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Construction continues on the Linked Hybrid housing project, Beijing, China, designed by Steven Holl Architects. Photo: Courtesy Steven Holl Architects Extra Large Image

Los Angeles · 2008.0311
H. Michael Smith, AIA, LEED AP, has joined SmithGroup as leader of the science and technology studio in the firm's Los Angeles, California, office.

SmithGroup has also promoted seven staff members to vice president. Juhee Cho, IIDA, LEED AP, and Will Loftis, AIA, LEED AP, are co-leaders of the workplace studio in the San Francisco office. Steven L. Cohen, AIA, LEED AP is the operations leader for the workplace studio in the Washington, D.C., office. Michael Kang, FAIA, LEED AP, heads the firm's design review committee from Washington, D.C. Angie Lee, FAIA, IIDA, leads the workplace studio in the Chicago, Illinois, office. Mark Patterson, AIA, LEED AP, is the healthcare studio leader in the Phoenix, Arizona, office. Susan Arneson, CPSM, is corporate marketing director.

Khanty Mansiysk · 2008.0310
Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has revealed its design for several projects in Khanty Mansiysk, Siberia, Russia. The projects include an 83-meter (272-foot) five-star hotel and business center, a 500,000-square-meter (5.4 million-square-foot) retail and entertainment center, a chess and billiard club that will host the 2010 World Chess Championship, and a master plan for increasing density at the city center and introducing a network of pedestrian links.

London · 2008.0309
British architecture critic Martin Pawley died on March 9, 2008, at age 69. Pawley wrote for and edited many major architecture publications over the course of his career, including Architectural Design, the Architects' Journal, Building, Building Design, Blueprint, and World Architecture, and served as architecture critic for the Observer and the Guardian. He was recognized for his sharp insights and visionary ideas, as well as for his humor.

Pawley studied at the Oxford School of Architecture, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and the Architectural Association in London.

He authored several books, including Architecture Versus Housing (1971), The Private Future (1973), Theory and Design in the Second Machine Age (1990), Terminal Architecture (1998), and The Strange Death of Architecture (2007). He also contributed to The Late Show on BBC2 from 1989 to 1995.

After the publication of Garbage Housing in 1975, Pawley served as a consultant to the United Nations about construction of housing from waste materials. He also taught at Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Florida A&M University, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Boston · 2008.0307
Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston, Massachusetts, has promoted four senior staff members. Janette Blackburn, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to principal, and Melissa B. Bennett, AIA, NCARB; Katherine W. Faulkner, AIA, LEED AP, and Ann K. Newman have been promoted to associate principal.

Blackburn focuses on the planning and design of higher education facilities. Since joining the firm in 1989, she has served as project architect on major library projects, including work for Columbia, Princeton, and Rice Universities.

Bennett is a senior member of the library practice with more than 25 years of experience. Walker is a leading member of the firm’s healthcare practice. Newman is a leader of the firm's planning practice.

Chicago · 2008.0306
Anne T. Sullivan, AIA, has joined structural engineering and design firm Thornton Tomasetti as vice president in charge of establishing a historic preservation practice sector in the firm's Chicago, Illinois, office. Sullivan previously served for 15 years as a senior associate with Johnson Lasky Architects. Her numerous building restoration projects have included the Glessner House Museum by H.H. Richardson and the Museum of Science and Industry, both in Chicago, and the Fabyan Villa in Batavia, Illinois, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

San Francisco · 2008.0306
Sandy Mendler, AIA, has joined Seattle, Washington-based sustainable design firm Mithun as a principal, with San Francisco, California, as her primary location. The firm has also announced plans to open an office in San Francisco later in 2008.

Mendler was previously a senior vice president and design principal at the San Francisco office of HOK. During her 20 years of professional experience, she has led a variety of high-profile projects, including university buildings, research laboratories, and headquarters for the Environmental Protection Agency, World Resources Institute, and National Wildlife Federation. She recently served on the national board of directors of the U.S. Green Building Council, and has served as chair of the national AIA Committee on the Environment.

New York · 2008.0229
The new Natatorium and Ice Rink has opened in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City. The New York office of Handel Architects designed the $65 million building in collaboration with Kevin Hom + Andrew Goldman Architects, PC of New York.

A cable-stay structure with soaring masts supports an undulating roof canopy inspired by the 1939 and 1964 World's Fair pavilions. Building-length walls may be removed and reinstalled to allow the addition of a temporary bleacher structure. A glass lobby and colored glass tiles accent the shell of precast concrete panels.

Initiated as part of New York's bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, the 110,000-square-foot (10,200-square-meter) facility includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool and National Hockey League-regulation-sized ice rink.

Venice · 2008.0229
Osborn Architects of Glendale, California, has revealed its design for Ánimo Venice Charter High School, slated for construction in Venice, California, starting in April 2008. The new high school campus will be developed in four construction phases, with modular buildings added to house each year's new incoming class, and ending with the construction of a two-story, 45,000-squre-foot (4,200-square-meter) multipurpose building.

The facility will include low-VOC interior finishes and several sustainable design features, such as daylighting, drought-tolerant landscaping, a compact footprint, and an efficient mechanical system that exceeds California's Title 24 energy standards.

San Francisco · 2008.0228
A new InterContinental hotel has opened in San Francisco, California. Patri Merker Architects of San Francisco designed the 32-story tower, which includes 550 rooms, three floors of meeting space, a spa, restaurant, bar, and terraces. The articulated facade of translucent, high-performance Azurlite glass softens the building's massing and allows daylight inside.

BraytonHughes Design Studios of San Francisco designed the hotel interiors, which feature wood and marble. Hornberger + Worstell of San Francisco served as construction architect.

Beijing · 2008.0225
Construction is underway on Linked Hybrid (pictured above), a large mixed-use project in Beijing, China. Steven Holl is leading the project with Li Hu, a partner in the Beijing office of New York City-based Steven Holl Architects. The 220,000-square-meter (20,400-square-foot) complex will house restaurants, retail services, and over 700 apartments.

The eight towers will be connected by a series of public sky-bridges. Each apartment has two exterior exposures. The project was designed to meet LEED Gold standards, and also incorporates principles of feng shui.

The firm has three other projects underway in China. The Nanjing Museum of Art & Architecture is slated to open in late 2008. The "Sliced Porosity Block" is a large-scale mixed-use project underway in Chengdu, expected to be complete by late 2010. The Vanke Center, described by the firm as a "floating horizontal skyscraper," is currently under construction in Shenzhen.

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