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Interview: Rob Wellington Quigley (Summer 2005)

robRob Quigley, together with Parker Sadler, won the international competition for a new San Diego Central Library in 1996, but had to wait 18 years for the project to become a reality. In the interim, the firm became noted for residential housing, designing over 30 residences, several of which won local and national awards. Their municipal, educational and infrastructure/mixed-use projects produced some notable buildings, including the Solana Beach light rail station, Gilman Mixed-use building, and West Valley Library.
The Quigley firm was also involved in several competitions, as a finalist in the University of New Mexico School of Architecture competition, and as winner of the San Diego Downtown Historic Harborfront Competition.
Quigley received his B.Arch degree from the University of Utah, served in the Peace Corps in Chile, where he was responsible for the design and construction of low-cost residential and community projects. He became design partner in founding the firm, Gluth and Quigley Architecture in 1974. The firm, Rob Wellington Quigley, was established in 1978.

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Interview: Frederic Schwartz (Spring 2006)

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An anomaly among American architects, Frederic Schwartz entered over 60 competitions during his lifetime as an architect. He did win a few of those, and in some, where he participated and did not win as a finalist or runnerup, he received high marks from the critics. In the Ground Zero competition, one of the most high-profile competitions ever staged in the U.S., his proposal on the Think Team with Rafael Viñoly and Ken Smith was chosen as the winner by the committee, only to be overruled by then Governor Pataki. Not only did he leave a lasting mark on the environment by those projects which were realized, he was also a constant advocate for civic improvements, bettering the environment we live in.
   When I spoke with him about his participation on the team which won the Nairobi Al Jamea Campus Competition, he said that it gave him great satisfaction, because it was the biggest competition he had ever won (and it was built!). Of course there are several of his projects which are often visited, where the layperson may not know who the architect was: the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan and the 9/11 Memorials in New Jersey and Westchester County, New York are the best examples—the latter two being competition winners. Those who wish to study architecture should take a page from this architect, for he was not just about designing buildings, but making all of our lives better.  -Ed

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Interview: Hodgetts & Fung (Summer 2006)

BWcraig-mingHodgetts + Fung, also known as HplusF, is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Culver City, California led by Craig Hodgetts FAIA and Ming Fung AIA. The firm has produced a wide range of products, from exhibition spaces and preservation projects to office buildings and performance venues. Of its more acclaimed projects was a temporary structure, the 1993 Temporary Powell Library at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), as is the recently completed Wildbeast Pavilion at the California Institute of the Arts, the setting for a national television commercial. The modernization of the Hollywood Bowl and the refurbishment of the Egyptian Cinema in Hollywood are two major preservation projects noted for their acoustics, as well as attention to detail. Other impressive performance venues are the Menlo-Atherton performing arts center—won in an invited competition—and the recently completed Nashville Amphitheater. Along the way,  their Chapel of the North American Martyrs has been nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize by the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Both Hodgetts and Fung have been active as educators in architecture and design—he as a professor at UCLA, and she at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where she has been Director of Graduate Programs, and more recently Director of Academic Affairs.
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Interview: Peter Pfau of Pfau Long Architecture (Spring 2007)

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Shortly after completing studies at UC Berkeley (B.Arch) and working and studying in New York at Columbia University (M.Arch), Peter Pfau returned home to the San Francisco area to co-found Holt Hinshaw Pfau Jones, which gained national acclaim with their competition-winning design for the Astronauts Memorial in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Shortly after winning another competition with HHPJ for the UCLA Cogeneration Power Plant, Peter Pfau founded his own firm in 1991, completing a number of cultural projects as well as residential commissions. An important competition win was the 1997 LGBT center in San Francisco in collaboration with Cee Architects. The firm also focused on educational/learning facilities, completing a number of projects: the Marin Primary School,  St. Paul's Episcopal School, Gateway High School, and winning a competition for a low budget Montessori School in Berkeley. In 2001 the firm won the Lick-Wilmerding High School competition with a highly innovative design—the redesign of a San Francisco area school on a very limited site. Since then the firm, now Pfau Long Architecture, has received commissions for a number of high profile educational and government buildings.
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Interview: Franco Purini (Winter 2007/2008)

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In the design world, Italy is not only famous as a repository of classical architecture and art, but also for its current collection of artists and architects who have gained an international reputation in modern design. But for those not specializing in product design, opportunities in Italy are limited. Enter Franco Purini, an Italian architect who is not only known as a practicing professional, but is one of the world's more interesting theorists. Probably because he is based in Italy, where classical architecture is so  predominant, Purini has found a way to wed the classical and modern in a theoretical system. Whereas the classical achieves order and avoids chaos, neo-rationalism enables the designer to achieve the same by putting in place a new set of rules. On the other hand, Purini is a firm advocate of the element of surprise, sometimes seen in his architecture as a non-connector, which normally is part of an essential support system.

