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18. Solar Decathlon #105architecturalinspiration

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams of design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and...

19. Maple Valley Library by Cutler Anderson Architect #105architecturalinspiration

I spend a lot of time looking at buildings to find inspiration for details, often for projects I have not even started. Through this process I discovered James Cutler Architects (now Cutler Anderson Architects). Their work is timeless, often using natural materials to create...

17. Delta Shelter by Olson Kundig Architects #105architecturalinspiration

This is one of the most stunning houses I have come across. The pure use of natural materials set on a simple structural system allowing it to float in the woods makes this one of my favorite architectural creations. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects in 2005, the Delta Shelter...

14. Magney House #105architecturalinspiration

  In graduate school at The University of Tennessee I started putting the pieces together for my approach to sustainable design. My goal was to find aesthetically pleasing design solutions to common building problems. In this case, water. While searching for rainwater...

12. Philip Merrill Environmental Center #105architecturalinspiration

Timing is everything! The path that I took to becoming an architect was not normal. I spent 3 years at a community college to earn a 2 year degree. In that time I focused on learning how people make decisions / how people think. Then I headed to UVA for three years to earn a 4...

9. Samuel Mockbee #105architecturalinspiration

Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee December 23, 1944 – December 30, 2001 At a time in my professional development where I was questioning my purpose in the industry, I found an architect that changed my future. I attended a lecture at the University of Virginia given by an...

8. Chicago Theatre Marquee #105architecturalinspiration

The Chicago Theater is an icon known around the world. Unfortunately, on my only visit to Chicago I did not have the opportunity to tour the building. However, I did get the chance to see the nearly six story high sign / marquee hanging on the front of the building. There are a...

7. The Aqua Tower in Chicago #105architecturalinspiration

This 82 story tall Chicago mixed-use residential building  has a fluid contour facade creating unique balconies for every apartment. The Aqua Tower includes floor-to-ceiling windows, clean lines, and Chicago’s largest outdoor recreation deck.  The structure was designed by...

6. Hatch Show Prints #105architecturalinspiration

When you see good design you know it immediately, Hatch Show Prints are good design. I have always loved old playbills but never spent time thinking about how they were created. That is until I visited Nashville and discovered for myself what you probably already knew before me....

1. Jefferson’s Academical Village #105architecturalinspiration

Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village is the heart of the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The structures comprising the space include the Rotunda, ten Pavilions, student rooms, Lawn, range rooms, and gardens some with Serpentine Walls (used as a...
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