Chicago is used to throwing big architecture parties—the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the Century of Progress in 1933. It’s It’s high time for another. The Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opens this month, will celebrate visions of the future by showcasing more than 90 young international firms. On the following pages, Architectural Record explores the built environment and the cultural and social context for this major convocation, including a commentary on the city’s contribution to the skyscraper, an analysis of public housing today, and a look at the new parks and public spaces animating urban life. 

Photo © Iwan Baan


Shanghai Tower
China’s tallest building puts a new spin on high-rise design and asserts itself in a cluster of giants.

Photo © Blackstation


In the middle of the desert in Qatar, four enormous steel plates rise from the bleak landscape, oriented along an east-west axis over a half-mile stretch. The monolithic structures comprise Richard Serra’s sculpture East-West/West-East—the artist’s second public commission from the Qatar Museums Authority.

Photo © Nelson Garrido

RECORD Book Reviews

Book Reviews
RECORD weighs in on new architecture titles from surveys and monographs to history and theory texts.

Pictured: African Modernism—the Architecture of Independence: Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Zambia, by Manuel Herz with Ingrid Schröder, Hans Focketyn, and Julia Jamrozik; photographs by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster. Park Books, August 2015, 640 pages, $79 (paper).


Broad Museum
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Los Angeles, California

Sir John Soane's House Museum, Restored Private Rooms
Sir John Soane/Julian Harrap Architects

Photo © Iwan Baan (top); Gareth Gardner (bottom)

Firms to Watch

Some Assembly Required
A London-based design studio brings people together by revamping spaces and relationships.

Photo © Assemble

Center for Health Care and Social Promotion

London's Serpentine Pavilion

Center for Health Care and Social Promotion
Diébédo Francis Kéré
Burkina Faso

Serpentine Pavilion 2015

Photos: © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk (top); © Iwan Baan (bottom)

3XN Office, Copenhagen

Architects’ offices in Copenhagen, Milan, and Delft demonstrate a sensitivity to the historic setting in which each is located.

Photo © Adam Mørk

Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick
A leading designer discusses his thoughts on the creative process.

Photo © Evan Chavez

Critique & Commentary
Hotel Okura

Google’s radical proposal for flexible offices includes stackable modular components.

Last call at Tokyo's Hotel Okura
The controversial restoration of the interiors of a sacrosanct cathedral elicits a call to action.

Photo © Iwan Baan

Under the Big Top
Google’s radical proposal for flexible offices includes stackable modular components.

Image courtesy BIG/Heatherwick Studios

Prada Foundation Prada Foundation Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Opening just a month apart, a pair of cultural projects by OMA—one in Milan and the other in Moscow—challenge old notions of history and preservation while expanding the reach of private foundations in the exhibition of art.

Pictured: Prada Foundation (top), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (bottom)

Artists Residence Center

The six projects in this section show architects reaching out to a diverse range of communities, from urban neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Los Angeles to rural villages in Zambia, Kenya, Senegal, and China.

Photo © Iwan Baan

Milan Expo
 Expo 2015 Milan

Expo 2015 Milan
Open since May 1, this tightly packed world's fair of architectural hits and misses runs through October 31.

Photo courtesy UKTI

Trade Show: Milan Salone
Salone del Mobile 2015

Salone del Mobile 2015
Architects and manufacturers take inspiration from the past at Milan's annual furniture fair.

Photo © Federico Ambrosi

Cocktail Napkin Sketch
Drawing by David Fox

RECORD's Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest demonstrates there is still a passion for drawing within the architecture profession. RECORD received submissions that represent a wide range of architectural experience and background, from college students to long-practicing professionals. The nine winners, including a firm, were selected after a thorough evaluation process.

View Cocktail Napkin Sketch Winners

Today, design excellence is a growing movement, as indicated by the range of this year's nine winning projects. From innovative facilities for nonprofits like London's JW3 and Boston's District Hall to the reconsidered environments of such established industry icons as Macy's Herald Square and McCann New York (its Gensler-designed office shown here), each is the result of a successful collaboration between the client and design team—one that never loses sight of the business plan, the employee and user experience, or the bottom line.

