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  1. Stopped by TMC3 today. The Collaborative Building is awesome. Seems like Elkus Manfredi Architects is emerging in the Houston market with 3 projects so far. Hopefully EMA continues to get more projects around Houston, especially in our Healthcare/Life Sciences markets. https://www.elkus-manfredi.com/
  2. I wanted to create an appreciation thread for EYP. They've done a lot of work in the medical center and have recently designed HMH's Centennial Tower. I believe WHR Architects was merged with EYP as well. https://www.eypae.com/
  3. Perkins Eastman and BLT Architects (BLTa) have recently announced their merger, effective February 1, 2022. https://www.bdcnetwork.com/perkins-eastman-and-blt-architects-merge?oly_enc_id=9107D0450578D1S
  4. I've just herd Perkins + Will has acquired Kirksey Architecture. Has anyone else herd this rumor or have any information to validate it or invalidate it?
  5. AECOM's Themed Entertainment Index for 2018 is now available: https://www.aecom.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Theme-Index-Museum-Index-2018-2.pdf (^Houston Museum of Natural Science attendance showed meager growth, but still dropped to 10th place amongst museums in the US, and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island remains a decently-attended regional attraction. Worldwide Observation Experiences have been added to this year's report.)
  6. Wanted to create an appreciation thread for this firm. Everything they do is great. https://hsuoffice.com/
  7. This video was recently posted on Construction.com. It's a tour of the Gensler office in San Francisco. I figured since Gensler has a big presence in Houston, people on HAIF would be interested in seeing it. <iframe src="http://video.construction.com/linking/index.jsp?skin=oneclip&ehv=http://construction.com/video/&fr_story=d0497d1f4effd20b7ca1e6e339077d432ec4c4e2&rf=ev&hl=true" width=402 height=306 scrolling="no" frameborder=0 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0></iframe> If you can't see the video embedded above, here's a link to the web page: http://construction.com/video/?fr_story=d0497d1f4effd20b7ca1e6e339077d432ec4c4e2&rf=bm
  8. Powers Brown Architecture is a professional services firm practicing award-winning architectural, interior and urban design regionally, nationally and internationally. The firm draws on a depth of experience embodied in its principals and employees. We have collectively encountered and successfully solved a variety of client and project types including Commercial / Developer Investment Grade and Private Owner Office and Industrial, Public / Governmental Facilities, University and K-12 Educational, and Healthcare. https://powersbrown.com/
  9. Ziegler Cooper Architects Went to check out the new office space that Ziegler Cooper did for us. We're leasing first and 2nd floor suites at Loop Central One.
  10. I know she's not a Houston architect, but she's undoubtedly one of the hottest architects out there these days. Dare I say she's crossed the line from industry darling to full-fledged "starchitect" status like I.P. Pei. But I really don't understand the appeal. A lot of the buzz surrounding her seems to be not about her designs, but about the fact that she's a woman. Or even more importantly -- her heritage. I've read that she's from Iran. I've also read that she's from Iraq (Wikipedia lists her birthplace as Baghdad). Either way, it makes her an exotic verboten property in the eyes of many in the West. Is it all hype, or am I reading the signs wrong? She has lots of designs, but hardly anything that was actually built. And among the highlights of her resume is a ski jump? I'm not an architect, so maybe I'm out of line being critical. But there are enough architects, architecture students, and architecture observers here to shed some light on this for me.
  11. PDR is the ultimate guide to navigating the future of work, workers, and workplace. We see the factors that shape the markets in which our clients operate. By understanding this future context we create flexible and enduring consulting and design solutions that continue to generate value over time. As partners with our clients, we have walked along side some of the largest organizations in the world on their journey to success. Through over 40 years of focus, we’ve worked on every aspect of the workplace cycle—from the highest-level strategy to the smallest construction detail.
