Monday, 10 March 2014
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Illinois Tech President John Anderson on Friday to announce that Shepley Bulfinch and John Ronan Architects will program and design the planned Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship on the University’s Mies van der Rohe campus.
Developing the program for the Institute means that Shepley will collaborate with IIT’s stakeholders and the design architect to explore, evaluate, and synthesize ways to create a new building type uniquely suited to IIT’s culture of research, collaboration, and invention.
Construction on the $40 million, 100,000 square-foot facility could begin as early as the summer of 2015 with a completion date anticipated in 2017.
“The new Kaplan Institute at ...[more]
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
We are at an interesting point in time when considering teaching and learning environments. On the one hand there is a fundamentalist movement in how we shape teaching and learning environments. There is a drive to get back to the basics. Bright cheerful and energized spaces that can adapt to a full spectrum of teaching (guiding) and learning (experiential discovery) are the new fundamentals for a successful space. Embedded technology and lecture based teaching walls are out the window. While this is happening, the biggest transformation in education since the ...[more]
Thursday, 13 February 2014
In 1997, Shepley Bulfinch established a ten-week Summer Design Fellowship, which is open to all students who are, at date of submission, enrolled in an accredited professional degree program in the field of architecture. As part of our promotion of the annual fellowship, posters are mailed to accredited architecture schools across North America.
For the past five years we have worked to elevate the quality and exposure of the Summer Design Fellowship, and the poster has been an instrumental part of that. Since 2010, we have posed compelling questions for applicants to answer and have commissioned posters by noted graphic designers including Michael Bierut of Pentagram; Experimental Jetset; Non-Format; ...[more]
Monday, 27 January 2014
Looking for a way to make this summer count?
You could be Shepley Bulfinch’s next Summer Design Fellow. We’re now accepting applications for the 2014 Fellowship. The submission deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014, at 5:00 pm EST.
This highly competitive Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a promising architecture student to spend the summer immersed in real design problems in our Boston design studio. We’re looking for applications from a diverse range of students and institutions. Past Fellows have come from architecture schools throughout the country, and several are now members of our architectural staff.
The ten-week Fellowship offers a $7500 ...[more]
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
One of an occasional series
Designers can easily read architectural drawings and imagine the spaces they represent, but for others who don’t spend their days looking at plans, it can be difficult to translate from two-dimensional lines to 3-D space.
Because the spatial and experiential implications of drawings may not be apparent to clients, their donors, and community members, storytelling plays an important role in explaining the impact of a design by conveying a sense of the experience. By using narrative storytelling, graphic rendering, and photography ...[more]
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
The Link Teaching and Learning Center at Duke University is featured in “Planning for assessing 21st century spaces for 21st century learners,” which has been published by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory.
The guide offers strategies for academic institutions and designers as they seek to imagine, develop, and evaluate the success of contemporary learning environments. The guide illustrates how research findings are informing campus-based programmatic and pedagogical change, and the process of transforming physical spaces to respond to them.
The creation of the Link was fueled by questions about the future ...[more]
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
In the spirit of reflection that comes at this time of year, we share this contemplation from Barak Yaryan, Shepley Bulfinch’s 2013 Howe Traveling Fellow, who spent four weeks this past summer journeying through Japan.
I walk into a Samurai house in Kanazawa. It is a low, timber framed house with a dominant roof behind brown mud walls topped with black ceramic tiles, smaller versions of the same tiles that protectively float over the paper walls of the house. Inside the foyer and a left a turn down the hallway is a small garden the size of a ceramic claw bathtub. It is a garden intended to be observed through an ...[more]