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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]

Interior design: Partnership and the design process

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Joe Rondinelli IIDAShepley Bulfinch celebrates World Interior Design Week

Although the design process is defined in phases that follow a linear path design itself isn’t. This is especially true in a project’s early stages. Design in its early stages requires exploration and we embrace the collaboration across the disciplines to achieve our design goals.

The art of creative problem solving has always been based around knowledge. It is this creativity born from the interior designers’ knowledge that informed the model of our internal practice of having the interior designer team integrated instead of in a stand-alone ...[more]

The sketch model as iterative design tool

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Has 3D modeling superseded the physical sketch model as a design tool? No, and here’s why.

At an internal “Design Open Studio” a few weeks ago, the conversation focused on the continued relevance of physical sketch models as an exploratory tool in the design process. While the proliferation of 3D modeling programs may suggest that the days of building sketch models are over, the fact is that hands-on model making is still a vital tool for us to iteratively explore design ideas in three dimensions. Unlike even the most flexible modeling software, which is ...[more]

Ashley Hall School wins design excellence award

Monday, 7 June 2010

The Library and Science Center at the Ashley Hall School in Charleston has received a 2010 Merit Award for Excellence in School Building and Design from CEFPI’s South Carolina chapter.

The center was dedicated in 2009, the centennial year for this independent girls’ school. The school’s rich history informed the project design, which drew inspiration from the proportion and detail of nearby McBee House, the campus’ iconic structure. The Library occupies two floors of the new building, while the third floor and renovated space in adjoining Jenkins ...[more]

Library design: Six elements of a successful process

Monday, 21 March 2016

One of an occasional series

Janette BlackburnPlanning the transformation of an academic library is likely to involve an expanded mix of users. This may include new partners and will call for a dynamic, inclusive process.

Some helpful strategies include

Map the journey
Think of your process as a travel guide for your journey and the destination is the completion of your library project. Plan for unexpected stops and side trips along the way, but keep the final destination in sight.

Make it open and collaborative
Use the process to harness different perspectives, create a campus-wide buzz, and build ...[more]

2016 Summer Design Fellowship call for entries

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

SB Summer Design FellowshipCould you be Shepley Bulfinch’s next Summer Design Fellow (or do you know someone who might be)? We’re accepting applications for the 2016 Fellowship until Friday, April 1, 2016, 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 our ...[more]

Lab Design profiles facilities at Davidson, U Houston

Monday, 8 June 2015

Univ of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2Two Shepley Bulfinch academic science and research facilities now underway are featured in the June issue of Lab Design News.

The Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB 2), which integrates teaching, research, and clinical programs is the second phase of the University of Houston’s development of its biomedical campus. It is scheduled for completion in mid-2017. The Shepley Bulfinch-designed Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 1 was completed in 2013.

In North Carolina, Davidson College’s new academic building is now under construction, with an anticipated completion ...[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]