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Phaidon Press launch Phaidon Atlas: Architecture for Architects (www.PhaidonAtlas.
com), a global online resource for the best examples of contemporary architecture, spotlighting thousands of projects built in the 21st century.
The product of 6 years of extensive research and the input of over 200 architects, universities and experts from around the world, this new digital resource is designed to evolve as a growing online community to help build a global network for architects to communicate and share ideas, and will be a must-have research tool and an essential resource for anyone creating, studying, involved in, or passionate about the field of contemporary architecture.
ATLANTA ARCHITECT STEVEN CLEM ELEVATED TO
AIA’S NATIONAL COLLEGE OF FELLOWS
35-year industry veteran adds to list of more than 100 career distinctions
ATLANTA (February 18, 2014) – One of the lead architects and designers on the Georgia Aquarium has received one of architecture’s most prestigious distinctions. Steven W. Clem, a principal at Atlanta-based architecture and design firm tvsdesign, was elected to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.
Out of a total AIA membership of more than 83,000, about 3,100 bear the distinction of fellowship and honorary fellowship. Clem joins just 139 members elected this year. Architects who achieve the title must have at least 10 years of membership in the AIA. Of the five categories of eligibility, Clem was honored for promoting the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession.
“Steve possesses remarkable vision, creativity and leadership, all of which have combined to produce beautifully crafted environments that create exceptional experiences,” said tvsdesign Chairman Emeritus Tom Ventulett, who also has achieved the FAIA title and who nominated Clem. “We couldn’t be prouder of his accomplishments and his many contributions to our firm.”
At the core of Clem’s design philosophy is the confidence that inside every project is the potential for magic. During his 35-year career, he’s been instrumental in helping clients and colleagues envision much more than they ever imagined for the environments he helps them create. His extraordinary respect for and deep involvement in the process of creating award-winning designs begin with his first conversation with clients.
The results have been memorable, uplifting architectural interior spaces across the spectrum of project types – high-profile branded showrooms for Herman Miller, Teknion and Kimball; offices for Carter’s and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; international corporate headquarters for companies like Equifax and United Parcel Services (UPS); performing arts centers like Charlotte’s Knight Theater and Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center; a transformative mixed-use project at Georgia Tech’s Technology Square and the world’s largest aquarium. His deft skill at the development of details can be observed in both the grand spaces as well as the small.
His projects consistently embody best practices in sustainable design to demonstrate that beauty and environmental responsibility can coexist, resulting in 19 LEED Certified projects, including the first ever Platinum LEED Commercial Interiors (CI) pilot project for the Interface Showroom in Atlanta. More recently, the Herman Miller Showroom received the same LEED distinction, the first awarded in Los Angeles. Clem has also worked alongside other esteemed brands as varied and distinctive as Swarovski, Country Music Television, McKesson, the Centers for Disease Control, Marriott and Scottish Rite.
Rare in the field of architecture and design, Clem’s 35-year career has been with a single firm – Atlanta-based tvsdesign, formerly Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates Inc. Vision, design, detail and craft have distinguished his contribution to the public’s appreciation of quality architecture and garnered 13 AIA awards and more than 100 design awards total from the professions of architecture, interior design and construction. Included in his notable achievements is the influence of his work in the recognition of tvsdesign as the recipient of the national AIA Architecture Firm Award in 2002.
Clem earned his bachelor’s of science in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and now serves on the board of directors of the Arts Advisory Board at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Through his leadership within his firm and throughout his community, the indelible mark is the body of professionals he has helped advance to produce award-winning work on their own.
Clem and the other 2014 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2014 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago, which will take place June 26-28. For more information, visit http://convention.aia.org/event/convention-home.aspx.
Shawmut, an East Coast-based $850 million dollar national management construction firm responsible for LA flagship stores including Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Tory Burch on Rodeo Drive, has just expanded into an LA office in the mid-Wilshire area.
In addition to the firm’s newly established LA outpost, the team is currently under construction on a new Christofle, Barney’s and Santa Anita Park, as well as recently having recently completed culinary hotspots Nobu and Nikita in Malibu, and Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica. Other notable national clients include Apple, Le Bernardin, The Waldorf Astoria, Harvard University and Yale University.
