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Building an experience

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Steve Erwin AIA, LEED APWe 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]

Design notes: the 2014 Fellowship poster

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]

2014 Summer Design Fellowship now open

Monday, 27 January 2014

2014_fellowship 150pxLooking 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]

Using graphics and storytelling to explain abstract concepts

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Brigham Bldg for FutureOne 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]

Building value with consensus

2 August 2013

APPA Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN

Angela Watson, Shepley Bulfinch
Lowell Bromander, Hamline University
Bake Baker, McGough

An integrated approach to high-value capital projects

28 July 2013

SCUP 48 - Soc of College & University Planning conference, San Diego

Angela Watson, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
Douglas Anderson, Chief Financial Officer, Hamline University

A conversation on firm culture with Carole Wedge

19 March 2013

AIA San Francisco

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP

Design notes: the 2013 Fellowship poster

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

In a provocative blog post on beauty in architecture, 2012 Summer Design Fellow Amrita Raja commented upon the reluctance of many contemporary architects to discuss the role of beauty, relying instead on more purely rational justifications such as performance. It reminded me of the 2009 NY Times article about┬áDouglas Bowman who very publicly left his position as Google’s top visual designer because, in his words, “at Google design lived or died by data.”

Amrita’s post also reminded me of the scene in the documentary film Helvetica, where Michael Place from UK-based design firm Build talks candidly about how, for him, design is primarily ...[more]