December 29, 2014

VIDEO: Open House by Matthew Mazzotta

OPEN HOUSE is a transforming theater in York, Alabama

Artist Matthew Mazzotta, the Coleman Center for the Arts, and the people of York Alabama have teamed up to work together and transform a blighted property in York's downtown into a new public art project this is in the shape of a house, but can physically transform into a 100 seat open air theater, free for the public.

Through open conversations, hard work and planning we have developed a project that uses the materials from an abandoned house as well as the land it sits on to build a new smaller house on the footprint of the old house. However this new house has a secret, it physically transforms from the shape of a house into an open air theater that seats 100 people by having its walls and roof fold down. We call our project 'Open House'.

Open House lives mostly in the form of a house between the grocery store and the post office, reminding people what was there before, but it opens up when the community wants to enjoy shows, plays, movies, and any other event people can think of that supports community life here in York. When the theater is folded back up into the shape of a house the property is a public park for anyone to enjoy.

Open House was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Visual Artist Network, as well as individual contributions

Special Thanks to:
Jegan Vincent De Paul - Architectural Designer
Cory Vineyard - Carpenter
Curtis Oliveira - Set Designer

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December 15, 2014

VIDEO: The Colours of Singapore

This is a beuatiful video of Singapore, exposing the colourfulness of this young a vibrant city. It is also set to a great soundtrack of fun Vampire Weekend song.

December 8, 2014

VIDEO: Japan New National Stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects

The design of the New National Stadium in Japan represents Zaha Hadid Architects' vision for the Olympic stadium for the 2020 games in Tokyo.

December 1, 2014

VIDEO: Ice Lab: New architecture and science in Antarctica

Ice Lab is an international touring exhibition illustrating how innovative contemporary architecture is enabling scientists to live and work in one of the most extreme environments on our planet.

November 23, 2014


05 - 19 JULY 2015

 The fifteenth Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class will take place 05 - 19 July 2015. The first week will be held at the magnificent Boyd Education Centre 'Riversdale', on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, south of Sydney - the building designed by Glenn Murcutt (with his wife Wendy Lewin and Reg Lark) has been described as Glenn's "masterwork". The second week will be held in a heritage building in central Sydney, close to Sydney Harbour. The two-week annual residential program has, since its inception in 2001, been attended by architects from over 70 nations. Pritzker Prize laureate Glenn Murcutt leads the studio, and other principal tutors include seminal Australian architect and teacher Richard Leplastrier, Norwegian-Australian Professor Brit Andresen and multi-award winning architect Peter Stutchbury. The convener of the event is Irish-Australian Lindsay Johnston, Former Dean of Architecture at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
It has been a couple of weeks since I left Australia, and the truth is I still haven't been able to re-adjust to my normal life. The Masterclass was such an extraordinary experience, I learnt about so many valuable things which are so difficult to explain and transmit. I am so happy I had the opportunity to be a part of it. It was really a life-changing experience for me, I hope you guys are aware of the greatness of it. It was such a great moment in time, one which I will carry with me for the rest of my life and one I can look back to remember an extraordinary way of living through architecture, but essentially, about a way of life. The walks through the woods, the late night presentations, the house visits …. it was all remarkably unique.  
- Angie D, Architect, Buenos Aires, Argentina, GMMC 2014 
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November 17, 2014

VIDEO: PSU Architecture students work with school on outdoor classroom

Enhancing the environment of Sunnyside Environmental School in Portland, Oregon. Portland State faculty and students team up with the school to explore sustainable architecture solutions.

November 10, 2014

November 5, 2014

2014 Elections and What Our Government Can Do To Support Architects

Washington, D.C. – November 5, 2014
AIA President Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA:
 “Voters in yesterday’s mid-term election sent a clear message to Washington. They are fed up with dysfunction and want Congress and the White House to work together to get things done. 

“When Congress returns in coming weeks, it should pass legislation streamlining government procurement rules for the design/construction industry. That legislation, already contained in the Defense Authorization Bill, will expand the pool of architectural talent from which the government can choose to get better value in federal design/construction contracts for the American taxpayer. 

“The White House and Congress should also work to reinstate already expired tax incentives, including the Section 179D Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction - a provision that already enjoys bipartisan support and that creates jobs, strengthens energy independence, encourages innovation and reduces the burden on taxpayers. 

“Congress and the White House have plenty of opportunities to get back in the good graces of American voters. It just needs to act.”

To follow the thoughts of Helene, I'd also like to see a renewed effort to pas the National Design Service Act (NDSA). Student debt is one of the most critical issues facing the next generation of design professionals. The average architecture student graduates with approximately $40,000 in student loan debt, ranking architecture as one of the disciplines with the highest loan balances in the country. That is why the AIA and the AIAS have developed legislation that eases the burden by providing loan assistance to architecture students and recent graduates who contribute their design services to underserved areas.

Let's all hope that our government can get back to work and actually be productive for the good of our country and economy.

November 3, 2014

VIDEO: Tom Kundig Interview

In an interview and lecture, Tom Kundig, FAIA, winner of the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and the 2007 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, will discusses his work, including Hot Rod House and Chicken Point Cabin. Kundig is a principal of Seattle-based Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, the 2009 American Institute of Architects Firm of the Year.

October 27, 2014

VIDEO: Allied Works (Brad Cloepfil): Guest House in Dutchess County, New York

Allied Works principal Brad Cloepfil and project lead Kyle Lommen walk us through their Dutchess County Guest House, which was selected for Record Houses 2009. In the first half, they describe the project's unique structure. In the second, we take a room-by-room tour of the interior.

October 20, 2014

VIDEO: Public talk with Glenn Murcutt

The Museum of Architecture and Design hosted a public talk with Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt. The talk was introduced and moderated by dr. Aleš Vodopivec.

