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Interview: Richard Francis-Jones (Spring 2009)


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Richard Francis-Jones is a Partner of award-winning Australian architecture practice Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) and has been the Design Director for many highly acclaimed and awarded projects, which have been widely published both nationally and internationally. Projects led by Richard have received many awards including the AR/MIPIM Future Project Award and the World Architecture Festival shortlist. Top state and national awards for public architecture have included the Sir Zelman Cowen Award, the Sir John Sulman Medallion, the Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage, the Lloyd Rees Civic Design Award and the National Interior Architecture Award.
 Jones received his B.Arch from the University of Sydney and M.Arch from Columbia University
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Interview: Peter Schaudt (Fall 2008)

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Peter Schaudt's migration from the study of architecture to landscape architecture has resulted in the establishment of one of the country's most important landscape architecture firms. Initially studying architecture at the University of Illinois' Chicago campus, his merit award for his Vietnam Veterans Memorial entry as an undergraduate in 1981 was an indication of things to come. After joining landscape architect Dan Kiley's office, and receiving his MLA at Harvard, he was involved in a number of competitions, two of which were with the office of Michael Van Valkenburgh. In 1990 he was the American Academyi of Rome Prize winner in Landscape Architecture, then shortly afterwards established his own practice in Chicago. Subsequent competition winners—in collaboration with other firms—included the Erie Street Plaza Competition in Milwaukee and the team of PLANT Architects, Shore Irwin Tilbe and Adrian Blackwell for the international Nathan Phillips Square competition in Toronto. Later he joined the Perkins and Will team to win the Shanghai Nature Museum and Plaza competition. 
In 2008 his firm merged with Douglas Hoerr, FASLA, to form Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects.

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Interview: Jacques Ferrier (Fall 2009)

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Jacques Ferrier's career as a provincial architect to one of France's major players in the profession took a dramatic turn with his competition win for the Water Treatment Plant in Paris. After that, he has won numerous competitions, including a competition for the Airbus France buildings at Paris-Orly airport, the Cite de la Voile Eric Tabarly in Lorient, Piper Heidsieckand Charles Heidsieck Headquarters, and theFrench Pavilion First Prize for the Universal Exposition in Shanghai.
Partially as a result of his award-winning competition entry for the Water Treatment Plant, he has become a major player in energy and sustainability issues as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Building Energy, created in 2005 to promote European research projects in sustainable development.
He has also been active as a writer, including Useful Poetry of Useful Things and Concept Office.

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Interview: Allison Williams (Summer 2009)

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Allison Williams FAIA, before founding her own consulting firm, was Vice President and Director of Design for AECOM's U.S. West region. She has risen through the ranks of large architecture firms: SOM, Ai (merged with Perkins + Will) to AECOM. Along the way, there have been several competitions, some of which have been built. One of the most notable was the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, the competition having occurred in 2003 and realized in 2009.
As is often the case with large firms, Allison was leading the design studios for major projects. Among those were San Jose Museum of Art Addition; Yerba Buena Tower, San Francisco; Tower City, Cleveland, Ohio (winning competition entry—unbuilt); Richmond (CA) Civic Center Master Plan; Echelon Corporate Headquarters Cmpus, San Jose; Toledo Federal Courthouse Finalist (GSA Design Excellence Program); Calexico US Port of Entry (CA), competition 2011 and GSA commission; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California.
Allison Williams received her B.Arch and M.Arch from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Interview: Blostein/Overly Architects (Summer 2010)

blosteinoverly_bwBeth Blostein and Bart Overly both received their B.Arch at Ohio State University. Before founding the firm, Blostein Overly Architects, Beth received her M.Des at Harvard’s GSD, and Bart went on to receive his M.Arch at Princeton University. Both spent time in larger firms in Columbus, Ohio, before establishing their own firm: Beth at Design Group Columbus, and Bart at the Columbus office of NBBJ. as well as teaching at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University.
After establishing their own firm, they entered and won several competitions:

 

– SECCA “Home: House” competition
– New Housing New York Competition
– Ferrous Park Housing competition, Kansas City
– Boston Center for the Arts Urban Plaza
In the meantime, they have private residences under construction in the Columbus, Ohio suburbs and environs.

