Design and Architect a.k.a. DnA  is a practice founded by Xu Tiantian where contemporary and fresh approaches meet the traditional context of China. The practice mainly focused on the interdependency and amalgamation of the program, concept and context in a way that will help the surroundings to flourish and engage. 

They say that, “context programs and their potential relationship will cultivate architecture into a multidimensional expression and generate new experiments and explorations for users. Architecture will continue to influence and inspire our contemporary life.”

1. Songzhuang Art Center (2006)

Location: Songzhuang, Beijing, China.

There was a need to cherish the evolution of art and artists in the town of Songzhuang. The art centre aims to help flourish all these artists and their creations and act as a space for interaction and acknowledgment of art between creators and art-enthusiasts. The building is physically seen to be divided into two parts. The lower level acts as a space for frequent and common gatherings or events, hence the material used is glass which portrays transparency. The upper blocks or the second part, covered in bricks from all sides, acts as an enclosed and semi-private space for the art to be displayed.

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2. Xiaobao Cultural Center (2007)

Location: Songzhuang, Beijing, China.

The center acts as a space for artists to reside, sell and showcase their work. The ground level is separated into public spaces for hosting various programs followed by the residential units and studios on the top. The design is said to follow a particular layout known as the tangram puzzle. This layout tends to create double-height spaces that involve individual units that allow visual permeability. 

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3. Ordos Art Museum (2007)

Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

This project respects both the antithetical aspects of the raw landscape which the site offers and the concept of the intriguing future for the museum. The space acts as one continuous room with no barriers and a series of metal-framed windows. The other materials incorporated are slate tiles for the façade and timber planks for the leisure semi-open space.

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4. Songzhuang Artist Commune (2009)

Location: Songzhuang, Beijing, China.

The project was to accommodate the increasing number of artists in the village. This residence consists of 20 units that combines the activities of living and working. The project is built in such a way that both the areas can be combined and used as a display space for the growing creators.

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5. Teahouse (2015)

Location: Damushan Tea Plantation, Songyang.

In the initial stages, the teahouse was built as an addition to an existing pavilion. The teahouse aims to compliment the surrounding beauty. It consists of two private rooms and a two-storey common space. The project is a flourishing space for increased production and a space to teach and host various programs. 

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6. Pingtian Village Center (2015)

Location: Pingtian Village, Songyang.

The requirement was to design a versatile space to allow the villagers carry out varied activities and utilize the space to its fullest. For the construction of this center, the tenon and mortise system was used. The center reflects the language of the existing houses in the village and has internal courtyards that connect the horizontal spaces as well as vertical spaces through stairs.

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7. Bamboo Theatre (2016)

Location: HengKeng, Songyang.

Villages in China consist of small pockets of bamboo covered spaces in the wilderness which are often used for leisure activities. This simple yet innovative intervention allows the villagers itself to tie the stems of the bamboo together and use the dome-like space.

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8. Brown Sugar Factory (2016)

Location: Xing Village, Songyang.

Already known for its production of sugar, the village needed a well planned factory in order to address the issues surrounding the weak conditions and decreasing revenue. The factory is divided into the storage area, main production areas, program area for the village and a leisure space. The materials used in this project as steel trusses for the main production areas and glass partitions to allow visual connectivity. The concept was to showcase the work in a staged drama like manner. Hence, lights have been incorporated in such a way that it showcases the act of production. The glass walls have illustrations on how the sugar is obtained.

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9. Shimen Bridge (2017-18)

Location: Shimen, Songyang.

The existing bridge spans across the Wuyang Dam which is an important feature of the district. The bridge also connects the two villages of Shimen and Shimen-yu. 

To vamp-up the abandoned bridge, the firm proposed a platform that frames and allows the villagers to have a look at the Songyi river. The addition is in the form of pitched timber roof that stretches across the entire bridge. It is discontinued in the center to portray it as a floating island on the river and is designed to allow not only easy daily commuting but also serve as a space for several festive activities.

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10. Pine Pavilion (2017-18)

Location: Xiahuangyu, Songyang.

