News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Eric Wills, Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson / ARCHITECT / September 10, 2013
For the fifth year, our annual ranking of U.S. architecture firms finds the best … not necessarily the biggest.
Most lists of top architecture firms are nothing more than a straight-up ranking of top revenue-producers. Not the ARCHITECT 50. Now in its fifth year, the program aspires to much more: A qualitative look at how firms stack up across a broad range of categories, from business to sustainability to design. We consider net revenue per employee, profits invested in research, and energy-efficiency metrics (how well firms are meeting the AIA’s 2030 challenge, for instance).Read More
Andrew Block / Hanley Wood Marketing / September 5, 2013
When it comes to how people access, view and interact with content on the Internet, big changes are afoot.
In her latest Internet Trends Report, tech analyst Mary Meeker announced that 15 percent of all web traffic now comes from mobile devices — up from 10 percent in 2012.
For the first time in history, smartphones are poised to outsell feature phones.
And International Data Corporation predicts that by the end of 2013, tablet sales will exceed that of portable PCs.
In short, consumers are increasingly connecting to the Internet using smaller screens and devices. That means the challengeRead More
Eric Wills / ARCHITECT / August 12, 2013
As the recovery limps along, the AIA Compensation Report has good news for senior designers—and those with architecture degrees.
It’s no longer so bleak. For all the dispiriting data in the 2013 AIA Compensation Report, there are plenty of reassuring numbers, too. Although overall architecture salaries barely inched up since the last AIA report, in 2011, and salaries for most positions again failed to keep up with the pace of inflation, senior design and project management staff enjoyed a nice bump in compensation. Moreover, 20 percent of firms reported that they do not hire employeesRead More
Alex Hoyt / ECOBUILDINGpulse / August 7, 2013
From his work in architecture and solar design to his work founding Architecture 2030 and the 2030 Challenge, Edward Mazria, FAIA, has long been recognized as a leading voice in mobilizing the architecture and design community in repsonse to climate change. In recognition of his dedication to sustainability, in 2009, Mazria was named the inaugural winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. The award, which carries a $50,000 cash prize, recognizes extraordinary, lasting, and far-reaching contributions to the advancement of sustainable housing in theRead More
Dan Friedell / ECOBUILDINGpulse / August 2, 2013
Environmentally conscious designers and clients are eager to reclaim resources for their embodied energies and histories.
Not too long ago, structures slated for demolition inevitably found their demise in a landfill. Now, their chance to find second life as a source of design inspiration for architects and their clients is substantial. Exterior wood shingles, for instance, can become flooring with an authentic weathered finish, and a sturdy maple floor can make for a shelf or cutting board with a compelling backstory.
While furniture made from reclaimed materials may retail higherRead More