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Interview: Diana Balmori (Winter 2009/2010)

Diana  BalmoriRecognized in the international design community as one of the principal landscape architecture firms in this country, Balmori Associates is often invited by architecture firms to take part in competitions as the landscape design component of the team. In this role, she was part of a winning team with Zaha Hadid Architects for the Amman Performing Arts Center in Jordan, as well as the winning World Mammoth +Permafrost Museum in Russia with Leeser Architects. Among other international successes have been the winning Campa de los Ingleses riverfront project in Bilbao, Spain, and as a finalist in the 10 Li Ring Park, Sejong, Korea competition. Her minimalist design for the World War II Memorial competition in Washington, DC, as one of five finalists, was a serious contender for the commission. More recently, Balmori Associates was one of five invited finalists in the high-profile Lexington (KY) Town Branch Competition. She was engaged as a consulting firm to manage the realization of the Beale Street Landing project on the Mississippi River, the result of a winning competition entry by RTN of Buenos Aires.
Diana Balmori has held teaching positions at Yale University and the State University of New York (SUNY). After a tenure at Cesar Pelli Architects, where she headed the landscape architecture studio, she founded her own firm in New York in 1990.
After Diana Balmori passed away in November 2016, the firm continues under the leadership of Javier González-Campaña and Noémie Lafaurie-Debany.

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Interview: Craig Dykers/Snøhetta (Fall 2006)

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Craig Dykers,  one of the original founders of Snøhetta, established the U.S.-based office of the Norwegian firm in New York City in 2006 after receiving a coveted commission for the new National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at Ground Zero. Snøhetta's origins date back to the 1989 Alexandria Library Competition in Egypt, where the winning team, consisting of three architects in Los Angeles and two Oslo architects, all of whom were under 30 years of age, won the competition. With the support of the Norwegian government, that team established itself in Oslo, took on the name, Snøhetta, and subsequently won several competitions, including the much acclaimed Oslo Opera House Competition. The New York City office, established by Dykers, has subsequently won several important commissions in the U.S.: including the Bowling Green State University Performing Arts Center; North Carolina State University Library on their new, west campus; Temple University Library; and the recent Calgary Public Library, the latter won in a  invited competition.
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Interview: Peter Busby (Winter 2010)

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As Managing Director of Busby Perkins+Will, Peter is involved in the design and sustainable direction of each project the firm engages. Overseeing design offices in Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington, and now San Francisco, Peter directs more than 100 employees working on projects across Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. As a director of Perkins+Will since 2004, Peter has expanded his role to include sustainable design leadership to the firm’s 23 offices worldwide; and Perkins+Will has been recognized internationally as the leader in sustainable building design, having the largest portfolio of built green projects in North America.
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Interview: Jeanne Gang (Spring 2010)

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Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang, a leading Chicago-based architecture firm, received her B. Arch degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana in 1986. After obtaining a M.Arch degree from Harvard's GSD and a fellowship to the ETH in Zürich, she spent two years with the Office of Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, then with Booth/Hansen Associates in Chicago. After the founding of Studio Gang Architects in 1997, the firm received several commissions, including the Starlight Theater in Rockford, Illinois. The firm later won two national competitions, The Ford Calumet Environmental Center and the Hoboken (NJ) 9/11 Memorial Competition. Later she was the runnerup finalist in the Taipei Pop Music Center Competition, Taiwan. A MacArthur genius grant is among the various awards she has received.

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Interview: Craig Hartman FAIA of SOM (Spring 2000)

CraigHartmanCraig Hartman joined Skidmore Owings and Merrill immediately after receiving his B.Arch from the new Ball State architecture program in Muncie, Indiana. At SOM he was mentored by Principal, Walter Netsch, who became a life-long friend. By 1985 he became a design partner at SOM's Houston office, then Partner-in-Charge at SOM's Washington office two years later. There he collaborated with Charles Correa and Nikken Sekkei on the Second Place entry to the World Bank competition.
Shortly thereafter he moved to SOM's West Coast region in San Francisco as Partner-in-Charge. In 1993 he won the San Francisco International Terminal Competition, which was completed in 2000.
SOM's San Francisco office became very active in China, winning competitions for two large projects in 1993 and 1994. That same year, SOM won the extension competition for the California State Office Building in San Francisco. Led by Craig, SOM prevailed over four other high-profile firms in an invited 2001 competition for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing—which opened in 2008.
In neighboring Oakland, SOM was invited as the only U.S.-based firm to participate in the Christ the Light Cathedral competition, where they were again up against stiff competition, Santiago Calatrava among others. After winning the competition, the site was changed to a new location, but the result drew wide-spread acclaim upon the building's dedication in 2009.

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