Architecture: Down the Street and Across the World

Architecture can be found in every area of the globe, from your house in Brookings, South Dakota, to the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Traveling can enhance your perspective of a place and become a learning experience… I realized that we can learn from architecture anywhere; whether it be from a building down the street or across the world.

SDSU Students Attend AIAS Forum in Toronto:

As I reflect on our time in Toronto and think more about how similar experiences could impact the architectural student community, I am extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to travel and immerse myself in a completely new place. In my opinion, travel is one of the best experiences for an aspiring architect. From observing close-up intricacies of design to understanding the transition between spaces, every architectural masterpiece emits a certain magnificence that is only absorbed in person. I have become a firm believer in the architecture of experience. To me, architecture is something that has the ability to evoke feelings and spark imagination within. Something that you don’t always experience right away, but instead may require a desire for exploration.

Input Needed : SD Architect Collects Data About Architecture & Social Distancing

A South Dakota architect in Yankton, Sarah Mannes Homstad is conducting a study during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is in response to the evolving needs of our communities and questions about what it means, architecturally-speaking, to inhabit our world today. Mannes Homstad asked herself the following questions:  What is changing about the way we …

How Architecture Firms can Apply for an SBA COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loan

Initially published on March 20, 2020 Republished with permissions from April Hughes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Board President, AIA Chicago Board of Directors at AIA Chicago Cover image credit: HPZS Office Headquarters, Chicago, Illinois By: April Marie Hughes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C Dear Architectural Firm Owners, Like many of you, I could never have …

The Future of the Workplace: Life After COVID-19

While the silver lining in no way relieves the pain and suffering of those directly and indirectly affected by this global pandemic, it does pose some questions of what this means for the 9-5 desk jobs. Will we see another paradigm shift in office designs? Will home buyers evaluate prospective homes based on the office or den? Will South Dakota see a return to rural lifestyles as living in the city is no longer a requirement to stay connected? The future holds many unknowns, but if anything is certain, it is that life will go on. We will pick up the pieces and learn from the events that necessitated a sudden separation.

Tips for Architects Working At Home During COVID-19

As a follow-up to the preceding post, the attached article addresses some general strategies for continuing to maintain an architectural/design workflow while working from home.  Chief among the concerns of those faced with this reality, is the difficulty of overcoming the mental partition that exists between the office and home.  In response, the article emphasizes …

An Artistic Antidote to Self-Isolation

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?tab=pop At the present moment, many individuals find themselves confined to their homes, in a collective effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 throughout their communities.  As undeniably important as this strategy is, it poses the risk of engendering an acute sense of restlessness and irritability, especially as time goes on.  To counter this tendency, …

Axonometric Realism: “Hortus Conclusus”

“Beate Gütschow is a German contemporary artist who works primarily through photography. In her work, she analyses the complex and ever-changing relationships between perception, representation and reality.“ The bizarre and visually-perplexing nature of the images within the associated article, contain a myriad of architectural implications. The consolidation of photographic information into a unified perspectival artifice, mirrors …