Architecture


Join RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts for a conversation about how to increase reuse and recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) materials. RecyclingWorks would like to hear from architects, contractors, and other building professionals to help develop best management practices for diverting this waste from disposal.

We invite you to attend a meeting of the Boston Society of Architect’s Committee on the Environment on this subject. Topics for discussion include:
– Reuse: Connecting with salvage outlets to capture reusable materials.
– Source Separation: What materials make sense to separate on-site and at what scale of project?
– C&D Processing: Best practices for capturing high-value materials at comingled facilities

Please attend to share your experience with these or other issues related to diverting construction and demolition materials from disposal.
This meeting is open to both members of the Boston Society of Architects as well as others involved in the construction industry (contractors, C&D haulers and processors, salvage outlets, building officials, etc.)

About our speaker:
This conversation about construction and demolition waste will be facilitated by Emily Fabel, Green Business Program Lead for the Center for EcoTechnology. Emily administers two waste reduction programs funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: RecyclingWorks in MA (for businesses and institutions) and THE GREEN TEAM (for K-12 schools). Emily has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and entered the waste management field through hauling trash, food waste, and recyclables by bicycle for Pedal People Cooperative in Northampton.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

To learn more about the Committee on the Environment, visit architects.org/committees/committee-environment-cote.

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, as well as the incoming 115th Congress. Please attribute to AIA Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA.

“The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation’s aging infrastructure. During the campaign, President-elect Trump called for committing at least $500 billion to infrastructure spending over five years. We stand ready to work with him and with the incoming 115th Congress to ensure that investments in schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure continue to be a major priority.”

“We also congratulate members of the new 115th Congress on their election. We urge both the incoming Trump Administration and the new Congress to work toward enhancing the design and construction sector’s role as a major catalyst for job creation throughout the American economy.”

“This has been a hard-fought, contentious election process. It is now time for all of us to work together to advance policies that help our country move forward.”

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit http://www.aia.org.

Contact

John Schneidawind
(202) 626-7457
EMAIL

Hord Coplan Macht is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary design firm with over 200 people located in three offices nationally – Denver, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (Alexandria). Our goal is to provide the highest quality architectural, landscape architectural and planning services to our clients. Our diverse studio environment encompasses award-winning education, multifamily/mixed use, senior living, healthcare, landscape architecture and planning studios to serve the diverse needs of our clients.

Our Denver office is continuing to grow at a remarkable pace, in both project quantity as well as market type, and we are currently seeking a talented Designer II to join our team!

If you desire a diverse firm that allows you the opportunity to define your career, Hord Coplan Macht is for you! Our Denver office has approximately 65 staff including architects, interior designers, landscape architects, sustainability experts, graphic designers and marketing staff. Our studio environment provides an excellent opportunity to grow professionally while engaging with a dynamic, energizing and creative group of professionals.

Speaking of…our most important asset is our people. We have a mentorship program in place to help develop staff to their full potential, review goals annually and support licensure. Annually we climb a 14er together, give back to our local community by participating in the Green Apple Day of Service, and celebrate the end of the year with a holiday party! If you are looking for a firm that works hard in and outside of the office, adventures together and gives back to the community you’ve found the right place!

We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefit package.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

2-4 years of experience in the architectural field (2 year minimum required)
Architectural degree from an accredited program
Proficiency in Revit and sketch-up
Strong communication skills
Strong graphic and rendering skills
HOW TO APPLY

Please submit cover letter, resume and portfolio to HRDenver@hcm2.com

November 12, 2016 – November 15, 2016

Event Type: Industry Event

Description:
The Healthcare Design Expo + Conference boasts more than 100 educational sessions providing the latest research, trends, and strategies in the healthcare design industry. In addition to the educational sessions, you’ll have the chance to connect with industry leaders from around the country and take in the exhibit hall, featuring hundreds of providers giving demonstrations and showcasing the newest innovative healthcare design products and services that support the design of hospital and clinic environments.

Event Url: Learn more

Location:
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Cost:
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Additional Info:
Event is in Central time zone.

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Top films address accessibility for the disabled, 18th century urban planning, and a recycling facility that does more than repurpose material.

The People’s Choice Award for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) I Look Up Film Challenge is ARCH 335: Rebuilding Medcamps, which was also the selection for the juried portion of the film challenge. The short film, which garnered 46,339 votes, was submitted by Brad Deal, Robert Brooks and Michael Tolar, explores the important work of the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University to provide Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that offers free summer camp to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities, with spaces for gathering, learning, and adventure.

