Debra Nichols found her artform at the intersection of architecture, communication, and art. Her approach is integrative, synthesizing elegant and energetic design with strategic marketing and smart problem solving. She believes that for anything to truly succeed, to create the spirit of the place, and to contribute to life in a meaningful way, it must be beautiful.
Mark VanderKlipp has been a design professional for 30 years. Twenty four of those years were with Corbin Design, an environmental graphic design firm that specializes in wayfinding systems for healthcare, higher education and civic clients.
With miles of concrete and cinder block as their palette, the emerystudio design team decided to have some fun with graphics for the Eureka Tower parking garage in Melbourne.
Inspired by the work of Swiss artist Felice Varini—whose perspective-defying installations look a lot like giant vector art superimposed on buildings or interior architectural spaces—the team designed colorful forms that are both two- and three-dimensional.
Manhattan's Hearst Tower, the first LEED office tower in New York, is a modern reinterpretation of the Hearst Corporation's original six-story, cast stone, Art Deco home. Foster + Partners inserted a 44-story steel-and-glass tower inside the original structure. The landmark façade is now a 70-ft.-high, skylit atrium space.
The Toronto Botanical Garden includes 12 contemporary-themed gardens spanning nearly four acres. Designed to inspire visitors to engage with nature, then go home and plant their own gardens, it also includes the newly renovated George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticulture, an award-winning, LEED Silver building with an impressive 5,000-sq.-ft. glass-topped pavilion.
To anyone who lives there, or even those who have visited, it's obvious that the words "Los Angeles" and "walks" don't belong together. The great auto city was designed to connect freeways and move people in and out quickly, with very little concern for pedestrians or the walking experience.
All that may be changing thanks to Downtown Los Angeles Walks, an ambitious wayfinding/marketing program that is encouraging tourists and Angelinos alike to walk the city and discover its many destinations.
Ann Dudrow received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design with a major in Illustration. After an influential year in Rome, she migrated to New York and Baltimore, finally landing in California.
Wayne Lyman Morse United State Courthouse. The Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, OR, was built under the U.S. General Service Administration's Design Excellence Program and was completed in October 2006.