The Pine Pavilion is a structure built straight alongside the river dam. Timber panels divide the entire structure into spaces that can be used to host various programs and workshops. The buffer spaces also act as viewing platforms that frame the dam and the fishpond. A series of pine trees have been incorporated to reflect the village’s fame of production on pine resin.

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11. Hakka Indenture Museum (2017)

Location: Shicang, Songyang.

The project reflects the village’s name, Shicang, which means the stone storage that dictates a folktale of greed and magic. The museum accommodates the heritage and collection of Hakka society. In terms of the irrigation system that acts as a highlighting factor of the project, it follows the same system from the mountains and then towards the village. The plan is organized to segregate spaces into exhibition rooms, a plaza and open spaces. The indentations in the roof reflect the drainage channels spanning across the entire structure where they catch the rainwater and also allow slivers of light. The heritage has been distributed into other buildings of the village and as a result, the entire village is a platform that displays the Hakka culture.

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12. Baitasi Hutong Gallery (2017)

Location: Baitasi, Beijing.

To suit the existing fabric, the brief was to convert a residential building  into a space which displays the context and richness of the hutong area. The intent was to design a gallery that starts by inviting the locals to interact with the new additions and remodel the entire zone. The building was said to remain unaltered due to the regulations. However, vertical voids and skylights were reintroduced to achieve sufficient light and reshuffle to fit a gallery and studios along with an office. These reflect the curves one experiences while strolling around in the area and also reminds the user of the existing pagodas. The roof pavilion adds to the skyline and cables of the hutongs. It serves as a connection between the history and the present, built to enhance interaction.

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13. Music Studio by the Sea (2018)

Location: Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province.

The coast is observed to have a number of residential and public spaces. Hence, to make it wholesome, a music studio was proposed to be constructed on this coast of the community known as Arnaya. It comprises performing areas followed by an amphitheatre and a rooftop theatre, each built to justify the circular planning initially formed. It appears to be a red mass sitting on the sand of the coast.

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14. Dushan Leisure Center (2018)

Location: Dushan Mountain, Songyang.

This project is a tourist center built for the region’s increasing urban importance. It consists of a number of facilities that attracts tourists and locals. Its design blends the mountain, water, indoor and crafted outdoor spaces seamlessly with a dynamic walkway in picture.

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15. Chinese Herbal Garden (2018)

Location: Songyang County.

Practices in herbal and medicinal areas is an area Chinese people have been aching since eras. In order to , the design for a Chinese herbal garden came into picture. The main idea was to consider the landscape design and urban fabric of the proposed public area. The garden is located in the core of Songyang county and has been divided into four parts based on the seasons. The flooring has carved out names with the respective herbs growing in them. On the western end, a wall can be observed which is painted to enlighten the visitors on their ancient medicinal history.

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In 1985, Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA, established Lehrer Architects (LA) as a sole proprietorship in his hometown of Los Feliz, Los Angeles expertise in project design, management, master planning, and collaboration with social and community groups in Los Angeles and abroad. As a result, the company, and their activities are all deeply anchored in the numerous towns and neighbourhoods. Lehrer Architects’ design philosophy is based on strong respect and love for the community, as well as an unshakable commitment to its advancement.

Michael Lehrer has created a unique link between an architect’s communal duty and that of a leader who uses design to increase space and standard of living. Whether projects are residential, commercial, institutional, public, or private, the firm’s approach focuses on the creation of home and community – from the individual to the family to the neighbourhood to the city – building spaces that sanctify life’s rituals. As an established team of energetic and socially concerned professionals, Lehrer Architects have achieved multiple awards. Below are 15 iconic awards-winning projects by Lehrer Architects.

1. MLA Studio Office

By constructing an innovative design office inside a historic factory building, which respects design and manufacturing. It uses daylight, airflow, and modest/magnificent industry structure, space, and site to highlight the inherent raw beauty of this fundamental “manufacturing” typology and its revolutionary transparent building-within-a-building.

