design

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…

Smart buildings 101

David Wilts, who leads the consulting practice in our Chicago office, spoke with us about smart buildings. * What exactly is a smart building? There are dozens of definitions out…

Reconnecting the subway with the sky

In the early years of the New York City subway system, natural light played a dominant role in the illumination of subterranean spaces. The architecture emphasized a connection to the…

Acoustics for musicians

When acousticians design performing arts spaces, our ultimate goal is to create a quality listening experience for every audience member. We seek to transmit the most accurate version of what’s…

Next-generation wood

As the building industry has grown more knowledgeable about sustainability in the past two decades, it has become highly evident that choices about materials can have profound environmental consequences. Increased…