Category : Architecture

WELL Design Series: A Case Study in WELL Workplace Design

By taking measurable steps that incorporate WELL policies and ideas, companies can create a healthier, happier workplace.

As my colleague Jay Weingarten, AIA, WELL AP pointed out in his first piece of our discovery article series on WELL Design, most adults spend an average of 90 percent of their lives indoors.…

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WELL Design Series: Who Needs WELL anyway?

Five ways a WELL-certified building might make you healthier. 

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is becoming increasingly prevalent and gaining recognition among the general public. As far as building and construction standards go, few systems, including the fairly well-known LEED rating system, have seen a similar level of recognition among the general public.…

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Small Investment, Big Impact

How small-scale renovations can enhance the look and feel of senior living communities and positively impact residents’ emotional and mental well-being.

When we think about impactful renovations, we tend to think about large-scale construction projects – work that involves the undertaking of complex, costly changes.…

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Storm Shelters for Worship Spaces and Church Education Centers

Severe weather is a very real part of life for many in the United States. Fortunately, we have the tools to design spaces that can potentially avert tragedy and provide peace of mind.

Though the people of southwest Missouri are certainly familiar with severe weather, on the afternoon of May 22, 2011, everything changed for the parish of St.

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Research and Review: Using UV Light to Disinfect

In the era of COVID-19, an increasing number of markets are exploring the use of UV light disinfection. Here, we explore the benefits and risks of this developing technology.

The discussion about and application of ultraviolet light disinfection technology is not new or revolutionary.…

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COVID-19 Design Series: A Workplace Designer and A Health Care Designer Walk into an Office

The first in a two-part series exploring how offices may now be designed with health care facilities in mind.

Many non-essential businesses are beginning to reopen their doors, and along with this reopening are a multitude of employees, who now emerge from home offices to return to the corporate workplace.…

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Reflecting on the Architect Experience

To close out AIA Iowa’s Architecture Month, RDG designers discuss what drew them to the profession, what it means to create a “well-designed” building and how they see the industry evolving amid a changing global landscape.

Each year, AIA Iowa celebrates Iowa architects and architecture by recognizing April as a statewide Architecture Month.…

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The Ways Preservation Pays

From affordable housing to sustainable practices, a look at six benefits historic preservation can have on a community’s bottom line.   

My passion for historic preservation began when I was young. An admiration for the beauty of old buildings and the extensive details of these structures ultimately led me to pursue a career as an urban planner.…

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Transparency, Collaboration, Comprehensiveness

This is second in a series of articles sharing insights from our work with St. Cloud State University’s (SCSU’s) Comprehensive Facilities Planning process – a rich experience, full of learning for all!

Key to the planning effort in SCSU’s Comprehensive Facilities Planning Process were the commitment to provide transparency throughout the process, to cast a wide net in order to achieve a truly comprehensive Plan, and to involve as many people as possible who might be impacted by the Plan.…

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Common Myths about Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

Whether you’re a commercial developer, public entity or homeowner, it can be daunting to consider how to make your historic property work for your needs yet remain feasible for future generations. But let’s be clear – much of what you may have heard about restoration projects probably isn’t true.…

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