Society of Architectural Historians to Honor Architectural Excellence at Gala

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 24, 2015

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will present four Awards for Architectural Excellence during its annual SAH Awards Gala on Saturday, November 9, 2015, at The Casino in Chicago. The awards will be bestowed on individuals and organizations in the categories of planning and sustainability, media, criticism and stewardship. Representing a unique coming together of architectural practice and academic study, the awards honor the contributions of those who shape and interpret our built environment. The theme of the gala is A Century of Progress: 19132013, recognizing the changes in the urban landscape over the past 100 years. The gala benefits SAH and supports its mission to promote the study, interpretation and conservation of the built environment worldwide.

The awards are as follows:


Honoring Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture for its innovative zero-energy skyscraper designs and publications on sustainability, including Toward Zero Carbon: The Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan (2011).


Honoring Judith Paine McBrien, director of The Archimedia Workshop, for a lifetime of documentary and interpretive filmmaking, including her film, Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City.


Honoring Blair Kamin for his 21-year-role as the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic at the Chicago Tribune. In addition to thousands of print and online columns, Kamin has written books including Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age (2010) and Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago (2003).


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Custom Architectural Survey iPad Apps – Punch List, Construction Site Survey, Field Survey, Quality and Inspection Applications – Discounts Offered for June Customers

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 31, 2012

Inspect2GO is offering discounts to architecture firms, contractors, builders, surveyors and others that sign up for the June beta app program. iPad applications include custom punch lists, custom built architectural site surveys, floor plan marking, photo taking and note logging apps. Inspect2GOs flexible mobile software package can easily adapt to the custom needs of each client. Contact Inspect2GO directly to discuss your custom iPad app needs (

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Seven New Housing Communities in Historic Landmarks Designed by The Architectural Team Receive 2012 Tsongas Awards from Preservation Massachusetts

CHELSEA, MA (PRWEB) May 09, 2012

In a major sweep of a high-profile awards program, the architecture and master planning firm The Architectural Team, Inc., (TAT) has announced today that seven of its recently completed historic adaptive-reuse housing projects have received citations from the organization Preservation Massachusetts as part of its prestigious 2012 Paul E. Tsongas Awards.

The award-winning, historic adaptive-reuse projects converted into new housing were designed by The Architectural Team in locations around the state. They include Canal Lofts in Worcester, Mass., a mixed-income, multifamily housing community; Curtain Lofts in Fall River, Mass., an affordable active-adults housing community for residents aged 55 and over, developed by Boston-based WinnDevelopment; and Linwood Mill in Northbridge, Mass., also an affordable active-adults housing community for residents aged 55-plus, developed by Boston-based EA Fish Development.

Also cited for their successful adaptation of historic landmarks into housing communities were City View Commons I Apartments in Springfield, Mass., an affordable and modernist rehabilitation of 20th century historic buildings by the First Resource Companies; The Hayes at Railroad Square in Haverhill, Mass., a mixed-income multifamily transit-oriented development (TOD); Union Street Lofts in New Bedford, Mass., an urban style apartment community comprised of five individual historic buildings developed by HallKeen and WHALE; and Nashoba Park Assisted Living in Ayer, MA developed by the Volunteers of America.

The Tsongas Awards were presented at the Preservation Massachusetts annual awards dinner last week at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston. According to the group Preservation Massachusetts, This years awards celebrate the Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (MHRTC) and the power preservation has in our communities. As an economic engine, the MHRTC has allowed projects like these to revitalize communities, spur investment, create jobs and enhance our collective quality of life.

Believing in Preservation

Sought-out for expertise in converting some of the most complex historic mills, hospitals, schools and factories in the country into new uses, The Architectural Team has completed more than 150 historic preservation, restoration and adaptive-reuse projects since its founding in 1971. Today these honors for seven new projects add to the firms portfolio of award-winning designs. The team has been featured recently on the television show Chronicle on Boston’s ABC affiliate channel 5 ( The episode is called “Recycled Boston,” and it features several of the firm’s projects.

