2016 AIA San Francisco Design Award Winners

AIASF 2016 awards have proven once again that architectural/design prowess is alive and well in San Francisco. It’s never an easy job. Each year, AIA San Francisco hosts their Design Awards. And every year, they select a few winners from well over 100 design submissions. This year’s award event was held in San Francisco’s recently…

Move Over Art Deco, Miami is Hot Again

Take a good look at the old because Miami architecture is undergoing a dramatically beautiful change. Pink flamingos, Mediterranean Revival and Art Deco as far as the eye can see? That’s not Miami, at least not anymore. The vibrant, colorful city has certainly seen its share of ups and downs. Art Deco was an “up.” And then…

Three Award Winning Library Building Projects for 2016

The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association recently announced its 2016 Library Building Awards winners. Each of the seven projects was recognized for its “excellence in library architecture,” says Architect Magazine, and “reflect the changing role of libraries within communities that have grown to expect technologically advanced spaces in lieu of traditional…

The ICC Evaluates Code for Tall Wood Buildings

Time was, wood construction had serious limitations where commercial, tall buildings were concerned. But with new materials and a refocusing on code requirements for tall wood buildings, the times might be changing. The International Code Council (ICC) plans to announce new findings in its exploration of “Tall Wood” construction this fall. Its Tall Wood ad…

Architects Need Leisure Time. Spend it Wisely

While some architects say that they work fairly normal hours, others report something vastly different. At Architecture + Business, for example, the consensus is that no matter what the billable hours total, architects are known for working well over 40 hours per week. It’s time for a vacation. At home or abroad, travel can be…

Drone Navigation Heeds the Bat Signal

Bats are some of nature’s most misunderstood creatures. But drones, or at least drone pilots, get it. Many of them, too, carry the stigma of being mysterious and potentially dangerous. Maybe that’s why Ken Sebesta, Ph.D., looked to nighttime’s leathery-winged flight experts for inspiration on how to improve drone control and navigation. Or maybe it’s…