August 15, 2008
  Piecing Together Community in New Orleans
An award-winning homeless shelter that plans for temporary trailers, not around them

Wayne Troyer Architects’ Rebuild Center responds to serious budget and time constraints with a design that hides the mass and expression of single-function temporary trailers behind wooden trellises, walkways, and canopies. This plan buries the trailers in a unified, non-institutional context and offers homeless patrons a dignified and inviting, though temporary, place to gather.

Interior Architects Help Seattle Credit Union Embrace Change
Architecture and design process reflect company culture
The architect and design process of Interior Architects (IA) reflects the culture of flexibility and teamwork that is the hallmark of the Watermark Credit Union, a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution that has been doing business in Seattle for more than four generations. A six-month study of Watermark’s space and work styles, stewarded by an employee committee that help set priorities for the six-story, 40,000-square-foot project, led to an open plan built from a kit of parts consisting of common systems and freestanding furniture components. There are just two fixed offices (for the heads of human resources and internal audit).

Copyright or Copy Wrong?
Second in a Series

You may know (or think you know) your basic rights and obligations under copyright law. But what misconceptions are commonly held by people you work with, your boss or employees, your clients, or your consultants? You might be surprised, according to AIA Associate Counsel Gregory Hancks, AIA. This is the second in a series of articles exploring various aspects of copyright that are frequently misunderstood. In this installment, we will look at where the “rights” part of copyrights come from.

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