WRL is pleased to announce its support of the 1% committment. This program connects non-profit organizations with design firms offerring pro bono design services. As one of WRL's first projects, it will be supporting the work of Librii, an initiative to bring technology to developing countries, using a modular library concept.
One for One
Working in the architectural profession isn’t always easy, but I was reminded of why I love the work I do, after having the honor to attend and present at the 2013 AIA National Meeting in Denver. Architecture does so many things for humanity and that is something to be celebrated. I was fortunate to hear the opening keynote speech by Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS shoes. I had surprisingly never heard of TOMS, but hearing Blake’s story of giving through his company’s One for One program, resonated with me strongly.
I’ve spent the last couple of days wondering...
Sustainability Standards in Museums
WRL recently had the honor of helping to develop a one-day summit on sustainability standards for museums at the 2013 American Alliance of Museums annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The summit was born out of a longer-term strategic plan of PIC-Green, AAM's sustainability focused professional interest committee. The summit included three parts:
- Where are we? This included a panel discussion with representatives of several major sustainability rating systems, including the Living Building Challenge, SITES, Green Building Institute (Green Globes), LEED, EnergyStar, and the Green Exhibits Checklist developed by OMSI.
- Where we've been doing: this included six presentations by representatives...
The Future of Buildings: Integrated Project Delivery
recool has been a little bit on hiatus the past couple of weeks, with a significant effort on the design of the new art museum at the University of California - Davis campus. WRL was honored to be partnered with Kitchell and Work AC on this project, which we believe is the first major art museum to be developed using the design-build approach. Stay tuned for more insights on the process and our perspectives on the future of project delivery. In the meantime, check out images from the three finalists on the UCD Facebook site.