The Psychology of Workspace Design

While our tech gadgetry allows individuals to work from anywhere, it’s the office that engenders the team building and collaboration so vital to a company’s infrastructure. Office design must support this face-to-face interaction and provide plenty of diverse areas in which different sized groups can gather for large team meetings or small group conversations. Workspace feng shui also dictates the … Read More

History of Doors : Design and Usage

No matter who we are or where we live, doors around the world have consistently protected us from the elements and defined our comings and goings. These iconic structures are symbols of life passages; transitions, endings, new beginnings. As we move through them—literally and figuratively—every day, we are part of a shared human behavior that began as an instinct for … Read More

The Importance of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

BIM building information modeling

Ironically, BIM is one case in which technology improves human interaction. In the past, with a myriad of plans bouncing back and forth between departments until all issues were resolved, the potential for miscommunication and finger pointing was great. The engineer would blame the architect for an inexecutable design. The construction crew would fault the engineer for unrealistic expectations. Everybody … Read More

Retail Architecture and Design

famous luxury shopping mall

Among notable retail architecture trends is the emphasis on outdoor space that can be used as a venue for concerts, how-to workshops, lectures, and other events that will draw customers and keep them lingering longer. And speaking of green, research shows that consumers, especially women, respond positively to retail architecture that is more sustainable and creates less impact on the … Read More

Healthcare Architecture and Design

Modern Hospital Building

The benefits of natural light cannot be overstated. Incorporating large picture windows that brighten patient rooms improves both their physical and mental states. Taking advantage of new innovations in glass technology, more and more hospitals are adding smart glass that can be transparent, tinted or opaque at the flick of a switch to eliminate glare and improve patient comfort. This … Read More

It’s Clear Smart Glass has a Bright Future

Smart glass windows for commercial office buildings and universities are beginning to become a fixture on the architectural landscape. The technology is especially popular in hospitals where it has revolutionized the concepts of privacy and hygiene. With the flick of a switch, patients can maintain their dignity away from prying eyes. Residential customers are just beginning to scratch the surface … Read More

School Architecture and Design

School Architecture and Design

More and more school architecture projects are transforming entire buildings into inspiring comprehensive learning environments. Enlightened designs feature open classroom plans with a wide variety of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces to support teachers’ efforts and stimulate exploration, discovery and sharing of information. The school building and its surroundings become an integral part of the educational process.

The 21st Century Office Infographic

The word “office” has a naturally negative connotation due to what goes on inside of one. Work is something that someone is obligated to partake in, not something that they choose to do. But as the global economy continues to recover from The Great Recession, a pattern has begun to emerge: companies are—more and more—catering to their employees’ wants and … Read More

Green Architecture 101: Building a Sustainable Future

Green building, sometimes referred to as sustainable design, is a practice that focuses on improving the efficient use of energy, water and materials during a building’s life. This practice also focuses on reducing the negative impact on human health and the environment. The traditional construction of homes and business adds up to nearly 40 percent of the United States’ overall … Read More

A Gateway To A Translucent Space

The typical point of entry into an interior environment tends to be simple, boring, and often mediocre. The primary purpose is to allow access, paying no attention to any crucial design attributes Avanti Eclipse sliding glass doors are a collection of quality Sliding Glass Door Systems that provide a contemporary solution to applying design and seamless flexibility. The Eclipse Sliding … Read More