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It is a centre of interaction and gathering: employees, tourists, neighbours, and citizens, bordered on the west by train lines that run along to the east of a LA river valley Downtown. The enclosing mass is a 27,000 sq. ft steel-framed and clad manufacturing structure that is 60 years old.

Structure and raw space

This industrial structure is unpolished. Its real and unrestrained structure is crucial to its feeling of location and purpose. The structural engineer and architects were able to use an existing large heavy steel beam in the middle of the old double gable roof to support the new lightweight construction stud rafters at the inside gabled roof’s apex.  The new inside roof is a riff on the previous roof, visually engaging them and enhancing their natural beauty.

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The solution is a lightweight polygonal-sheathed steel raftered roof, its transparency mimics the industrial ceiling above it. It’s both light and strong. The ceiling now permits enough light to fulfil daylighting requirements without artificial light after opening 21 8’x 8′ skylights in the industrial roof which had been sealed for over 40 years. The light from Studio illuminates the entire factory ceiling at night.

2. La Kretz Garden Pavilion, UCLA

The original phase of this project’s purpose was to construct a bold and highly visible primary entry to the botanical garden while also addressing key access to the university campus’s periphery condition. To completely incorporate the botanical garden’s edge into the university, the new procession connects the botanical garden entering the promenade with the nearby streets. This highlights the garden’s role as a cultural asset as well as an educational laboratory.

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The provision of a completely accessible walkway to a rebuilt low-level garden promenade along an underlying steep gradient was a key architectural issue. A guardrail system lining the expanded accessible route is made lively by a simple geometric play with perforated bent metal panels which reflect light and shadows while allowing vistas in and out of the garden. Future phases of the project will feature a lively educational center providing the university and the public, with a campus amenity that contributes to the community’s quality of life, and a garden support system.

3. The Water Reclamation Facility in Glendale, Los Angeles

Lehrer Architects was assigned with building a water restoration facility that would serve thousands of civilians across Glendale and Los Angeles. The project’s position is to enhance and revitalize the LA River provided the limitless possibility. The team also designed a memorial to the river and water, in addition to building a state of an art laboratory and control rooms that provide us with our most valuable resource, drinkable water. The swooping roof reflects the iconic river, stretching out towards the river, which is undergoing an exciting restoration project. 

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The visual ties to these neighbours, as well as its vistas, bind it to the natural and urban environment, calling it home. Lehrer Architects proposed that the client, the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation, embrace water education as an extra purpose in conjunction with these river linkages. A large number of students & water experts will gather under an assembly pavilion with a majestic staircase to gain knowledge about this vital part of our society. Additional plazas are created at angles that mirror the riverbanks by the topographic land area with huge staircases. 

4. SSG Compton – East Rancho Apartments

This new 3,200-square-foot duplex residence South of Los Angeles will host a rotating group of ten formerly homeless teenagers. The design team intended to provide bright, accessible, and highly optimistic good design for a community whose future is vibrant and boundless, keeping in mind the client’s focus on “at-promise” (rather than “at-risk”) youngsters and constantly conscious of the local setting.

A Small-Scale Approach

The team provided infill lots of foreclosed or abandoned properties which optimizes the quantity of buildable new units on the property. The team was successful in finding room for the most people feasible while prioritizing design quality by negotiating the complicated and often contradicting regulatory requirements in Los Angeles.

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Personal, communal, and collective

Providing a secure place for teens who have been homeless. Continuity of experience in safe, private settings; two – bedrooms sharing a bath; five bedrooms having a living space; ten teenagers sharing a beautiful plot. Balconies with the lengthy space, stretch the project across the community. Both inside and out, the structure and its broad spread roof trellises collect and provide natural light. Their brightness throughout the day (and illumination at night) enriches the tenants’ daily lives with illumination and joy. Affordable housing is virtually tough to develop in Los Angeles because of severe budgetary and code constraints, and design concept is rarely considered. 

