Transforming America’s Perception of Suburbia

Ugly blight, or vital community? You’ve certainly seen it, and maybe even experienced it. The snobbery that’s directed at suburban life has had its heyday with ample support from numerous directions. There has been no reason to consider the ‘burbs as anything besides a cultural wasteland where carbon emissions grow like so many carefully curated…

Save the Date: 2017 Women’s Leadership Summit

Leadership, creativity and innovation rule the 2017 AIAWLS summit. The 2017 American Institute of Architects Women’s Leadership Summit (AIAWLS) will be here before you know it. The 2-day Creating Tailwinds conference is scheduled for September 14-17 of next year in Washington DC. Here’s what’s happening now. Speaker Proposals are Now Open but Act Quickly As…

Alternative Careers for Architects that Work

Sometimes a crossroads leads to a brand new rewarding career. If you’ve thought about changing careers or just taking on a side project, you’re not alone. Architecture is a demanding job, often with long hours, and the skill set is versatile. That’s a good foundation for branching out into something new and challenging or just…

PreFab is the New Black in North America

Gone are the days of the boring, cookie-cutter prefab home. Prefab has now moved into Passive House Construction, which is emerging in North America after finding great success in Europe. There was certainly a time when pre-fab meant anything besides exceptional design. But this new wave of prefabricated construction homes making their way from Europe…

Making Memorials that Really Matter

Memorials tell a story about the past and how it affects the future. Some memorials are straightforward. They’re a statue or maybe a monument that makes obvious who it honors. But there’s a new competition recently implemented by the National Park Service, National Planning Commission and Van Alen Institute called “Memorials for the Future.” This…