We are honored to be recognized by Preservation Massachusetts for our work at Canal Lofts and Curtain Lofts, said Gilbert Winn, Managing Principal of WinnCompanies. It is important to preserve and honor the rich histories of these two buildings by rescuing them from their dormant and underutilized states, and ensuring that they are put to full use, housing a range of populations and adding to the aesthetic landscape of their communities in Worcester and Fall River.

Canal Lofts, formerly the Hill Envelope/Chevalier Furniture building, is one of Worcesters most notable or architecturally significant historic buildings. Today, the former mill has been transformed into a LEED Silver-certified, mixed-income multifamily housing community. The property offers 64 loft-style unitscomplete with the architectural detailing characteristic of these building types, such as expansive windows, exposed brick and vaulted wood-beamed ceilings and ample resident amenities.

Located in Fall Rivers historic district, Curtain Lofts, formerly the Wampanoag Mill an iconic granite millhas been artfully converted into a LEED-certifiable contemporary apartment community for active adults ages 55 and over. Amenities for residents include community green space, a cardio and fitness center, a community clubroom with catering kitchen, a resident lounge, as well as sun deck and relaxation garden with gazebo.

Slated to open in June, Linwood Mill will soon become home to active adults ages 55 and over. Situated in a serene setting adjacent to the Mumford River and within close proximity to the downtown area, Linwood Mill will provide a mix of 75 affordable studios, one- and two-bedroom units. The historic adaptation also includes commercial/retail space on the ground level. The expert renovation by The Architectural Team involved restoring the buildings clock tower and repairing the brick masonry to ensure that the historic structures distinctive architectural history is preserved. The design of Linwood, as in all of the firms historic adaptive-reuse projects, strives to retain many of the buildings historically authentic features such as exposed beams and columns, oversized windowsoffering many units with scenic views of the riverand other detailing throughout.

The Hayes at Railroad Square in Haverhill, Mass., located adjacent to the former Washington Street Shoe District in downtown Haverhill, is a historic adaptive reuse of a former shoe packing factory into a mixed-use, multifamily transit-oriented development (TOD). It was also the first 40R development to be permitted in Massachusetts, and serves as an extension of the existing historic industrial neighborhood. The development offers a mix of 57 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with 33% dedicated as affordable units, as well as 5,000 square feet of commercial space. The units are designed to have a loft-style feel, boasting original features such as exposed wood beam ceilings and decking. The Hayes also offers residents amenities including a community room and cafe, an indoor childrens play area, laundry room, and a fitness center. It was also the recipient of the 2011 Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute and the 2011 Project of the Year for Adaptive Reuse from Multifamily Executive Magazine.

An affordable and modernist rehabilitation of a historic building, City View Commons I, in Springfield, Mass., is a 152-unit affordable multifamily development that won a Springfield Preservation Trust Award in June 2011 for the restoration of the 20th-century apartment blocks. The Architectural Team also worked on City View Commons II, an adjacent, 144-unit affordable housing property. The developer for City View Commons properties I and II is First Resource Development Company.

Union Street Lofts located in downtown New Bedford, Mass., is comprised of five individual turn-of-the-century buildings located in the citys historic district. The firm converted these structures into 35 new urban style loft apartments which are designed to provide the maximum amount of natural light given its high ceilings and open floor plans.

And rounding out the list is Nashoba Park Assisted Living in Ayer, Mass., formerly the Ayer Community Hospital built in 1928, which now serves as a 72 unit assisted living community. The building received historic designation from the Massachusetts Historic Commission in 2004 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Architectural Team has unique expertise in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. As with all mill projects where EA Fish Development has partnered with TAT, the completed Linwood Mill project strikes the perfect balance between historic character, livability and high-design. We look forward to working with TAT on many future projects, says Matt Mittelstadt, Managing Director, EA Fish Development.

