Retrofitting Audiovisual in a Historic Space

We live in an age of sustainability and the old adage “what’s old is new again” and this sentiment carries over into the preservation of historical buildings and sites. Historical buildings lend themselves well to energy efficiency, calling on the use of good ventilation, durable materials and space considerations. However, there can be a number of..

3 Multipurpose Furniture Trends for Open Office Design

In open office layouts, furniture should be chosen not only for its pleasing aesthetics, but also for proper functionality. Successful open office interior design gives employees furniture choices that jive with different tasks and functions. At the 2019 IFMA World Workplace conference and expo in Phoenix, we noticed a variety of multipurpose furni..

Open Office Furniture and Layout Concepts

More than any other single factors, furnishings and layout drive the success—or failure—of open plan office design. Creating an open plan office where people can be productive demands an honest look at your client’s company culture and the way they do business. Open office design means different things to different people, notes Dave Madson, princi..

AIA Compensation Report 2019 Finds Pay and Benefit Increases

AIA has released positive findings from the AIA Compensation Report 2019. The survey finds average pay for architecture staff positions is up over $10,000 since 2017. The increase in compensation is a result of a 40% increase in non-residential construction over the last few years and a near 50-year low unemployment rate. The Middle Atlantic regio..

EDspaces to Feature Modern Cafe and Classroom Settings

EDspaces—the Education Market Associations’ educational facilities expo—revealed designs for its EDspaces Café, where attendees of the Oct. 23-25 event in Milwaukee will eat lunch. The three distinct designs feature next-generation school cafeteria and campus dining settings. Cafeterias are transforming beyond places to eat during food service, not..

What Generation Z Wants at Work

Workplace demographics are changing rapidly. Members of Generation Z—people born after 1996—are starting to move into their first post-college jobs at the same time that 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day, according to Investopedia. The changing composition of the workforce is impacting the way buildings are designed and managed. H..

From NCARB, These Are the Trends Shaping Architectural Licensure

A group of architects, emerging technologies experts and architectural licensing board members have identified several trends that are shaping the future of architectural practice. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is sharing insights from its Futures Collaborative group, established in 2017 to look at challenges and..

Second Museum in St. Louis to Achieve LEED Gold Certification

For the second time this year, a well-known museum in St. Louis, MO, has obtained LEED Gold certification. The Soldiers Memorial Military Museum was awarded the prestigious green building certification, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), during a ceremony at Soldiers Memorial in August. (Photo: Karen Goering, managing director o..

Hotel Design Tactics Continue to Pop Up in Corporate Settings

Transparency, instantaneous online gratification and hyper-personalized experiences are aspects the modern hotel guest has come to expect and demand. Comparably, the same is true for today’s employee. We are witnessing a power shift across industries from the traditional hierarchy which favors high-ranking executives to the individual, whether that..

Local Designs in Hotels Help Guests Connect to Destination

Local touches are popping up everywhere in hotel design. This can include the obvious like murals and artwork representing the location of the hotel; to the more subtle inclusion of local craft beer, spirits and food in a bar or restaurant; or even the nuanced or abstract design waiting to be discovered in more upscale hotels. Parker-Torres: The Ph..

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