Joann Gonchar, AIA, LEED AP, is a senior editor at Architectural Record. She joined RECORD in 2006, after working for eight years at its sister publication, Engineering News-Record. Before starting her career as a journalist, Joann worked for several architecture firms and spent three years in Kobe, Japan, with the firm Team Zoo, Atelier Iruka. She earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York State.
Today the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in a milestone announcement, selected Paul Revere Williams as its 2017 Gold Medal recipient, America’s highest honor for an architect. The AIA’s 2017 Firm Award goes to San Francisco-based firm Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects.
Approaching the new Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center from the jumble of hulking facilities in Upper Manhattan that make up the Columbia University Medical Center, the first thing that comes into view is the tower’s attention-grabbing south elevation.
Earlier this summer, Kristine Harding, the principal in charge of the Huntsville, Alabama, studio of the KPS Group, became president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
Light pollution hides views of the cosmos and causes a host of environmental problems. But architectural and landscape lighting can be designed so that it is sensitive to the night sky and ecosystems yet still responds to clients’ requirements.