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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]

Mary Hale presented with 2015 AIA Associates Award

Friday, 15 May 2015

Mary Hale, Assoc. AIAMary Hale, Assoc. AIA, was presented with the AIA Associates Award in a ceremony at the AIA’s annual Convention in Atlanta this week. The award is the highest honor given to individual associate AIA members in recognition of their leadership qualities and commitment to the design profession and the wider community.

“Mary is a dynamic, entrepreneurial bridge builder,” Shepley Bulfinch President Carole Wedge, FAIA, said. “She is truly exceptional in her ability to connect the dots between design, practice, and community.”

Mary joined Shepley Bulfinch in 2012. She complements her contributions to the ...[more]

Design strategies to support a geriatric center of excellence

20 April 2015

Environments for Aging conference, Baltimore, MD

Mario Vieira, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Lisa Walke, MD, AGSF, Yale School of Medicine
James Wisniewski, AIA, Michael Graves & Associates

Boston park will ‘Sparkle & Chime’ with Shepley art installation

Friday, 15 August 2014

Sparkle & Chime art installation

It’s dusk on an evening in October, and as you walk through Evans Way Park in Boston’s Fenway, you are accompanied by ethereal chiming and shimmering reflections in the trees above you.

The Fenway Alliance selected Sparkle & Chime, designed by architect Jean Kim of Shepley Bulfinch, as the audiovisual installation at Evans Way Park for several weeks in October. The installation is part of the Fenway Alliance’s 13th annual Opening Our Doors, which will be held on October 13.

Every year for the past 12 years, Opening Our Doors has welcomed the public to experience ...[more]

Rural Studio’s enduring lessons

Monday, 11 August 2014

It’s not all about you.

That was the first lesson I learned in architecture school. Kicking off my architectural education at Auburn with the Rural Studio showed me the power of selfless design and taught me other invaluable life and professional lessons. For more than 20 years, the Rural Studio program has given architecture students like me a hands-on education, designing and building homes and community structures for underserved communities in rural Alabama.

Looking back, I can define my experience in five simple lessons:

It’s about your client. A lot of people go through school, believing that they are working on ‘their’ projects. Presentations and critiques can get very personal, with a lot ...[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┬áDouglas 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]

Reflections on giving

Thursday, 22 December 2011

As the year comes to a close, we reflect on the power of giving.

A ceremony on Hartford Street in Boston on November 12 welcomed 16 former US service members to the Pine Street Inn’s new Home for Homeless Veterans. Between them, the Home’s residents and staff have served in Vietnam, the Gulf War, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Others saw service at home or abroad during peacetime or in support of combat areas.

Shepley Bulfinch employees contributed to the renovation of the house as a transitional housing facility on a pro bono basis, producing conceptual design schemes and preparing detailed construction drawings for the project.

We were one of a number of in-kind ...[more]

Design notes: the Shepley Bulfinch blue journal

Friday, 18 February 2011

As a long-standing tradition Shepley Bulfinch reaches out to our clients in an annual mailing. For years, this took the form of a signed card or letter, accompanied in recent years by a commemorative poster. What started as a holiday gesture has become an important statement that exemplifies our core values.

Like every project our annual mailer starts with a written strategy: a design brief. This year we drew on our annual internal staff survey for inspiration. Within a section of the survey on differentiation a few key words and ...[more]