The architect’s* (builder’s also) nightmares are many, but we may refer to a few of them. There is the client who does not know much about building but who has friends who do, to whom he goes for suggestions — and, unfortunately, gets them! Were these suggestions made to the architect direct he could in most cases dispose of them; but his client becomes an intermediary, carrying back his defence or explanation in a garbled form to a judge who is prejudiced against him. The client often begins to feel that if he knew more about the game he could himself catch the architect out. Strained relations, inconsistent with lofty ideals of charity, supervene — and we have a case of architect’s nightmare (builder’s also!)
We have the client who, like the ancient Athenians, is always looking out for some new thing. His architect can do nothing without discussing the advantage of something he has not thought of adopting and is usually unsuitable and inappropriate. Yet, because the client and not the architect has mentioned it first, the client feels he has got his architect at a disadvantage, and the poor fellow is much in the position of a man who runs for a train with insufficient time and failing wind. This is another well-known form of nightmare.
The economical client is often a trial and discipline to those whom he employe. His architect can do nothing without being told of something some where else which was cheaper, and a continual stream of such reminders gradually destroys the architect’s peace of mind, leaving him in the posi tion of a convicted fool — an experience akin to a nightmare. The architect who builds for a client whose finances cannot well bear the strain naturally fares badly. He is placed in the position of a man who insists on his solicitor fighting a weak case. If by a miracle he wins, his judgment is justified; if not, it is human to attribute his failure to inefficient professional advice.
These and many other forms of nightmare might be described, but it suffices to say that one and all of them are obviously attributable to the client’s failure to digest and understand the true nature of the sympathetic and altruistic architect he has employed. Summing up the evidence we have briefly marshalled, we may say that architectural nightmares such as we see around us owe their origin not so much to the failure of architects, but to their super-abundant sympathy for their clients, while the architect’s nightmares have their origin in the failure of the client rightly to understand and estimate the full merits of the profession. The treatment in both cases is obviously not to administer remedies to the architect, but to the general public. We are refining pure gold at our numerous architectural schools, while what is needed is to leaven the mass and make the public recognize the talent which is theirs to employ. But touching the minor question of the education of the architectural student, we have indicated the nature of another aspect from which it may be approached.
We may arrive at a definition of virtue and vice by studying either, and is it not possible that in all fields of thought it is sometimes well to adjust our views by considering not only what is, but also what is not? We have often been asked to give chapter and verse for a condemnation of bad design, which we have found difficult precisely because we have never troubled to analyze the nature of what displeases us, while we find it easy to explain the merits of what we consider good. As the proper study of mankind is man and not good men alone, so our proper study is building and not good building alone, and it is only mental laziness which leads us to restrict the extent of our survey. We are but the instruments on which our clients play their harmonies or strike discords, and what is needed is that the performer should receive a training which will enable him to appreciate our manifold merits. – The Editor
Adopted from the classic reference text: ca. 1922 American Architect & Architecture C 373602 – Fornightly, New York
Whistleblowers now can file complaints online with OSHA
Whistleblowers covered by one of 22 statutes administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now will be able to file complaints online. The online form will provide workers who have been retaliated against with an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance online.
Currently, workers can submit complaints to OSHA by filing a written complaint or calling the agency’s (800) 321-OSHA (6742) number or an OSHA regional or area office. Workers now will be able to electronically submit a whistleblower complaint to OSHA by visiting www.osha.gov/whistleblower/WBComplaint.html.
“The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their rights without fear of retaliation provides the backbone for some of American workers’ most essential protections,” says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels. “Whistleblower laws protect not only workers but also the public at large, and now workers will have an additional avenue available to file a complaint with OSHA.”
The new online form prompts workers to include basic whistleblower complaint information so they can be contacted easily for follow-up. Complaints automatically are routed to the appropriate regional whistleblower investigators. In addition, the complaint form can be downloaded and submitted to the agency in hard-copy format by fax, mail or hand-delivery. The hard-copy version is identical to the electronic version and requests the same information necessary to initiate a whistleblower investigation.
Detailed information about employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets and instructions regarding how to submit the form in hard-copy format, is available online at www.whistleblowers.gov.
The London Fire Department reports an unknown number of casualties at this hour as survivors are being pulled from the Apollo Theatre structural collapse. Full story: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/balcony-collapses-apollo-theatre-central-london-article-1.1553139 Another report here: http://youtu.be/zIKfiH3HUvM
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