Photo © Garrett Rowland

Architecture & Money

Architecture & Money
Not so long ago, architects were struggling to keep their heads above water during the recession. Now huge investments in key sectors have led to a boom in design and construction. Is all this new money good for architects—and for architecture?

Image: MIR, courtesy Perkins+Will

Record Reveals: Atlanta

This year, Atlanta will host the American Institute of Architects' annual conference, May 14-16. In this special section, we present a design-focused guide to the fast-growing city.

Photo courtesy Candace Gray/Flickr

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Modernism, Latin Style
A revelatory exhibition at MoMA in New York highlights South America's innovative architecture.

Photo © Leonardo Finotti

Beyond Habitat: Interview with Moshe Safdie, 2015 AIA Gold Medal Recipient
Beginning with an innovative multi-unit housing project he built in Montreal nearly 50 years ago, Moshe Safdie, this year's AIA Gold Medal–winner, presides over a successful global practice, creating large-scale mixed-use complexes while keeping a firm hand on nearly every aspect of design.

Image courtesy of Safdie Architects

Collector’s Edition: Château La Coste
In southern France, a real-estate investor and art patron reimagines a vineyard where architecture and sculpture thrive.

Photo © Alan Karchmer

In Focus
The Pinch Library

The Sea Ranch at 50
An Earthly Paradise: In planning, design and sustainability, The Sea Ranch, now 50 years old, was far ahead of his time.

Photo © Jim Alinder

Library Feature
The Pinch Library

Open Book
Two libraries in remote locations on different continents demonstrate the impact of small projects on communities in need.

Photo courtesy Olivier Ottevaere & John Lin

Innovations In Glass
Innovations In Glass

Innovations In Glass
Glass may be the most chameleonlike of building materials. Depending on how it is manipulated, combined with other materials, or how it is installed, it can appear transparent, translucent, or opaque. The same glass surface can take on varying characteristics in different atmospheric conditions. It can be made flat as a pancake or bent into perfect arcs. These stories explore how architects are pushing the limits of technology to exploit this material's mutable nature, its aesthetic qualities, and its energy-conserving potential—demonstrating that glass is more than merely molten sand.

Pictured: Elbphilarmonie, Hamburg, Germany, Herzog & De Meuron; Photo © Thies Raetzke


Wizards of Weather
New tools for predicting the effects of climate change promise better-performing and more adaptable buildings.

Image courtesy Arup

Editors' Picks: Best of 2014
We asked our staff to select the projects—from exhibitions to houses to restaurants—that defined the year in design.

Photo © Iwan Baan

Lomas del Peyé School

A microcosm of the world’s most architecturally significant K-12 schools, RECORD’s annual review looks at recent projects that exemplify good design as a crucial component in a school’s programmatic development. From an inner-city grade school in New York and a bucolic one on Washington’s Bainbridge Island, to a progressive high school for 1,200 students in Beijing, each demonstrates the value that thoughtful and sustainable architecture can have for the well-being of a community and the education of its children.

Pictured: Lomas del Peyé School; Photo © Sergio Gómez

Rebuilding Lower Manhattan
One World Trade Center

Rebuilding Lower Manhattan
Not long after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the late critic Ada Louise Huxtable addressed the questions swirling around the rebuilding of Ground Zero by writing, “If the usual scenario is followed, the debate will lead to a ‘solution’ in which principle is lost and an epic opportunity squandered.” Now that two of the largest projects in lower Manhattan are complete, what is the verdict? The Fulton Center, conceived in the wake of the tragedy, brings logic to a tangle of transit lines that converge nearby, under a dramatic daylit urban space. And all eyes have been on the design of One World Trade Center, which had the opportunity to fulfill a public desire for a meaningful landmark on that sensitive ground. In the following pages, we assess both of these enormously complex buildings.

Photo © James Ewing

First Look

Behemoth on the Beach
Christian de Portzamparc's massive, much-maligned Cidade das Artes is a grandiose emblem of Rio's ambitions.

Photo © Hufton+Crow

Quick Take

Lomas del Peyé School
El Equipo de Mazzanti
Crowning Glory: Giancarlo Mazzanti designs a school in Colombia as both a beacon and a catalyst for an overlooked neighborhood.

