Friday, September 22, 2017

Meet the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

A city sustainability manager who inspires at-risk youth to connect with nature through action sports like surfing and snowboarding. A structural engineer who protects and serves foster children as a court-appointed advocate. A K-12 school design manager who has introduced more than 6,000 fifth-grade students to the architecture profession. 

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Welcome home: Hotels want guests to feel more like residents than visitors

Then describing how his FIRM’S design of the 111-room Strand & Pier Hotel, in the heart of Hermosa Beach, Calif., will capture the essence of that famous surfing town, Don Harrier, AIA, LEED AP, Principal with HKS, waxes nostalgic.

The 12x40-foot guestroom dimensions reflect “longboard proportions,” he says. Finely detailed wood rails, trellises, and partitions “evoke the handcrafted nature of shaping surfboards.” Hermosa Beach was also once a hotspot for jazz, and the hotel’s broken-up massing “takes its cues from jazz notions of syncopated rhythms.”

Designing for how we learn: Maker spaces and instructional laboratories

The idea of “maker spaces” is a popular trend related to active learning. Originating in the non-academic community, maker spaces are loosely defined as physical locations or studios for hands-on experimentation, building prototypes and otherwise testing ideas. The maker space usually provides tools, the space to work and build, and often expert advice, allowing people to work in a communal atmosphere. 

Design giants merge: FKP joins CannonDesign

In a deal announced this morning, Houston-based healthcare and S+T design specialist FKP has merged with design giant CannonDesign (#8 on BD+C’s Giants 300 Top 100 Architecture/Engineering Firms ranking). The merger forms a 19-office, 960-employee practice that produced more than $220 million in combined design revenue in 2016. 

Defending against the online dragon

Cambridge Properties is primarily a retail developer. But its proposed University City entertainment district in Charlotte, N.C., is unlikely to include soft-goods retailers as tenants.

“We’re looking to ‘Amazon proof’ the district,” explains Jay Priester, Jr., Cambridge’s Vice President of Leasing and Development. In other words, Cambridge is looking for tenants that don’t compete with the online monolith.

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