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Lakisha Woods selected AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer

Woods will serve as the 15th EVP/CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Repost from AIA National press release November 19, 2021. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors has selected Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, as the next AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer effective Jan. 31, 2022. “It is an honor to …

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2021 AIA SD Presidential Award Winner: Goss Opera House, Watertown SD

Celebrations in Architecture: Goss Opera House, Watertown SD receives recognition from AIA SD President, Tom Hurlbert at 2021 AIA SD Convention. (Content submitted by RSA) Every once in a while, we as Architects become involved in a project that changes our perspective on the value of somebody’s passion for a project, and how it can …

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Architects in Space – Part 2

Okay – one more Ha! You thought you were rid of me, but I’ve got one more post to get in just under the wire, thanks to something a co-worker shared from earlier this year. I’m a sucker for space architecture, and continuing some thematics from my hosting a couple years ago, I offer the …

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Thankful for Tradition

Tis the Season! For many, this time of year is about honoring long-lived traditions. For me specifically, it’s about making pumpkin pie (this year I made the crust from scratch), putting up Christmas decorations, Donut Day at school for my kids, and, at some point in the near future, watching the classic Frank Capra film …

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Industry Patronage

No, not the “wealthy” kind of patron… In my family, the month of November kicks off with the Solemnity of All Saints (for which most folks go out the evening before on All Hallows Eve – which you might know better as Halloween). It is a great lead-in to the end of the liturgical year, …

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Death, Taxes, and Architecture

Buildings as Critical Infrastructure Over 14 years ago, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring hundreds of others. Nearly 5 years ago, a tragedy occurred in downtown Sioux Falls when the Copper Lounge, undergoing renovations, suddenly collapsed. A construction worker died. Earlier this year, a condo in the Miami suburb of …

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Stunning Modern Home Designed by University of Kansas Architecture Students

(Sponsored content by Pella Windows) Innovative architecture students designed a home featuring elegant and modern Pella® Impervia® windows. Project Details Type: New Construction Location: Lawrence, KS Products Used: Pella® Impervia® Fiberglass Awning Window Pella® Impervia® Fiberglass Casement Window Area of Structure Involved: Kitchen, Living Room, Bedrooms and Bathrooms In this new construction project, architecture students …

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Fantasy Architecture (Practice)

Think More “NFL” and Less “Tolkien”… For those who don’t play fantasy football, the season is headed into week 11, which means there are some defining moments coming up for who will and won’t make playoffs. At our TSP office league, my head is certainly in it to win it, coming off a 6 win …

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From Drawing to Sculpture to… Restraint

An “Argument” For Changing How We Think About Buildings. Cover image: 1920s era graduate level work from Harold Spitznagel, illustrating a classical drawing approach to an elevation While not required reading in my own architectural education, I’ve often interfaced, usually in a joking manner, the analysis of Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi of the …

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SDSU Chicoine AME Renaming Ceremony

(Cover image courtesy of SDSU) Over the past weekend, South Dakota State University officially celebrated the naming of the Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics & Engineering Hall with a ceremony honoring the 19th President of SDSU. Serving as President from 2007–2016, David Chicoine was instrumental in the founding of the Department of Architecture in 2010 and believed …

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