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3D Model-Making, Past and Present
May 22, 2019
3D Model-Making, Past and Present

Model-making has always been an important part of architecture, from the large, room-sized models of Eero Saarinen to the smaller handheld models that you can find in a college architecture studio. But digital fabrication and the development of newer technology have allowed model-making techniques like 3D printing to become not only a possibility, but practical as well.

Exploring Kinetic Envelopes
May 20, 2019
Exploring Kinetic Envelopes

What is a kinetic envelope, and how do they influence buildings in different geographic regions?

Empathy and Inclusive Design
May 13, 2019
Empathy and Inclusive Design

Do we understand well enough our motivations as designers? Do we take commissions because we feel we can make a real difference, or because it might look great on our website? There’s no reason that those things must be mutually exclusive, but it’s important that designers understand the positive social impact of their work must be valued at least as much as website clicks.

Meet the People: Kelli Warner
Design Collaborative Wins Two 2019 Building Contractors Association Awards
Technology in the Evolving Workplace
April 29, 2019
Technology in the Evolving Workplace

Technology has greatly impacted the way we communicate and collaborate with one another in the workplace over the last decade. We have the opportunity to work from almost anywhere, whenever and however we want to, using wireless and mobile technology.

Physical Study Models
April 25, 2019
Physical Study Models

Continuing our celebration of National Architecture Week, Architect David West discusses the construction of hand-crafted, physical study models.

Architects: More Than Designer Eyeglasses and Black Sweaters
April 22, 2019
Architects: More Than Designer Eyeglasses and Black Sweaters

"My favorite thing about National Architecture Week is that it forces our collective profession to think critically about how we engage with the rest of the world... Unless you’re a designer, you’ve probably never been fully aware of the influence good design has on your life. Spaces influence a lot about how we feel and operate."

How Does a Solar Power System Work?
April 15, 2019
How Does a Solar Power System Work?

When light strikes a solar panel, energy is imparted to the atoms in the panel. Learn more about how a solar power system works, and discover if it's right for your needs.

Project Spotlight: Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
Meet the People: Greg Estes
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Prepares to Move to New Building
March 25, 2019
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Prepares to Move to New Building

Junior Achievement's new 36,500 square foot facility will not only house their programs Finance Park and BizTown, JA of Northern Indiana’s corporate offices, and amenities new to JA, including an Entrepreneurial Center, Education Atrium, and virtual reality kiosks.

Task Lighting in the Open Office
March 19, 2019
Task Lighting in the Open Office

When designing the lighting in a space, there are two different types of lighting to consider: ambient lighting and task lighting.

Project Spotlight: Skyline Tower
Women Encouraging Women
March 8, 2019
Women Encouraging Women

Every woman at DC has been encouraged or inspired by another woman in their life - mothers, grandmothers, best friends, design professionals, celebrities, and even characters from literature. Today - International Women's Day – we celebrate the stories of the women who helped make us who we are.