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Dan Vlahos wins AIGA award for Shepley poster design

Friday, 12 June 2009

Shepley Bulfinch creative director Dan Vlahos’ design of the firm’s 2009 Summer Design Fellowship poster took top honors last night in the annual AIGA B(oNE) Awards ceremony for the best graphic design in New England.

The poster was one of the category winners in the Best of New England (BoNE) awards, which was sponsored by the New England chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design and held at the Bakalar Gallery at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt).

Dan, who joined Shepley Bulfinch in 2005, leads graphics and branding for the firm. He is a graduate of MassArt, where he is an adjunct faculty member and serves on the ...[more]

2010 Summer Design Fellowship – call for entries

Thursday, 21 January 2010

BOSTON, MA – Applications are now being accepted for Shepley Bulfinch’s 2010 Summer Design Fellowship. The application deadline is February 26, 2010.

Is this for you? This highly competitive Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a promising architecture student to spend the summer immersed in real design problems in the design studio of an international architectural firm in Boston. We welcome applications from a diverse range of students and institutions. Past Fellows have come from architecture schools throughout the country, including Penn, the University of Kansas, NC State, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and MIT.

The Fellowship ...[more]

Six project types | 142 years | 3944 stickies

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Sticky notes - detailIn all sizes and colors, they congregate on monitors, desktops, and walls. We use them as reminders to ourselves and others. They help us think and synthesize.

Most of all, they help us communicate and collaborate with each other and our clients. Whether bent into an impromptu stair model or used in a client workshop, they are part of our design process.

The installation in our office and the video below are a tribute and yet another adaptation of the mighty sticky note, which first originated as a mistake in the labs of ...[more]

Sparkle+Chime – making magic

Monday, 24 November 2014

What does it take to make magic in a park?

This fall Shepley created Sparkle+Chime, an art installation made up of over 3600 small mirrors and discs suspended from the trees to create dancing patterns of light and delicate chiming. The making of Sparkle+Chime required an all-out office effort led by mostly junior staff, and drew on the diverse experience – from rock climbing to jewelry making – of the core production team. Inspired by a compelling conceptual design from competition winner Jean Kim, we took up the challenge to make ...[more]

On beauty

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Beauty has been banned from the studio. She peers through cracks in boarded windows at the new architecture of performance. The story of her exile is one that spans two disparate events: Sullivan’s dangerous assertion that “form follows function” and the economic downturn that forced a restructuring of architectural practice in the 21st century.

The latter was the blow that erased Beauty’s place in public discourse. A capitalist economy relies on progress and growth, especially in times of duress; this necessity in times of dwindling funds produces a desire for cheaper, more efficient structures, where discussion of Beauty are seemingly moot. It appeared that for the contemporary client, a building’s ability ...[more]

Third Annual Design Share centers on people

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Design_Share_PosterAs part of Shepley Bulfinch’s mission to drive design beyond perceived boundaries, we strive daily to engage, critique, challenge and support one another across practices and offices. This summer, we continued to push further by hosting our Third Annual Design Share. In addition to devoting time to connect internally on some of our recent projects, we invited experts from multiple disciplines outside the AEC industry to discuss their processes and practices. While presenters’ professions varied, as expected, common threads around design – more so, good design – clearly emerged.

Connecting through created experiences

“The running shoe is a beautiful thing because it’s ...[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]

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]