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TIMELY WATCHWORKS

If "Swiss clock maker" conjures an image of quaint craftsmanship conducted in gingerbread workshops, think again. The oldest active watch making firm in the world, Vacheron Constantin, recently celebrated the opening of a new headquarters building that looks as sleek and trim as any 21st-century timekeeping technology.

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AIA HONORS CALATRAVA, MURPHY/JAHN

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, has been selected to receive the 2005 AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes his collective works and his influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

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CHICAGO DOES STARS

"There is no doubt that the significant depth of architectural talent in Chicago is a tangible asset to our city." So commented Charles Smith, AIA, president of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects, as he congratulated the winners of that organization's 2004 design awards. Indeed, Chicago is one American city where architectural talent has proved to be a tangible asset for over 120 years.

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