Practice

Architectural Musings: A Report from the AIA National Convention

Architectural Musings: A Report from the AIA National Convention

What do a billionaire, an urban artist, a mayor and three pioneering women have in common? At the American Institute of Architects’ national annual convention in Chicago late this June, each of these speakers had a compelling story to tell and a terrific impact on the audience. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, described his Downtown Project, an initiative to revitalize downtown Las Vegas into a hub of creativity and inspiration. Why? In part, to dramatically increase available “collisionable hours” by creating an urban environment that fosters impromptu, but impactful personal interactions. Zappos is well-known for...

Practice

Improving Your Decision Making

Improving Your Decision Making

The funny thing about decision making is that we all have to do it, whether we want to or not. All of us, every day, are decision makers – making choices on all aspects of…

Historic Preservation

Two Rostrums: Small Structures with Big History and Purpose

Two Rostrums: Small Structures with Big History and Purpose

Working with the National Park Service at historically and culturally significant sites throughout the United States has afforded those of us at GWWO unique glimpses into our nation’s history and resources. This exposure is a…

  • Interpretive

    GWWO Projects Through the Eyes of Fifth Graders

    GWWO Projects Through the Eyes of Fifth Graders

    This spring, students from The GreenMount School, a private K-8 school located only steps from our office, visited GWWO to learn about how math applies to architecture from Principal Mark Lapointe, take a tour around…

    • Higher Education

      Educational Energy

      Educational Energy

      $1 million. That’s the annual savings in energy costs that Towson University in Towson, Maryland is realizing across their 50-building campus, thanks to their ongoing, intensive efforts to modify their lighting practices. How did they…

      • Interpretive

        Do You Really “Always Turn Right?”

        Do You Really “Always Turn Right?”

        The first visitor center we designed was the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center for the Everglades National Park in 1993. I remember it well for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was…

        • Interpretive

          Seen and Overheard at the Port

          Seen and Overheard at the Port

          Two of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences for an architect are when they first “land the job” and when a new building is christened.  These are the times that architects feel like we do…