ARCHITECT | AIA Announces 2015 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects
The AIA announced the winners of the 2015 COTE Top Ten Green Projects today. Every year for the last 19 years, the AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) choose projects for their exemplary sustainable architecture and ecological design. In addition to these annual awards, the AIA and COTE announced the winner of the COTE Top Ten Plus Award. For the last three years, a past COTE Top Ten Award winner has been reevaluated and awarded the COTE Top Ten Plus Award based on performance according to quantifiable sustainability metrics.
This year’s COTE Top Ten Awards jury included Peter Busby, LEED Fellow and managing director at Perkins+Will; David John Neuman, founder and principal of Neu Campus Planning; Peter Rumsey, founder and CEO of Point Energy Innovations and Personal Comfort Systems; John Quale, Assoc. AIA, director of the School of Architecture + Planning at the University of New Mexico; and Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute.
KCAF & Women in Design | Scholarship Applications
The Kansas City Architectural Foundation Scholarship Applications are now available. If you know of anyone attending a School of Architecture please pass this information along. Applications are due May 15, 2015.
In 2011 as a celebration of our five year anniversary WiD-KC established a scholarship fund designed to empower women studying in all design professions. This scholarship is available to women at any level of study, who are in pursuit of a degree in design related fields such as Architecture/Interior Design/ Landscape Design/Industrial Design/Product Design. Judgment for the WiD-KC scholarship is based on need, academic excellence and demonstrated leadership.
KU | University announces new dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning
The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning will have a new leader beginning in June.
Mahesh Daas, professor and chairperson of the Department of Architecture at Ball State University, will become dean of the KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning on June 15. He succeeds Professor and Dean John Gaunt, who led the school for more than 20 years.
ARCHITECT | February Architecture Billings Index Improves
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) released today by the Institute indicates a nominal increase in the demand for design services. The February ABI score was 50.4, up slightly from January’s mark of 49.9—the first negative score in 10 months. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, whereas a score below 50 means a contraction.
While the ABI billings score went up, other national scores dropped. The new projects inquiry index was 56.6, down from a reading of 58.7 the previous month. Stalled at exactly 50.0, the metric that tracks design contracts is down from a score of 51.3 in January.
In a breakdown of project types, the strongest demand is currently coming from the institutional sector, a reversal of trends from late 2013 to early 2014 when the demand for institutional projects fell behind the other sectors. “The health of the institutional market has been the key factor for positive business conditions for the design and construction industry in the months ahead, and it is encouraging to see that sector remain on solid footing,” said AIA chief economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA in a press release. “However, we’re seeing some slowing in the other major construction sectors. Design billings for residential projects had its first negative month in over three years, and commercial design billings have seen only modest growth in recent years.”
Frei Otto Wins 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize
German architect and engineer Frei Otto has been named as recipient of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The announcement comes some two weeks ahead of plan, as Otto died Monday, sadly, and the Pritzker is awarded only to living architects.
Otto was born in Seigmar, Germany, in 1925, and served as a pilot in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He launched his practice in 1952, and earned international recognition for projects such as the West German Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal and the 1972 Munich Olympics Stadium.
Call for Submissions | EBie Award
Did you or your team make impressive sustainability improvements in a US building that’s five years old or more? Maybe you could win an EBie Award! Projects are evaluated based on before and after data, but we also want to hear about how your team worked together, solved problems, and dealt with any
curveballs along the way.
We’re looking for people whose buildings or portfolios:
• Cut energy and/or water use
• Reduced waste
• Made lighting more efficient
• Engaged tenants in sustainability initiatives, and more!
Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri and AIA Kansas City Team Up for Cookie Construction
What do you get when you combine Girl Scouts, 5,000 Girl Scout cookie boxes and female professionals working in the design industry? Girl Scout Cookie Construction, of course!
On March 7, a collaboration between The American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIA KC), Women in Design Kansas City (WiD KC), Time Warner Cable and Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri will culminate with Cookie Construction Build Day at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
For the past six months, Girl Scouts have been working on five different teams to design three-dimensional structures solely out of Girl Scout cookie boxes. Each team, led by a group of female professionals in the design industry, has learned the ins and outs of the architecture and design process!
“By learning how to design, engineer and build structures out of Girl Scout cookie boxes, girls are able to engage in real-world challenges that designers, engineers and architects encounter in their careers,” said Perry Watson, Time Warner Cable’s Area Vice President of Operations.
Samantha McCloud, WiD KC, also sees girls learning about communication, collaboration and innovation. “Beyond design-thinking skills, the young women that participate in this program gain the opportunity to learn and develop many soft skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives,” she says.
Girl Scouts are learning from the best of the best in Cookie Construction. The team leaders are respected professionals and accomplished architects, interior architects and design engineers in the community who want to see more women join them in their field in the coming years.
Phaedra Svec, architect at BNIM and team leader got involved with this program to show the Girl Scouts that architecture is a viable career option and a diverse field. “I didn’t have many mentors suggesting architecture and design as a possibility when I was a girl and I certainly had few female mentors coming up the ranks of the profession. No two women are architects in the same way, so it is important for each of us to model what that diversity looks like to give young women more choices.”
March 7, Build Day, the teams will have four hours to assemble their designs. Judging begins at 1 p.m. and the award for best overall design will be given during a presentation at 2 p.m. Structures will be on-view at Crown Center through March 27 and you can vote for your favorite to win the “People’s Choice Award”!
We hope to see you there!
Have You “Looked Up” Lately?
The advertising world has taken note of AIA’s new “Look Up” campaign to help the general public move from simply admiring architects and the architecture profession to comprehending the rapidly changing role of architects and the value they bring to our contemporary culture. Have you seen the TV ad that began airing this month? It’s inspiring and worth a minute of your time to take a look. You can add your view by sharing #ilookup on your social media posts.
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Deadline to complete the survey is March 1.
Call for Entries | Monsters of Design
The Young Architects Forum of Kansas City invites all young designers to submit their work for the 2015 Monsters of Design Competition. Projects of all types and scales (architecture, interiors, products, furniture, lighting, graphics and anything else) are welcome. Monsters of Design is an annual design awards competition for young designers from or near the Kansas City metro area. MoD exists to recognize work that may not be recognized by other awards competitions.
All types of design are considered equal in this competition. Ok, so maybe you didn’t design a whole building. Did you design a killer table for the conference room? Submit that. Did your client reject your brilliant idea? Submit it! Past winners have included an app design, a chair prototype, and unfinished skin studies of a large building. We really mean it when we say that good design is good design, regardless of scale, budget or genre.
Visit http://www.aiakc.org/mod to register. Early registration ends on February 15th.