Co-founder and managing principal, Robert Verrier, FAIA, NCARB and architect of record for Canal Lofts, City View Commons I, Curtain Lofts, and Union Street Lofts, was recently elevated to the 2012 American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in recognition of his preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings throughout his car

Gilbert Lang Mathews, Lighting Industry Pioneer, Receives Honorary Architectural Designation

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) May 25, 2012

The maker of precision-engineered architectural lighting fixtures, Lucifer Lighting Company, has announced that its founder and chief executive officer, Gilbert Lang Mathews, has been given the special designation of Honorary AIA membership (Hon. AIA) by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

A visionary and creative entrepreneur in lighting technology who is active in a wide realm of the arts. Mathews is a longtime supporter of architecture and the AIA in San Antonio, the state of Texas, and nationally.

Commending his extensive accomplishments, the AIA jury called Gilbert Lang Mathews committed to improving his community, to opening minds through active dialogue, and to partnerships that advance opportunities for all. Adding that he has served as an inventor and a collaborator, the jury described Mathews as an inquisitive student, bringing people together who can connect, solve problems, and elevate the value of our profession.

The award was presented at a May 17 ceremony in Washington, D.C., as part of the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition.

Honorary membership is among the highest honors the American Institute of Architects bestows upon a person outside the profession of architecture, granted to allied professionals of esteemed character who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences allied therewith. The Honorary AIA membership is granted only if the accomplishments of the nominee are truly outstanding and of national significance. The 2012 selections for Honorary AIA membership were made by a jury of two professional architects Pamela Touschner, FAIA, of DLR Group WWCOT in Palm Springs, California, and Christopher Kelley, AIA, with Gensler in Washington, D.C. along with Carol Pedigo, Hon. AIA, executive director of AIA Middle Tennessee in Nashville.

Rare Honor

The AIA does not often grant honorary membership to leaders of manufacturing enterprises, and Mathews was commended in part for his development of innovative, sophisticated lighting technologies at Lucifer Lighting but even more so for helping sustain architecture and the arts elsewhere. Mr. Mathews is an indispensable supporter of AIA San Antonio and has extended his support to the Texas Society of Architects and AIA National, said the AIA jury. His financial support has enabled AIA San Antonio to sustain a very successful world-class lecture series that is free and open to the publicthe only one of its kind in the region.

The lecture series has featured such luminaries as Marlon Blackwell, Billy Tsien, Peter Bohlin, Tom Kundig, Julie Vandenberg Snow and Thomas Phifer, among many other prominent architects. For his support and service to the Institute, he was named an honorary member of AIA San Antonio in 2009 and of the Texas Society of Architects in 2010. Of Mathews, the AIA Gold Medal recipient Peter Bohlin said, Through his support of the AIA, programs at the University of Texas and sponsorship of events like the lecture series, he opens doors for young people to pursue a future enriched by knowledge and exploration. This is a contribution that will have a great impact on our profession for years to come.

Lucifer Lighting is also active in developing continuing education programs for architects and lighting designers.

More than a generous benefactor and underwriter, Mr. Mathews is a vital part of the community of design professionals, says the AIA jury. As an influential member of the wider design community, Mr. Mathews has enabled AIA to better serve its members and strengthened the profession.

A Legacy of Efficient, Elegant Lighting

As CEO and founder of Lucifer Lighting Company, Gilbert Mathews has built a thriving family business manufacturing high-end architectural lighting fixtures that are widely regarded as innovative and of exceptional design quality. Appealing to acclaimed architects and designers around the world, Lucifer Lighting fixtures are found in museums, five-star hotels, top restaurants, corporate headquarters and luxury residences. Many of the products use sophisticated LEDs as the illumination source.

Prior to founding Lucifer Lighting more than 30 years ago, Mathews practiced law with Vinson Elkins in Houston and founded his own law firm in San Antonio, with degrees from the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School and Columbia Universitys School of Law. Mathews became interested in lighting design and manufacture indirectly, through his familys longtime retail business, Frost Bros., a high-fashion retail chain based in San Antonio since 1917. Armed with only his law degree and an inquisitive nature, Mathews saw an opportunity to improve display lighting in the stores. Using bright strip sources that were concealed, his ideas improved the visibility of merchandise on display cases and shelves and the solution led Mathews to establish Lucifer Lighting, named for the Latin term light-bearer.