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Along the way, Purini entered numerous competitions, winning a Florence planning competition in 1977 and the Urban Park Competition in Calabria in 2001. Since 1977 he has been the Professor  of Architectural Composition and City Planning at the Sapienza University, Rome.

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Interview: Donald Stastny (Fall 2010)

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Donald Stastny, FAIA, has a long and distinguished career as a design competition professional adviser, acting as a consultant to the General Services Administration and a number of non-profits. Stastny recently discussed his experiences in design competition management and shared his insight into the process, including the lessons he's learned over the years and how managing design competitions complements his own architecture, planning and urban design. His responses have been edited for clarity and brevity.

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Interview: Spela Videcnik of OFIS (Summer 2012)

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OFIS Architects, led by principals Rok Oman and Spela Videcnik, is a successful firm based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Both architects finished their university studies at about the time that Slovenia gained its independence during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and gained an additional global perspective at the AA in London. Unencumbered by the rigid procurement system of the former Communist regime, the firm quickly adjusted to a market system and achieved remarkable results, winning some important design competitions along the way both at home and abroad. Among those were several housing competitions in Slovenia, the FC Bate Borisov Soccer Stadium in Belarus, and a student housing competition in Paris near La Villette. More recently, Spela Videcnik and Rok Oman have currently been in the United States as visiting critics at Harvard.
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Interview: Matthias Sauerbruch of Sauerbruch Hutton (Spring 2008)

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The firm of Sauerbruch Hutton migrated to Berlin in 1993 because of a competition. By winning the GSW High-rise buidling competition, they decided it was necessary to open an office in Berlin to see the project throught to completion. In terms of architectural expression, their generous use of bright red colors for a facade treatment on a curtain wall buidling represented a milestone breakthrough. Although Le Corbusier had used colors generously on his Unité dHabitation building in Berlin, that was a brutalist structure. Thus, this  generous use of color became a trademark of Sauerbruch Hutton architecture.

It can be seen in many of their office buildings, residential towers, and government projects.
As a German, Matthias Sauerbruch received his first higher degree from the HdK in Berlin. Both he and Louisa received degrees at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, where they opened their own firm in 1989. The following year they won the GSW competition.
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Interview: John Ronan (Winter 2008/2009)

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Although known in Chicago primarily for his schools,  John Ronan's Poetry Foundation building on West Superior Street has received more recognition on a national scale. But in the architectural community, schools such as the Gary Comer College Prep School on Chicago's South Side, or Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School have gained him praise from his peers. Along the way, he won a national, open competition for Perth Amboy High School in New Jersey, as well as first place in the Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums competition in Washington, DC, which was subsequently realized.
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When it was announced that John Ronan would be the lone architect to represent Chicago in the invited Obama Library competition, it was only natural that many would assume that he would be a 'wild card', as he was matched up against a collection of star architects from around the world.
John Ronan received his B.Arch from the University of Michigan and M.Arch from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. After stints with the Chicago firms Krueck & Sexton Architects and Lohan Associates, he established his own firm in 1997.

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Interview: Andrzej Bulanda (Summer 2008)

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Since opening an office in Warsaw, Poland in 1991, Andrzaj Bulanda of Bulanda Mucha Architects has won a number of competitions, many of which have been realized. Some of the more impressive are the BRE BANK Headquarters in Bydgoszcz, the adaptation and modernization of Rother Mill and the Hotel PRUDENTIAL in Warsaw. Bulanda received his M.Engineering at the Warsaw Polytechnic, worked with Rolf Gutbrot and Frei Otto in Berlin before receiving a B.Arch from the University of Detroit. He was later a visiting scholar at Harvard's GSD, then taught for one year at Pennsylvania State University.
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Andrzej Bulanda and Vlodzimierz Mucha

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