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Leaning our way to the ideal preconstruction process

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Lauren Deck JanneyIf our design process isn’t lean, how do we expect our construction process to be? This was the focus of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) New England Community of Practice event in June where a team of designers, construction managers, and MEP subcontractors shared their approach to an ideal preconstruction process. Shepley Bulfinch worked with Turner Construction, and MEP subcontractors SullyMac and Cannistraro to create a pull plan that allows them to manage information and decisions down to a weekly basis.

Does so not only helps our team stay on schedule, it improves ...[more]

How is data changing the nature of design?

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

At the BLDGS=DATA symposium in New York this spring, the discussion focused on strategies for harnessing the massive amount of data made available by modern technology. An increased capacity for analysis has led to immense data generation and an unprecedented ability to identify correlations. The AEC industry today is grappling with ways to make the best use of it and to develop standard processes for leveraging and sharing it.

This surge of data is changing the very nature of design as architects begin to embrace a much more data-driven approach. Advances in Building Information Modeling (BIM) allow for more thorough project documentation and the ability to share building information with contractors. ...[more]

The Hobson Award comes home

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Hobson Award-SmilowThe Hobson Award is the highest level of design award given annually by the Boston Society of Architects. The AIAS Chapter at MassArt and the BSA have fostered a wonderful, collaborative relationship over the past five years. This relationship led to a phone call last fall asking if our chapter would design and create the next Hobson award.

It felt like being asked to design an Oscar, and we were thrilled to get started. I was one of five students who volunteered to participate. By brilliant happenstance, every grade level in the architecture department ...[more]

Yin Liu named 2015 Summer Design Fellow

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Yin Liu - SDF submissionShepley Bulfinch welcomes Rhode Island School of Design architecture student Yin Liu, who is spending ten weeks this summer in Boston as the firm’s 2015 Summer Design Fellow. So far, she’s been working with teams on a range of design challenges, including the current renovation of the Boston office.

As a designer, Yin is drawn to the temporal qualities of space, as uses and forms shift over time. This is an area she hopes to explore in her thesis project next year, as she explores the development of tools and technologies that track how buildings are developed ...[more]

Shepley names Voiland, Kamili, Gifford to leadership roles

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Shepley Bulfinch announced that Luke Voiland AIA and Andre Kamili AIA, LEED AP have been named the firm’s newest principals, and that Matt Gifford AIA, LEED AP has been promoted to director.

“As a culture we’re ambitious about design innovation and our role in shaping the buildings of the future,” said President Carole Wedge, FAIA. “Luke, Andre, and Matt have risen to this challenge, repeatedly demonstrating that they have the drive and vision to lead the firm in this pursuit. We honor them as they assume their roles in the firm’s leadership.”

Luke Voiland is a design leader with an inclusive approach and clear, thoughtful insights that engage his clients ...[more]

Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch chosen to redesign Smith College Library

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Maya Lin, whose balance between art and architecture is evident in her very first project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and throughout her career, and Shepley Bulfinch, with an impressive portfolio of higher education projects, have been selected to partner on the re-imagining and redesign of Smith College’s Neilson Library. The project, which will be Lin’s first college library and one of the most significant capital projects in Smith College’s history, is expected to break ground in 2017.

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney said that the Lin/Shepley Bulfinch team was chosen for the project after an international search. “Maya Lin’s celebrated work within the combined fields of architecture, art and landscape, coupled ...[more]

Bailey Architects joins Shepley Bulfinch

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Shepley Bulfinch architects announced today that Bailey Architects of Houston has joined their growing national design practice. Adding a Houston office gives Shepley Bulfinch a strong presence in Texas, where significant growth is projected in the healthcare and education sectors, and greater visibility in Houston, one of the country’s fastest-growing cities.

Bailey Architects is now the Houston office of Shepley Bulfinch. The acquisition cements a long-standing relationship that spans more than a decade. Shepley Bulfinch and Bailey have worked together on a series of projects in Texas, including work on Fondren Library at Rice University and two major biomedical science buildings for the University of Houston. The Health ...[more]

2015 Summer Design Fellowship call for entries

Monday, 2 February 2015

2015 Summer Design Fellowship graphicCould you be Shepley Bulfinch’s next Summer Design Fellow (or do you know someone who might be)? We’re accepting applications for the 2015 Fellowship until Friday, March 6, 2015, at 5:00 pm EST.

Our Fellowship gives a promising architecture student the opportunity to spend ten weeks this summer immersed in real design problems and collaborative solutions in our Boston design studio. We’re looking for applicants from a wide range of students and institutions. Past Fellows have come from architecture schools throughout the country and a number have gone on to join ...[more]