Compiled by Ben Frotscher
Designing With Light:
The Art, Science, and
Practice of Architectural
By Jason Livingston | $68
Lighting is an essential element of interior design,
and despite its ubiquity, is difficult to truly master.
Design With Light contains special discussions in
color, light, and health, as well as the latest information on energy efficient lighting,
control systems, and other technologies. A comprehensive introduction to the use of
lighting to define and enhance a space, this book explores all aspects of the process—
aesthetics, technology, and practicalities—in a concise manner designed to provide the
reader with a full working knowledge of lighting design.
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Mancini Duffy, a leading architectural and interiors firm, has released its most recent findings from The Coordinate, its
periodic survey on workplace trends. It indicates that less than one-quarter of the work performed in a single day requires face-to-face
interaction. Much of the workday—even the most productive morning
hours—is spent corresponding via email or conference call.
The survey results also show that employees want both the
flexibility to work at the times that are most productive for them and
to have a choice of places to work.
Additional findings highlight:
◗ Gen X and Y’s biggest dissatisfaction is “lack of stimulating
◗ While concentration is a problem for all, it is less so for Boomers
and Traditionalists (who occupy the majority of private offices).
◗ Despite the trend toward collaboration, all generations say
“information overheard” is over-performing.
Survey Shows 75% of Workload Takes Place
Without Face-to-Face Interactions
Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, CEO of Richter Architects in Corpus Christi,
Texas, was inaugurated as the 91st
President of the AIA during ceremonies
held December 12 at the National
Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She
succeeds the 90th President, Helene
Combs Dreiling, FAIA, in representing
over 85,500 AIA members.
“As architects, we use our creativity to
serve society—to make our communities
better places to live. Through our
profession and our life’s work, each of us has shaped and re-shaped the
ever-changing narrative that is America in both humble and spectacular
ways,” said Richter. “We have created harmony where there was none. We
have shown we can see what is not yet there. We have shown we have
the courage to grow, to change, and to renew ourselves.”
Born in Nanjing, China, Richter grew up in Hong Kong and Dallas. She
received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin
in 1974. In 2001, the American Institute of Architects presented her with a
national Young Architects Award in recognition of her community-sensitive
designs and her leadership role in heightening the public’s awareness of
regional and urban issues through her award-winning public radio series,
“The Shape of Texas,” which ran from 1998 to 2011.
Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA,
Inaugurated 2015 AIA President