AEC Tech News #1733 Aug, 2006 By: Michael Dakan
New Book: Professional Practice 101
Explore some new architectural theories and perspectives.
A new book from publisher John Wiley & Sons, Professional Practice 101, is a thoughtful examination of architectural practice today that would make very good reading for new students of the discipline as well as for practicing architects who perhaps are seeking new or different approaches to how they do their work. The author is Andrew Pressman, FAIA, but it is sprinkled liberally with many essays by different authors in architectural and related professional fields including such diverse disciplines as medical, legal and education.
The different writing styles and perspectives of individual architects and professionals keep the tone of the book fresh and lively, avoiding the tedium found in many textbooks. The book is also well researched and footnoted throughout to identify the source of the information and quotes when the text originates from someone other than the primary author. The result is a book that seems to represent the current consensus and thinking about a number of different methods and philosophies of architectural practice, rather than just the ideas of one individual. Read more>>
Event Report: DesignDC Draws a Crowd
By H. Edward Goldberg
Local architecture conventions are beginning to pop up all over the United States. This is perhaps because the annual AIA (American Institute of Architects) National Convention often can be too far away for many to travel, or because localized events can be more specific and informative for attendees. These events also are beginning to offer opportunities to earn educational learning credits that are now mandated by most states and the AIA itself.On July 19-21, the Washington, D.C., and Potomac Valley, Maryland, chapters of AIA presented their second annual DesignDC conference at the impressive Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington. Two blocks from the White House, the building was designed by Pei Cobb Freed and Partners Architects and is the first federal building designed for both government and private use. Read more>>
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