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Daylighting Systems Project Spotlight: Carver Public School

August 5, 2019

Daylighting Systems Project Spotlight: Carver Public School

When Carver Public Schools in Massachusetts looked to replace two older school buildings with one new facility to house students pre-K through 5th grade, they sought the help of HMFH Architects to assist them in designing an energy-efficient and vibrant learning space. What resulted is the new Carver Elementary School, a more than 110,000 square foot learning space that was 1 of 5 schools nationwide to receive a “Citation of Excellence” from Learning by Design Magazine.

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To lead with climate action, architects can start by reducing emissions

July 19, 2019

To lead with climate action, architects can start by reducing emissions

To lead on climate action, architects can start by reducing emissions with zero net carbon buildings. Ed Mazria, FAIA, describes how Architecture 2030’s ZERO Code is a pathway to zero net carbon in new construction

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Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

June 17, 2019

Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

Almost every city in America has a historic building awaiting a rebirth. Whether it’s a 300-year-old church, a 19th century warehouse, or even a 1950’s gas station, there is potential for great new spaces in your community. Every year AIA’s Committee on the Environment recognizes ten innovative projects that integrate design excellence with environmental performance. Beyond rigorous sustainability and ecological criteria, special attention to community and wellness factors is critical for selected projects. This year’s COTE Top Ten featured more adaptive reuse projects than ever before, signifying that the social and health value of these properties is on the rise.

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What’s the best strategy for solar-hungry homeowners?

May 24, 2019

What’s the best strategy for solar-hungry homeowners?

Once overshadowed by high costs and low aesthetics, residential solar energy applications are now brightening the landscape, thanks to technological advances and financial incentives. From IKEA to Tesla, it seems like everyone is getting into the solar game. But is it better to invest in a solar roof, add panels to your existing roof, or replace your roof in tandem with a solar installation? Do you want to make the solar system a seamless addition to your home or bring it front and center to showcase your commitment to a sustainable future? Successfully integrating solar into a house calls for considerable knowledge and design skills. Consulting with an architect will make your decisions much easier.

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Influx in healthcare and senior living means big opportunities for architects

April 22, 2019

Influx in healthcare and senior living means big opportunities for architects

The need for senior living and healthcare facilities is greater than ever with an aging population and changing needs in health services. How can architects and emerging professionals rise to the occasion?

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Inclusive communities need to be designed that way

March 18, 2019

Inclusive communities need to be designed that way

Architects are working to create spaces where all members of a community can thrive. Learn more:

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Architectural Trends for 2019

February 21, 2019

Architectural Trends for 2019

Here’s a quick look at the key architectural trends forecasted for 2019. According to Build, advanced technologies and materials will continue to impact the way we design and build. We already know that augmented and virtual reality, AI and drone devices, as well as 3-D printing and other technologies, are altering construction practices — as is the trend for off-site, prefab construction.

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Six services architects provide on residential projects

February 6, 2019

Six services architects provide on residential projects

Many prospective homeowners remain uncertain as to how an architect can influence and benefit a residential design project. The following are six distinct and valuable services your architect will typically provide.

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Five design concepts for a more livable home

January 7, 2019

Five design concepts for a more livable home

In the past, homeowner advice focused more on resale value than livability. Families looked for ways to sell their “for now” homes in the shortest amount of time for the most amount of money. The growing desire to age in place, however, means families are trading in their somewhat nomadic lifestyles and searching for a long-term living space. With that in mind, it's time to rethink and rearrange our houses so that they function as facilitators for spending quality time with family and friends.

