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Discover a range of stories from architects in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico regions.

Episode 1: The State of Architecture

The patronage model of architecture is being challenged. No longer satisfied with trying to meet budget and time constraints after a client purchases a property, architects are moving upstream in the process. Going beyond notions like “design-build” to take control of bids, land decisions, and even becoming developers in their own right.

Is this the future of architecture, or a momentary trend? To find out, By Design travelled to two young firms on the edge of this new movement.

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Inside the Episode

Through rapid-fire prototyping and unique forms of design improvisation, residential firm Laney LA and NYC-based commercial practice KURV are unlocking the potential for architects to fully evaluate and cost a project before the land is even bought.

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By Design Season 1: The State of Architecture

Through rapid-fire prototyping and unique forms of design improvisation, residential firm Laney LA and NYC-based commercial practice KURV are unlocking the potential for architects to fully evaluate and cost a project before the land is even bought.

Episode 4: Breaking Ground

Decades of statistics show that women are entering accredited architectural programs at an ever increasing rate. Yet recent AIA surveys indicate that females still make up less than one-third of architectural staff, and only 21% of principals and partners. Given this, it’s no surprise that over 70% of female students and professionals believe that women are underrepresented in the industry.

With a new generation of women preparing to enter the field in even larger numbers, how much progress toward equality will they find, and what changes are likely to shape them? By Design went to Washington DC to hold a frank conversation with two architects breaking new ground in every sense.

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For nearly 40 years, Olvia Demetriou has blazed her own trail as an independent architect and entrepreneur. The daughter of a successful urban planner, Olvia set out at the age of 17 to follow her passion for architecture, and gain the experience necessary for her to build a solo career on her own terms.

One of only six women in her graduating class, Olvia gave up the familiarity of a family firm to start her own practice at a time when having a man’s name on the masthead was deemed a necessity. Through her own brilliance and business acumen, Olvia rose to become one of the nation’s most sought-after restaurant and hospitality architects, with appointment as an AIA Fellow in 2000.

In 2011, Olvia merged her company to form HapstakDemetriou+, where she continues to lead her own teams in the creation of evocative, trend-setting projects. Her story is not only a view into how far the industry has come, but the type of courage and confidence that remains critical for women to succeed.

Across town, Allison Cooke represents the major strides female professionals are making within the traditional firm environment.

An interior designer who recognized how a grounding in architecture can deliver more creativity and project control, Allison sought out the cross-team collaboration of CORE architecture + design to reorient her career while on the job. Establishing retail and hospitality as her focus, Allison gained increasing client recognition first on a regional stage, then a national one as her ability to innovate and create spaces from the inside out blossomed.

After proving her capabilities as an effective manager and business executive, Allison recently became the first female partner in the firm’s history, as well as the youngest. Her insights are required reading for all who want to follow in her footsteps.

Watch the episode to hear the candid thoughts of these pioneering figures:

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By Design Season 1: Breaking Ground

With recent studies showing that females still make up less than one-third of architectural staff, and only 21% of principals and partners; we take a look at the new generation of women preparing to enter the field and the changes are likely to shape them.

Episode 3: Pacific Rising

Architecture and technology have always influenced each other. On the West Coast, a more profound relationship is happening. From Silicon Valley to Seattle, the tech economy is creating an unparalleled boom in architectural projects. Where Lautner and Neutra once reigned, a new generation of architects are pairing with tech-fueled clients to explore daring ideas in innovation and freedom, often made possible by the very technologies those clients create.

Is this merely a continuation of West Coast idealism, or the source of a global architectural movement? By Design traveled the Pacific coast to explore two firms at this new intersection of digital and design.

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Born from a love of architecture as an exploration of story and abstraction, San Francisco-based Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects (OPA) draws its inspiration from the mathematics and physics that power the tech revolution all around them.

