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Cindy Allen Kicks Off AIANY’s Inaugural House Party! Meet Up


Last night, a cohort of practitioners from residentially focused firms convened at New York’s Center for Architecture—the headquarters of AIANY—for the organization’s inaugural House Party! Co-hosted by Interior Design editor-in-chief Cindy Allen and BarlisWedlick Architectsfounder Dennis W. Wedlick, FAIA, the sold-out event provided a chance for attendees to mingle, network, and idea-share, as well as to learn more about the Custom Residential Architecture Network, a nationwide AIA Knowledge Community conceived to provide firms with professional development resources such as discussion forums, symposia, and conventions. Explained chapter president Hayes Slade, “This is a place where we come together to share best practices and build community.”

Interior Design‘s Cindy Allen with Eric A. Gartner, partner, SPG Architects, and Dennis Wedlick, founder, BarlisWedlick. Photography by Shulamit Photo + Video.


House Party! was also something of a coming-out for the initiative: Just an hour before the festivities started, AIANY voted to make CRAN an official committee. It’s great timing, given today’s booming residential sector, a genre that Interior Design Homes tirelessly covers. According to Interior Design’s 2017 Universe Study, this segment accounted for 64 percent of work by volume, with over 20,000 firms worldwide working in the space. Allen, hot on the heels of receiving the AIANY’s Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award, trumpeted the importance of the residential sphere: “You’re the impetus behind a lot of industry change, which we love.”

Read more: Explore the Spring Homes Issue.

Alan Barlis, principal, BarlisWedlick. Photography by Shulamit Photo + Video.


Wedlick, a tireless advocate of residential architecture, described the evening as a place where designers and manufacturers can come together to brainstorm, collaborate, and support each other. “This is always a working session,” he said. “Vendors are our partners, and they need to know what we need to do our best work. Getting together as colleagues makes us stronger.”

Missed the festivities? Fortunately, there will be a second House Party! in July for those unable to make it last night. CRAN is also hosting its national symposium in Arizona this fall.

Read more: BarlisWedlick Reinvents a Suburban New York Landmark as a Private Wellness Retreat

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Olson Kundig Looks to the Light for Tishman Speyer in Seattle

Dowbuilt fabricated the custom reception desk of salvaged Douglas fir timber, with a base of blackened tubular steel. Photography courtesy of Aaron Leitz.


In gray Seattle, sometimes you have to find light within. Specifically, inside the 29-story 520 Olson Kundig refreshed for Tishman Speyer’s 1,000 workplace tenants. “Creating a light-filled space drove every decision we made,” says Kirsten Murray, FAIA, a principal and owner of Olson Kundig.

Read more: Valerio Dewalt Train Blends Virtual and Natural Worlds for YouTube Headquarters Lobby

The lobby’s elevator bay contrasts three light sources: low-output washes from Visual Lighting Technologies; Lumenpulse LOGi Series high-output wall grazers; and Volt Lighting’s vertical linear LED accents hidden within a niche. Photography courtesy of Aaron Leitz.


The first clue can be found, appropriately enough, at the entrance. It is announced by a white steel canopy that shines in stark relief against a stacked bond pattern of Shanxi Black Granite cladding, accessorized with Brombal stainless steel doors and storefront, and bog oak custom door pulls.

The lobby’s “Boulder” seats are actually wisp granite, made by Quarra Stone Company, that rest on Stone Source’s Basaltina stone slabs. Photography courtesy of Aaron Leitz.


Inside, walls are clad in five different sizes of solid poplar panels, installed in varying patterns by the local manufacturer, WW Wells Millwork. Seating pays homage to the mountains and forests beyond the city limits, capturing the natural beauty of the Northwest. “I like the degree of subtle textures we were able to explore—glass, wood grains, stone veining—within what is a monochromatic color palette,” Murray says. As usual, Olson Kundig is full of bright ideas.

A Dowbuilt bench in the lobby honors the patina and rings of the salvaged Douglas fir timber used as a seat and back; its angle base and seat back supports are blackened steel. Photography courtesy of Aaron Leitz.
The team erected a new canopy at the street entrance, made of steel painted a bright white. Photography courtesy of Aaron Leitz.

Read more: Lucy Harris Studio Invests in a Classic Look for a Financial Services Headquarters

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Measuring Up: Using Pre-and Post-Occupancy Evaluation to Assess High-Performance School Design

Jana Silsby

Speaker: Jana SilsbyAIA, LEED AP, MCPPO
Perkins Eastman

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Heather Jauregui

Speaker: Heather Jauregui LEED AP BD+C, O+M, CPHC, Assoc. AIA
Perkins Eastman

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Sean O’Donnell

Speaker: Sean O’Donnell FAIA, LEED AP
Perkins Eastman

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How does one know whether the design of a building has achieved its goals; what metrics and processes are necessary to ascertain project success; and how does a design firm develop a practice of evaluation to inform innovation? Join us for a discussion of how a new, comprehensive Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation process is being developed for a design firm in order to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative information that can demonstrate actual building performance. This process will be illustrated via a case study of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School, a new PreK-8 school located in Cambridge, MA. The presenters will discuss the goals of the school, the process and design strategies implemented, and how the project success has been measured using a comprehensive Pre-OE/POE process including the collection of actual indoor environmental quality metrics and surveys of occupant perceptions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define factors that create a 21st century learning healthy environment.
  2. Learn how sustainable design strategies can be used to improve occupant comfort and performance in school environments.
  3. Discover how a design firm is piloting a Pre-OE and POE process to develop environmental protocols for research initiatives.
  4. Understand how to evaluate the success of a design project using quantitative and qualitative data including indoor environmental quality metrics.

Co-produced by EDmarket and ASID


Title: Measuring Up: Using Pre-and Post-Occupancy Evaluation to Assess High-Performance School Design
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
Price: Members: FREE
Non-Members: FREE
Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW

Pedagogical and Technology Trends in Education

Nancy Strum

Speaker: Nancy StrumPrincipal Consultant / Learning Space Consultant
The Sextant Group

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Campuses are shifting to new and exciting learning space models that provide real opportunities for architectural design innovation. During this webinar, we will explore emerging pedagogies and enabling technologies and the related planning, design, and infrastructure issues that architects face in designing contemporary buildings for education.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how student demographics and new pedagogies are changing expectations for higher education facilities.
  2. Define how emerging technologies are impacting the design of educational facilities of the future.
  3. Adapt architectural and interior design to meet new pedagogical options.
  4. Apply how emerging technologies will impact the programming of architecture for higher education.

Title: Pedagogical and Technology Trends in Education
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
Price: Members: FREE
Non-Members: FREE
Credit: 1 AIA LU
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