Photo © Sergio Gómez

Design Vanguard 2014
Design Vanguard 2014

Design Vanguard 2014
Now in its 15th year, Design Vanguard showcases emerging firms from around the world that are expanding the role of the architect by championing new approaches to design and practice.

Photo © Hiroshi Ueda for UID.

America's Top Architecture Schools 2014

America's Top Architecture Schools 2015
RECORD presents the rankings of the top 10 undergraduate and graduate programs in U.S. schools, compiled by the Greenway Group. James P. Cramer, chair of Greenway, talks about this year's findings.

Pictured: Pavilion of Plastic and Algae; Photo © Iwan Baan

In-Demand Cities
In-Demand Cities

In-Demand Cities
As the appetite for urban living in the U.S. increases, cities are facing a need for housing not seen in decades. In this special report, we look at three metropolitan areas working to accommodate growing populations. In Boston, as people follow the tech sector and other enterprises into the urban core, the city is reinventing its historic neighborhoods and creating new ones. Portland, Oregon, is racing to keep up with an influx of newcomers seeking the much-hyped quirkiness that the city has embraced as a brand. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has emerged as a hub for new industries—from technology to film—attracting a population enchanted by its unique history and culture. Despite high demand pushing up housing costs, all three cities are struggling to maintain economically diverse communities—an essential ingredient of a thriving urban center.

Pictured: The Steel Bridge across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon; Photo © Jeremy Bittermann

Gehry's New Museums

Gehry's New Museums
Frank Gehry unveils the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and Biomuseo in Panama.

Photo © Iwan Baan

Micro Dwellings
Gehry's New Museums

The Big Squeeze
As cities wrestle with an affordable-housing crisis, some people see micro units as one option to explore.

Photo courtesy David Baker

Stress and the City

Stress and the City
Urban centers find innovative solutions for housing their middle class.

Photo © TF Cornerstone

First Look

Sugar Hill Renaissance
A low-income development by David Adjaye mixes housing with education and culture.

Photo © Kristine Larsen

Perspective Photography
Syria's Landmarks

Syria's Landmarks
Photos by Peter Aaron poignantly document Syria's landmarks before war destroyed them.

Photo © Peter Aaron

Beyond Cubed

Beyond Cubed
Changes in office design give new meaning to "open plan."

Photo © Eduard Hueber

Art and Architecture
Art and Architecture

Art and Architecture
In this special section, we look at many and various points where art and architecture overlap—but not without some friction. What follows is a short history of artists as architecture’s antagonists, a survey of new architectural projects in the service of art, and a look at the practices of contemporary artists and designers who borrow the tools and concepts of each others’ disciplines.

Pictured: Katrín Sigurdardóttir,Unbuilt 5—Magnús Th. S Blöndal Residence, Sólvellir 18, 1925— Architect: Einar Erlendsson, 2012; Photo courtesy of the Artist and Meessen De Clercq, Bruxelles

Gehry Q&A

Crossover Artist?

Frank Gehry weighs in on his friendships with artists, how he designs for art—and why he resists certain labels.

Photo © Iwan Baan

Exhibition Design

Architectural Eyes on the Fashion World

An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art looks at a popular form through a new lens.

Photo courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Novartis Campus

Novartis Campus

Novartis reshapes its New Jersey campus with innovative architecture in a sprawling parklike setting.

Photo © Albert Vecerka/ESTO

Continuing Education

Building with Wood
Shigeru Ban, Kennedy & Violich, and others design forward-looking projects with an age-old material.

Pictured: Tamedia Headquarters Expansion ; photo © Didier Boy De La Tour

Architecture and Ethics

Architecture and Ethics
Architecture has never been a purely aesthetic pursuit. Architects have long straddled the lines among creativity, pragmatism, and civic responsibility. But in an era of catastrophic natural disasters, growing income disparity, and serious human rights violations, where does an architect’s accountability begin and end? In the following pages, Record addresses some of these issues and presents a range of inventive models for effective ethical design.

Pictured: The Children's Academy, Haiti. by Bar Architects; Photo: © Doug Dun/Bar Architects

Report from Milan

Milan's Salone del Mobile
Architects take center stage at the biggest furniture show of the year.