Glenn Murcutt is one of the world's most important architects of our time and presents a strong contrast to most of the global architectural stars. He builds mostly small-scale architecture and uses normal, everyday, non-luxurious materials. Unlike most contemporary architects, he does not run an architectural office with many coworkers, but he works alone. Vodopivec and Murcutt will discuss about Murcutt's work and planning principles that open up many, of the important issues of the contemporary architecture.

Vodopivec and Murcutt discussed about Murcutt's work and planning principles that open up many, of the important issues of the contemporary architecture.

October 13, 2014

VIDEO: Gehry Residence, 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award Recipient

The Twenty-Five Year Award is conferred on a building that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years as an embodiment of architectural excellence. The Gehry Residence -- a seemingly ad hoc collection of raw, workmanlike materials wrapped around an unassuming two-story clapboard bungalow -- found a literal, but unexpected, answer to the question of neighborhood context, and used it to forever re-shape the formal and material boundaries of architecture.

October 6, 2014

VIDEO: Renzo Piano's, Hon. FAIA, Menil Collection Honored with AIA Twenty-five Year Award

"Piano's first American project set a precedent for lovingly-scaled museum architecture that exquisitely celebrates natural light, a standard he has continued to honor in the decades and museum commissions since."

September 29, 2014

VIDEO: Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship

 The future of green is local -- and entrepreneurial. In her talk, Majora Carter brings us the stories of three people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet. Call it "hometown security." (Filmed at TEDxMidWest.)

Majora Carter redefined the field of environmental equality, starting in the South Bronx at the turn of the century. Now she is leading the local economic development movement across the USA.

September 22, 2014

VIDEO: Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants

If you've been in a restaurant kitchen, you've seen how much food, water and energy can be wasted there. Chef Arthur Potts-Dawson shares his very personal vision for drastically reducing restaurant, and supermarket, waste -- creating recycling, composting, sustainable engines for good (and good food).

Arthur Potts Dawson wants us to take responsibility not just for the food we eat, but how we shop for and even dispose of it. And he's showing the way -- with impeccable taste.

September 15, 2014

VIDEO: Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development

Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems.

 Johan Rockström works to redefine sustainable development, and figure out what needs to happen.

September 8, 2014

VIDEO: Robert Hammond: Building a park in the sky

New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park? He shares how it happened in this tale of local cultural activism.

The co-founder of Friends of the High Line, Robert Hammond helped lead the effort to build an elevated park on an abandoned railway line in Manhattan.

September 1, 2014

VIDEO: Carlo Ratti: Architecture that senses and responds

 With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT's Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets -- like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away -- to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving water and flying light, powered by simple gestures caught through sensors.

Carlo Ratti directs the MIT SENSEable City Lab, which explores the "real-time city" by studying the way sensors and electronics relate to the built environment. He's opening a research center in Singapore as part of an MIT-led initiative on the Future of Urban Mobility.

August 25, 2014

VIDEO: Milstein Hall, designed by OMA, at Cornell University receives an Honor Award for Architecture

Milstein Hall is the first new building in more than 100 years for the renowned College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University. Rather than designing a new freestanding building, Milstein Hall is an addition to the AAP buildings, creating a unified complex with continuous levels of interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces.

August 18, 2014

VIDEO: Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle

 The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.

Oxford's newest science ambassador Marcus du Sautoy is also author of The Times' Sexy Maths column. He'll take you footballing with prime numbers, whopping symmetry groups, higher dimensions and other brow-furrowers.

August 11, 2014

VIDEO: Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

 With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These structures are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

To promote smart water management, Anupam Mishra works to preserve rural India’s traditional rainwater harvesting techniques.

August 4, 2014

VIDEO: John La Grou: A plug for smart power outlets

John La Grou unveils an ingenious new technology that will smarten up the electrical outlets in our homes, using microprocessors and RFID tags. The invention, Safeplug, promises to prevent deadly accidents like house fires -- and to conserve energy.

John La Grou, a long-time electronics inventor, audio designer and entrepreneur, wants to save lives (and energy) with a new, smarter type of electrical outlet.

July 31, 2014

Center for Architecture Design|Build Program: Street Seats Competition

The Center For Architecture (CFA) Design|Build Program explores temporary urban installations that activate underutilized spaces throughout the city. This year the CFA is calling for designers to enter creative concepts that push the boundaries of the Portland Street Seat program. With the theme of “Active Streets” designers shall program their installations to create healthy, social and playful structures for parking spaces in front of the CFA in the Pearl District. A jury will select up to three winning proposals to be built and installed for the duration of the festival.

The designs shall be for a temporary and freestanding installation that responds to the theme of “Active Streets.” It will start at the CFA on Parking Day (September 20, 2014) and last through Design Week Portland and the month of October. Utilizing the design guidelines of Portland’s Street Seats (see section E below) the project will be a model for future street seat designs that address public space activation. The design shall provide a place for people to sit/gather/interact during Design Week Portland events.

Alberta Main Street may offer to adopt the installations and reinstall them along Alberta Street upon completion of the program. This is still in the early planning phases and we will update teams as we find out more information. If this fails to materialize, program organizers ask that the teams with selected designs find a life for the installations after they need to be removed. This can include reinstalling them outside their studios, selling them to local businesses or, preferably, donated to a nonprofit. Either way, the design should be easily disassembled and moved.

Up to 3 winning submissions will be constructed in the parking spaces on NW Flanders Street, outside the Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209. The projects will start at the second spot in from the intersection of NW Flanders St and NW 11th Ave, and will use the next two consecutive parking spaces to its west. See illustration below:

  • Hoffman Construction
  • The Center for Architecture
  • AIA Portland
  • City of Portland
  • Rob Slattery

  • Bob Trempe // 2013 Street Seats competition winner
  • Rob Slattery // Local builder and sponsor
  • Justin Patterson // Hoffman Construction
  • Sarah Figliozzi // Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • TBD
  • TBD

  • July 28, 2014 // RFP announced
  • August 19, 2014 // Registration and Submissions due
  • August 25, 2014 // Winners announced
  • September 20, 2014 // Projects installed (403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR)
  • November 3, 2014 // Project deinstallation deadline

  • The winning teams will receive a stipend for project costs including, but not limited to, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, and de-installation. The stipend will be split evenly between the selected teams with a total amount of $6000. (If one team is selected they receive $6000, if two are selected they each receive $3000, and if 3 are selected each team receives $2000)
  • Project costs may exceed the stipend amount, but additional funding above and beyond the stipend is the sole responsibility of the entrant.
  • Entrants are encouraged to utilize private fundraising or donations to help fund their proposals beyond the stipend amount. The Jury will take under consideration the source and amount of any additional funding to ensure that the funding can be secured and installation can be completed.

