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New research reveals continued benefits to hiring architectural services based on qualifications

A new study released shows benefits to government agencies when using qualifications-based selection (QBS) for design services. By using a QBS process, government agencies can hire highly-qualified candidates who provide the best design solutions. Under the Brooks Act, all federal agencies—in addition to 46 states and local government agencies—must select engineering and architecture firms based upon their competency, qualifications and experience (rather than by price only).

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Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates-designed Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery in London receives AIA’s Twenty-five Year Award

Architects Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, FAIA—VSBA founding principals—sought to relate the new wing to the National Gallery while maintaining the wing’s own identity as a work of modern architecture. A play on Italian Mannerism, the Sainsbury Wing demonstrates the architects’ sophisticated but ironic acknowledgement of modern conditions while thoroughly exploring classical architecture’s conventions.

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“The Architect’s Journey to Specification” finds architects seek strategic partnerships with manufacturers

“The architect’s role in specifying products is well-known in the construction industry,” said AIA EVP and Chief Operating Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA. “Feedback from The Architect’s Journey to Specification gives manufacturers a better understanding of an architect’s process for specifying products and how they can support them. Acting on this feedback can help architects in the design process and help manufacturers to provide more attractive offerings in the marketplace.”

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Architects and designers address the world’s most pressing ecological and societal challenges as part of WAFX 2018

World Architecture Festival (WAF) last month revealed the winners of ten WAFX prizes, supported by WAF sponsor GreenCoat®. The prizes are awarded to future projects that identify key ecological and societal challenges which architects are actively seeking to address over the next ten years. These challenges span diverse topic areas including climate change, energy saving and carbon emissions, water wastage and shortage, ageing populations and health issues, reusable materials, smart cities, building technology, cultural identity, ethics and power and justice.

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Vitro Glass names Estes regional architectural manager

Vitro Architectural Glass has appointed Michelle Estes as the regional architectural manager for south central Texas. Estes, who most recently was an architectural sales representative for Masco Coatings Group, which represents Behr Paint, will market Vitro Glass products to architects and glazing contractors in Houston, Austin and San Antonio and help manage the glass selection process.

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Architects and Designers Transform Walls into Multipurpose, Functional Surfaces with Fabric Wall Finishing Systems

Architects and interior designers are discovering new creative, functional possibilities by utilizing versatile, performance based, stretched fabric wall finishing systems for commercial and residential work. The benefit of a stretched fabric wall surface is that it transforms a wall into a beautiful, functional surface.  It has acoustical properties that reduce noise and sound transmission through walls; is tackable like a bulletin board; and can withstand high impact in high wear areas so is very low maintenance.  The system is also versatile since refreshing the walls or updating the colors requires only changing out the fabric.

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Women in Design+Construction

The editors of Building Design+Construction magazine are teaming with nearly 30 leading women AEC professionals to launch the first annual Women in Design+Construction Conference (WiD+C), November 9-11, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton...

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus.

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