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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 with a difference: healthcare in Haiti

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Shepley Bulfinch welcomed Partners In Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer (“Mountains Beyond Mountains”) to our Boston office today, where he spoke at the unveiling of plans for a new rehabilitation and training center in Haiti.

We partnered with colleagues from Boston’s healthcare and design communities to deliver this pro bono project, joining with Partners in Health, Partners Healthcare, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, and the Mass Design Group to address the immediate and long-term demand for rehabilitation services in Haiti.

Carole Wedge welcomed 80 guests to this morning’s event. “We got as much as we gave in this process,” she said, pointing to the design response forged by a tight timetable, limited ...[more]

Transforming rehabilitation medicine and education in Haiti

14 November 2011

Healthcare Design 2011, Nashville, TN

Jay Verspyck AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Koji Nakashima MD, Partners In Health
Andree LeRoy MD, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

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]

One step closer: Construction start for Haitian rehabilitation hospital, education center

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Two months before the second anniversary of Haiti’s devastating January 2010 earthquake, the vision of a dignified and productive life for Haitians living with disabilities reached a major milestone this week as construction began on the Center for Rehabilitation and Excellence in St. Marc.

When it opens next year, the 6700 sf facility will transform immediate and long-term delivery of rehabilitation services in central Haiti while dignifying and normalizing the daily lives of people living with disabilities. The center will establish new national standards for rehabilitative care in ...[more]

University cites new law school as driver of soaring applications

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

RALEIGH, NC – Campbell University’s Wiggins School of Law is reporting an increase of 25 percent in applications for admission, a trend that the school attributes directly to its relocation this fall from the main campus to downtown Raleigh. “The excitement around Campbell Law’s relocation to Raleigh is palpable,” said Dean Melissa Essary. “The outpouring of interest in Campbell Law and our new location is testimony to the strength of our program and the desire of many promising lawyers to live, study, and work in this dynamic city.”

Campbell Law opens for classes in September. The new location offers an increase of 40 percent over its current home, with 13 classrooms, ...[more]