  • Each selected team will be awarded one of three spots in front of the CFA to install their street seat design.
  • If selected to build their project, it is the sole responsibility of the entrant to complete all off-site fabrication and project preparation in advance of the project installation day.
  • On the project installation day, it is the sole responsibility of the entrant to complete project installation prior to the end of the day (5:00pm). Entrants will need to provide their own teams to assist with and complete installation on-site, if necessary.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to completely remove the installation prior to the end of the day on November 3, 2014 (5:00pm). Entrants will need to provide their own teams to assist with and complete de-installation on-site, if necessary.

  • The following guidelines apply to the project, per the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (
  • The Street Seat platform will sit on top of the existing street surface. The design should not include any bolts/anchors or other elements that require disturbing the street surface or sidewalk.
  • Facility may not extend beyond six (6) feet from the curb line.
  • The maximum length of the platform must not be longer than twenty (20) feet.
  • Platform must be designed to allow for curbline stormwater drainage.
  • Platform should be as level as possible and flush with the sidewalk height. At least 12 feet of the platform must be flush with the sidewalk for wheelchair access.
  • Platform design must include a physical barrier along the street while maintaining clear visual sight lines to the street. Vertical elements, such as planters and umbrellas, should be included so that the facility is visible to vehicles.
  • The sidewalk‐facing side of the platform must be accessible for pedestrians.
  • The platform shall not be permanent. It should be removable.
  • The use of durable materials capable of withstanding year‐round use is required.


All submissions will be completely digital and must follow the specific requirements outlined below. Please submit your entry as a single .ZIP file emailed to this address: Please ensure your .zip file is below 10mb. Registrations/submissions are due at 5:00pm PDT on August 19, 2014.

Entrant information page (as a single word document)
  1. 8 ½ x 11 page size (1 page limit)
  2. Provide in a Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx)
  3. Project title
  4. Team Name(s)
  5. Physical address
  6. Email address
  7. Phone number

Project narrative (as a single Word document)
  1. 8 ½ x 11 page size (1 page limit)
  2. Provide in a Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx)
  3. 400 words maximum
  4. Include project title and narrative only, no other identifying information

Project Graphics (Up to 10 single-sided pages)
  1. 11×17 page size
  2. Provide in a single PDF file
  3. 150 ppi resolution
  4. Minimum (2) project renderings
  5. Minimum (1) plan drawing
  6. Minimum (2) section drawings
  7. Minimum (2) elevation drawings
  8. it is encouraged to include assembly diagrams
  9. Include project title only, no other identifying information
  10. Formatting and graphic layout of each page is up to the team

Detailed Budget
  1. What is the total cost to build your design?
  2. Itemized material list
  3. Cost estimate
  4. Outline any additional funding, if applicable (where is it coming from and what will it cover?)
  5. Provide in a PDF format
  6. Include project title only, no other identifying information
  7. Note: any cost overruns shall be covered by the team.

Build Schedule
  1. Off-site build schedule leading up to September 19, 2014 installation day
  2. Provide in a PDF format
  3. Include project title only, no other identifying information


    Each team will be given the following set of materials to use for the fabrication of their design. The stipend above should be used to purchase any additional items necessary to execute the fabrication of your design.
    Each team is responsible for supplying the labor needed to build their installations. We strongly encourage you engage a contractor early in the design process to ensure your concept is buildable on time and on budget. We will have some Fabricators volunteer time to help each team fabricated their designs. Rob Slattery has kindly offered each team a couple days in his workshop to complete and assemble the final installations.

  • Up to Three (3) winners will be selected by the jury and invited to build and display their project on one of three locations outside the CFA (403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209) from September 20, 2014 through November 3, 2014, including Parking Day and Design Week Portland events.
  • The award stipend will be dispersed evenly between the selected teams totalling $6000 to help offset the cost of construction of their street seat design. (If one team is selected they receive $6000, if two are selected they each receive $3000 and if 3 are selected each team receives $2000)
  • Submissions (winning or non-winning) may be displayed to the public in a gallery during Design Week Portland and on the Center for Architecture website.
  • Unbuilt Award(s) for creative design will be awarded at the discretion of the Jury.


The Center for Architecture becomes the rights holder for all images and submissions for the competition. The CFA, Design Week Portland and the City of Portland may use any images from the entries in promotional material for the festival as well as the Portland Street Seat Program.

Please direct any questions to Lucas Gray –

To enter click here:

July 28, 2014

VIDEO: Candy Chang: Before I die I want to...

In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers -- surprising, poignant, funny -- became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)

Candy Chang creates art that prompts people to think about their secrets, wishes and hopes -- and then share them. She is a TED Senior Fellow.

July 21, 2014

VIDEO: Edi Rama: Take back your city with paint

Make a city beautiful, curb corruption. Edi Rama took this deceptively simple path as mayor of Tirana, Albania, where he instilled pride in his citizens by transforming public spaces with colorful designs. With projects that put the people first, Rama decreased crime -- and showed his citizens they could have faith in their leaders. (Filmed at TEDxThessaloniki.)

From 2000 to 2011 Edi Rama was the mayor of Tirana, where he implemented a series of reforms to take back the city for the people.

July 14, 2014

VIDEO: Jeff Speck: The walkable city

How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car -- which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" -- by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.

