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From Coral Block Architecture to the Tallest Tower

Friday, 7 July 2017

2017 Howe Fellow Kate Hriczo is Set to Explore the UAE’s 50-Year Transformation

My childhood was spent roaming the globe, and I was affected early on by the human-built world… I have devoted my skills to the realization, through designs of enhancement of the natural environment, where buildings respond to their contextual conditions, and where they bring people together in social and intellectual contact in spaces that inspire and illuminate their activities. I have been fortunate to be asked to design buildings in all parts of our country and abroad, and continue to be fascinated by the opportunity to design within the requirements of different climates, cultures, histories and architectural heritage. ...[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]

Calling the Phoenix Financial Center home

Monday, 22 September 2014

Shepley Bulfinch’s Arizona office is settling in to a new home in the South Rotunda of the iconic Phoenix Financial Center as the building prepares to mark its 50th anniversary.

On September 20, Shepley Bulfinch’s move was the subject of a major piece in the Arizona Republic, “Phoenix architects renovate, move in to Phoenix landmark.”

Paired with the Center’s signature ‘punchcard’ tower, the distinctive inverted concrete arches and domed roof of the south Rotunda make the Center one of Midtown’s most prominent landmarks. Inside, a stained glass starburst graces the top of the ...[more]

Using graphics and storytelling to explain abstract concepts

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Brigham Bldg for FutureOne of an occasional series

Designers can easily read architectural drawings and imagine the spaces they represent, but for others who don’t spend their days looking at plans, it can be difficult to translate from two-dimensional lines to 3-D space.

Because the spatial and experiential implications of drawings may not be apparent to clients, their donors, and community members, storytelling plays an important role in explaining the impact of a design by conveying a sense of the experience. By using narrative storytelling, graphic rendering, and photography ...[more]

Just wanted to say ‘Hi’ – a look behind the i-lab logo

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

 

Harvard Innovation Lab logo

I recently picked up on something while reading Steven Levy’s interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in Wired magazine. In response to a question about how to make Blue Origin (his space travel venture) succeed, Bezos said simply: “Maintain a firm grasp of the obvious at all times.”

Capturing the essence of a brand, a story, or an organization is the ultimate communications design challenge. It’s the proverbial truffle of successful identities: uncovering it usually takes some digging, but the rewards are worth it.

Giving the Harvard i-lab a graphic identity had to ...[more]

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]

University College Cork library wins architecture award

Friday, 10 October 2008

boole_lib_corkCHICAGO, IL – Boole Library, the postgraduate research facility at University College Cork, Ireland, has received a 2008 International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Built on the site of an ancient settlement the Library’s red sandstone exterior is a contemporary continuation of the settlement’s stone wall, while copper cladding and glass complete the façade. The design also responds to several massive specimen trees from the Victorian botanical garden that once occupied the site. The expanses of glass facing north offer views into the University’s Victorian quad, to the ...[more]