Through a unique combination of intellectual curiosity and technological fascination, OPA utilize every digital tool at their disposal to experiment with narratives that push the boundaries of shape, structure and materiality. For the firm and its tech clients, every project is a new chance to relentlessly challenge convention — and create new forms of individuality rooted in the California dream.

800 miles to the north, Seattle’s CAST Architecture is at the center of a digital economy rivaling Silicon Valley in size and stature.

Rather than use technology to subvert the system, CAST capitalize on cutting-edge tools to further the Pacific Northwest passion for tectonics, natural elements and indoor/outdoor environmental harmony. In doing so, it is not only appealing to a different type of tech clientele, but bravely testing new ideas of how technological progress and timeless nature can peacefully coexist in urban spaces.

Watch the episode to get a view of West Coast architecture from an entirely different perspective. Then follow us on social media to enjoy bonus content that will take you inside the studios of each firm and the technologies they employ.

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By Design Season 1: Pacific Rising

From Silicon Valley to Seattle, the tech economy is creating an unparalleled boom in architectural projects; providing architects with tech-fueled clients to explore daring ideas in innovation and freedom, often made possible by the very technologies those clients create.

Episode 2: The New Urbanism

The migration back to inner cities is creating huge economic benefits, but also major challenges around diversity and marginalization. Increasingly, architects are finding themselves on the front lines of the debate, and are being asked to deploy new methods of engagement and partnership to make urban transformation work for everyone.

Is this a new age of architect as ethical city builder, or a societal issue best left to others to solve? That’s the question By Design posed to two firms at the leading edge of city planning and development.

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Not content with the traditional lines between private and public sector, Chicago architects Landon Bone Baker (LBB) and Toronto-based planning firm Urban Strategies are driving entirely new models of cooperation based on mutual civic as well as economic benefit.

Drawing upon their training under public housing pioneer Harry Weese, LBB is reshaping inner Chicago by giving local residents a dominant role in how their neighborhoods are updated and new constituencies introduced. Working together to not only create new buildings, but transformative ideas in workplace housing, education, elder care and community services that lift opportunity for all.

Realizing that the diversity of cities is their greatest competitive advantage, Urban Strategies is using their planning role to link government, community and developers in common cause. By replacing the imposition of change with open dialog and development of joint goals, their visionary work is helping cities create a future that strengthens rather than divides their unique cultural fabric.

Watch the episode to explore how their work is making a difference, and the lessons it holds for architects worldwide. Then follow us on social media to go behind the scenes and inside their studios via exclusive bonus content.

By Design Season 1: The New Urbanism

In this episode, we explore inner city spaces and the architects’ challenge to make urban transformation work for everyone.

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Architecture in the Age of Anxiety

  If we don’t know who we are, how do we find the confidence to build things? And if our buildings won’t speak to us, how can we know what they are? Self-induced highs of perception just won't get...

As GRAPHISOFT continues its original digital content series, we turn our eye onto the West Coast. The architecture firms we're profiling celebrate contrasts - proving the idea that something can be completely different and yet still be a good neighbor. OPA & CAST Architecture. Be sure to sign up for series updates so you don't miss an episode.

 

By Design – By GRAPHISOFT – Episode 3

As GRAPHISOFT continues its original digital content series, we turn our eye onto the West Coast. The architecture firms we're profiling celebrate contrasts - proving the idea that...

We're into the next part of By Design Episode 2 where we're getting an in-depth look at the impressive work Toronto-based firm, Urban Strategies does with ARCHICAD.

In this firm profile piece, you'll come to understand the passion and commitment that Michel Trocmé and his team bring to every project so that communities can reinvest in themselves and hold onto their special quallities. Trocmé explains how they figure out big ideas for cities using ARCHICAD. It is an intense amount of information and in his experience, the models stand up to those immense amounts of data without fail. 

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By Design – Firm Profile, Urban Strategies

We're into the next part of By Design Episode 2 where we're getting an in-depth look at the impressive work Toronto-based firm, Urban Strategies does with ARCHICAD. In this firm profile...

