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A Partnership of AIA Los Angeles and USC Architecture: BIM EDGE + BIM GAP
August 22–23, 2014
BIM GAP will feature presentations about the bridging GAPs between BIM tools (analysis, construction, facilities management, and more) and also bridging the GAPs between BIM people (contractors, architects, owners, managers, subs, consultants). Learn how professionals are dealing with these gaps towards realizing the full potential of BIM. Who do you call when you need BIM guidance? EDGE examines potential partners in working with BIM beyond your firm’s current capabilities: BIM coordinators, consultants, modeling services, others.

Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

 

 

 

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Deadline: September 2
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Thursday
Nov142013

WEB EXTRA: Workbook: The Softer Side of Finance

For the offices of Lek Securities, Huntsman Architectural Group drew from residential and hospitality design. Photograph by Paul Warchol Photography/courtesy Huntsman Architectural Group.Workplace design is changing. It’s a given. We see it most of all in creative office environments. Places where a premium is placed on collaboration and connection. But what about office space form more traditional fields, say finance?

Alan Vartabedian, a principal at Huntsman Architectural Group, offers one take, in the design for Lek Securities’ Manhattan office. “It adheres to tradition in the sense that the expected formalities are there,” Vartabedian explains. A reception area, conference rooms—the usual suspects appear. The departure comes in the inspiration. Vartabedian looked to the worlds of residential and hospitality design to create inviting spaces that tempered the intensity of the business at hand with a more relaxed vibe. 

Entering the suite, the set-up instantly signals more luxe hotel lobby than corporate temple. The creamy leather couch wraps around a sculptural custom coffee table; other furnishings combine textures in thoughtful ways. The overall experience is more freeform and less prescribed than in a typical reception setting. Add to this, a wall lit by LEDs, which “slowly changes color every few minutes,” says Varabedian. “It gives it a little bit of a nightclub-esque feel—something playful and out of the norm.” In the space, the reception desk itself is minimal and unobtrusive.

In the kitchen area, too, the space doesn’t seem like a typical corporate break room. Instead it evokes a home kitchen, complete with a center island. During lunch, which is brought in every day, “it’s very engaging—not just a place to grab a cup of coffee,” notes Vartabedian. Artwork from the client’s personal collection hangs on the walls, as it does throughout the office.

Softer touches abound. Rather than the typical task chairs, chairs more at home in a dining room appear in the conference rooms. To add a layer of privacy in glass-walled offices, diaphanous curtains hang. They’re lit from above by LED strips, which animate them, as does the flow from the air-conditioner.

The offices are the third Huntsman Architectural Group has designed for the client, says Vartabedian, “but never to this level. The previous offices were nice, but this one became and speaks to his design interests.”

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