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Case Study: Mariposa Garden House by Renée del Gaudio Architecture

Case Study: Mariposa Garden House by Renée del Gaudio Architecture

Butting up against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a city whose residents take outdoor recreation seriously. With a horizon dominated by the bulky prows of mountains, it’s not hard to imagine that this landscape is deeply ingrained in the local psyche, and that domesticity and nature share equal importance.…

Editor's Note: Are the Days Numbered for Architecture Studios?

Editor's Note: Are the Days Numbered for Architecture Studios?

As we begin the new year, the shadow of COVID-19 still looms over us. Last year, we struggled through weeks and months in survival mode, just trying to keep our businesses and personal lives going. But as the light begins to flicker ahead in the…

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Architectural Billings Continue to Contract in 2021

Architectural Billings Continue to Contract in 2021

A slight improvement in business conditions has led to fewer architecture firms reporting declining billings, according to a recent report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for January was 44.9* compared to 42.3 in December (any score below 50 indicates a decline in firm billings). Last…

Private Residential Spending Hits Record High

Private Residential Spending Hits Record High

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 2.5% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $713 billion, reaching a record high. Total private residential construction spending was 21% higher than a year ago…

Nearly 90 Percent of Builders Have Trouble Getting Appliances

Nearly 90 Percent of Builders Have Trouble Getting Appliances

In the survey results described in one of last week’s postsprices of building material ranked as the number one problem among NAHB’s single-family builders, and availability of building materials ranked second…

AIA Elevates 102 Members to the College of Fellows

AIA Elevates 102 Members to the College of Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating 102 member-architects to its College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession…

AIA Responds to ICC Decision Jeopardizing Climate Action

AIA Responds to ICC Decision Jeopardizing Climate Action

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued the following statement today following the International Code Council’s (ICC) decision to eliminate robust public input, transparency and governmental consensus voting by its membership for the energy code development process. ICC issued the decision to move to a standard development process despite strong opposition from AIA, ICC’s membership,…

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Case Study: Highland Park Residence by Alterstudio

Case Study: Highland Park Residence by Alterstudio

Kevin Alter has lived in Texas long enough to understand the power of the sun there. The way shadows fall across the land. How the light changes over the course of a day, giving a house an improvisational nature. As intangible as it is vital, sunlight “starts to become a register for…

Parti Shot: Spring Creek Residence by CLB Architects

Parti Shot: Spring Creek Residence by CLB Architects

When you design houses in the mountains, you master a whole new vocabulary to describe building sites. This new house on 40 acres in Jackson, Wyoming, will occupy the “toe of the slope of one of the buttes,” says architect Eric Logan, AIA, of CLB Architects. All that we flatlanders need to…

Case Study: Little House/Big Shed by David M. Van Galen

Case Study: Little House/Big Shed by David M. Van Galen

Many commercial architects think it’s easy to design a custom home. Going from bigger building types to a smaller one is a breeze. Right? If you’re a residential architect who’s also done commercial work, you’re chuckling now. You understand the thousands of decisions that go into a one-off dwelling, not to mention the…

Case Study: Sands Point Residence by HMA² Architects

Case Study: Sands Point Residence by HMA² Architects

HMA2 Architects is known for its libraries and university buildings, yet many of the firm’s stated design principles apply just as aptly to houses, and the Sands Point Residence is a case in point. It makes “art out of sensible construction,” references history, and is the result of “a dialogue, not a…

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