January 6, 2018

DesignWELL—A Recap of the Conference on Creating Wellbeing

I recently had the opportunity to attend the DesignWell conference in San Diego with fellow wellness-minded designers and architects. For those of you who didn’t make it, here are three things you missed. 

Lesson 1: People, Not Profit

Eric Corey Freed, founder of organicARCHITECT, opened the first day by issuing a challenge: to change the way we measure success. After all, the importance of a space is not how fast it turns a profit but rather the way it makes you feel. So why are we still using ROI (Return On Investment) as the primary metric of architectural success? It’s time to turn our focus to the people and start measuring success by the impact on the humans who inhabit the space.

Eric, of course, was not the only one to challenge our way of thinking. He opened the conference for a slew of speakers reminding us that we need to put the people first. A message that was woven into the fabric of every presentation: We need to humanize the conversation.

Lesson 2: Understand the People

While people over profit is an easy concept to get behind, it’s not always a clear path. As Kay Sargent so eloquently said, “We have to understand the people we are designing for and the experiences we are creating for them”.

Rex Miller, Dr. Mike O’Neill, and Phil Williams, the co-authors of “The Healthy Workplace Nudge”, suggested we focus on a new central question: Are we designing spaces that make people healthier and happier? They reminded us that the spaces we design can be a powerful tool for encouraging healthier behavior if we understand the way people will behave.

Sally Augustin, Principal at Design With Science, reminded us that we have science on our side. Even when we can’t predict how people will behave, science has taught us the physiological and neurological impact of our environments. By understanding the science we can shape the way people feel in our spaces.

Lesson 3: It Takes a Village

In the murmurings between sessions and the dialogues during Q+A, we kept coming back to the same question: How do we change an entire industry? Tim Conway, VP of Sustainable Development for Shaw Industries, reminded us that it will take more than one person. We must work together to do better. Along with Veronica Schreibeis-Smith stating, “We can do better - today, not tomorrow”.

For more information on this topic, DesignWell has provided the presentations of the event's speakers at their website.

December 28, 2017

How Nontraditional Partnerships Can Benefit Your Project

Mark Olson, writes on the value of creative partnerships. Learn how strategic collaborations, including public-private partnerships, have advanced diverse projects in his article for Smart Business magazine.

Read the whole article here:
http://www.sbnonline.com/article/how-nontraditional-partnerships-can-benefit-your-next-project/

July 20, 2017

Bialosky Takes Home National Award of Excellence from SMPS

SMPS National Marketing Communication Awards 

Last week, Bialosky's marketing team headed to Indianapolis for the 2017 Society of Marketing Professional Services Marketing Communication Awards—part of SMPS's annual Build Business Conference. This annual competition is the longest-standing, most prestigious awards program recognizing excellence in marketing and communications by professional services firms in the design and building industry. The SMPS Marketing Communications Awards (MCA) recognize the individuals and teams who create outstanding communication vehicles for architectural, engineering, design, and construction firms.

This year's MCA Finalists were announced in June, but it was at the awards ceremony Thursday night in Indianapolis that SMPS revealed the Award of Excellence in each category.

We submitted in the Corporate Identity category for our recent rebranding efforts. The finalists in our category included:

Bialosky Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
Sasaki, Watertown, Massachusetts
Hafer Architects, Evansville, Indiana
NAC Architecture, Seattle, Washington

 

Competition was steep, but in the end, we came out on top! We're excited to share this win with our team and we're honored to be recognized amongst some of the most creative firms in the country.

You can find a list of all Award of Excellence and Award of Merit Winners in SMPS's Press Release here and their entries here. Congratulations to all!

 

What We Saw in Indy

 

 

April 3, 2017

Featured Voice: Young Yet Out of Time

Bialosky's own Hallie DelVillan, Assoc. AIA, AIGA wrote for Crain's Cleveland last week on the topic "Young Yet Out of Time". An interesting read for all young professionals (and even the older ones).

Well done, Hallie!

Read the whole article here:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170331/BLOGS05/170339953/young-yet-out-of-time

 

February 10, 2017

The American Institute of Architects Elevates Jack Alan Bialosky, Jr. to the College of Fellows

Bialosky Cleveland congratulates Senior and Managing Principal, Jack Alan Bialosky Jr., FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP who has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ distinguished College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession and society. Jack will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, FL.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Out of a total AIA membership of over 90,000, approximately 3 percent are distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more nomination categories; Jack was recognized for advancing Practice at a national scale.

After graduating Yale University and working and teaching in Boston, Jack returned to Cleveland in 1986 to begin stewardship of Bialosky Cleveland, who is known for the quality of its designs, the trust of their clients, the longevity of its staff, and the diversity of its portfolio. In 2009, the firm was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as a Gold Medal Firm, the highest honor awarded by its peers, in recognition of great depth and breadth, a collaborative environment, and having a cumulative effect on the profession over a substantial period of time. His leadership of the firm has extended to the planning and design of corporate campuses for Progressive Insurance which established a national architectural brand and helped propel the company’s explosive growth. At Crocker Park, in Westlake, Ohio, Jack has led the efforts to build a downtown heart for a city that challenged the notion of “urban living” being exclusive to metropolises, and serves as a national model of vertically integrated mixed-use.

Throughout his career, Jack has earned widespread respect as a trusted community leader and facilitator, helping to found non-profits, such as The Gathering Place, a cancer support agency, and to save others, such as The Children’s Museum of Cleveland, through strategic planning and design. Jack has served under four successive mayors as a key leader and primary architectural voice on behalf of the city, shaping major development for commercial, institutional and civic projects. Presently, Jack is the Chair of the Downtown Cleveland Design Review.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.