Jeff Speck is a city planner and the author of "Walkable City."

July 7, 2014

VIDEO: Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment

Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles -- researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious. (Filmed at TEDxManhattan .)

Britta Riley designs and builds urban farms and other participatory artworks that explore the city.

June 30, 2014

VIDEO: Thom Mayne: How architecture can connect us

Architect Thom Mayne has never been one to take the easy option, and this whistle-stop tour of the buildings he's created makes you glad for it. These are big ideas cast in material form.

Founder of the influential studio Morphosis, and co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne marries conceptual ideas with form, challenging the way we perceive structure, building and the environment.

June 23, 2014

VIDEO: Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

'I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.' That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.

Ron Eglash is an ethno-mathematician: he studies the way math and cultures intersect. He has shown that many aspects of African design -- in architecture, art, even hair braiding -- are based on perfect fractal patterns.

June 19, 2014

Design in Motion: the 4th Annual Seattle Design Festival From Sept. 5 to 19

Mark Your Calendars for the 4th Annual Seattle Design Festival
From Sept. 5 to 19, there will be a little something dazzling for everyone

Seattle – June 12, 2014 
This year marks the fourth annual Seattle Design Festival, Sept. 5-19th. The Seattle Design Festival is the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together designers, businesses, families, community groups and tourists alike to playfully explore all the diverse and meaningful ways design makes life better. This year’s theme, Design in Motion, will take on all creative interpretations—from mobility to kinetics and everything in between. All events will be open to the public and many programs will be free. Some highlights include:

·         Kick-off Party at Tether Inc. A gathering of Seattle’s design community will kick-off the start of the Festival. Food and libations available. Tickets available at the door. 316 Occidental Ave S #400.

·         SDF Block Party. Presenting design installations, demonstrations, activities, workshops, exhibits, and tours and featuring nine installations from this year’s SDF Rumble challenge.
o   SDF Rumble. This year, we invited Seattle designers to participate in the SDF Rumble, a collaborative workshop to rapidly generate ideas for installations to be constructed for the Seattle Design Festival. Designers joined up with contractors and program partners to offer up bold interpretations of the Design in Motion theme. Come interact with the SDF Rumble installations at the SDF Block Party.
Families welcome and encouraged. Suggested donation. Occidental Plaza in Pioneer Square, 310 Occidental Ave South. Sept 6 and 710am–6pm.

·         SDF Conference. Engage with design luminaries and community leaders in this unique mixing of disciplines and intersecting fields as they gather to unpack the Festival theme, “Design in Motion.” Panel discussions, lectures and workshops. Free and open to the public. Seattle Public Library Central Branch. Sept 13 and 1411am-5pm.

·         SDF Partner Programs. Participate in SDF Partner Programs: films, panels, lectures, exhibits, activities, workshops, tours, installations and more. Some events will be ticketed. Citywide. September 8 to 18. See for details.

·         Park(ing) Day. In partnership with Park(ing) Day International, Seattleites will build temporary parklets in ordinary parking places. Organized tours by bike will take place. Citywide and worldwide. Sept 19. See for details.

·         Closing Party. Decelerate and celebrate with Seattle’s design community to bring the Festival to a close. Food, libations, live-music, dancing and spectacular waterfront views. Open to the public. Tickets available at the door. DLR Group, 51 University St. Suite 600. Sept 19, evening.

Since 2011, the Seattle Design Festival has been presented by Design in Public and AIA Seattle in collaboration with dozens of partner organizations. The Festival is now the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest. Festival attendance over the last four years has nearly tripled; it has grown from 3,200 visitors in 2011, 5,600 visitors in 2012, and nearly 7,000 visitors in 2013. This year, we are projecting 10,000 visitors at the festival. The Seattle Design Festival’s programs and partners grew from 40 programs hosted by 24 partner organizations in 2012, to 70 programs hosted by 37 partner organizations in 2013. In years past, the Festival has offered a wide variety of programs including talks, tours, films, exhibitions, site-specific installations, family- and kid-oriented programs, workshops, games, hands-on making, craft, and more.

Seattle Design Festival themes:
  • 2011: Beneath the Surface of Design
  • 2012: Engage your World
  • 2013: Design in Health
  • 2014: Design in Motion

Design in Public celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle. We nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. We catalyze change by supporting imagination, vision and participation in the creation of the place we all want to live. (

About AIA Seattle
AIA Seattle, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. AIA Seattle is the eighth largest urban component of the American Institute of Architects, with members throughout the Puget Sound area.

June 18, 2014

Build Abroad - architectural voluntourism

Build Abroad has been a project in the making for the last 4 years and we are excited to finally share it with the world. Now that we’re live, we would like to give a quick introduction and a brief overview of our plans for the future.

Build Abroad’s mission is to build and repair communities in developing nations through socially conscious construction. We offer voluntourism trips to Costa Rica with plans to expand to neighboring countries in the very near future.

It all starts with an Idea
We first came up with the idea for Build Abroad in 2010. We were college roommates during our final year of architecture school at Miami University. Our goal was to find a way to travel the world and use our architecture skills to serve developing countries. We knew we had something, but we couldn’t quite put the pieces together. The idea stayed in the back of our minds for the last several years until we were finally able to articulate a plan and execute.

Making it Happen – Our First Trip and Beyond
In 2013 we really started focusing; coming up with a logo, designing the website, planning our first trip, and registering the business. In March of 2014 we took our first trip as Build Abroad to San Jose, Costa Rica. During the trip we volunteered at multiple construction sites and really got a feel for what the local communities needed. Taking the trip also helped us realize what we wanted the experience to be like for our volunteers.

Over the last month, we have been working long hours to get everything ready to release to the world. Our next steps will be to finalize several more partnerships and start offering trips to even more countries.

We have big plans for the future of Build Abroad. Over the next few years we will be expanding to South America, Asia, and Africa. We also plan on assisting with disaster relief and designing larger scale community projects. Stay tuned!

