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Welcome to the hybrid library

Welcome to the hybrid library

by Kelly Brubaker, AIAVirginia Commonwealth University | Cabell LibraryLibraries have grown to become the intellectual and social hubs of campus, where, prior to March 2020, students, researchers, and faculty gathered to collaborate and connect. Now, almost two years...

Designing for people and planet

Designing for people and planet

by Matt Gifford, AIA and Pete Rasmussen, AIAYale New Haven Hospital | Smilow Cancer HospitalCreating human-centered designs At Shepley Bulfinch, we approach sustainability holistically, evaluating the broad range of elements that the term “sustainability” encompasses...

Modernizing construction conventions

Modernizing construction conventions

by Michelle Mantegna, AIA, EDACAs an industry shifting toward leaner processes and multidisciplinary collaboration, there’s been a need to evolve the process of RFIs, or Requests for Information. At the onset of construction for the Mayo Clinic’s East Expansion, we...

Hybrid theory–a shift in mentorship

Hybrid theory–a shift in mentorship

by Scott Steffes with Allie BosargeSince early on in my career, I have been very fond of mentorship. I relish many aspects of this unique collaboration but among the most enjoyable is the ability to see the growth of young designers’ creativity. I have mentored and...

Balancing historical integrity in forward-thinking communities

Balancing historical integrity in forward-thinking communities

The new Chemistry Building and Commons at the University of Arizona re-envisions a historic structure into an innovative, 21st century, collaborative classroom building at the heart of the active, historic campus mall. The robust feasibility analysis and programming...

Committing to healthy and sustainable materials

Committing to healthy and sustainable materials

Photo by Nic LehouxSustainable and human-centered design is inherent to Shepley Bulfinch's design philosophy and practice. We approach sustainability holistically, evaluating the broad range of elements that the term "sustainability" encompasses and pursuing those...

Achieving transformative potential

Achieving transformative potential

Photo by Anton GrasslLoyola University of Maryland’s collegiate foundation is based upon the Jesuit virtue of exploration: to go forth and create meaningful professional service and leadership. Connection to the community expresses itself not only in sending students...

Navigating virtual collaboration

Navigating virtual collaboration

Since March 2020, we’ve all experienced the many ways in which the pandemic has impacted our way of life and taught us how to adapt quickly to change. Through these challenging times, we’ve been continuously inspired by our team’s resilience. From integrating new...

Not your parents’ downtown Phoenix

Not your parents’ downtown Phoenix

by Joe Herzog, AIA and Alison F. Rainey, AIAThis isn’t your parents’ downtown Phoenix anymore. Until the 1950s, residential neighborhoods flanked the downtown core where citizens flocked for work, shopping, dining, civic and other services. However, by the end of the...

Designing the next chapter

Designing the next chapter

by Scott SteffesWalking into Donor Network of Arizona’s (DNA) office today is a breath of fresh air. The light-filled office is colorful and lively, blending texture and form. The office is in constant motion and the mission is seamlessly expressed throughout the...

Top 8 Hospital Master Planning Considerations

Top 8 Hospital Master Planning Considerations

by Jennifer AliberIt might be tempting to think of hospitals and large medical centers as indestructible entities that once built stay built and can be ignored. While that is probably more or less true of the structural system, almost everything else that has been...