  12. Jackson & Ryan Architects We opened our doors in 1986 and to this day remain captivated by what is ahead. For a generation, we have enjoyed receiving many awards, but of greater value to us is the trust of our clients. A good word from any of them is worth more than all the words we could say ourselves. Our reputation is our lifeblood. We never rest on a particular style or successful design. The project, the site, and most of all, the individual client serve as our guide to what is possible. We approach each new project in this way. Distinguishing Jackson & Ryan Architects is that one team will shepherd a project all the way through completion, rather than handing it off from department to department. When the people who first envision an idea are involved in its becoming a reality, all details are addressed in light of that original intention. Now that you know something about us, we'll let our work tell the rest of the story.
  13. Stantec Inc. is an international professional services company in the design and consulting industry. Founded in 1954, as D. R. Stanley Associates in Edmonton, Alberta. Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. The Company provides services on projects around the world through over 25,000 employees operating out of more than 400 locations in North America and across offices in 6 continents internationally.
  14. As many of you know, HAIF has a sister site in Chicago called the Chicago Architecture Blog. The blog regularly does interviews with architects and real estate developers in that market about what they're up to, why they designed certain buildings certain ways, and so on. Recently I interviewed John Lahey, the C.E.O. of Solomon Cordwell Buenz. SCB is just starting to expand into the Houston market with a project on Post Oak, one in Rice Village, and a few others. Since I had his ear, I asked him about what it's like designing buildings in Houston, compared with the other cities his company does business in. I've pasted the Houston portion of the interview below. If you're interested in reading the whole thing, it's available here: Thinking Post-Bust, Chicago's SCB Is Planting Flags In Cities Across America For more information on SCB, here is its web site, and here is a profile piece the Chicago blog ran last year: Inside Solomon Cordwell Buenz Lahey: So, things have changed with the economy. We're working in Texas, too. We have three projects in Texas. Two in Houston, one in Austin. In Houston, we're doing one on Post Oak. We're doing another building over in the Montrose area and that's in more of an urban area. Editor: Houston is a whole different market. Lahey: For an urban person, it's not as accommodating. But there is a sprit of Texas that you can't help but like. Even if, politically or whatever, you're not in sync with it, their do-it-yourself identity is really kind of neat. Editor: How is working in Texas different than the other markets you're working in? Lahey: The people that we're working for in Texas are from Texas, so the Texas imprint is very apparent. I would say in Texas it's just not as dense and hard an urban environment, and it's a little more gracious. A little more landscaping when you come into the building. It's hot, but it's sunny a lot. The units are a little bigger. There's a vitality in Texas that is different. Chicago and San Francisco have very established urban areas and you're sort of being part of an established urban framework. Whereas in Texas, you can be more freewheeling, and people want to just celebrate it a little more. The buildings in Chicago have a lot of civility, where in Texas… it's hard to say exactly what's different. In Texas the construction costs aren't as much as they are here, and so you get more for your money. Editor: And no zoning in Houston. Lahey: Austin has zoning. It has a lot of zoning. But the buildings there are large, and we're working on a few smaller ones, too. Editor: In the last few years, people in Houston seem to be coming around to the notion that it's OK to live in a tower instead of a rambler. Lahey: I think there's quite a bit of it. And then there's more stuff starting to happen in downtown. The one that we're doing in Montrose isn't a super-tall tower. It's probably half as tall as this [Rincon Two], but that's tall for there. But what's neat about an area like that where there's already a density and there's restaurants and stuff, when you bring in that many people and do it in a way that still lets the neighborhood be what it is, it's just more people going to these things. Walking to them. And you can see how the urban experience that we all love, will morph into a Texas way of being urban. Austin is a little more urban feeling because of all the music downtown, and it's pretty centralized. And because of the size of Austin, they've probably got a denser core than Houston. But I think Houston is going to be really good. The things that are happening there are really positive. Editor: Are there things that you have to do differently designing a building in Houston? Lahey: It's not so cold, so when you do your amenities, the outdoor — the pools and all that stuff — are really important because you're going to be using that a lot. Balconies… You know, it gets so hot that some people want them and some people don't. Somebody told me that you just don't sit out a lot in Houston. So when we're doing it, there is the thought that people are going to be in their apartments and have the windows closed and have the air conditioning on a lot. Now in Chicago, we have the same thing in the winter — people are going to be inside and have the heat on. So, they're similar. Whereas in Chicago, you're making sure things don't get too dark, in Houston you're making sure things don't get too light. You don't have the short days, what you have is the big hot sun. Here you've got the winter, when it's dark and it's cloudy, and you want to make sure you get enough light into each unit. Editor: Do you need heavier HVAC units and bigger ducts for all that air conditioning in Houston? Lahey: A lot of it is done with natural ventilation, although we do use mechanical ventilation a lot more in Texas than we would here. Here it's mostly natural ventilation because people can just open a window. In Houston, you want fresh air, but you're just not going to touch that window. The old traditional building with the punched openings and small windows, we hardly [ever do that]. We like the more modern, contemporary ones with the views. When you live in a high-rise that's the one great amenity that you have, and when you see the views being limited by the size of windows, that seems wrong. The aesthetic of buildings, people there really do respond to more contemporary buildings today. They like having big amounts of glass in their living rooms. Bedrooms aren't so critical. But that's happening across the board. It's everywhere. That's in Hawaii, that's in California, that's in Texas, that's in Chicago, and it's in Miami. It's everywhere.
