The AIA, founded in 1857, is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners, with members in the United States and abroad. Through its national, regional, state, and local components, the AIA works to achieve excellence in the design of built environments and high standards of professionalism for architects through education, government advocacy, and public outreach activities.
The mission of the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community (DFA) is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge necessary to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society. This includes relevant research on characteristics, planning, and costs associated with innovative design for aging. In addition, DFA provides outcome data on the value of these design solutions and environments.
The DFA actively works with LeadingAge through preparation, review of projects, and education workshops about designing for aging adults.
Furniture by Architects reveals how the same fundamental principles
used in building design can be applied on a much smaller scale, resulting in
pieces of furniture that embrace function, beauty and context to become objects
of art. For centuries, architects have turned their hand to custom furniture in
a practice that has resulted in a number of iconic designs, including the
timeless Eames Lounge and Ottoman and the ubiquitous Barcelona chair created by
Mies van der Rohe for his acclaimed Barcelona Pavilion.
Architects beautifully illustrates bespoke design by some of the world’s
leading architects, who are increasingly designing furniture as clients seek
interiors customised to specific needs. Foster + Partners’ 520 Armchair for
Walter Knoll has the texture and comfort found in a traditional leather
armchair, while the Liquid Glacial Dining & Coffee Table by Zaha Hadid
Design, made from polished clear Plexiglas, capture the spirit of her
architecture, with their distinctive fluid lines, revealing the waves and
ripples below the surface.
from leading architectural photographer and writer, Russell Abraham, Rural Modern
presents a tantalising selection of modern country houses in a variety of
styles and forms.
century has seen rural residential architecture take ideas from both the Modern
Bauhaus design movement and the ever-popular Shingle Style. The result is a
style that borrows from vernacular forms and materials, but uses them in new
ways. Issues of sustainability and energy conservation are also key to
contemporary country house design. Orienting windows to capture heat in winter,
but protect the house from the sun in summer is an ongoing design objective. The
modern country house is a hybrid of several ingenious ideas blended together to
create a modern, sustainable and highly liveable architecture that respects the
past and looks forward into the future.