanne Somerson Named 17th President of RISD

Feb 19, 2015 • People

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has named furniture designer, former provost, and educator Rosanne Somerson as its 17th president.

Ellis Woodman Named New Director of The Architecture Foundation in London

Feb 19, 2015 • People

Next month, Ellis Woodman will succeed acting director Sarah Gaventa and begin his new role as director of The Architecture Foundation (AF) in London. 

Architecture Billings Index Shows No Increase in Design Activity

Feb 18, 2015 • Industry

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has had nine straight months of positive billings, but has shown no increase in design activity for the month of January.

Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano Win 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal

Feb 13, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Spanish architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, founders of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, have been awarded the 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal, Finnish architecture's most prestigious award.

California Architect Jon Jerde Dies

Feb 13, 2015 • People

California-based architect Jon Jerde, FAIA, founder of The Jerde Partnership, has died at age 75 from a long illness.

Shortlist Announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award

Feb 13, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Forty projects from 17 European countries have made the shortlist for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

ASID Interior Design Billings Index Shows Irregular Trends

Feb 12, 2015 • Industry

Business conditions have remained steady for design firms in December.

Chicago Architectural Club Announces Winners of the Chicago Prize Competition

Feb 12, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) has announced the winners of its fourteenth annual Chicago Prize Competition.

NeoCon East to be Held in Philadelphia

Feb 11, 2015 • Events

Vornado Realty Trust/Merchandise Mart has announced that NeoCon East will take place October 28 and 29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. 

HGA Names Tim Carl as CEO

Feb 11, 2015 • People

HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) announced on February 10 that its board of directors unanimously named Tim Carl, FAIA, as the firm’s new CEO, effective February 1.

The AIANY Interiors Committee to Host Speed Presentations

Feb 11, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The AIANY Interiors Committee will be hosting the sixth edition of Speed Presentations at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at the Steelcase New York showroom.

Morphosis to Design Hotel Adjacent to Zumthor’s Therme Vals Spa

Feb 10, 2015 • Projects

 Los Angeles–based Morphosis Architects has been selected to design a new 100-suite hotel adjacent the Therme Vals spa in Switzerland.

Brian MacKay-Lyons Awarded 2015 RAIC Gold Medal

Feb 10, 2015 • People

Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC has been awarded the 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Gold Medal.

AIA Elevates 147 Members to its College of Fellows

Feb 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

 The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2015 Jury of Fellows elevated 147 AIA members to its College of Fellows. 

Bonita Center for the Arts in California Opens

Feb 06, 2015 • Projects


Designed by Culver City–based Rachlin Partners, the new $22 million, 29,250-square-foot Bonita Center for the Arts in San Dimas, California, is now open.

MoMA PS1 Announces Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation as Winner of the 2015 Young Architects Program

Feb 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

New York– and Madrid-based Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation is the 2015 winner of the annual Young Architects Program.

USGBC Announces Top 10 U.S. States for LEED Green Building Per Capita

Feb 05, 2015 • Industry

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced its fifth annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED.

Virgin Hotels Unveil Nashville Property Design

Feb 05, 2015 • Projects


Virgin Hotels has revealed renderings for its new location in Nashville, which will be its second U.S. location, following a newly opened property in Chicago.

Expanded Editorial Advisory Board, Guests Enjoys 2014 Contract Design Forum

Feb 05, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Contract magazine’s annual Design Forum was held at Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado.

The Architectural League Announces 2015 Emerging Voices Awards Winners

Feb 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The awards recognize individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.

Photos from the 2015 Interiors Awards Breakfast

Feb 03, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The event brought together more than 600 industry professionals to celebrate innovative and creative design.

Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers Regain Ownership of Moooi from B&B Italia

Feb 02, 2015 • Industry

Designer Marcel Wanders and entrepreneur Casper Vissers have regained complete control of Dutch design brand Moooi from Italian brand B&B Italia.

2015 Interiors Awards Winners Announced

Jan 30, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The 36th Annual Interiors Awards winners were announced this morning at the Interiors Awards Breakfast at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

AIA Announces 2015 Young Architects and Associates Award Winners

Jan 29, 2015 • People

Fourteen architects and two associates receive awards.

Renderings Released for Dallas Holocaust Museum in West End

Jan 29, 2015 • Projects

The Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance plans to build a new permanent location across from its current 6,000-square-foot structure in the West End. 

2015 Legend: David Mourning

Jan 28, 2015 • Profiles

By defining best business practices in the commercial design profession today, the founder of IA Interior Architects is a legend.

Benoy Announces Master Plan for Bahrain Marina

Jan 28, 2015 • Projects

The international architecture, master planning, interior and graphic design firm Benoy has announced the first phase of the Bahrain Marina Development in Manama, Bahrain.

AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Projects Increase in Construction Spending in 2015

Jan 28, 2015 • Industry

Demands for institutional projects will drive up construction spending in 2015 and 2016.

2015 Designer of the Year: Martin Lesjak

Jan 28, 2015 • Profiles

An architect and his firm of Austrian design innovators craft beautiful interiors and products.

MVRDV to Complete Mixed-use Tower in Vienna

Jan 27, 2015 • Projects

Netherlands-based architecture and urban design practice MVRDV has won a three-stage international competition to complete a mixed-use tower in Vienna. 

Shortlist Named for Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Design Competition

Jan 27, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Out of 33 design teams from 12 countries, five design teams have been shortlisted for a design competition that will revitalize Toronto’s Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park.

Lynn M. Utter Resigns as President and COO of Knoll Office

Jan 26, 2015 • People

Lynn M. Utter, President and COO of Knoll Office since 2007, has resigned.

MFAH Announces Expansion Plans by Steven Holl Architects

Jan 26, 2015 • Projects

A new master plan for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, was designed by Steven Holl Architects and includes new buildings by the firm as well as another by Lake|Flato Architects. 

CTBUH Reports 2014 as Tallest Year for Skyscrapers

Jan 22, 2015 • Industry

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) published its annual report revealing that 2014 saw the highest number of skyscrapers completed that the CTBUH has ever recorded.

Architecture for Humanity Board Issues Statement

Jan 22, 2015 • Industry

The board of directors of Architecture for Humanity issued a pubic statement six days after news broke that the organization has ended its operation.

Winners of 2014 CIDA Award for Excellence Announced

Jan 21, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

A new award program from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) recognizes and celebrates outstanding practices that advance the cause of excellence in interior design education.

Architecture Billings Index Rebounds at the End of 2014

Jan 21, 2015 • Industry

Ten out of twelve months in 2014 showed increasing demand for design services in the nonresidential construction industry, according to the Architecture Billings Index (ABI).

NBBJ Designs a Mixed-use Development for Downtown Cleveland

Jan 20, 2015 • Projects

The Columbus office of NBBJ, in collaboration with Cleveland-based Bialosky + Partners Architects, has released preliminary renderings for nuCLEus, a mixed-use development that includes what could potentially become Cleveland’s fourth tallest building and the city’s first new skyscraper in 25 years. 

HOK Completes Acquisition of 360 Architecture

Jan 16, 2015 • Industry

The acquisition of 360 Architecture by HOK allows for the creation of HOK's new global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. 

David Schwarz Awarded University of Notre Dame's 2015 Richard Driehaus Prize

Jan 16, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize, which honors classic architecture in modern society, will be awarded to David M. Schwarz, a Washington, D.C.–based architect.

Architecture for Humanity Closes

Jan 16, 2015 • Industry

Nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity has ended its operation and all employees were laid off January 1.

Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova to Revamp Moscow’s Garage Museum

Jan 15, 2015 • Projects

Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova are launching a new campaign that will turn Moscow’s decayed Vremena Goda landmark into a new home for the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

BanG Studio and Izaskun Chinchilla Architects Win 2015 City of Dreams Competition

Jan 15, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) have announced two winning designs for the 2015 City of Dream Pavilion Competition. 

Swanke Hayden Connell Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Jan 14, 2015 • Industry

Swanke Hayden Connell has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming to be unable to collect more than $2 million from a project in Russia, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Five Design Teams Reveal Renderings for New York’s Public Libraries

Jan 14, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Last summer, five teams were chosen by The Architectural League of New York to propose library designs that follow the League’s themes.

Renderings Revealed for Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

Jan 12, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Boston has been selected as a possible bid by the U.S. Olympic Committee to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards Winners Announced

Jan 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of its 2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards.

Musée des Confluences has Opened in France

Jan 09, 2015 • Projects

The faceted steel and angular glass building is now home to over 2.2 million objects, as well as exhibition galleries and lecture rooms.

CIDA Elects Officers and Appoints New Directors

Jan 09, 2015 • Industry

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) board of directors has elected Dr. Pamela K. Evans, FIDEC, IIDA, as the 2015 board chair.

London’s Broadgate Exchange House Selected for 2015 AIA Twenty-five Year Award

Jan 09, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), London’s Broadgate Exchange House has been honored with the 2015 AIA Twenty-five Year Award.

CIDA Elects Officers and Appoints New Directors

Jan 09, 2015 • People

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) board of directors has elected Dr. Pamela K. Evans, FIDEC, IIDA, as the 2015 board chair.

Glasgow School of Art Announces Shortlist for Restoration

Jan 08, 2015 • Industry

A shortlist has been announced for the restoration of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), a landmark building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Barnes Foundation Names Thomas Collins as Executive Director and President

Jan 08, 2015 • People

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation has named Thomas “Thom” Collins as the foundation’s new executive director and president.