  15. Page Southerland Page is an Austin, Texas architectural firm that was originally formed as Page Southerland in 1932 by Louis Page, Jr. and Louis F. Southerland. Louis Page's brother, George Matthew Page, joined the firm in 1939 and the name was changed to Page Southerland Page.
  16. Perkins&Will is a global design practice founded in 1935. Since 1986, the group has been a subsidiary of Lebanon-based Dar Al-Handasah. Phil Harrison has been the firm's CEO since 2006. https://perkinswill.com/
  17. HKS, Inc. is an American international architecture firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas (USA).
  18. Studio Red has an excellent new website. On there, I stumbled across several neat projects. Does anyone have more info on the following? 2003 Houston Avenue- Proposal for 25,000 square ft of retail with residential above Galveston Bay Hotel- A 425 room hotel, full sevice marina, and 2 residential towers... America's Plaza- 7 acre urban property with 1800 residential units, 100,000 square feet of office and retail space, and an outdoor amphitheater. Said to be in the "shadows of downtown..."
  19. Legacy. Design. Service. Founded in 1946, PGAL is an international design firm specializing in architecture, interiors, engineering, and planning for a diverse portfolio of public and private sector clients. Renowned for outstanding client service and attention to detail, we balance innovative, responsive design solutions with a pragmatic, cost-conscious approach. This client-centered philosophy has earned PGAL repeat business and lasting relationships for more than 75 years. We work with clients on projects large and small, developing long-term relationships based on partnership and trust. Every project decision is made to serve the client’s current and future needs. Each assignment is led by one of our hands-on principals and embraced by a carefully selected project team of seasoned professionals. These core groups collaborate with a staff of more than 250 architects, engineers, designers, and planners across 13 regional offices to create landmark, award-winning projects that completely satisfy our clients’ goals.
  20. I'd like to find out if anyone has had experience with Intexure Architects for design build. I recently attended an open house and was pretty impressed with their work. Any info is appreciated...
  21. YANKEES, METS, WIMBLEDON, WEMBLEY, LONDON + SYDNEY OLYMPICS Stadia DESIGNERS HOK SPORT VENUE EVENT ANNOUNCE NEW NAME POPULOUS Global design practice, HOK Sport Venue Event, is delighted to announce its new name
  22. Hi everyone...I was wondering if anyone has heard of Kendall/Heaton Architects in Houston, TX?? I have a friend who is getting licensed in California and asked me if I knew anything about that company here in town and how they are weathering this recession...also if they are hiring or looking for people? If anyone has any information they could give that would be greatly apprecaited. He is a structural engineer and will be licensed with his S.E., P.E. and all that before he returns to Texas. Thanks!!!
  23. URBAN DESIGN LEADER MORRIS ARCHITECTS PROMOTES DOUG CHILDERS TO PRINCIPAL
  24. PBK is a full-service architectural planning and design firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. The firm provides clients with all services related to architecture, engineering, interior design, planning, technology, and facilities consulting.
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