Photo © Saverio Lombardi Vallauri

Record Reveals: Chicago

This year, Chicago will host the American Institute of Architects' annual conference, June 26-28. In this special section, we present a design-focused guide to the famed architectural capital.

Image © Massimo Catarinella

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Spotlight on Brazil

Spotlight on Brazil
South America's largest country has long been home to a rich Modernist heritage. But under its 20-year military dictatorship and a later economic boom, that legacy was often obscured in the public realm. Now, as Brazil faces a slowing economy and pockets of civic discontent, it is stepping onto the global stage with next month's World Cup and the Summer Olympics in 2016. RECORD looks at the contemporary scene for design, planning, and infrastructure—and the opportunities and challenges for both local and international architects.

Pictured: Populous's Arena das Dunas, Natal; © Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Perspective Honors

A Woman for All Reasons
Julia Morgan's impressive legacy of architectural achievements from her 45-year practice in San Francisco has won her the AIA Gold Medal for 2014.

Photo © Richard Barnes

In Focus

Endangered Species
Under-appreciated and usually smaller than today's McMansions, modern houses from the 20th century are disappearing from the architectural ecosystem. Some champions, though, are finding ways to save them.

Photo © Rollin R. LaFrance/Courtesy Mitchell|Giurgola Architects

Supersize Design

Super-size Design
Big projects by Fuksas, OMA, Ole Scheeren, SOM, and more.

Photo © Leonardo Finotti


Asking Mr. Big
Foster+Partners has designed megaprojects around the globe, from airports to skyscrapers. How are super-size buildings, such as Apple's future headquarters, shaped for the people who will use them?

Photo © Nigel Young/Foster+Partners

David Zwirner

Editors' Picks: Best of 2013
We asked our staff to select the projects—from books and exhibitions to houses and restaurants—that defined the year in design.

Photo © Jason Schmidt

Schools of the 21st Century
We look at exemplary K-12 projects that use design to create better classroom spaces, improve performance, and shape school culture.

Pictured: Fayetteville Montessori Elementary School by Marlon Blackwell Architect; Photo © Tim hursley


India: Boom or Bust?
American architects have been busy in India during the past decade, but now face an economic slowdown and political uncertainty there.

Photo © TWBTA

America's Top Architecture Schools 2014
RECORD presents this year’s rankings compiled by Greenway Group, along with related findings of interest. James P. Cramer, chair of Greenway, offers additional insights and commentary.

Photo © Alex Jacque/Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Close Up

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
To me, what makes Zaha's cultural center remarkable is the fact that, from top to bottom, it expresses one architect's and one client's singular vision—on the scale of a massive public complex.

Photo © Iwan Baan

Technology and the City

Technology and the City
The technology industry is shaping contemporary American cities the way that steel or automobiles did in an earlier era. But what makes technology such a defining force is how it affects not only the economy but the texture of urban life. Digital enterprises and their young teams infuse the city with disposable income and a taste for microbreweries, rock climbing, food trucks, bike lanes, locally roasted coffee, and just about anything artisanal.

Pictured: Matt Wood of Chattanooga-based Internet retailer Smart Furniture.

Field Study

2013: An Office Space Odyssey
Architects Hitoshi Abe and Peter Ebner help 3M rethink the way its employees work, taking the company and its headquarters on a journey from the past to the future.

Photo © Daici Ano

Quick Take

A Loft Grows Up
With a nod to her South Asian roots, New York City-based designer Suchi Reddy and her team at Reddymade Design exploit the potential of a New York City loft, using louvers and light.

Photo © Ball and Albanese

Design from Farm to Table

Design from Farm to Table
Chefs once plied their trade behind the scenes; today they’re at center stage, celebrities even—sometimes with their own reality TV shows. In the years since the open kitchen became standard fare, the production and preparation of food have grown into cultural obsessions, and design has played an important part. The projects featured here, from a cow barn in upstate New York to a winery in Tuscany, all reveal and elevate various steps in the food cycle, from fields to farmers’ markets, kitchens to plates. With smart designs and joie de vivre, they collectively present a snapshot of food’s role in contemporary culture.