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The East Rancho Apartments bring beauty, integrity, and design to the formerly homeless teen population by creating a creative and flexible team of design professionals, building contractors, builders, financiers, and service providers. The firm was able to build with local needs in mind since they were engaged with the neighbourhood from the beginning. From the groundbreaking through the dedication ceremony, the team went above and beyond the minimum outreach standards to build a project that the entire community can always be proud of. Providing a secure haven for teens who have been homeless. 

5. Clinica Romero

This project involves transforming a dark, old, and weary 10,000 sq. ft. non-profit facility into a bright and lively space that is interconnected to the exterior and proudly serves its immigrant population through interior tenant upgrades. The architects entirely re-imagined movement through the structure, stressing openness and connection to the out-of-doors and external light, despite a small budget, the client, and prior ill-fated rehabilitation attempts. The newly cut inside roadways have bold graphics that help with navigation. With the Symbolism of the freshly sainted St. Romero, the architecture celebrates the clinic’s namesake.

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A most important contribution to the community. The non-profit clinic primarily serves a Central American immigrant community that is underserved. The clinic also has numerous extensively programmed communal rooms in addition to providing healthcare. It is a fresh source of pride for the Angeleno community. Light and colour unite a previously fragmented structure with an existing programme that had been sliced into confusing regions. From health-care practitioners to the sick, this design provides consistency and familiarity to all users.

6. Architecture and Design Institute

The Architecture & Design Institute (A+DI) offers a multi-year curriculum that teaches students about design concepts and how to apply them to commercial and residential models. A+DI is a Milken-exclusive curriculum that immerses students in real knowledge that can be applied to a variety of fields, including design degree programmes.

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The tenant enhancement doubles the size of the A+DI to around 4,000 square feet, more than doubling the area formerly allocated to the architectural programme and allowing the individual disciplines to specialize while keeping a versatile open floor layout. Further breakout and collaboration rooms are provided through operable glass walls that connect studio spaces to outside terraces and plazas. All of the studios have enough natural light, which is essential for creative work. The new and improved A+DI will give Milken a cutting-edge creative programme, bolstering the school’s arts and sciences curriculum.

7. Guerin Family Institute for Advanced Sciences

Guerin Family Institute (GFI) offers a high-tech laboratory that transforms a gloomy set of classrooms into an open facility that embraces Milken Community School values of curiosity, discovery, experience, and mastery. GFI features Robotic, Electronic parts, and MIT Fabrication Lab® to supplement the school’s science curriculum and bring critical thinking to the core of the kids’ learning. The GFI offers the most advanced fabrication and manufacturing equipment of any institution of its kind, with an assortment of high-tech fabrication & manufacturing equipment.

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As technology evolves and changes to the times, the space’s remarkable flexibility provides for unlimited combinations and the potential enabling new equipment to substitute for old. The space is a living, developing thing that is formed every day by the professors and students who utilize and create in it.

The resulting Institute is approximately 3,600 square feet of cutting-edge Advanced Sciences facilities, with natural sunlight pouring in through dispersed glass skylights, spacious views of Sepulveda Canyon, and ceiling-mounted glass doors, this institution will nurture not only students’ minds but also their spirits.

8. Water+Life Museum and campus

Diamond Valley Lake (DVL), North America’s biggest man-made water storage lake, inspired the creation of the Water and Life Museums, located near Hemet in the semi- dry South Californian desert, which is an important element of the state’s water system. The lake produces enough water for six months. Between two mountain ranges, Diamond Valley existed. Diamond Valley Lake is surrounded by constructing two 300-foot-high dams across the valley’s open ends. The East Dam stretches for 2.5 kilometres. The dam was constructed using rock quarried from these mountains. The Museums are located near the DVL East Dam’s base. These dams represent the greatest earthmoving endeavour in American history.

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Life = Water

There is no life without water. Among both Hoover Dam as well as Los Angeles, the Museums are about halfway. They are inspired by Gordon Kaufman’s prestigious architecture, Parker Reservoir, its pump buildings, with the serial turbine and equipment that provide us with water. As an environmental showpiece, the design strives to put elegance and sustainability, an indivisible couplet at the forefront of its mission.

