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Discovery and delight: Tad Jusczyk’s long road to Venice

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Tad Jusczyk gave everyone at Shepley a remarkable new perspective as he journeyed from Xi’an to Venice this past summer as Shepley Bulfinch’s inaugural Howe Traveling Fellow. As Tad traveled we shared his discoveries and observations on his blog, The Long Road to Venice. Since his return, they have enriched our design dialogue.

His journeys were also documented in Tour de Force, a Boston Society of Architects’ online feature and slideshow.

The Howe Traveling Fellowship is a grant for travel and exploration for Shepley Bulfinch staff, supported by the firm to honor ...[more]

Planning for Collections: Balancing Digital Trends, Physical Realities, and Pedagogy

Monday, 29 August 2016

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Digital technologies, changing scholarship habits, spatial constraints, and economic challenges are prompting many institutions to dramatically change how their physical collections (e.g., books, maps, art, biological samples, pottery fragments) are stored, accessed, displayed, and consumed. With the digital revolution, what physical things still are important pedagogically for an academic institution? That is what I explored with Janette Blackburn, principal at Shepley Bulfinch; Paul Guenther, Senior Campus Planner for McGill University, and Anna Gold, Dean of Library Services at Cal Poly, at our SCUP-51 conference presentation in Vancouver.

Leaders of higher education face decisions about ...[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]

The networked community (college): connected learning in a digital age

13 July 2015

SCUP 50 - Soc of College &University Planning conference, Chicago

Christina D. Long, Shepley Bulfinch
Timothy Cook, Saxifrage School
Mary Lee Kennedy, New York Public Library

Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch chosen to redesign Smith College Library

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Maya Lin, whose balance between art and architecture is evident in her very first project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and throughout her career, and Shepley Bulfinch, with an impressive portfolio of higher education projects, have been selected to partner on the re-imagining and redesign of Smith College’s Neilson Library. The project, which will be Lin’s first college library and one of the most significant capital projects in Smith College’s history, is expected to break ground in 2017.

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney said that the Lin/Shepley Bulfinch team was chosen for the project after an international search. “Maya Lin’s celebrated work within the combined fields of architecture, art and landscape, coupled ...[more]

In defense of good design

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

What is the value of design? Businesses and institutions struggle with this question on a regular basis as they weigh concerns about budget, timing, and a variety of other factors against the priority of design. Several organizations, like Apple Computer, have seen the benefit of prioritizing design, and have made it a part of their core message.

As the this Oct. 10 New York Times article points out, good design can have a powerful impact on the urban landscape. One city, New York, has lately taken the initiative to prioritize good design in new public buildings. As architects, we take the advantages of strong design for granted. How can ...[more]

Behind the Wall: Bob Simmons

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Principal Bob Simmons, AIA, says higher education is akin to urban planning, which makes it a nice work space to inhabit. “The client is the steward of the whole village, and is sensitive to how each building affects not only its village, but the world.”

This interest in a holistic approach to uncover the essence of design is something Bob gravitated toward early on, and continues to bring to the forefront in his work today. Having recently joined Shepley Bulfinch, he is focused on expanding projects within his niche – student life and dining – to produce a more comprehensive portfolio in the higher education sector.

To further welcome and introduce Bob, ...[more]

Michael Ford gives Boston architecture a new beat

Thursday, 17 August 2017

“Hip hop is modernism’s post-occupancy evaluation.” – Michael Ford, Hip Hop Architecture

We recently invited the city of Boston to step outside traditional architecture channels and explore the built environment through a different lens – hip hop. As a long-time supporter of the Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (BosNOMA) and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), Shepley Bulfinch was more than inspired to sponsor a two-day lecture and workshop from renowned designer Michael Ford earlier this month.

Known as the Hip Hop Architect, Michael intends to disrupt the AEC world with a mission to increase the number of minorities in architecture and urban planning. To do so, he ...[more]