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From the beginning of his career, Peter Landon, FAIA, has had the community in mind – engaging on a one-to-one level that brings neighborhood-specific solutions to life. That legacy has continued since the 70s and has received numerous awards and accolades. That’s why it comes as no surprise that he will be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from AIA Chicago’s Board of Directors.

For more than four decades, Landon served as “an advocate for excellence and equity in design, particularly in under-resourced communities”. GRAPHISOFT had the distinct honor to profile his firm and the work at Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA) in our first season of By Design, our award-winning digital series on the present and future of architecture. Peter and the LBBA team were featured
in our acclaimed second episode, titled "The New Urbanism". In the clip below, Peter 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.

LBBA works firmly grounded in the beliefs that good design is for everyone and that architects play an essential role in making that happen for the community. Working from a core relationship with advocates so that they best address the needs of diverse residents and neighbors, LBBA strives to “…recognize and respect the value of our diversity...”

The entire team at GRAPHISOFT would like to congratulate Peter Landon for his receiving this distinct honor. Landon will receive the award on October 26 at Designight 2018, celebrating Chicago’s architectural community and the 2018 recipients of the Design Excellence Awards.

Congratulations to Peter Landon of Landon Bone Baker

AIA Chicago’s Board of Directors has selected Peter Landon, FAIA to receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

There are only two reasons to do BIM

There are only two reasons to do BIM

The B in BIM stands for Business Recently, I talked about your first task when learning BIM. Once you can match and exceed what you did before, what comes next? Whatever you want, really. But it should be done within the following frame work: Whether you are just...
Not Every Problem Calls for a Hammer

Not Every Problem Calls for a Hammer

In the previous three articles on ARCHICAD Tools we covered the basic concepts of how to pick the ideal Tool to model various elements in ARCHICAD. If you are just joining us, here are links to those posts: A Tool by Any Other Name — Part 1 A Tool by Any Other Name —...
A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 2

A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 2

How am I going to model this Octopus? ARCHICAD doesn’t have an Octopus Tool! Previously we looked at the potential uses of Tools in general and how a Tool’s name can be misleading. While a tool might be named after its primary use, what the name implies is not...

Another Pecha Kucha Success

ARCHICAD Customer Spotlight User Group The fun and benefits of ARCHICAD User Groups are well documented throughout this blog. The meet-ups take on various formats but in all cases, users exchange ideas, ask questions, and share their accomplishments with ARCHICAD and...
A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 1

A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 1

What is in a Name? A common difficulty for new users is figuring out how to model the desired geometry in ARCHICAD; and make it look correct in section, elevation, plan and 3D, while avoiding unnecessary drafting or redundant model elements. This struggle is often...
Your first task when switching to BIM

Your first task when switching to BIM

There is no If. There is only When. While reflecting on ten years of using ARCHICAD, I wrote about my friend Jon. Maybe you clicked on the hyperlink on his name. If you did, you probably read a few of his articles. He’s written some great posts. Two of my...
Projects of Many Sizes, Managed with ARCHICAD

Projects of Many Sizes, Managed with ARCHICAD

David Clayton, AIA of DEIV Architecture has been using ARCHICAD for the better part of the past two years.

“I kept thinking that I’ve always loved ARCHICAD. It’s the only software I know of that you can have good quality documents while being editing and designing in perspective mode.I just like designing in perspective because that’s how we see things with our eyes.”

Returning to the Days of Ancient ArchiCAD

Returning to the Days of Ancient ArchiCAD

A lot has happened since 2006 As of January 2016, I have been using ARCHICAD for ten years. I first used ARCHICAD while working for the Nelson Tremain Partnership in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Below is a rendering I did for them in 2006 using ARCHICAD 9’s brand new...
Sun Studies and moving beyond what we always did

Sun Studies and moving beyond what we always did

To end my post on the Where, When, and Who of renderings, I did a quick sun study. Like I mentioned in my followup article on bettering siding, I was just showing off what we can do in ARCHICAD. Here’s the video: With CineRender it is so easy to make cool...
From CineRender to the 3D Window

From CineRender to the 3D Window

In my article on lap siding and baked on shadows, I discussed creating an image-based Surface. Starting with a photo, I walked through the steps required to get a nice looking model in the 3D Window, and a strong starting point for developing renderings throughout the...
Lap Siding and Baked On Shadows

Lap Siding and Baked On Shadows

In my previous post, I wrote about the creation of a simple rendering. Or really I talked about incorporating existing conditions to improve a basic rendering. The focus was on site context—location, time, and also the viewer/client. But there was one other piece of...
Maximized Work Environments in ARCHICAD

Maximized Work Environments in ARCHICAD

I’ve been thinking a lot about Work Environments since ARCHICAD 19 was released. ARCHICAD 19: now is the time to fix your Work Environment Shoegnome Work Environment for ARCHICAD 19 An ARCHICAD Work Environment that supports how you work is going to save time,...
Clark Design Group Uses ARCHICAD to Speed Up Approvals

Clark Design Group Uses ARCHICAD to Speed Up Approvals

Clark Design Group plans their projects, using ARCHICAD, and simplifies the lengthy planning and design period of a project before creating construction documents. Dubbed “participatory planning” the process involves designing in real-time in front of the client – on the entire scope of projects taken on by the firm, industrial, medical, institutional and has helped the firm become more efficient and productive.
“The way the building functions will change and evolve based on the client’s needs, but they change for the better because the building works the way they need it to work. When you solve their problems, your design ideas can still be preserved, but what you get are new opportunities for more creative architecture.”

VernerJohnson Relies on ARCHICAD During the A to Z of Museum Planning

VernerJohnson Relies on ARCHICAD During the A to Z of Museum Planning

Boston-based Verner Johnson, Inc. specializes in planning and designing museums and the outdoor public spaces they occupy. Their planning work involves developing a complete facility program to understand what types of spaces within the museum are required, how large they need to be, and how they need to relate to one another. The firm relies on ARCHICAD to develop a master plan, which can then be used to assist existing or new museums develop their mission and be successful in achieving it.

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