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The power of narrative

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A significant part of our practice as architects is to convey abstract, mostly visual design concepts in ways that make them accessible to a wide range of people, most of whom are not fluent in architectural drawing conventions. We are so focused on visual representation that we are often shocked when the audience does not understand the basic experiential qualities of the spaces we are trying to convey.

How can we help clients and future users understand what it will be like to interact within a building that only ...[more]

Exploring the future of mid-sized design firms

14 June 2012

Design Colloquium 2012, San Francisco, CA

Sid Bowen AIA, Managing Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
David Goldberg, AIA, President, Mithun

Rising to meet architecture’s new skills challenges

18 May 2012

AIA 2012 Annual Convention, Washington, DC


Amrita Raja selected as 2012 Summer Design Fellow

Friday, 11 May 2012

Shepley Bulfinch has named Amrita Raja as the firm’s 2012 Summer Design Fellow. Amrita, who was selected from a highly competitive field of more than 50 candidates, will spend ten weeks this summer immersed in design challenges in the firm’s Boston studio.

In selecting Amrita as this year’s Fellow, committee members cited the depth of expression in her work and her understanding and articulacy in discussing her design decisions and intent.

Amrita will start her final year in the Master’s program in Architecture at Yale this fall. She is now in the early stages ...[more]

2012 Summer Design Fellowships now open

Friday, 27 January 2012

We know a great way to make this summer count.

Applications are now being accepted for Shepley Bulfinch’s 2012 Summer Design Fellowship. The application deadline is Friday, February 24, 2012, at 5:00 pm EST.

Is this for you or someone you know? This highly competitive Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a promising architecture student to spend the summer immersed in real design problems in Shepley Bulfinch’s Boston design studio. We welcome applications from a diverse range of students and institutions. Past Fellows have come from architecture schools throughout the country, including ...[more]

Rising from the economic ashes

18 January 2012

A/E/C Industry Discussion, Waltham, MA


Material witness: designing high-performance buildings

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Beauty may be more than skin deep, but when you’re talking about energy-efficient buildings, it starts with the building envelope.  Strategies for detailing and specifying for high-performance building enclosures are discussed in “Energy performance starts at the building envelope,” in the December 2011 issue of Building Design + Construction (BD+C).

The article features three members of Shepley Bulfinch’s in-house Technical Advisory Council – Greta Eckhardt, Mark Finneral, and Dan Salive – among the design and construction professionals who offer their insights and strategies regarding thermal performance and materials.

Energy performance ...[more]

A theory for open building

Monday, 5 December 2011

Why do buildings last? How do we design flexible spaces that can change and adapt? 

A team from Shepley took on this question as part of the Open Building conference at Build Boston last month. The conference tasked three firms – Shepley, Payette, and Cannon – to propose a building that would evolve over time to house multiple uses on a large scale site in Somerville. We took the long historical view and, after a week of exhaustive debate, found that architectural systems which are designed to change rarely work or ...[more]