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Metrics and the design of collaborative environments

Friday, 2 November 2012

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (“Scientific Discovery, Inspired by a Walk to the Restroom”) made the argument that locating key support facilities has a role in fostering collaborative research environments.

As a design researcher, whenever I read a piece like this that cites research without providing citations or references, I become concerned about the quality of the evidence.

I decided to do a little digging. Although I was unable to find a research study documenting a 50-foot rule (“collaboration drops to 10% when workers are more than 50 feet ...[more]

Thinking green: strategies for a tight building envelope

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Colleges and universities that are looking for ways to improve energy efficiency and resulting cost savings are realizing that some habits start from the ground up, as discussed in “How to achieve a tight building envelope,” which appears in the June 2012 issue of College Planning & Management.

In the article, Jonathan Baron talks about the value to owners of investing in building component mock-ups and building commissioning, as well as the importance of evaluating the compatibility of different materials used in creating the building envelope.

Jonathan’s remarks on building ...[more]

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