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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
Bruce D. Snider / RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT / August 8, 2013
Clothes hounds love clothes. Gearheads love gear. Pretty much everyone has something they live to shop for. But for residential architects, shopping amounts to a professional imperative. Residential design may begin in a realm of pure form, free from the banality of brand names and manufacturers’ warranties, but before even the finest idea finds its expression in bricks and mortar, someone has to specify the brick. And which brick—or window or ceramic tile or lighting fixture—can make the difference between a project that merely serves and one that truly sings.
So it is with some anticipationRead More
Cheryl Weber / Residential Architect / June 4, 2013
For relationship-savvy architects, the past really is prologue.
Not long ago, Mark McInturff, FAIA, received a phone call that led to an unusual commission. The wife of a couple he’d designed a house for 15 years ago asked him to come over to discuss some interior renovations. The husband had died recently, and during the visit she asked McInturff to design his tombstone. “She told me her husband had requested it,” says McInturff, principal of McInturff Architects, in Bethesda, Md. “I knew them both pretty well and said we’d love to do it. Talk about closure.”
He was touched by theRead More
Ryan Taylor Architects LLC / June 12, 2013
Increased activity in the luxury home market and an increase in the average home size point to a return to larger homes. This reverses a trend of decreasing home sizes from 2007 through 2009.
The luxury segment of the US housing market seems to have two components:
1) luxury buyers and the people who understand how to provide service to them by anticipate their needs, and
2) people who want to participate in the luxury market because they think they can get luxury buyers to fork over some of their money.
When the housing market began to fall apart as the housing bubble burst, it was amazing to see how manyRead More
Clair Easley / BUILDER / April 22, 2013
Three residential architects discuss how buyers’ needs have evolved and what that means for home design.
The home building business may have a reputation for being evolutionary more often than its revolutionary; but more than six years after the housing bubble burst, it’s clear that buyers and their needs have changed substantially over the last half-decade: Boomer buyers have gotten older; the iPhone has come into being, and ushered in the Age of the Touchscreen; and family formations have evolved.
“Often I think developers are looking backwards at the last successful project, whenRead More