Photo © Chris Kudrna

Women in Architecture Now
In the 45 years since Denise Scott Brown came on the scene, women architects have come a long way. Or have they? This special section explores the current state of the gender gap and celebrates a growing body of diverse work, proof that the significance of women in the field—whether as lead designers, partners, or members of larger teams—is what is ultimately changing the game.

Photo courtesy Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates

Good Design Is Good Business 2013
This year we celebrate such clarity of vision—on the part of the architects and their clients—with a dozen winning projects. From a power plant turned dance center, to a new daylight-filled factory in Mexico, to a respectful renovation of an iconic 1950s bank in New York City, each sustainable scheme goes well beyond the bottom line and demonstrates the sweeping benefits of good design.

Pictured: Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity; PHhoto © Farshid Assassi

Quick Take

A Client for All Seasons
Laura Bush took a lead role in the design of the new presidential library, as she did once before with the family ranch house.

Photo © Whit Preston

Park Hill

As we all know too well, the progressive values of early Modernism led to great experiments in social housing. Architects today are adopting, as they have before, the vision of their idealistic predecessors, but learning from the mistakes of post–World War II public projects. There is a growing insight that the best housing is integrated with social services as well as connected to the urban fabric and the wider community. One size, though, does not fit all. In the following pages, we present more than a dozen new examples that demonstrate the vastly different scales, contexts, and approaches to accommodating the needs of various populations around the world. Most are new construction; some, such as Park Hill in Sheffield, England, represent a radical reworking of the failed promises of Modernist ideals from an earlier era.

Pictured: Park Hill, designed by Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith (1961). Renovated by Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West; Photo © Keith Collie

RECORD Collection

Check out the winners—and few noteworthy honorable mentions of our Show Us Your RECORD Collection contest.

Three New Galleries
Veteran art dealers in two cultural capitals open new spaces in surprising locations.

Photo © Iwan Baan

K3 for Kukje Gallery

2012 Editor's Picks
We asked our staff to select the projects—from books and exhibitions to houses and restaurants—that defined the year in design.

Photo © Iwan Baan

In this special section, we explore the relationship between sports facilities and their urban surroundings, and take a close look at three noteworthy examples: the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Photo © David Sundberg/Esto

A special report about architectural education in light of the new rankings of “America's Top Architectural Schools 2013” just released by DesignIntelligence. The section also includes a feature on the architecture of six architecture schools and an investigation of why more black students aren't enrolled in architecture school.

Photo © Brad Feinkopf

Transforming the American City

Today one-third of the U.S. population lives in central cities, the highest proportion since 1950. How are urban centers responding to growth, and how do they find imaginative ways for creating vital places to live and work? In this issue we investigate three metropolitan areas in the process of reinventing themselves—Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh (Forbes Avenue is shown here), and Cleveland—and examine how they are changing, through public initiatives, architecture, and urban design. In these cities, long-term investment, rather than opportunistic development, is the key to building a promising future.

Photo © James Ewing

A farmer living in a remote part of Africa, where no land lines exist, gets a mobile phone, and suddenly he can negotiate prices for his goods based on market value, or access a bank account. Across the continent, the lives of Africans are changing with rapid economic expansion, urbanization, and
globalization. Huge obstacles still remain, but architects from the U.S. and around the world are seizing opportunities to design universities, cultural complexes, business centers, transit facilities, and entire new towns. In the process, they are helping to shape a new Africa.


Photo © Emre Dörter

Architectural Record presents the winners of the fourth “Good Design Is Good Business” China Awards. The program honors architects and clients who work together to create projects that demonstrate the power of design to advance the goals of businesses, public agencies, and private organizations.

Photo © Iwan Baan

London Now!

We take a broad look at the look and influence of the global design capital and host city for the 2012 Olympics.

Photo © Robtel Ford

The Barnes Foundation in its new quarters on Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philly Forward
The arrival of the Barnes Foundation in its new quarters on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway promises to further Philadelphia’s identity as an artistic magnet.

Photo © Bill Cannon

Building for Social Change

Building for Social Change
For this special section, RECORD combed the globe, hunting for goodwill buildings that have both pragmatic and aesthetic appeal. The exemplary work featured here is a mere sample of our findings. Designed by a diverse roster of architects, and varying in scope and program, these projects embody the power of architecture to foster social change.