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How to talk about architecture with clients and the public

November 23, 2018

How to talk about architecture with clients and the public

While there is great respect for architects, there’s little understanding of what we do, or how our work affects others. Architectural practice constantly evolving. To move the profession forward, architects must work together to understand eachother and communicate our value. It’s our job to help others understand what we do, and more importantly, why it’s important to them. We know that when we collaborate effectively, we can design and build better homes, communities and public spaces that benefit us all. That's why we're committed to creating a Blueprint for Better. AIA offers a variety of resources dedicated to helping you explain your work and make an impact. These resources are crafted to support four bold statements:

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Working Inside Out

November 14, 2018

Working Inside Out

Maglin Site Furniture’s new Pixel Collection is the perfect solution with its innovative and highly customizable line of modular site furnishings. Inspired by the concept of a pixel and how its square shape allows for near-limitless possibilities in placement and design, the Pixel Collection comprises an interchangeable series of blocks and tops that can be used to create everything from large-scale platform seating to lounge chairs, garden planters, tables, and more. Wired and wireless charging stations can be integrated into the design to support mobile devices. Whether used as an alternate work area or a place for a quick break, Pixel can offer the feeling of privacy through a strategically-placed planter, opposite oriented seating, or incorporating a standing tower into the configuration.

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Meeting modern trends in multifamily construction

October 17, 2018

Meeting modern trends in multifamily construction

As demographics and preferences across multifamily shift, AIA partner Kawneer explores how architects are adjusting their exterior designs.

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Wind-driven rain resistant stationary louvers

October 8, 2018

Wind-driven rain resistant stationary louvers

Wind-driven rain louvers provide the maximum amount of protection in keeping wind-driven rain from egressing past an opening. Wind-driven rain louver models have both horizontal and vertical orientations and utilize a chevron style rain resistant blade that rejects horizontal rain as it comes in contact with the louver.

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Four steps to prepare your home for the golden years

September 12, 2018

Four steps to prepare your home for the golden years

With more older Americans remaining in their homes as they age, it’s important for their houses to be equipped to deal with their changing needs. These four steps will help you work with an architect to prepare your home for retirement.

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Louver and Architectural Solutions

August 23, 2018

Louver and Architectural Solutions

While providing fresh air intake and exhaust, Ruskin Louvers can also provide architectural style to building design. With the variety of models, sizes, and paint finishes available, Ruskin Louvers can add unusual and appealing features to exterior and interior elevation. Ruskin louvers are available in depths ranging from 1.5" to 12", and can accommodate various blade angles with high free area.

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Aesthetics: When Looks and Beauty Matter for Security Entrances

August 15, 2018

Aesthetics: When Looks and Beauty Matter for Security Entrances

Google the term “best looking offices” and you’ll find no shortage of results, with photos of interiors featuring beautiful design, materials, light and color. But do office space aesthetics actually have an effect on companies and their people? And how do aesthetics fit into the equation when it comes to how secure an office space is?

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Tips for specifying postal specialties

July 30, 2018

Tips for specifying postal specialties

Florence Corporation has launched its new 20-page eBook with tips for specifying Postal Specialties and best practices for multifamily developments. This is a top resource for architects who are new to this line of work or long-time architects who want to ensure they are on track with current trends and requirements.

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Morintegrated - Design Like a Kid Again

July 24, 2018

Morintegrated - Design Like a Kid Again

At Morin, we recognize that when you choose to design with Single Skin Metal, it's to get a particular look. Our job is to convert those CAD concepts into metal reality. We understand that choosing a Color and Profile for a building is a part of the signature look. Over the years, we have seen the evolution and increase of using multiple profiles and combining colors for a specific effect. We saw more demand for combining profiles, we wanted to expand our offering to match that demand. We wanted to give Architects a large simple palette of profiles to use with an infinite color selection. To that end, we share three concepts.

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How to find the perfect architect for you

July 10, 2018

How to find the perfect architect for you

Just as in selecting a partner for any other major undertaking in life, it is important to find an architect who is a good match with your goals, your concept of the project, your personality, and your budget. Choosing the right person from the start allows you to enjoy the process as much as the finished product. The following steps in the selection process can make all the difference in creating a successful partnership.

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Modern Heirlooms - Historic Urban Mixed-Use Developments

June 25, 2018

Modern Heirlooms - Historic Urban Mixed-Use Developments

What is old is cool again! Mixed-use development had fallen out of favor during the twentieth century with the rise of the automobile facilitating widespread suburbanization in North America. Now the pendulum of style is swinging back.

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