9. Community Center of Potrero Heights

By architecturally exploiting the Park and outdoors, transform a modest building programme into an iconic and joyful public space. A building inside a smaller park can detract from the park’s value. To greatly increase the Park as a vital municipal venue for parade, gathering, recreation, celebration, and communitarian identity, use the valuable Park area for the new building. The project is intended to be a public park pavilion that benefits the surrounding community, including neighbours, the area, the city, and the local school.

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Large apertures and transparency adapt to the terrain, elegantly integrating the sculpted topography to the inside. This maximizes visual security for both the structure and the Park by framing major views of the environment too, within, and from the building. The inner assembly room is transformed into a covered indoor/outdoor space by seven big glass garage doors. 2 long red and white panels give the inside and outdoor area a lot of flexibility, acoustic attenuation, and visual drama.

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For simple access, equalized cut and fills, and to preserve as much parks landscape as feasible, the building is oriented toward the parking lot and street. The structure serves as the Park’s main entrance. The enclosed patio and ramp on the west side provide pedestrians and maintenance vehicle access. By splitting the long garden wall to the east, the original stairs were incorporated into the new design. The big roof, which is properly slanted for future photovoltaic installations and mimics the existing topography, provides adequate shade for inner and external areas, reduces its aesthetic impact from the street, and offers adequate shade for interiors and exteriors.

10. Cal Tech Keck Institute for Space Studies

For institutional conferences and the Governing board, a new home was needed to define a feeling of location, performance, and goal for an educational think tank

An existing Mission-style structure is stabilized and restored to its original condition, then repurposed as offices and meeting spaces. The new Modernist structure’s scale and proportions respect the previous structure’s scale and other neighbouring structures’ syntax. Hyper-functionality, ample natural light, with the option to control/block it. The strong visual, spatial, and physical connection to campus, feeling of place and being in the middle of a classic Southern California premium campus.

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With ample, strategic storage and convenient indoor/outdoor workability, the location may easily and quickly interchange. With identical paving stones and suitable size, the new structure’s loggia serves as a transitional feature connecting the old structure and external environment to the new inside facilities. A further transitional and compositional feature, the garden wall (north side), serves as built-in bench seating. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open up the foyer and work area. White boards with an angle are showered in natural light.

11. Jerry’s Place-Camp Shalom

Throughout its 55-year lifespan, this dilapidated structure has serviced thousands of campers. For more than half a century, it has been cut off from its surroundings, thus isolating itself from nature. With a restricted budget and the near likelihood that new construction would trigger major environmental laws, it was determined to try to rescue this underperforming, unimpressive structure. Utilize an exceptional location, an oak-filled riparian river floor has traditionally been separated from the interior, restricting major access, vistas, and natural light—by opening the structure up radically and simply, both laterally to the landscape and upwardly to the sky and tree tops.

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Take a dank, old throwaway structure placed in a delicate riparian area, apply a small budget, save it, allow nature air, view, space, and light in, and turn it into the campus centre. Small windows are replaced with large French doors. A massive new platform with seating edges that meet grade and can accommodate big gatherings or a large number of small groups. Recycled linoleum flooring with wall/ceiling plywood covering -Grand skylight lighting and articulating several new rooms. To provide exceptionally energy efficient comfort, new swamp coolers are combined with huge fresh air from new apertures. This project is about significantly transforming and ennobling an undistinguished ancient structure into a high-performing centrepiece of a valuable 180-acre camp setting in the Malibu hills utilizing incredibly concise gestures.

12. Katz Family Pavilion for the Athletics and Culture

The distinctive gym/culture/community centre and park/garden centrepiece of the 18-acre religious/educational hill campus is now this new Pavilion and Public Green, which was originally just supposed to accommodate a full-size basketball court. It combines and changes an existing structure and landscape. This hilltop has been gradually filled in with buildings, hardscape, and parking over the last 50 years. The community leaders recognized that their jubilee might be better as they approached it. The architects recreated this once-spectacular location to restore its hilltop splendour. Ideal for Southern California.