Feel free to explore our site to learn even more about what we do and how you can help. Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you in Costa Rica on our next trip!

Pat and Chad

BIG Designs Museum for Swiss Watchmaker Audemars Piguet

Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet chooses BIG to expand its historic headquarters. The 2.400m2/25,800 ft pavilion will be a striking landmark to precision seamlessly integrated into the local landscape.

Team BIG, HG Merz, Luchinger & Meyer and Muller Illien´s design is rooted in the origins of the family owned company, a history of watchmaking that goes back centuries and is nested in the nature and culture of the Vallée de Joux. Surrounded by the historical workshops in Le Brassus in the heart of La Vallée de Joux, the new museum called Maison des Fondateurs, will be imbedded in the landscape - reuniting the buildings with the undulating fields of the valley.

Jasmine Audemars, President of Audemars Piguet´s Board of Directors, comments: “We are proud to announce the winning proposal of our new Maison des Fondateurs project, a new flagship for Audemars Piguet and a place for people to enjoy and share the passion of watchmaking. La Maison des Fondateurs not only symbolises the deep connection between the brand and its origins but also its spirit of independence and avant-garde.”

BIG created an intertwined spiral shaped pavilion which is conceived as a storyline for the visitors – blending old and new - and guiding the visitor through a linear sequence of spaces and events, from the entrance through lounges, galleries and workshops, to the attic of the heritage building in the workshop where it all began.

“Watchmaking like architecture is the art and science of invigorating inanimate matter with intelligence and performance. It is the art of imbuing metals and minerals with energy, movement, intelligence and measure – to bring it to life in the form of telling time. Unlike most machines and most buildings today that have a disconnect between the body and the mind, the hardware and the software, for the Maison des Fondateurs we have attempted to completely integrate the geometry and the performance, the form and the function, the space and the structure, the interior and the exterior in a symbiotic hole." 
- Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG 

The intertwined spirals solve one of the dilemmas of the program. The narrative structure calls for a succession of galleries and workshops, while the logistics of operations requires the workshops to be interconnected. By coiling up the sequence of spaces in a double spiral, the three workshops find themselves in immediate adjacency – forming one continuous workspace – surrounded by galleries.

The roof and ceiling of the pavilion is conceived as a single sheet of metal – a steel structure clad in brass, continuous in plan but undulating in section to create a series of openings allowing daylight and views to the exhibits. Towards the end of the visit the double spiral intersects the existing museum building providing access to the vaulted spaces in the lower floor and to the attic. The dynamic forms of modern materials, concrete and brass, give way for a locally anchored tectonic of straight lines and warm surfaces of wood or stone. Heavy meets light. Soft meets hard. Warm meets cool.

“I have always admired Swiss architecture for its flawless craftsmanship. Swiss buildings sometime make you suspect that they have been built by watchmakers. That we are now working directly for the family of the original founders Audemars and Piguet is going to be an amazing exploration in mastery and innovation”,says Bjarke Ingels.

Project Information:
Collaborators: HG Merz, Luchinger und Meyer, Muller Illien
Location: Le Brassus, Switzerland
Size: 2400 m2/ca 25,800 ft
Partner-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
Project Leader: Daniel Sundlin
Team: Ji-Young Yoon, Jason Wu, Otilia Pupezeanu, Natalie Kwee, Beat Schenk, Dammy Lee, Blake Smith, Marie Lancon, Yaziel Juarbe, Julien Beauchamp-Roy, Kristian Hindsberg, Pauline Lavie


BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. BIG is led by eight partners - Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Finn Nørkjær, David Zahle, Jakob Lange, Thomas Christoffersen and Managing Partners, Sheela Maini Søgaard and Kai-Uwe Bergmann. With an international team of more than 200 people, BIG works on projects across a broad spectrum of industries and in more than 20 countries worldwide. We take a human-centered approach to our work - looking at how our urban environments can increase the quality of life in finding ways of designing cities and buildings as double ecosystems that are both ecologically and economically profitable. In our work process we put great focus on the necessary details in order to realize the BIG idea. 

Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Since 1875, the company has written some of the finest chapters in the history of haute horlogerie, including a number of world firsts. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, numerous masterpieces are created in limited series embodying a remarkable degree of horological perfection, including daring sporty models, classic and traditional timepieces, splendid ladies’ jewellery-watches, as well as one-of-a-kind creations. The famous 1972 octagonal Royal Oak, the first luxury watch to be made of stainless steel, is widely recognised as one of the most important innovations in watchmaking.

June 16, 2014

VIDEO: Reed Kroloff: A tour of modern architecture

Reed Kroloff gives us a new lens for judging new architecture: is it modern, or is it romantic? Look for glorious images from two leading practices -- and a blistering critique of the 9/11 planning process.

With an outspoken approach to the problems of rebuilding cites and a fearless eye for design, Reed Kroloff is helping to change the urban landscape of cities from New York to New Orleans.

June 12, 2014

Architizer Launches

New York City, NY, June 11, 2014 – In partnership with The Wall Street Journal, WSJ. Magazine (The Wall Street Journal's luxury lifestyle publication), CORE Group Marketing, and Dwell, Architizer--the largest platform for architecture online--announced the launch of Find An Architect (, the first service to connect real estate developers, investors, and private owners with the most qualified potential architects for their upcoming projects.

Since its launch in 2009, Architizer has become the leading B to B destination for professional architects, hosting 75,000-plus projects posted by over 35,000 firms across the globe; a robust marketplace spotlighting materials and products used in major projects; and the world’s largest architectural awards program, the A+ Awards.

“Architecture is a profession that touches everyone: The EPA reports that Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. And yet finding an architect is a task filled with mystery and frustration. Sites like ZocDoc and Angie's List have proven the efficacy of using the internet to find and contract professional talent. It’s time to do the same thing for architecture,” said founder and CEO Marc Kushner, AIA.

