Category: Interior Design

The United States Is A Nation Of Immigrants. Let's Honor Them Beyond Just In June.

I call upon the people of the United States to learn more about the history of our Nation’s diverse and varied immigrant communities and to observe this month with appropriate programming and activities that remind us of the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. -JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of AmericaA... Read more »

An exhibit celebrating the key role of Asian Americans on the Blockchain

Editor’s Commentary by Lira Luis: This month, we will be featuring Asian Americans in ChicagoNow’s ArchXPerience to elevate the profile of their contributions to societies. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May 1st through the 31st, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian... Read more »

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 »
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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 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 »
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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 »
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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 »