The second film with the highest number of votes, Timeless Innovation, received 40,701 votes. This film, submitted by Minji Kim, Seth F. Johnson, and Shawn Griffin looks at the importance of General James Oglethorpe’s original design of Savannah, GA, and how it’s blending with modern elements. Savannah is considered the first planned city in the U.S. and largely retains the original town plan Oglethorpe developed.

The film with the third highest number of votes, Renewal: The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, was submitted by Brandon Brown. This film received 11,062 votes and focuses on the largest commingled recycling facility in the U.S. The Sims Municipal Recycling facility, designed by Selldorf Architects, not only employees sustainable design concepts, but it serves as an educational facility to groups interested in learning more about how recycling works.

The remaining list of the top ten voted on films:

4. Scale – In Austin, TX, affordability and accessibility are an essential component to a thriving entrepreneurial environment. By rethinking the office typology to better accommodate a start-up friendly landscape, architects are stimulating innovation.

5. A Home – Tells the story of how an ambitious project transformed the lives of the residents of East Harlem, by creating Harlem RBI, a multi-purpose building that includes Harlem RBI’s offices, DREAM Charter School, a new community center, 89 affordable housing units, and a beautiful public park.

6. HOME – The Dr. Davis Senior Center in the Bayview neighborhood outside of San Francisco provides housing for low-income seniors, but more importantly provides a thriving community for its residents.

7. Precipitating Change – By integrating an air to water technology called ‘Skysource’, up to 300 gallons of water can be produced per day. The water is offered free to the public in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, as well as to Community Healing Gardens.

8. Urban Frontier House – High Plains Architects had a vision to create a comfortable, affordable, and low maintenance house that just happens to be almost entirely self-sustaining.

9. Intervention Whispers – Renovation of a series of adjacent modest historic structures in downtown San Antonio has had a large cultural community impact. Architects discuss their process and challenges where interior historical documentation is minimal in this adaptive reuse.

10. ALBIZIA – An invasive tree specimen in the state of Hawaii that has caused damage to the both the built and natural environment, is now being repurposed as a building material to address housing for the homeless.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit http://www.aia.org.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and nearly 600 businesses from across the country today urged Congressional representatives to reject special interest efforts to repeal the law setting goals for cutting fossil fuel use in federal buildings by 2030.

In a letter sent Thursday to members of the Energy Conference Committee working to reconcile House and Senate Energy legislation, the businesses wrote that retaining Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act “is not only environmentally responsible but also fiscally prudent over the decades-long service life of a federal building.”

“Lowered operational expenses for highly efficient buildings have the potential to save the taxpayer millions of dollars over the course of a building’s life cycle,” the letter continues. But the effort to repeal Section 433 “serves to bolster the bottom line of fossil fuel interests at the expense of the federal government’s commitment to a more sustainable energy future.”

Contrary to what fossil fuel interests have been telling lawmakers, the Obama Administration is already on the record as opposing repeal of Section 433 contained in the House energy bill, the letter continues. “Producing a final piece of legislation which could risk a White House veto would jeopardize the important work done on this issue over the past months and years,” the letter concludes.

A full text of the October 26 letter can be found here.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit http://www.aia.org.

For the first time since the summer of 2012, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) posted consecutive months of a decline in demand for design services. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 48.4, down from the mark of 49.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.4, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.

“This recent backslide should act as a warning signal,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “But this drop-off in demand could be continued hesitancy in the marketplace to move forward on projects until the presidential election is decided. The fact that new work coming into architecture continues to slowly increase suggests that billings will resume their growth in the coming months”

Key September ABI highlights:

Regional averages: South (53.4), Midwest (50.1), West (49.5), Northeast (44.0)
Sector index breakdown:commercial/industrial (50.4), mixed practice (49.8), institutional (49.0), multi-family residential (48.8)
Project inquiries index: 59.4
Design contracts index: 51.4
The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey that is sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended as compared to the prior month, and the results are then compiled into the ABI. These monthly results are also seasonally adjusted to allow for comparison to prior months. The monthly ABI index scores are centered around 50, with scores above 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings, and scores below 50 indicating a decline. The regional and sector data are formulated using a three-month moving average. More information on the ABI and the analysis of its relationship to construction activity can be found in the recently released White Paper, Designing the Construction Future: Reviewing the Performance and Extending the Applications of the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index on the AIA web site.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit http://www.aia.org.

Contact

Scott Frank
202-626-7467
EMAIL
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