Find An Architect introduces an already-successful business model to a largely untapped segment of the design and construction industry. Architects in the US alone bill over $26 billion annually, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Said Kushner: “While services like Houzz target the substantial residential renovation market, Architizer targets the even bigger ground-up construction market with Find An Architect.”

Added Shaun Osher, Founder & CEO of leading real estate brokerage CORE, “Finding the right architect for a development project is critical to the brand, vision, and ultimate success of that project. Find An Architect is a much-needed and valuable resource to match the right architect to a project.”

How It Works
Find An Architect delivers a regular digest of vetted project opportunities to the engaged and diverse Architizer community, who apply for consideration through the Architizer platform. The result is a time- and money-saving opportunity for clients to access the world’s best architects with minimal risk: a curated packet of applications are delivered in under a week and posting a project is free during the beta period.

For more information, visit

Architizer is the online destination to explore, collect, and source the world’s architecture and interiors. Launched in 2009, the site is the world’s largest database of architecture with 75,000+ projects uploaded by over 35,000 firms. Architizer has over 5.8 million monthly pageviews and 2 million social media followers, and operates the world’s largest architectural awards program, the A+ Awards. Visit us at,, or on Twitter @architizer.

June 9, 2014

VIDEO: Stewart Brand: The Long Now

With biotech accelerating four times faster than digital technology, the revival of extinct species is becoming possible. Stewart Brand plans to not only bring species back but restore them to the wild.

Brand is already a legend in the tech industry for things he’s created: the Whole Earth Catalog, The WELL, the Global Business Network, the Long Now Foundation, and the notion that “information wants to be free.” Now Brand, a lifelong environmentalist, wants to re-create -- or “de-extinct” -- a few animals that’ve disappeared from the planet.

Granted, resurrecting the woolly mammoth using ancient DNA may sound like mad science. But Brand’s Revive and Restore project has an entirely rational goal: to learn what causes extinctions so we can protect currently endangered species, preserve genetic and biological diversity, repair depleted ecosystems, and essentially “undo harm that humans have caused in the past.”

June 2, 2014

VIDEO: Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities

How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need -- while reducing the time we spend in cars.

Alex Steffen explores our planet's future, telling powerful, inspiring stories about the hard choices facing humanity ... and our opportunity to create a much better tomorrow.

May 26, 2014

VIDEO: Rogier van der Heide: Why light needs darkness

Lighting architect Rogier van der Heide offers a beautiful new way to look at the world -- by paying attention to light (and to darkness). Examples from classic buildings illustrate a deeply thought-out vision of the play of light around us. (Filmed at TEDxAmsterdam.)

Rogier van der Heide creates architectural spaces with light.

May 23, 2014


According to Trygve Faste, it was a series of coincidences and happenstance that led him to the creation of his geometric neon-painted protostructures and forms that are popping off the walls at One Grand Gallery until the end of May. But it seems that his progression and trajectory as an artist started a long time ago, and has been consistently cultivated and advanced for the past several years.

Faste drew a lot as a kid. When he got to college, he double-majored in computer science and art, thinking the former would be more useful, but in the end, realized both were pertinent in realizing his life calling.

As a professional designer, Faste has designed an eclectic array of objects, ranging from toys to luxury hotel fountains. He has an MFA in painting from Cranbook Academy of Art and is currently a professor of design at the University of Oregon.

What Faste enjoys most is the studio: it's the place where he can contemplate his fascination with how humans manipulate the natural world to serve our purposes.

Faste's investigation began on large rectangular canvases with painted representational landscapes of human-constructed environments. His methods have since evolved into the abstract. Stripping out all natural elements except for the sky, left Faste focusing solely on objects in the two- and three- dimension.

In his latest show, Faste airbrushes brightly colored acrylic designs on laser-constructed wood canvases.

OG: What do you call your pieces?
TF: I have been calling them protoforms. It is a word that I made up and is based on the ideas of a prototype. Proto’ being something early or primitive that is still in the process of evolving and ‘form’ because the paintings are slightly dimensional. I called the pieces that have windows cut through the canvas protostructures because they reveal more of the underlying structure. Those pieces are really more about the idea of construction and how it relates to painting on canvas.

OG: What's the origin of your name?
TF: Half of my family is Norwegian. My parents wanted to find a name that would speak to that heritage. I came across the meaning many years later when I was researching names for my daughter. I think it means trustworthy or true.

OG: How do “protoforms” reflect what you see around us? 
TF: Really it's a distillation of cultural various ‘memes’ -- things that materialize and become really popular at a given moment in time. I'm always trying to figure out what design tropes might be current.

OG: Where do the designs and colors come from? 
TF: A lot of the shapes come from simplified objects that I observe, so that might be: sneakers, super cars or some consumer product. And they could really come from anywhere, but mostly human- created, like different science fiction movies and pop culture in general. I’m curious how to capture the ideas and feelings of our culture's objects, so much of which embody ideas of ‘the futuristic’, or ‘quality’, or other traits that just make things seem covetable.
The colors-- I do think of each painting as having a specific color scheme. I'll limit each painting to a specific pallet. Normally they're borrowed from things I've seen that interest me-- like a car's special paint job or architecture, or clothing colors that happen to be in vogue.

OG: How would you compare your artwork-- made by and to reflect modern means-- to other art movements in history? 
TF: There's always been a lot of different art historical references that I am interested in. There was the precisionist movement in the industrial era where they were painting really crisp, clean images of industrial technology. I have been thinking about the slightly more mechanized production of my paintings. 

There is a literal connection to manufacturing as well as just a reference connection in the way I make the canvases. I laser cut the forms, plan them on the computer and use an archival digital printer to print the canvas. For larger paintings, I use airbrush. 

I also love the work of the Hudson River School of painters. The sense of atmosphere and space in the paintings is wonderful. 

My work also references pop art a lot. If you think about Andy Warhol, he called his studio, 'The Factory.' With silkscreens paintings, he had sort of a production method, so there’s definitely ideas carrying over from that.

