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Perkins + Will Seattle’s Associate Principal, Ryan Bussard, AIA, joined us for an interview regarding last year’s Civic Design Design – Honor Award win for the University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion. Read more after the break:
Architects and engineers testified on Thursday, January 30, 2014 before the Washington State House Capital Budget Committee in opposition to HB 2132. Those testifying:
- Stan Bowman (AIA/WA Executive Director)
- Mike Slater, AIA (McGranahan Architects / AIA Washington Council President)
- Rebecca Baibak, AIA (Integrus Architecture)
- Ben Fields, AIA (McGranahan Architects)
- Terry Tilton (Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters)
- Cliff Webster (Architects & Engineers Legislative Council)
February 6, 2014 – Washington State Speaker of the House, Rep. Frank Chopp (D, WA #43) received the William F. Polk, FAIA Award from AIA Washington Council’s President Mike Slater, AIA (McGranahan Architects). Graciously holding the award, Rep. Chopp recalled just how important its namesake, William F. Polk, FAIA, was in establishing Washington’s outstanding tradition of public works: “I’m honored to receive an award in Bill’s name. He understood how design transforms communities–how architecture makes communities not only beautiful but worth living in.” He went on to field questions from architects and engineers in attendance regarding the state of Capital Budget, Transportation talks, and addressing/prioritizing projects in a time of austere finances.
[Bill] understood how design transforms our communities; how architecture makes neighborhoods not only beautiful but worth living in.Rep. Frank Chopp (D, WA #43)
About William F. Polk
William F. Polk, FAIA left a lasting legacy in Washington State from over twelve years in the state legislature and over thirty years as an architect. Serving as Speaker of the House, he fought for Quality-Based Selection to ensure public works were designed competently first and foremost, licensing law reforms, and more. In the AIA, his leadership helped shape renewed interest in architects serving publicly and getting involved locally on issues surrounding the built environment and the health, safety, and welfare of our communities.
AIA National has announced 139 AIA members elevated to the College of Fellows. These 2014 Fellows will be honored at the investiture ceremony at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago. Of those 139 members elevated to the College of Fellows, four are members of the AIA Washington Council in the AIA Seattle Chapter.
Integrus Architecture’s Wenatchee Valley College Music & Arts Center was one of two projects to receive the AIA Washington Council’s 2013 Civic Design Award – Honor, the highest accolade for public works in Washington State. A year later, we asked the Principal-in-Charge of Design, Mark Dailey, AIA to reflect on aspects of the project that stood out.
As principal-in-charge of design for Integrus, Mr. Mark Dailey has been responsible for the design of many of the firm’s most successful projects. His talent, design sensitivity, and desire to continue the firm’s history of moderne-rooted architecture has translated into building designs that have won dozens of National, Regional, Local, and Trade awards. Focusing mostly on Public Works architecture, including higher education and civic/government buildings such as libraries and U.S. Embassies, Mark’s belief in and affinity for the principles of moderne architecture remain as core values today at Integrus. This admiration for moderne design is a natural seque into Mark’s belief in simple and functional buildings void of unnecessary ornament that are unique to a certain place and time.
Mark holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is licensed in Idaho, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, and Washington. He is an active member on the Montana State University Architectural Advisory Council and the American Institute of Architects. Mark’s professional background and expertise has provided him with opportunities to critique and contribute to University architectural programs, AIA programs, serve as juror for awards programs, and speak at educational and industry conferences.
Economy and Architecture: Where Are We Today?
The architecture and construction took a blow in 2008. In this video, we’ll look at how architecture is currently fairing and trends in the economy since 2008 for architects and their associates in Washington, the West Region, and in the United States as a whole.
You can also view the presentation on YouTube.
5-6) United States Census Bureau. “Construction Spending.” Construction Spending. US Department of Commerce, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. http://www.census.gov/construction/c30/historical_data.html
7) United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Series Report: CEU6054131001” United States Department of Labor, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/srgate
9-10) Riskus, Jennifer, and Kermit Baker. Architecture Billings Index. 22 Jan. 2014. Raw data. The American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC.
12) Washington State Department of Revenue. “Quarterly Business Reviews.” Quarterly Business Reviews. 20 Jan. 2014 http://dor.wa.gov/content/aboutus/statisticsandreports/stats_qbr.aspx.
13-14) United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Occupational Employment Statistics Home Page.” United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. United States Department of Labor. 20 Jan. 2014 http://www.bls.gov/oes/.
“One Foot After the Other” by MikeReganNoise (under Envato Regular License)
“Simply Isomeric Building Set” by PILart (under Envato Regular License)
“USA, Western Region, and State Maps” by Sereth (under Wikimedia Commons License)
Showcasing the Power of Diversity in Design
The AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable presents an exhibit of design projects showcasing the power of diversity in design and expressing the engagement of those who have participated in the Diversity Roundtable over the course of its history, beginning in 1986.
Continued strong demand for multi-family residential projects
Washington, D.C. – January 22, 2014 – Following consistently increasing demand for design services throughout most of 2013, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has posted its first consecutive months of contraction since May and June of 2012. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 48.5, down from a mark of 49.8 in November. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.2, up from the reading of 57.8 the previous month.
Washington State Senate’s Ways & Means Committee discussed Proposed 2014 Supplemental Capital Budget from Gov. Inslee’s Office, K-12 Funding, and more.