Fancy new office tower pulls out all the art stops: Yes, that’s an art car in the lobby

It took 9,000 hours over a period of seven months for eight craftsmen from two families to shape a work of art that comprises roughly 2,227,000 individual parts weighing a combined 200 pounds, with each one glued together one by one.

The completed sculpture, on view on the first floor of the new BBVA Compass Plaza on Post Oak Boulevard, speaks volumes of the cultural flavor of Houston and the values cherished by the city’s stakeholders — and the principles of the underwriters.

Written By JOEL LUKS

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The Future of Design Education: Teaching Innovation

Office installation by Nikole Nelson, an alumnus of Savannah College of Art and Design. Photo by Jeff Harris.

Ask any student or faculty member about interior design education today and invariably you’ll hear about interdisciplinary collaboration—the merging of specialties—and professional interaction and experience. “Students want real world experiences,” says Cindy Coleman, director at School at the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). “And, more and more, students want to connect to a professional community.”

Like some of its peer institutions, SAIC has responded by incorporating project-based studios into its course of study. “In these studios, students from different disciplines work collaboratively and the outcome is often a product, built project, analysis, or public exhibits,” says Coleman.

Written By Sara Pepitone

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Know your home’s architectural style

Victorian or Colonial revival? Modern or contemporary?

Even if you’re just curious, knowing the style of a home can be helpful for buying, selling, remodeling or decorating.

Deborah Burns, executive director of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, said many homes have easily identifiable styles — a Colonial has a symmetrical facade, a small portico and a center hall, and a bungalow has a central roof dormer and a foundation made with patterned concrete blocks. But she also cautions that not all resources offer the correct information, and not all homes have a set style. It’s hardest to pin down suburban homes, she said.

Written By Margaret Ely

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5 Career Paths In Interior Design

“There are many career paths in interior design that you can venture into. As long as you are happy and accomplished, it does not matter what type of designer you are.

5 Career Paths In Interior Design

Two things can provide a massive jump start to your interior design career. You will be expected to have obtained an interior design bachelors degree and be accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). After that, the world is yours. Here are five interior design career choices to consider:”

Written by Devney Walsh

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