Tag Archives: American Institute of Architects

Betsky’s boo-hoo blues

Aaron Betsky, the architecture critic for Architect, the journal of the American Institute of Architects, took to blubbering aloud this week that Americans don’t give American architects enough respect. In “Elevating the Discourse: Architecture Awards in the U.S. and the … Continue reading

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Explore the world with AIA

The American Institute of Architects has announced its sponsorship of a new set of tours that even I would be happy to take. They are not the tours I would expect the AIA to host, not with its almost exclusively … Continue reading

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Rybczynski on concert halls

I have not spared the architecture critic Witold Rybczynski my critique of his dithering on the greatest architectural questions of our time, but his latest piece, “The Concert Hall, Reimagined,” in Architect journal on the removal of concert halls from … Continue reading

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Architects’ Trump moment?

Duo Dickinson has a brilliant essay – “Will Architecture Have Its Donald Trump Moment?” – on the website Common/Edge. He compares the Republican establishment in politics to the modernist establishment in architecture. He compares those carrying pitchforks in the armies … Continue reading

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Dame Zaha, rest in peace

I have had many bad things to say about the architect Zaha Hadid, but she did not deserve to die this young. Her architecture inspired her colleagues around the world, and she was a model for rising female architects. Zaha … Continue reading

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More AIA “first issues”

My friend Steve “The Philatecstatic” Mields has sent me more “First Issue” envelopes, this time celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Institute of Architects. They are not as funny as the first-issue envelopes of the American Planning Association, with … Continue reading

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AIA artist exposes mods

  Above on this page, Chicago illustrator Lauren Nassef reinterprets everyday objects that have become symbolic and, rendered as speculative buildings, could be iconic. Please don’t sue her. The passage appears at the end of an article in Architect, the … Continue reading

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Take modernist bull by horns

The recent announcement of the Palladio Awards reminds me of how rare it is to find an active pursuit of self-interest, let alone boldness, in carrying out the classical revival since the death, in 2013, of Henry Hope Reed Jr. … Continue reading

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Imagine AIA’s neighborhood

Then there’s this! Here are the 10 award-winners for 2015, just announced by the American Institute of Architects. Imagine throwing them together into a “neighborhood” alongside the winners of the AIA’s previous decades’ worth of residential design competitions. Consider how … Continue reading

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Beam me up, Alex!

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam recently saw “Look Up!” – the TV ad beamed around the country by the American Institute of Architects. In his latest piece, “Look up, there is a problem with architecture,” he seems not to have … Continue reading

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