Teams Reveal Renderings for Obama Presidential Library in Hawaii

Jan 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

The site selection process for the future Obama Presidential Library is well underway, with two hosts in Chicago, one in New York, and one in Hawaii under consideration. 

Eight Proposals have been Revealed for St. Petersburg Pier

Jan 06, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Eight design teams have submitted proposals to renovate the St. Petersburg Pier, marking the city’s second attempt to modernize its historic pier.

Caruso St John to Restore and Renovate the Stockholm Public Library

Jan 06, 2015 • Projects

The City of Stockholm has appointed London-based Caruso St John, in conjunction with Swedish practice Scheiwiller Svensson, to renovate Gunner Asplund’s 1928 Stockholm Public Library.

Contract Editorial Office Has Moved

Jan 06, 2015 • Industry

The editorial office of Contract moved in the past year. 

Bill Clinton to Keynote 2015 AIA Convention

Jan 06, 2015 • Events

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced today that President Bill Clinton will be the opening keynote speaker at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. 

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, Begins AIA Presidency 

Jan 05, 2015 • People

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, CEO of Richter Architects in Corpus Christi, Texas, has begun her term as the 91st president of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). 

NBBJ to Design Livingston Ambulatory Center in Ohio

Jan 05, 2015 • Projects

NBBJ has been selected by Nationwide Children’s Hospital to design their $85 million Livingston Ambulatory Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Cuban Architect Ricardo Porro has Died

Dec 31, 2014 • People

Cuban Architect Ricardo Porro died on December 25 at the age of 89. 

Point Park University Announces Plans for New Pittsburgh Playhouse

Dec 31, 2014 • Projects

Point Park University has announced plans for the Point Park University Pittsburgh Playhouse, a new learning center and entertainment venue which will be located in downtown Pittsburgh near two major construction projects.

Berkeley’s Art Museum Closes in 44-year-old Brutalist Building

Dec 30, 2014 • Industry

The Museum will relocate to a new downtown Berkeley building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Zaha Hadid Architects to Design New Bee'ah Headquarters

Dec 30, 2014 • Projects

Zaha Hadid Architects won an international competition.

New York’s Van Alen Institute Reveals a Street-Level Addition

Dec 29, 2014 • Projects

In honor of its 120th year anniversary, the Van Alen Institute in New York has revealed a new street-level addition designed by Collective-LOK.

Daniel Libeskind Unveils Renderings for New Lithuania Ski Center

Dec 29, 2014 • Projects

Daniel Libeskind, AIA, founder and principal of Studio Daniel Libeskind, and the City of Vilnius, Lithuania, have revealed renderings for the Vilnius Beacon ski center.

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum to Open in Midtown and Harlem

Dec 24, 2014 • Projects

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum will be New York’s first institution focused on the music genre

Allied Works Architecture Unveils Design for Veterans Memorial and Museum

Dec 23, 2014 • Projects

The proposed design is surrounded by parkland and features a series of concentric concrete arches that create a labyrinthine journey for visitors.

Sou Fujimoto Architects Among Designers Selected for Liget Budapest

Dec 23, 2014 • Projects

Sou Fujimoto, Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes, and KÖZTI Architects & Engineers will design buildings for Liget Budapest, one of Europe's largest museum developments. 

A+D Architecture and Design Museum Is Moving to Downtown Los Angeles

Dec 22, 2014 • Projects

The A+D Museum is moving from its current location in the Miracle Mile to the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. 

Jeanne Gang Designs Supertall Tower in Chicago for Chinese Developer

Dec 19, 2014 • Projects

The design by Gang features three interlocked, stepped high-rise towers. 

ASID is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2015 National Awards

Dec 19, 2014 • Competitions & Awards

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Awards.

Uncertain Future for Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Dec 18, 2014 • Industry

Uncertain Future for Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Valode & Pistre to Break Ground on Africa’s Tallest Tower Next Year

Dec 18, 2014 • Projects

Construction is set to begin on Africa’s tallest building next June

IIDA Names Winners of the 5th Annual Global Excellence Awards

Dec 18, 2014 • Competitions & Awards

IIDA Names Winners of the 5th Annual Global Excellence Awards

Entries are Now Being Accepted for 10th Annual ICFF Studio Competition

Dec 17, 2014 • Competitions & Awards

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Studio has teamed up with Bernhardt Design for a juried competition.

Demand Softens While Outlook for Architecture Billings Index Remains Positive

Dec 17, 2014 • Industry

The ABI has kept stable by sustained demand for apartments and condominiums and state and local governments moving forward with delayed public projects. 

Built by Women New York City Winners Announced

Dec 17, 2014 • Competitions & Awards

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) has announced the winners of the Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC) competition.