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This design has been reinvented as a renovated Pavilion with Commons Park, the campus’s new heart. They saw it as a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor/play/create/recreate/celebrate/gathering space; the fundamental notion is that such places must be unavoidable, if not essential, throughout Southern California.

Inside and out, the structure and its massive extended roof collect and manage the sun’s light. Its radiance during the day (and lights at night) brightens and lightens the daily lives of thousands of campus users. The roof is intended to frame the campus as you arrive and to perfectly appropriate those Santa Monica Mountain vistas, linking you to this dramatic and expansive viewshed.

13. Gower Court Mausoleum, Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Gower Mausoleum is a privileged design that serves Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s stated objectives and programming directives: to add and implement crypts into the original park-lawn cemetery in an ageless way that enriches and celebrates the cemetery’s prominent cultural existence in the Hollywood town for the public’s benefit. These objectives will be achieved by constructing an open-air tomb that will act as a beacon for tourists and neighbours.

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Its three stages, including the first, present design, occupy the cemetery’s whole Gower frontage, and as a result, the Los Angeles City Planning Board and the neighbourhood council’s planning committee have unanimously and enthusiastically accepted its design purpose for: “The promotion of open area and parks, as well as the preservation of vistas, natural features, and topography of the community’s mountainous areas for the benefit of both local inhabitants and those from all over the region”. It has been approved for a 5-story building.

14. Spring Street Park

Spring Street Park is meant to respect and respond to the street, as well as the adjoining residential structures with their new large residential windows and balconies, to create a recreational attraction for the entire neighbourhood. As light passes through perforated aluminium bamboo patterns, the aluminium seat backs create continual light play with the sun’s reflection, generating shadows. A striking diagonal (but virtually true east-west) red cement road divides the Park’s longest route, linking a bustling Spring Street to a bustling alley in the future.

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On the sunniest portion of the site, the elliptical vast lawn is utilized concisely as a traditional urban chamber in this modernist concept. An elliptical of vined ecofriendly columns surround it (many are lights). The ellipse is entirely encircled by a recently planted bamboo hedge that will reach a height of 30 feet.

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The Park is circumnavigated by a constant narrow paved route ideal for youngsters on bicycles, people with strollers, and leisure visitors. A fountain at the street edge of the great meadow provides visual and auditory interest to the great lawn, which is appreciated from both the streets and the Park. The Park’s entrances are marked with aluminium scrims that repeat the bamboo ellipse.

15. Canyon residence

The owner’s desire to innovate inspired this design. The design of this residence is anchored by a major sculpture studio, workshop, and working vegetable garden. The project location, which is located in a shaded canyon one mile from the beach, has had a significant impact on the building design, as has the client’s wish to maintain fundamental characteristics of the woodland nature.

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The structure is arranged around planes: the horizontal foundation of the garden patio, which stretches the exclusive garden into ground floor living areas, and the vertical baseline spine, which links and organizes the different sections of the architectural programme.

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University of Cambridge, UK
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
University of Sydney, Australia

We will be exploring a few more options, lest we be left without opportunities for better prospects and choices.

1. University College London, United Kingdom

Program: MSc Construction Economics and Management
Duration: 1 year
Website: www.ucl.ac.uk

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This program is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is undertaken by the Barlett School of Sustainable Construction(“Construction Economics and Management MSc,” 2021). UCL is a well known and critically acclaimed institution that has won various accolades in the past years. It is also a traditional university with a huge history. The program is offered in London, Bloomsbury. This will give the students wide and varied exposure to different professionals in the field.

2. Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Program: MSc Management of Built Environment
Duration: 2 years
Website: www.polimi.it

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This course is taught by the School of Urban Planning Construction Engineering and School of Industrial and Information Engineering, on the Milano Leonardo campus (Politecnico di Milano, n.d.). The course runs for two years with one year comprising of the practical internship. It serves as a good opportunity to learn by training on the job. It could give a better working exposure and therefore a finer understanding of the nitty-gritty details of the work. Politecnico di Milano is a widely appreciated university with a long trail of good ranking over the years.