Photo © Iwan Baan

America's Best Architecture Schools
Best Arch Schools

America's Best Architecture Schools 2012
DesignIntelligence’s annual “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” rankings are just out. Featured here are the top M.Arch. and B.Arch. programs.


Occupied Spaces
In cities across the globe, public plazas have become platforms for vocal—and visible—political dissent.

Photo © AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy
Four firms apply bold materials to elevate modest surroundings.

Photo © Iwan Baan

New York City

The Death and Life of a Great American City
This special section of our web site is unabashedly devoted to New York City. We are not just commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11. We want to give the city its due as a 21st-century design capital.

Photo © Iwan Baan

Hejduk's Trisca Social Center
Hejduk's Little-Known Jewel

Hejduk's Little-Known Jewel
One of the late architect's few built works, the Social Center in Trisca is a mini Flatiron building in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Photo © Alan Karchmer

Steilneset: Witch Tiral Memorial

Steilneset Memorial to the Victims of the Witch Trials
A Collaboration Between an Architect and an Artist Results in an Intriguing Two-Part Memorial in Norway.

Photo © Matilda McQuaid

Ghost Lab

Ghost Lab 2011
This summer, Halifax architect Brian MacKay-Lyons turned his annual design-build workshop on the rugged Nova Scotia coast into a conference for his like-minded peers.

Photo © Cherish Rosas

Designing for the Toughest Client: Yourself

Designing for the Toughest Client: Yourself
Designing their own houses, architects know the project must serve as both a home and a calling card.

Photo © Cristobal Palma

Beauty and the Book
Libraries in the digital age raise questions about the place of books.

Photo courtesy Austrian National Library

Aga Khan Award
We profile the five winning projects.

Pictured: Bridge School; Photo © Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Architecture at a Crossroads
Buffeted by economic uncertainty, globalization, and disruptive technologies, architects today have more questions than answers. Where are we headed? How can we position ourselves for future success?

Photo © Jason Frank Rothenberg

Secondary School in Burkina Faso

Building Blocks: Humanitarian Design and Schools
Architecture, when done well, can improve lives. And perhaps no building typology better exemplifies this transformative power than schools — the place where young minds are nurtured, where future leaders are reared.

Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

Stuck-Together Structure

For Use/Numen's Packing Tape Installation
The Austrian-Croatian firm For Use/Numen have created a hollow, biomorphic space using a web of packing tape.

Photo © For Use/Numen

New Songdo City

New Songdo City
KPF leads the team behind this emerging city built from the ground up in South Korea.

Rendering courtesy KPF

Design and Performance

Pas de Deux
Santiago Calatrava and New York City Ballet director Peter Martins choreograph a convergence of dance and architecture that demonstrates the synergy between their two disciplines.

Bilbao Effect at the Ballet
Can an architect’s celebrity draw audiences to dance performances?

Photo courtesy The New York City Ballet

South Africa’s Golden Bowls

With millions watching the World Cup, the spotlight is on South Africa—and the stadiums commissioned for the games.

Feelings Are Facts

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Chinese architect Ma Yansong combine light, fog, and architecture in a new project.

Photo © Sebastian Behmann

Making Waves

A bold urban strategy transforms a worn beachfront into a vivid curvilinear plaza.

Photo © Alejo Bague

AIA 2010 Honor Awards

Every year, these awards provide a rough outline of architectural culture in the U.S. We spotlight all of the winners. slideshow

Pictured: Peter Bohlin’s Forest House / Photo © Michael Thomas

Sebastiano Ricci (1659–1734), Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio, 1715

An exhibition of drawings, rare books, and models devoted to Palladio’s architecture and his influence prompted an interview with several representatives of the Royal Institute of British Architecture who were involved in mounting the show. slideshow

Image courtesy Royal Institute of British Architecture

Recounting Modernism

Houses by three Modernist masters — Breuer, Neutra, and Schindler — present different challenges to new architects. slideshow

Photo © Paul Warchol Photography

New York City’s tallest residential tower

Frank Gehry “Demystified”
The building team working on New York City’s tallest residential tower uses collaboration and digital tools to produce famed architect’s most expansive draped façade. slideshow

Photo © Michael Falco

Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity looks past Bauhaus orthodoxy to reveal a something messier, more complex, and more fun. slideshow

