The National Association of Home Builders recently talked with design experts about the common elements of good kitchen design and the latest trends. The response? An open floor plan, a living room vibe and lots of storage, among other preferences expressed by both millennials and active adults.
"Creating a business is an endeavor worthy of deliberate thought, creativity and values-based action," says Rena Klein, FAIA and author of The Architect's Guide to Small Firm Management. In an article in the latest issue of Licensed Architect, she suggests strategies for growing firms.
by Cheryl Ciecko, ALA, AIA, LEED AP With today's highly-engineered and energy-efficient designs, as well as technologically-managed mechanical and enclosure systems, indoor air pollution from dampness and mold can create some potentially-hazardous health conditions for building occupants. In addition to poor air quality, moisture leads to the deterioration of building components.
Flying Pigs on Parade, Chicago's Union Station, a Coney Island restaurant and a Fermilab research facility were among the projects winning top honors at the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) 19th Annual Design Awards, which recognized projects for design and construction achievement.
Choosing the right fire-rated design for a building's walls, beams, columns, floors or roof is a complex task for architects. Passive systems might not always fit design requirements but they must be in accordance with test procedures from the American Society for Testing Materials or from Underwriters Laboratories.
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