OG: How do you build your canvases? 
TF: I started building paper models to figure out what shapes I like. Once I got the hang of it and the types of shapes I was interested in-- I didn’t have to make more models. Typically, I sketch out the shape of canvas I want. Then I will go into a computer modeling program. Right now I am using a program called Rhinoceros. Basically I model the canvas stretcher in the computer, which gives me a plan for how to make the structure. I actually laser cut the side pieces and assemble them. This ensures the angles are correct.

OG: How many 'protoforms' have you made? 
TF: Probably around 45 or 50. Some of them are smaller. Some of them, when I started out, I was calling them different things. At first, I was calling them 'shards.' At one point I called three of them 'turbo forms' because they looked really fast.

OG: What's next? 
TF: These protostructure paintings are going to be new to me for this show. I'll see how those work out, how enjoyable and exciting they are to make. And then also the paintings. I have focused the paintings for this show, so they are one canvas shape instead of constructions made by attaching multiple canvases. It has allowed more room for me to actually paint and explore the surface and less worrying about the different structures coming together. It is always hard to predict ahead of time how they really differ from the previous paintings, but so far I am really liking working on them. I am still fiddling with various ways to make them.

I am also experimenting with some other furniture design projects and collaborating on some ceramic projects with my wife, so those are always really exciting.

I foresee maybe some more three-dimensional work coming along.

ILLUSIVE STRUCTURES by TRYGVE FASTE is currently on display at One Grand Gallery through May 30, 2014

May 19, 2014

VIDEO: Mark Raymond: Victims of the city

Architecture can bring people together, or divide them -- witness the skyscraper, costly, inefficient, and only serving small portions of the community. At TEDxPortofSpain, Mark Raymond encourages city governments to let go of their old notions of success and consider the balance of environment, economy, and society to design cities for social change. (Filmed at TEDxPortofSpain.)

Mark Raymond’s work as an architect in Trinidad and Tobago is founded on the belief that thoughtfully designed cities can foster sustainability and inclusiveness throughout a society.

May 18, 2014

VOLT Berlin by J. MAYER H.

J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten has been named the winner of the invited competition for Volt Berlin, a new concept for a location for shopping and urban experience near Berlin's Alexanderplatz. The experience cluster is a fusion concept combining a multi-brand store, various experiential offerings, events, and a hotel, and is directed towards adventurous visitors with a focus on a smart urban lifestyle. The large urban building complex is organized according to its various usages in several smaller boxes that are placed in an uneven grid. One particularly striking aspect of the design is the luminous horizontal glazed line that runs like a tension fissure all the way through the building. This intermediate space, located at the level of the train viaduct, will host the center's most important attractions: indoor-skydiving and a surf wave. This energy line will exude into the urban space around the center, while Berlin and the immediate area around Alexanderplatz will always be present as a location and a backdrop.


J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten

Client: TKN Real Estate Solutions AG in cooperation with Jochen Schweizer Projects AG

Invited Competition 2014, 1st Prize
Location: Alexanderstraße/Voltairestraße, Berlin-Mitte, Germany
Total Floor Area: approx. 29.500 m2

May 12, 2014

VIDEO: Kate Orff: Reviving New York's rivers -- with oysters!

Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean -- thus driving even more innovation in "oyster-tecture." Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.

Kate Orff asks us to rethink “landscape”—to use urban greenspaces and blue spaces in fresh ways to mediate between humankind and nature.

May 5, 2014

VIDEO: Liz Diller: A new museum wing ... in a giant bubble

How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of creating a welcoming, lighthearted (even, dare we say it, sexy) addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

 Liz Diller and her maverick firm DS+R bring a groundbreaking approach to big and small projects in architecture, urban design and art -- playing with new materials, tampering with space and spectacle in ways that make you look twice.

April 28, 2014

VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability

Bjarke Ingels' architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. In this talk, he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)

Theory meets pragmatism meets optimism in Bjarke Ingels' architecture. His big-think approach is informed by a hands-on, ground-up understanding of the needs of a building's occupants and surroundings.

April 21, 2014

VIDEO: Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral

A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station ... And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.

Thomas Heatherwick is the founder of Heatherwick Studio, an architecture and design firm that, among other projects, designed the astonishing "Seed Cathedral" for the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010.

April 14, 2014

VIDEO: Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

Michael Pawlyn takes cues from nature to make new, sustainable architectural environments.

April 12, 2014

Hongcheng Office Building Lobby in Hangzhou, China by Peter Ruge Architekten

The Hongcheng skyscraper is located on the banks of the Qiantang River in the new administrative and business district of Hangzhou city and home to the offices of various companies. Commissioned by the buildings owner, the brief called for a unified interior design throughout the common areas that included upgrading the main lobby, foyers, corridors and amenities. The 3 story high entrance hall spans approximately 450 square meters to form the central reception, waiting and information area of the overall complex.

Views of the beautiful parklands opposite the main entrance are optimized through the use of extensive facade glazing. The configuration of the entrance hall has been inspired by the natural landscape, reflected through the use of organic elements. A bamboo grove, natural stone blocks, and cascading water feature define the space's functional zones to create a series of themed landscapes. By limiting the use of the various surface materials, the subtle combination of jurassic limestone, granite and bamboo amplified the experience of the spatial landscape. The result is a harmonious interaction between inside and outside, the elements and materials.

The bespoke translucent glass ceiling and overlying grid of bamboo rod down lights allow for varying levels of illumination that can be adjusted to the time of day and desired atmosphere.

April 7, 2014

VIDEO: Peter Haas: Haiti's disaster of engineering

"Haiti was not a natural disaster," says TED Fellow Peter Haas: "It was a disaster of engineering." As the country rebuilds after January's deadly quake, are bad old building practices creating another ticking time bomb? Haas's group, AIDG, is helping Haiti's builders learn modern building and engineering practices, to assemble a strong country brick by brick.

