Ever wondered what the office of the future will look like? COTE DC gave us a sneak peak last week with a tour of the new General Services Administration Headquarters in Washington, DC. Building upgrades, including high performance glazing, green roofs, rooftop PVs and solar hot water panels, are paired with an interesting work style approach.
Greetings from sunny New Buffalo! For those unfamiliar with Michigan geography, New Buffalo is a town just north of the Indiana border and, most importantly, situated right on the shores of Lake Michigan. Today in particular the scenery seems especially lovely, the sky a soft blue with wispy white clouds, the lake both bright and rich in tone, sun sparkling merrily off the wave crests, dune grasses swaying in a slight breeze – the promise of summer after a seemingly interminable winter and a beacon for the out-of-towners who vacation in this resort town.
On Thursday, April 24, 2014, I led an informal brown bag discussion on a few things I've learned through my years at Quinn Evans. They ended up in a simple list of proactive advice that could be considered singly or together and truly represents my views about work and learning and following through with confidence. If any or all work for you, feel free to adopt them, or simply consider this a record of my thoughts at this moment in time.
This July I will celebrate my eleven year anniversary at Quinn Evans Architects. I had just completed my master's of architecture degree when I came to QEA in the summer of 2003. It is quite common for young architects to hop around every few years - try out firms of different sizes, different cities, different project types, etc - but I have not followed that course. Many of my friends and colleagues ask why I have stayed with the same company for so long and my answer is that I have never gotten bored. I have been lucky to work on some amazing projects with incredible clients and best of all I am always learning new things!
Link to a story in Today's NY Times
The report recently released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states what many of us sustainable design types have been suspecting for a while - that efforts to reduce the impact of global climate change are falling short of the targets set to keep the average global temperature increase to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) by the year 2100.
This week we celebrate Women in Construction across the industry. We asked the women of QEA to reflect on their own experiences in construction.
This past weekend, I attended the annual Performing Arts Manager’s Conference (PAMC) held this year in Kansas City. This conference is a great venue for gathering performing arts managers (a mix of front-of-house managers, technicians, and facilities managers), students, architects, theater consultants, acousticians, and suppliers together to exchange information about issues, problems, and solutions faced by performing arts facilities around the country.
In late 2011, QEA began work on a project to renovate a vacated auto supply store in the center of Cary, NC into a theater. With the goal of catalyzing the development of the area and creating a true downtown, the town sought to return the building, originally built in 1946 as a movie theater, to its original function, as well as a live music and community theater venue.
I was invited by the Ann Arbor office’s education committee to speak with the Ann Arbor office about leadership this past week. The request caused me to really think about those traits that leaders possess. I know it isn’t the same list for all leaders but I found myself really questioning what tangible qualities define leadership. It was a much tougher assignment than I initially realized. And, while I didn’t intend to develop a “top ten” list, that is what it ended up being.
Architecture looks different when viewed from a humanistic perspective. It prompts questions such as: What do people need to be healthy and fulfilled? How can architecture contribute to human engagement, well being, and productivity?