July 3, 2018

A’18 Convention on Architecture Recap

A couple of weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure to join over 20,000 colleagues at the AIA’s A’18 Conference on Architecture in New York City. This year’s conference, while mostly centered at the Javits Center, was spread through many venues across Manhatten and the larger city. While construction to the Javits Center forced AIA into this model, the institute did an excellent job turning this problem into an opportunity. With many sessions at venues around the city, Conference on Architecture was integrated into its host city in a way I have never experienced in the three prior conferences (Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia) I have attended. While not without its challenges, the star of A’18 undoubtedly was New York City itself.


Highlights from the conference itself include:

A'18 Day Two Keynote: Sheela Søgaard, CEO of BIG, speaking at Radio City Music Hall.

The AIA's Chief Economist Kermit Baker provided an insightful economic outlook for the A/E industry at the AIA+Architect Magazine booth on the expo floor.

Day Two’s Keynote by BIG’s CEO Sheela Sorgaard on the business of architecture. This session also included short talks from Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and James Polshek (who was being honored with the AIA Gold Medal this year). Both days keynotes were at the stunning and famed Radio City Music Hall.

A session on Empathy In Architecture which included Nader Tehrani of NAADAA (design architects of the under construction The Beacon in downtown Cleveland). This session touched on the importance of good contracts; how, when and why to say no; and knowing one’s values as a designer.

The AIA Small Project Practitioner 2018 Small Project design awards

Attending AIA’s national business meeting which included multiple resolutions addressing issues of diversity and equity in the profession. Arch Record has a good summary as well.


Being in NYC, I left ample time in my schedule for self-guided architectural tourism. Highlights include:

Ten Arquitectos excellent project, Mercedes House

BIG’s VIA 57

 

432 Park Avenue Building designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects

Legendary Mid-Century towers along Park & Madison Ave including the Seagram Building (Mies and Philip Johnson), Lever House (SOM), and the AT&T Building/550 Madison Ave (Philip Johnson - which I got to catch before it undergoes controversial renovations designed by Snohetta)

Under construction Hudson Yards. Center of the image is The Vessel designed by Thomas Heatherwick Studio.

The scale of the Hudson Yards project is mindboggling. It includes Heatherwick Studio’s Vessel and The Shed a new cultural center designed by DS+R.

 

Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th project.

The last section to open of the High Line, which weaves adjacent to Hudson Yards. The highlight here was seeing Zaha Hadid’s recently completed 520 West 28th project.

ARO’s first built project, the US Armed Forces Recruiting Station, located on the south end of Times Square.

Probably the lowlight of my trip was leaving my cell in a cab, which cost me a good chunk of an afternoon hunting it back down! Never the less, it was a great conference and I look forward to hopefully making it to next year’s A’19 Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas!

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.

July 26, 2017

Bialosky Takes NeoCon

In June four designers from Bialosky Cleveland attended NeoCon at The Mart in Chicago. During this annual trade show we had the opportunity to visit various showrooms and preview new interior related products that will be launched in the near future.

Bialosky designers Mandisa Gosa (left), Tracy Sciano Vajskop (center), and Christy Schalmo (right) at the Arcadia showroom

The view from the hotel.

 

The industry trends that were very apparent at NeoCon this year were a shift towards multigenerational workspace, “resimmercial,” a residential feel for commercial environments, greater technology integration, and a color palette that emphasized pastels such as blush and precious metals. Not only is NeoCon important to test out new products and prototypes, but it also allows Bialosky designers can remain current with industry trends.

JSI Showroom Signage

JSI Showroom 'Resimercial' Furniture

Arcom Fabrics Showroom

Framery Showroom Quiet Space Pod

Izzy Collaborative Lounge Space

Knoll Unscripted Lounge & Screens - Pastels and 'Resimmercial' (Photo: www.knoll.com)

Kimball - Resimmercial Workspace (Photo: www.kimball.com)

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

 

 

September 26, 2016

Bialosky Receives National Marketing Excellence Award

Firms from all corners of America came to represent their firms at the Arizona Biltmore, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Industry leaders from all corners of America came to represent their firms at the Arizona Biltmore, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Over the weekend, Marketing Director, Hallie DelVillan and Graphic Designer, Chelsey Finnimore accepted the 2016 Zweig Group Marketing Excellence Award at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on behalf of Bialosky Cleveland. Bialosky placed 3rd nationally in the Integrated Marketing category for our refreshed  branding and marketing strategy.

Winners in our category include:

  1. Hickok Cole Architects
  2. WGI
  3. Bialosky Cleveland
  4. EAPC
  5. JLG Architects
Bialosky's integrated marketing, including branding, environmental graphics, vision and values, and digital presence, garnered a national award from the AEC industry.

Bialosky's integrated marketing, including branding, environmental graphics, vision and values, and digital presence, garnered a national award from the AEC industry.

It is an honor to be recognized by our peers for the hard-work and dedication our people have put forth in creating an outward persona that truly reflects the values our firm was founded on.

What the judges had to say:

"We were impressed by the quality of the overall submittal package. The custom binding, high quality printing and paper, mirrored the high quality of their integrated marketing campaign. High marks were given due to the level of detail in the graphic standards, creativity of the environmental graphics, and achieved results."

Take a peak inside our 2016 submission:
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