By Design Episode 2 continues with an in-depth look at the legacy that Chicago-based firm, Landon Bone Baker has built over the years.

In this firm profile piece, Pete Landon and Jeff Bone speak with passion and humility about what motivates them to remain committed to bringing good design to community based housing.

Prepare to be inspired.

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By Design – Firm Profile, Landon Bone Baker Architects

By Design Episode 2 continues with an in-depth look at the legacy that Chicago-based firm, Landon Bone Baker has built over the years. In this firm profile piece, Pete Landon and Jeff...

Expanding Your Choices

Increased Interoperability You may have already heard the big news from BIM6x, our long-time ARCHICAD reseller and BIM solutions provider. The company has globally released an RFA RVT...

Join Us for a Live Q&A

On Tuesday, December 5th - GRAPHISOFT North America will host an interactive meeting featuring Alex Hughes from KURV Architecture in NYC and Anthony Laney from Laney LA in Los Angeles. During the...

Our original digital content series continues with Episode 2: The New Urbanism.

In this episode we feature two prominent ARCHICAD-firms, Chicago, IL-based Landon Bone Baker and Toronto, Canada-based Urban Strategies. These powerhouse firms apply a visionary approach to designing public housing (aka social housing).

As we move through "The New Urbanism" we'll examine the architect's role in creating housing that contributes to vital, vibrant, and successful communities.

The trailer for Episode 2 is now available here.

By Design – By GRAPHISOFT: Episode 2

Our original digital content series continues with Episode 2: The New Urbanism. In this episode we feature two prominent ARCHICAD-firms, Chicago, IL-based Landon Bone Baker and Toronto, Canada-based...

The S.O.B. and The Hardhat

  There are those not embarrassed to be called sidewalk superintendents: the millionaire in his unstructured blazer, the local loafer in his peppermint cable knit, the schoolgirl in her pleated...

By Design bonus material is now ready for your viewing pleasure.

Visit our By Design page to learn more about Laney LA, Inc. Hear from the founder of LA's hottest residential architecture firm as he opens up about his dreams, challenges and the lessons he's learning from Hollywood.

In this insider look, you'll learn how he fused his passion for creative work with an approach to design that puts his clients in the driver's seat.

Get an inside look at how ARCHICAD supports Laney's teams of emerging professional to use their unique talent and the latest technology to earn an expanded role at the client table.

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By Design – Firm Profile, Laney LA, Inc.

By Design bonus material is now ready for your viewing pleasure. Visit our By Design page to learn more about Laney LA, Inc. Hear from the founder of LA's hottest residential...

BY DESIGN – By ARCHICAD

  We recently began promoting our original digital series "BY DESIGN". It is a collection of first-hand stories told by ARCHICAD users who inspire us. We'll cover a range of topics in BY DESIGN...

CORE Depends on ARCHICAD

Project Facts: 2000 Project started 11 Stories tall 400,000 square feet Years of Coordinating, Designing and Managing Core architecture + design (CORE) recently completed a downtown Washington DC...

Go Mobile in Five

Take Your BIMx with You This five-minute video clip explains how easy it is to explore BIMx Hyper-models on mobile devices. Using the latest, multi-award winning BIMx and...

SketchUp to ARCHICAD Webinar

What’s in It for Me? Building information modeling (BIM) is now the technique of choice for the building design and construction industry. Firms and solo practitioners looking for a competitive edge...

Meet the Microbi(H)ome Family

There’s a marine architect in London, a leading megayacht designer, who makes it a point to check out his clients’ socks, scarves, ties, autos, and book collections before submitting a single...

BIMx and BIMx PRO Update

There's been an update to BIMx and BIMx PRO that you may not have heard about. Award Winning App Gets Better Some changes include interactive and aesthetically pleasing credit display enabled in the...

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