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Branding a Building to Recruit, Refresh and Re-energize

As children, we’re often told not to judge a book by its cover. But let’s face it: many times, we form a first impression on a quick glance alone. Every day, we reach conclusions based on what we see. So imagine stepping into a school or a building on campus and immediately noticing powerful signs […]
August 11, 2015 - Article

My Passion: The Value of Outdoor Learning

To be honest, I didn’t even know landscape architecture existed before I went to college. My favorite place has always been the forest and my pastime drawing, so when I discovered I’d be able to spend my career combining the two and contribute to the built environment in a positive way, I knew I must follow this. And now, more than 20 years later, I’m still doing just that: playing in and being inspired by nature and – hopefully – moving others to do the same.
July 7, 2015 - Article

Technology in Design: 3D Printing at SHP

The following is a guest blog written by an SHP architecture co-op, Joshua Walker. As a current architecture student, I am most impressed with SHP’s focus on using the latest in technology to provide greater client value. The firm understands that constant learning and development can only enhance the design process and provide greater project […]
June 24, 2015 - Article

Design LAB: From an Overlooked Email to a Prize-Winning Finish

To be completely honest, when the emails first circulated around the SHP office asking for volunteers for the Architectural Foundation’s Design LAB, I didn’t spend too much time reading them. It’s not that I didn’t think it was interesting, but I am not a designer and there was no way I was qualified to help […]
June 2, 2015 - Article

Indoor Air Quality and Missing School

“80% of success is showing up” – Woody Allen. There are many variants on the theme quoted, but they all allude to the same thing:  a person can’t progress if they are not there.  Every year, millions of days of school attendance are lost for a host of reasons.  In a study in North Carolina in 2011[1], parents reported that about 60% of absences were for illnesses and injury. 
May 12, 2015 - Article

Beyond the Building

As architects, we’re always studying, learning from and drawing inspiration from the world around us. It’s why we attend industry conferences (like the Summit on Sustainability) and best practices calls, why we ask questions like, “what’s next?” and why we find ways to get involved with the local design community. It’s also why we must think about the value our buildings contribute to the society at large.
April 29, 2015 - Article

Reducing Emissions and Making Changes

If you’ve followed along with my blog, Building My Green Life, you know how strongly I feel about making smart, sustainable choices in life and in my work. With approximately 40% of energy use in the U.S. attributed to buildings, the architecture, design and construction community is both the problem and the solution to reduced energy consumption at home, and abroad.
April 7, 2015 - Article

Achieving Energy Efficiency at the Fitton Center

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, through its theater, galleries, community space, and art classes for both kids and adults, is a centerpiece of the Hamilton, Ohio community. Recently, the Fitton Center underwent a significant expansion of its black box theater.  In addition, approximately 20% of the project’s $3 million budget was dedicated to improving […]
March 19, 2015 - Article

A Preview of the Year Ahead for AIA Cincinnati

Like a lot of my contemporaries, I’ve wanted to be an architect since I was a little kid. As you can imagine, becoming president of AIA Cincinnati is a very personal realization of my dream to not only become an architect, but to represent my fellow architects on a professional level. It’s humbling, and makes […]
February 19, 2015 - Article

The 2030 Challenge

In my last blog post, I shared some thoughts from the Design Futures Council’s 2014 Summit on Sustainability, which was held in September. One of the ideas that left me feeling inspired was Ed Mazria’s 2030 Challenge. Big Idea Over the past 10 years, Mazria’s research into building sector energy use and carbon emissions has […]
February 10, 2015 - Article