The Importance of Freedom of Expression in Architecture

(Written by Lira Luis, FRIBA, FRSA, RA, NCARB, CEM, LEED AP on Medium) Maria Ressa (Philippines) and Dmitry Muratov (Russia) received the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. They accomplished this through their own platforms — the former’s Rappler, a digital media... Read more »

Chicago Architecture Biennial’s Fourth Edition, The Available City Opens to the Public on Friday, September 17

The fourth edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) will open to the public on September 17, responding to an urban design framework that proposes connecting community residents, architects, and designers to develop and create spaces that reflect the needs of communities and neighborhoods. Over 80 contributors from more than 18 countries will respond to... Read more »

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces Cultural Partners Offering Fall 2021 Programs that Bring The Available City’s Exploration of Architecture, Space, and Public Use to a Broad Range of Contexts and Communities

More than 100 museums, architecture studios, and community organizations—including Douglass 18, SOM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 6018 North, Studio Gang and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and many others—will offer lectures, panels, performances,workshops, and other events in neighborhoods across ChicagoThe Chicago Architecture Biennial announced more than 100 city- wide cultural partners that will present programming... Read more »

Are you an architect of something?

Are you an architect of something?
Innovation is an act of leadership where architects can create enabling environments so people feel comfortable to experiment and safe to take risks, allowing learning to happen. -Lira Luis, FRIBA, FRSA, R.A., CEM, LEED AP Are you an architect of something? Then this club is for you! Architect of Things (AoT)SM is a network of “architects”... Read more »

The Value of Fellowship (Part 3)

(A multipart reflection on fellowship written by Lira Luis) “Everything that happens only once can never happen twice. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” -Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist Part 3 – The RSA Fellowship Just imagine receiving a nomination to join the Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement... Read more »

Summer Reading in Pandemic Times

by Lira Luis (originally published in The current pandemic led to the grounding of all my business flights for the rest of the year. The good news is, while bleisure travel took me to faraway places pre-pandemic, so can a book, or two. The shorter commute between my balcony and living room during WFH... Read more »

Lira Luis Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

We are delighted to announce that our Leapfrog Project Founder & ALLL Principal Architect, Lira Luis has been elected as Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) for her prominent contributions to social progress and development that benefit extreme natural disaster survivors within human settlements.   This... Read more »

The Meaning of Fellowship (Part 2)

(A multipart reflection on fellowship written by Lira Luis) “The best time to get an award is when you receive it.”  – Grafton Architects (Shelley McNamara), 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and 2020 Royal Gold Medallist Part 2 – The RIBA Fellowship We live in uncertain times, and I bet you’re a bit like me... Read more »

The Meaning of Fellowship (Part 1)

(A multipart reflection on fellowship written by Lira Luis) “Fellowship work in its manifold branches will come directly under the influence of an organic philosophy: organic architecture for organic life. At Taliesin this life will be lived with such sense of the Future as may belong to the present.” -Frank Lloyd Wright Part 1 –... Read more »

Strategy for Practicing Architecture In a Coronavirus-impacted Economy

by Lira Luis, FRIBA, AIA, NCARB, CeM, LEED AP BD+C As the US House of Representatives announced today (March 7th) that they are “preparing to allow staff to telework as concerns grow over the global coronavirus outbreak” I have been amplifying the benefits of teleworking for the architecture industry beyond a “Virtual Practice” into a... Read more »