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The smart design behind Salem State’s floating stair

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Smart design stands on its own – sometimes literally.

That’s the case at Salem State University’s Berry Library: the design thinking behind the library’s open stair gets top billing in “16 smart solutions for architects, engineers, and contractors,” a feature in the December issue of Building Design & Construction.

The feature outlines the design challenge and the solution developed by Shepley Bulfinch and engineering firm SGH, working together to create the stair’s elegant floating form.

“16 great solutions…” Building Design & Construction, December 2013

Interior Design honors for Brody Learning Commons

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

When Interior Design magazine named Brody Learning Commons an honoree in the 2013 Best of Year Awards last week, it honored a place that the Johns Hopkins University community has called home – and nicknamed the BLC – since its doors opened in the fall of 2012.

Designed as a complement to the Eisenhower Library, the open and connected BLC offers a range of study spaces, a quiet reading room, and a state-of-the-art conservation lab. Its beauty is more than skin deep, though: the BLC is ...[more]

Carole Wedge honored with Women In Design Award

Friday, 22 November 2013

Carole WedgeShepley Bulfinch president Carole Wedge FAIA, LEED AP received the Award of Excellence at the 14th annual Women in Design Awards, which was hosted at the Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) this week.

The award is presented “in recognition of a person who has designed one’s own life in design, whose work exemplifies the best of process and product, and who uses a position of achievement to give back to the world of design and the community at large.” Carole, who became Shepley Bulfinch’s first female president in 2004, was honored for her leadership transforming ...[more]

Strategies in Planning Two Major Cancer Centers

19 November 2013

Healthcare Design '13, Orlando, FL

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch

The challenges of incorporating natural light into facade design

22 May 2013

IQPC Facade Design & Delivery conference, Houston, TX

Angela Watson, Shepley Bulfinch
Mark Patterson, SmithGroupJJR

Design leader Scott Slarsky joins Shepley Bulfinch

Friday, 10 May 2013

Scott SlarskyShepley Bulfinch is pleased to welcome seminal design leader Scott Slarsky, who has joined the firm as a director.

In announcing the appointment, president Carole Wedge said, “Scott is an exciting new design voice for Shepley Bulfinch, with passion, vision, and a deep understanding of how design can provide clarity of purpose and mission during times of institutional growth and change.”

Scott cites Spanish modernism as a particular influence on his work, drawing from formative years spent in Madrid working with Rafael Moneo and Juan Navarro Baldeweg. As a co-founder of designLAB, Scott and his ...[more]

Design competition finalist makes a place for community

Thursday, 21 March 2013

flintWhat can you come up with to transform a parking lot into a community gathering place, in the face of financial and logistical constraints? That was the challenge facing design teams in the Flat Lot competition in Flint, Michigan. “Knot Lot,” a Shepley Bulfinch team submission, was chosen as one of five finalists from among 221 entries in the competition, which was sponsored by the Flint (Michigan) Public Art Project and the Flint chapter of the AIA.  Knot Lot and other top entries will be part of an exhibition opening in Flint on April 14.

Organizers asked designers ...[more]

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 Douglas 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]