As The Observer reported in this week’s paper, Hines Interests has been one of the foremost developers in New York of the past generation. Even as they have employed some of the most cutting edge architects in the industry, the firm, founded in Houston but now very much global, has managed to keep a Read More
Some good news and some bad news for the design and construction industry. The American Institute of Architect’s Architecture Billings Index—The Observer‘s favorite leading indicator—rebounded last month, according to numbers released today.
Fifty percent more than are in Los Angeles, in fact. The Center for an Urban Future has a new report out that shows New York as the nation’s busiest hub for what the report calls “design industries.” That includes architects as well as fashion and interior designers.
Here’s some stats, followed by, of course, some concerns regarding where all these designers are going to live and work, and show their wares.
Architects’ prospects are no longer crumbling in the city! Only a year or two ago, they were the most unemployed profession in the country, but after a better 2010 for many New York City firms, things continue to look, uh, up. It is a good sign for the wider real estate and construction community, as Read More
In the black bookshelves of architect Costas Kondylis’ all-black office sit stacks of sleek, coffee-table tomes. Titles with a larger font on the spine stick out against the rest and offer a random sampling: Gerhard Richter: A Retrospective, Indonesia: Design and Culture, Skyscrapers: Structure and Design, Earth From Above.
Only the top Read More
Location: How big are you guys now?
Mr. Pasquarelli: We’re 60-something people—a 65-person firm, which is a little smaller than we were a year ago, but we’ve been stable. We were probably 80 at the top.
What’s the breakdown of work? You’re a principal and you have four co-principals?
There Read More
From Crain’s: "As both office and residential development in the city grinds to a halt, architectural firms are scrambling to find more work. They are lowering their fees, chasing smaller projects, seeking more international assignments and bidding on more institutional contracts to generate revenues—all tried-and-true methods employed during past economic slowdowns. But architects Read More
The Architecture Billings Index, an industry measure of the level of activity at architecture firms, has dropped for the first time this year, according to The American Institute of Architects. The index, according to AIA, serves as a "leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future Read More
Last night's talk with 48 Bond architect Deborah Burke pretty much had it all. Bellinis, check. Lamb kabobs, check. 48 Bond chocolate bars, double check!
Perhaps the only thing missing were other architects to hear Ms. Burke speak.
"I don't see many right now," a PR rep for Rubenstein Associates noted shortly Read More