Category: CoWorking

Summer Reading in Pandemic Times

by Lira Luis (originally published in Medium.com) 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 »
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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 »

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara Receive the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Chicago, IL (March 3, 2020) – Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin, Ireland, have been selected as the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor. “Architecture could be described as one of the most complex and important... Read more »
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Towards Equity …and other such stories

Towards Equity …and other such stories
Towards Equity …and other such stories Edited by Lira Luis, FRIBA, AIA, NCARB, CEM, LEED AP   “The idea that because I am an immigrant, I should walk around with my tail between my legs, is getting old. Being grateful does not mean never speaking up. On the contrary because of my gratefulness, I want... Read more »

Lira Luis Named A RIBA Fellow

Lira Luis is honored to have been named a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a marker of her significant contribution to architecture and the built environment. She is one of ten elevated as 2020 RIBA Fellow Members. The Fellowship Panel recommended her to RIBA Council, who through its appointed committee, has... Read more »

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces Over 100 Civic, Educational, and Cultural Programs Throughout the City

The Chicago Architecture Biennial announced that more than 100 programs will take place at upwards of 50 venues over the course of the Biennial from September 19, 2019 through January 5, 2020, with a press and professional preview on September 17 & 18. These range from events, lectures, panels, workshops, and performances organized by the... Read more »
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Lived On The Wright Lines of World Heritage: Organic Architecture

The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright UNESCO World Heritage Site: 1. Unity Temple. Photo by Tom Rossiter courtesy of Harboe Architects
Frank Lloyd Wright has long been dead… Yes, and his Organic Architecture influence lives — leaving a lasting legacy of world heritage. During the Forty-third (43rd) session in Baku, Azerbaijan on July 7, 2019, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee, an independent intergovernmental body, inscribed “The 20th-Century Architecture of... Read more »