Photo © Scott Rudd

2009 Innovation Conference

Innovation Blog
Architectural Record and GreenSource presented our annual Innovation Conference on October 7th and 8th. Read our editors’ responses to selected talks below:

View a full lineup of speakers here

Inside Out: A Tale of Two Embassies

Embassy designers face the apparent, maybe even inherent, contradiction between the democratic ideal of an open building designed to portray a transparent society, and the security restrictions that virtually jail diplomats in safety. We look at two projects in light of this tension. slideshow

Photo courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Hermitage Amsterdam

Stunning new galleries update interiors for the museum world’s old
guard. slideshow

Photo © Roos Aldershoff

Ray Kappe, AIA

An Unsung Modernist Master: RECORD’s editor in chief Robert Ivy, FAIA, talks with Ray Kappe, FAIA, a master of California Midcentury Modernism who has shown resilience in recent years, adapting to advances in prefabrication and sustainable building. Read the interview, view images of Kappe’s work, and take a video tour of his house. slideshow

Photo courtesy Charles Jencks

Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

Working with existing structures to create histories or execute full program shifts requires a mix of historical, technical, and even ecological knowledge. Our Preservation and Adaptive Reuse section examines the state of historic preservation in the U.S., as well as exemplary projects that bring new life to old structures, and the building technologies that make it possible.

Photomontage © Margaret Riegel

AIA 2009: San Francisco

RECORD’s guide to San Francisco, the host city of the 2009 American Institute of Architects national convention, features profiles of important Bay-Area projects, information for visitors, and more. Check back for regular updates, and beginning April 30th, live coverage of the event.

Machine in the Garden: Charles Jencks’s Garden of Scottish Worthies
American theorist, architect, and (increasingly) landscape architect Charles Jencks and his late wife Maggie Keswick created a 30-acre garden on a Scottish family estate that engages both the mind and the senses. slideshow

Photo courtesy Charles Jencks

Humanitarian Design

This month, RECORD is focusing on people and projects that merge design with social responsibility. We profile firms at the forefront of humanitarian design, hold a design invitational for refugee housing, host a roundtable discussion about community-focused design-build programs, and more.

Photo © Werner Huthmacher


SOM’s Carl Galioto and Paul Seletsky on BIM
Carl Galioto, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s partner-in-charge of the firm’s New York Technical Group, and Paul Seletsky, SOM’s director of digital design, are two of the architecture profession’s leading experts on building information modeling. The pair discuss how BIM facilitated a major redesign of the Freedom Tower; address common misperceptions; explain BIM’s potential benefits for smaller practices; point out how BIM can lead to increased compensation; and lay out the potential ramifications of BIM on the architect’s overall role in the realization of buildings.

Image © dbox Studio

AIA 2008 Convention

AIA Convention: Boston
We explore Boston, the host city of the 2008 national convention for the American Institute of Architects. Read about must-see buildings, recent projects, and the best places to dine. Watch videos, view slide shows, listen to podcasts, and contribute your own images to our Boston Photo Showcase. Also, RECORD editors will blog live from the convention, held May 15 to

Photo © Bryant Rousseau

AIA Honor Awards

The AIA will recognize the recipients of the 2008 Honor Awards during its national convention in Boston. View winning projects in three categories: Architecture, Interiors, and Regional/Urban Design. Also, read about the winners of the 25 Year Award (Richard Meier's The Atheneum), the Firm of the Year (KieranTimberlake Associates), and the Gold Medal (Renzo Piano). slideshow

Photo © Jeff Weiner

BusinessWeek/Architectural Record China Awards 2008

BusinessWeek/Architectural Record 2008 China Awards
In 2006, we introduced the BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Awards program to China on a biannual basis. This year, we honor 13 building and planning projects ranging in size from a small house in Hong Kong to an 860,000-square-meter, mixed-use development near the center of Beijing. We also selected as best client a real-estate developer that has made design an essential part of its business strategy. slideshow

True Green

True Green
Given the growing concern about sustainability, it’s a good time to look back to the originating seeds of green, to the anarchic 1960s and Bucky Fuller’s philosophy of doing more with less. slideshow

Photo © Jack Fulton

New Museum of Contemporary Art

New Museum of Contemporary Art
Having developed a reputation for exquisitely refined buildings, SANAA faced a very different kind of challenge with the New Museum in Lower Manhattan: Design a building for an anti-establishment museum in a scruffy-but-gentrifying part of town. Our Web coverage includes a slide show and video tour, along with a story about the project, a detailed analysis of the building’s structure, and a profile on leading engineer Mutsuro Sasaki.