Since then, Mathews and his family have built Lucifer Lighting into a global leader in creating sophisticated, precision-engineered lighting systems that allow unmatched design possibilities. Known for harnessing and concealing their powerful, advanced light sources within elegant, inconspicuous housings, Lucifer Lighting has attracted architects needing solutions for a range of interior challenges. According to many customers, Lucifer Lightings progressive, research-oriented building product solutions allow architects the ability to advance and develop their craft in new directions.

An Ally of Arts, Design and Culture

Mathews is widely regarded as an ally of architectural design, the arts and historic collections. He is a Life Advisory Board Member of The University of Texas School of Architecture, a member of the Advisory Council of the Ransom Center at the University of Texas, a member of the President’s Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a board member of the San Antonio Museum of Art and the KLRN Endowment Fund and founder of the Winston Salem Light Project. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Press contacts:

Alexandra Mathews

Lucifer Lighting Company

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San Antonio, TX 78219



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About Lucifer Lighting Company

For more than 30 years, Lucifer Lighting has created original lighting solutions that bring to life the places and spaces we inhabitindoor and outdoor, from grand-scale commercial to cozy residential nooks. A manufacturer of precision engineered downlights, light strips, track and spot lights, and landscape lighting, Lucifer Lighting uses a variety of light sources, from halogen to metal halide, from LED to fluorescent. Lucifer Lighting has received numerous awards for innovative lighting and building projects, and it manufactures form a LEED-rated facility in San Antonio. The companys fixtures are regularly recognized for distinction. Installations of Lucifer Lighting may be found in diverse venues ranging from Polo Ralph Lauren and Gucci to Goldman Sachs and Yankee Stadium, and from Windsor Castle to the White House and private residences around the world.

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Cambridge Architectural Forced Entry Protection Systems Certified by the U.S. Department of State

Cambridge, MD (PRWEB) June 07, 2012

Cambridge Architectural is proud to announce the certification of its new product line – MeshDefense. Cambridge is the only architectural mesh provider to offer certified personnel protection systems, engineered to meet U.S. Department of State standards. MeshDefense systems resist forced entry into doors and windows.

Three particular mesh patterns Scale, Shield, and Armour met or exceeded the Dept. of State regulations. Additionally, two attachments systems Baton and Eclipse were independently verified, which can provide any building with a refined look that is also secure. Not only do the new systems perform, they are aesthetic, giving the building a welcoming and comfortable environment.

There is a growing trend in developing safe, sustainable, and aesthetic structures, thus it is desirable for an architect to design a building not only for beauty, but for safety and security as well. Instead of unattractive barriers or obstructive approaches that detract from the design, Cambridge Architectural mesh systems give a lighter approach while maintaining their efficiency and integrity.

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Architectural Brown Bag Lunch Program on Building/Site/Landscape

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 12, 2012

In its upcoming program for the brown bag series 25 Architects in 25 Weeks, the District Architecture Center will host a discussion with Ralph Cunningham, FAIA on the environmental, contextual, and other factors contributing to his design work. The program, entitled Building/Site/Landscape, will be held at noon on June 21, 2012. The District Architecture Center invites those who share an interest in green building and an integrated approach to architecture to attend.

Ralph Cunningham, of Cunningham/Quill Architects, has received numerous awards for both his modern and historic residential design and renovation. Most recently, his Mother & Child project won the 2011 Washingtonian Residential Design Award and the 2011 Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Award of Merit. Mr. Cunningham will share his analysis of climatic, contextual, and other influences on building and landscape design. He will show examples of how these factors inform his work from conception to completion, and he will describe the integration of building and landscape in memorable indoor and outdoor spaces.

The Center is excited to welcome Mr. Cunningham and share the details of his stunning works, says Mary Fitch, Executive Director of AIA|DC. His discussion on landscape and building design and its impact on green and carbon neutral development is extremely relevant today, and will serve as a positive jumping-off point for open conversation.

The 25 Architects lunch series is typically hosted on the first and third Thursday of every month. Its held at the District Architecture Center, located at 421 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004.

About the District Architecture Center

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