3. University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Program: MSc Construction Project Management
Duration: 1 year
Website: www.manchester.ac.uk

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The course is provided by the school of Engineering which will soon be housed in the new facility of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD). The University of Machester has a global ranking for its facilities and research. It is known for its historic significance in education and its academic excellence. The MSc in Construction Project Management is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is listed by the Joint Board of Moderators (JMB) as being an Approved Further Learning Scheme for Chartered Engineer status (the University of Manchester, n.d.). 

4. University of Auckland, New Zealand

Program: MEngSt Construction Management
Duration: 1.5 years
Website: www.aukland.ac.nz

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The course deals with subjects like Construction Supply Chain Management, Infrastructure Asset Management and Engineering Contracts for Projects. The aim is to build confidence for working in an industry known for its dynamic, complex and unpredictable nature (University of Aukland, n.d.). The course has a meticulous and detailed study of each aspect of the subject in consideration spread across 3 semesters. The University of Aukland holds a prestigious ranking in the list of world universities and is one of the most famous campuses.

5. University of South Wales, Australia

Program: Bachelor of Construction Management and Property
Duration: 3 years
Website: www.unsw.edu.au

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The program consists of 20 core modules, 2 interdisciplinary courses and 2 general education courses dealing with topics like property development, construction technology and Economics and law. The degree is one of the most respected in Australia and there is a strong emphasis on construction and property economics. The course is given on the Kensington campus, a diverse one. There is also a master’s degree countering the bachelor’s. One can pursue a master’s if they had a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. (unsw, n.d.)

6. Arizona State University, United States

Program: MS Construction Management and Technology
Duration: 2 years
Website: www.asu.edu

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The program is facilitated by the faculty of the Del E. Webb School of Construction. Apart from modules like construction management, and residential and commercial development, the course delves into two other elements of heavy construction infrastructure development and speciality construction like mechanical and electrical systems. The course is provided both on-campus in Tempe and online.GRE scores are essential to apply to this course(ASU, n.d.). Arizona State University has an impressive record of successful alumni and is well ranked on the list of World Universities.

7. New York University, New York

Program: MS Construction Management
Duration: 2 years
Website: nyu.edu

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The program is facilitated by the school of professional studies at Schack Institute of Real Estate. The city provides Schack students with a laboratory for the latest innovations in the construction industry. The course has a thorough and meticulously planned coursework with detailed modules while incorporating practical hands-on training as a part of the coursework. There are also a lot of options to choose from for the elective module(NYU, n.d.).

8. Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University, China

Program: MSc Construction Management
Duration: 1.5 years
Website: www.xjtlu.edu

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The program is given on the overseas campus in Suzhou by the design school. The degree is recognised in China and internationally allowing the students to practice in different locations. The course is taught in English spread over 3 semesters.

9. Clemson University, United States

Program: Master of Construction Science and Management
Duration: varies
Website: www.clemson.edu

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The course is STEM-designated and accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. It is known for its flexible and elaborate distance learning program and is one of the few courses that are widely accepted for being so. The program has been consistently recognized by many national construction organizations including the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Center for Construction Education and Research. The program has a thesis and non-thesis option and those graduating from it are eligible to apply to Clemson’s PhD program in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment (PDBE (Clemson University, n.d.).

10. Coventry University, United Kingdom

Program: BSc Construction Management (Hons)
Duration: 3 years
Website: www.coventry.ac.uk

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Coventry University is ranked no. 1 for Building and Town and Country Planning by the Guardian in 2021. The course is also accredited by the Charted Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (cabe). The course is spread over 3 years with a variety of individual and group projects including a placement year (University Coventry, n.d.). This could give a unique on the job experience and more insight into the industry and a head start on a career.

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Set on a prominent ridge in the foothills on the Tucson Mountains, this 2,700 sf home is a lens through which the clients can experience the magic of the Sonoran Desert. The architects, Victor Sidy and Nick Mancusi, devised the plan as two rectangular blocks intersecting at an oblique angle, positioned just below the ridgeline of the hill. The first block runs parallel to the contours of the land and serves the house carport, workshop, and study functions.

