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.

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