 Inveterate tinkerer Peter Haas is the co-founder of AIDG, the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, which connect people to electricity, sanitation and clean water through a combination of business incubation, education, and outreach.

April 2, 2014

National Architecture Week: April 6-12 | #archweek14

Washington, D.C. – April 1, 2014 – National Architecture Week (NAW) is a public awareness campaign from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) dedicated to increasing attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. NAW is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).

Similar to previous years’ observances, National Architecture Week will be virtual and will include several events taking place on social media platforms. AIA National will post links to videos on Twitter and Facebook from several award-winning architects sharing what inspires them about architecture. You can follow the twitter activity by using the hashtag #archweek14. On Sunday, April 6, the NAW homepage will go live:

The Architecture Is Awesome contest on Instagram will use the social networking platform to showcase architects’ good designs and encourage architecture fans to share their thoughts and engage with like-minded professionals during the week. Instagram users will also have an opportunity to win prize gift cards in the Architecture Is Awesome sweepstakes by uploading tagged images of their favorite local architectural sites. Five lucky winners will be selected based on what is considered to be the best images of architecture. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 16, on Twitter.

The recipients of the 2014 AIA Housing Awards will be announced on Monday, April 7. This annual award showcases the best in residential design and includes amazing imagery. Each day AIA National will shine the spotlight on individual award recipients on the NAW homepage.

Additionally several AIA chapters will host special events such as receptions, lectures, tours, film screenings, award programs, and open houses. You can get more information on local events here:

Occurring simultaneously in several markets will be the premier of the PBS series, Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture. The program will showcase some of the 21st century's most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America. Each hour-long episode is organized around a central building typology theme — such as Performance Spaces or Art Spaces — and profiles three buildings. Learn more about this program and when it will be airing in your market here:

About The American Institute of Architects:
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

March 31, 2014

VIDEO: Kent Larson: Brilliant designs to fit more people in every city

How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.

Kent Larson designs new technologies that solve the biggest questions facing our cities.

March 24, 2014

VIDEO: Michael Hansmeyer: Building unimaginable shapes

Inspired by cell division, Michael Hansmeyer writes algorithms that design outrageously fascinating shapes and forms with millions of facets. No person could draft them by hand, but they're buildable -- and they could revolutionize the way we think of architectural form.

Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and computation to generate architectural form.

March 17, 2014

VIDEO: Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary.

Michael Green wants to solve architecture’s biggest challenge -- meeting worldwide housing demand without increasing carbon emissions -- by building with carbon-sequestering wood instead of concrete and steel.

March 11, 2014

STITCH: an AIA Portland Architectural Ideas Competition

AIA Portland is launching an architectural ideas competition that bridges between urban design, landscape architecture and architecture. It is an open competition and all are invited to enter inspiring ideas as individuals or as teams. 

As the City of Portland continues to grow we find ourselves needing urban living rooms to offer space that is open and free for the public to use and gather. Pioneer Square is a great success as an urban space for the city, but as the population grows more public squares are needed. The opportunity to reclaim land that was consumed by the highway system provides a unique opportunity to address the need for more urban open space, but also to restitch two neighborhoods together. The square caps the highway, bridges between the downtown core and the growing neighborhood around Providence Park, and offers a perfect place for events related to both. This location is located along the max line integrating it with the entire City both near and far. Portlanders need urban space to express themselves, gather, protest, people watch, eat and generally contribute to community health and well-being.
This competition calls for ideas on ways to successfully cap I-405, bridging the downtown to Goose Hollow and the Stadium district. We are looking for extraordinary creative proposals that will spark the imagination, open up a dialogue and offer innovative solutions to this urban problem. The program for the competition is open to the entrants, although a mix of public space with other programming is recommended. The program should respond to the neighboring context and needs of the city. We encourage each proposal to address multi-modal transportation within the project.

Image Courtesy of Google Maps 2013
The site sits over I-405 between SW Yamhill St. and SW Morrison St. and bridges the downtown core with the Goose Hollow neighborhood. Light rail transit travels along both the north and south sides of the site on Yamhill and Morrison streets while the east and west edges are active bike routes.
Project Site: 200’-0” x 200’-0”
This ideas competition is open to all including students and professionals, architects and engineers, landscape architects and urban designers. You can enter as an individual, as a team or as a firm.  You can also submit as many entires as you wish although you will have to pay an additional entree fee for each one.
  • $25 for students & unemployed designers
  • $50 for professionals
PRIZES:Winners and any Honorable Mentions will be displayed on the AIA Portland Website and be displayed at a local Gallery space, as well as on We will also be sending press releases to local newspapers and/or magazines as well as national architecture publications.
  • 1st Place – $500 + 2 Architecture Books donated from Princeton Architectural Press
  • 2nd Place – $200 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press
  • 3rd Place – $100 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press
  • Competition Registration Starts: March 17th
  • Submissions Due: April 28th – 5:00 PM PST
  • Jury Deliberations: April 28th – May 16th
  • Winner Announced: May 16th
  • Celebration: May 16th
  1. 6 Images max
    • Jpg format
    • 2550 pixels wide by 1650 pixels tall (11×17 at 150 ppi in Landscape format)
  2. Project Description (Provided text file – fill out and attached as a separate file)
    • Project Title (less than 140 characters – tweetable)
    • 150 word max exec summary
    • 500 word max description
  3. Identification Form – (Provided text file) – fill out and attached as a separate file
    • Design Team names
    • Contact Email
    • Contact Phone
    • Website (optional)
No identifying logos, words or graphics on the images or project description
* any submission that does not meet the above requirements may be disqualified at our discretion.
  • Brad Cleopfil – Allied Works
  • Carrie Strickland – Works Partnership
  • Becca Cavell – THA
  • Don Stastny 
  • Zari Santner - Portland Parks
  • TBA
REGISTRATION:Open on March 17th
Details we be posted here:
For questions email:
AIA Portland | Emerging Professionals Committee
AIA Portland | Committee On The Environment
Center for Architecture Oregon

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