design

Teaching technology

It’s a popular topic at the moment — technology in the classroom and how it will revolutionize teaching and schools at all levels. But while there have been significant advances…

In praise of LEED

After an unprecedented six public comment periods, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) membership has just adopted the fourth version of its phenomenally popular rating system, LEED (Leadership in Energy…

Crowdfunding architecture?

“Dong, Archie, and Jeff meet for coffee. Dong wants to talk about an oddly shaped, floating, filtering pool for New York; something that had never been done before and that would…

Fiona Cousins on research at Arup

Arup’s long tradition of internal research and development is unique within the industry. Any Arup employee can propose a research project, and those that are selected receive funding for time…

The $100 design review

Innovation is difficult in the best of times, but a tough economy can make it seem practically impossible. As budgets shrink, designers often feel pressured to churn out rote solutions…

Shaping tomorrow’s designers

According to the US Department of Labor, between now and 2020 the employment growth rate in architecture will exceed that of most other professions. Because elementary and high schools typically…

The green hotel goes global

In 2007, the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) found itself faced with a growing problem. As interest around sustainability was building, more customers were requesting information about hotels’ green features. With…

Tom Wilcock on advanced technology and research

Senior engineer Tom Wilcock recently relocated from our London office to grow the advanced technology and research (AT+R) practice in New York. We spoke with him about AT+R and his plans…