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  • growing green

    Everyone agrees that environmentally sound building materials and methods are quickly drifting toward the architectural mainstream. Google the term “green building,” and a long list of trade shows and directories pops up. But while items such as flyash co

  • dream teams

    Santa Monica, Calif.-based Pugh + Scarpa calls itself a boutique firm—smallish, creative, and eclectic in the kinds of jobs it likes to take on. Its portfolio includes an array of nationally acclaimed work—from the sculptural Dwell House II and the energy

  • searching for a safety net

    Throughout the recent economic downturn, residential construction has been a bright spot, a boom that overshot all predictions. As low interest rates fueled the speculative housing market, condominium projects have dominated the construction scene in thriving metropolitan areas.

  • peripheral vision

    An increasing number of architects, it seems, are getting paid to design Web sites and product packaging and to invent brand identities.

  • r is for architect

    Heidi Machul, an architecture intern who graduated from Ball State University four years ago, has her eye on the prize—a professional license. Most people in her position are still racking up internship hours. But by industry standards she's ahead of schedule, having already taken and passed three...

  • gilding the cage

    A 47-year-old architect who owns a six-person firm in the Midwest is worried that her second-in-command is going to leave and start his own business. Her 15-year practice, which she incorporated five years ago, specializes in high-end residential remodeling, so she spends a lot of time training...

  • dotting the i's

    When a partner leaves, the most contentious issue may be the potential loss of clients and employees.

  • breaking the circle

    With partner-level turnover increasingly common, smart firms have devised exit agreements that make things easier for everyone.

  • winner takes all

    Having your design skills validated by other distinguished architects is no small thing.

  • relationship building

    All across the country, builders and architects are longing for that quality that's next to godliness, and almost as difficult to achieve: a clean set of drawings and a cleanly executed design, respectively.