Photo © Christian Richters

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The New York Times Building

The New York Times Building
Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFOWLE present a quietly luminous addition to the Manhattan skyline with The New York Times Building. See images, view videos and read stories about the $1 billion project.

Photo © David Sundberg/Esto

My New York

New Video Series: My New York
In our latest video feature, we explore New York with noted architects, critics, artists, and others with impassioned opinions about architecture. They comment on buildings they love, hate or feel are critical to the context of the city’s built environment. Our “tour guides” include Robert Ivy, editor in chief of Architectural Record; noted artist Dennis Oppenheim; and Bruce Fowle, senior principal of FXFowle Architects. Video

Journal Entries from Kuala Lumpur
Robert Ivy, RECORD's editor-in-chief, recently traveled to Kuala Lumpur for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. He recorded his impressions of the event, diary-style, and also took a number of photographs, which we feature in a slideshow.

Photo: Bob Ivy

Topped/Tapped Out
The skyscraper has had more comebacks than Cher. From its humble, naive beginnings in Chicago after the fire of 1871; its idealistic representation in early European Modernism; its apex as the glam symbol of American corporate eminence; its bimbo phase in Postmodernism; its more recent dalliance with high-tech engineering; and culminating with its supposed demise on September 11, 2001, the skyscraper is one helluva contender.

Photo: Courtesy SOM

The Engineer's Moment
A shift in the architecture profession, already entrenched with issues of control and authorship, affords the engineer an expanded role during initial project design discussions, not just as consultants after the fact. Structural engineers like Chris Wise—formerly of Arup, now at Expedition Engineering—are literally drawing at the table, which is how he explains his collaboration at Arup with Norman Foster’s office on London’s Millennium Bridge.

Photo: Courtesy North Carolina State Fair Division

Between baby boomers pushing 60, and over-the-hill hospitals in need of a makeover, the demand for healthcare buildings couldn’t be healthier.  To meet your need for information about them, we’ve created this Record Review Health Care section.

Pictured: Johns Hopkins Hospital; Image courtesy Perkins + Will

Philip Johnson's Glass House: An Essay in Timelessness
A classic example of Modern architecture is spiffed up for its public debut.

An Architectural Record Contest
The Philip Johnson Glass House Guessing Game

Win the book, Glass House, edited by Toshio Nakamura, photographs by Michael Moran  (Monacelli, 2007, $95.00).

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Peter Marino's Brand Buildings
The New York architect combines respect for the past with a brand's essence in store designs for such luxury names as Dior and Vuitton.

Pictured: The exterior of the Chanel store in Tokyo. Photo: © Takashi Orii

Video Tours
video tour of a Chinese town

Video Tour of a Chinese Town
Two noted Chinese video artists, On Ning (who trained as an architect) and Cao Fei, take us on an avant-garde, improvisatory tour of a Chinese town, San Yuan Li.

Video Tour of Kyotofu Restaurant
We visit a new Japanese dessert café in Manhattan with a unique, Minimalist façade and an interior that manages to be both ultra-modern and warmly inviting. The owners and the architect also discuss with us the impact that the strong design will have on the business’s bottom line.

After the Flood: An exhibition presenting proposals for replacement housing and redevelopment in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Click here for our Venice Biennale 2004 coverage

Best of China: Check out the 16 winners of the first BusinessWeek/ Architectural Record China Awards, as well as news and other features on architecture in China.

Plus, visit our 2004 China issue, winner of a Neal Award for "Best Single Issue of a Magazine" Be sure to check out our accompanying Web site coverage.

Innovation: This special section covers our annual Innovation conference held in New York City. Discover the featured projects that involve collaboration, technological sophistication, and attention to sustainability. We also include exclusive articles on building technology, products, and technology briefs. Be innovative.

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