–March 24, 2022
Mancusi Design LLC
Practice abstract

Studio name: Mancusi Design, LLC
Design Team: Nick Mancusi AIA, Victor Sidy AIA Area: Arizona, United States
Year: 2017
Location: Tucson, Arizona

Consultants:
General contractor: Repp+Mclain
Photography Credits: Bill Timmerman

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The second block – containing the main house – is oriented on axis with the view of a prominent butte nearby and at an angle to the hill slope, allowing the structure to be anchored deeply into bedrock on the south (bedroom) end, and to cantilever over the desert on the north (living room) end. The entire complex is sited to preserve a stand of saguaro cacti and rock outcrops unique to the area. The builder, Repp+Mclain, took great care to excavate and build on the site with surgical precision, allowing the native desert to gently meet the house.

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Practice abstract

With a focus on Architecture, Construction, and Design, Mancusi Design, LLC is a multidisciplinary practice that offers the highest quality of work with an unparalleled approach. Each discipline informs the next providing a unique understanding that contributes to masterful execution, understanding complex elements and  helping  attain  a  higher  vision  of  what  can  be achieved. Rooted in tradition and progressive by approach, we offer world class, award-wining work that responds to our clients’ needs, while creating an opportunity to explore what might have never been imagined.

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At Mancusi Design, LLC we believe that great design is the most important facet of anything we experience. From the places we live and work to the spaces and people we interact with every day

– design moves people in powerful ways. Every project we engage on, we bring our diverse experience to the table – allowing us to provide solutions and offer ideas that captivate and inspire.

©Bill Timmerman

Our unique background in Architecture and Construction allows us the ability to deliver unparalleled quality of work with award winning design and over a decade of construction experience that provides real solutions. We help our clients imagine spaces they could never have dreamed while enabling them to live purposefully and differently.

The DDA penthouse has been designed in a modern classical design. The project involved re-structuring the space to its original design and adding larger glazing to create more natural light in an otherwise dark existing space.

Studio Details:
Design By Meta
www.designbymeta.com
Address: F 1/10 Hauz khas enclave, New Delhi-110016

Design Team
Nomita Sawhney (Partner) and Abhishek Rustagi (Partner)

Area
Built Up 1615 sqft

Year
Completion April 2019

Location
SFS Apartments, Hauz Khas, New Delhi

Photography Credits
Studio Picsing and Bhanu Pratap Singh Photography

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At the entrance there is a double height space with a double glazing which opens into a front balcony. Wooden paneling along the staircase ascending and the drop ceiling adds warmth and character to this lounge area of the home.

The design evokes easy living with an open plan living, dining and kitchen area which weave together seamlessly. The kitchen is designed in modern style with a grey classical modern theme. There is a breakfast counter which acts as a spot to interact with high bar seating and decorative drop lights. The living room has a relaxed look with wallpaper on one end with a hint of teal and silver shade in an otherwise monotone shaded living room. There is a guest bedroom on this floor which is designed for occasional guests and the bathroom serves as a powder room for this floor.

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As we proceed upstairs, the staircase wall has white wooden painted paneling in classical modern style. Even though the spaces are small, the use of materials adds grandeur and elegance to the styling of the apartment.

The double height volume opens the space and creates drama with an elegant wooden modern chandelier, which adds to the character of the apartment.

Each bedroom has its own private balcony for some breakout outdoor space and natural light. The bedrooms share a common bath and dresser which is designed in an all-white marble with a hint of fuchsia shade of Bisazza tiles and antique gold finished fixtures.

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Each bedroom has its own feature wall with a hint of color (Purple color) in the master bedroom and a blue shade in the kid’s bedroom.

There is an external staircase from the kid’s balcony which leads to a common terrace area.

Rohatgi Residence By Meta - Sheet8Overall a compact design of the apartment has been expanded with the use of material, color, texture and natural light to create a feeling of a bigger home. Fine detailing and character have been added with modern classical detailing in the design.

on http://www.designandarchitecture.net/

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