2017 Structural Award winners announced

Adele 25 Stage in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK, by OPS Structures Ltd. The Award for Small Projects (of between £1-3 million) winner. Photo: OPS Structures Ltd.

Adele 25 Stage in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK, by OPS Structures Ltd. The Award for Small Projects (of between £1-3 million) winner. Photo: OPS Structures Ltd.

The Structural Award winners were announced Friday night at The Brewery in London. From 119 entries and 45 shortlisted projects, 14 ground-breaking winners were selected for their innovation and achievements in structural engineering worldwide. This year marks the Structural Award’s 50th year of showcasing outstanding design work in the built environment.

Check out this year’s winners below.

British Airways i360 at Brighton, Brighton UK, by Jacobs. Photo: Jacobs.

British Airways i360 at Brighton, Brighton UK, by Jacobs. Photo: Jacobs.

The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence and The Award for Tall or Slender Structures: British Airways i360 at Brighton, Brighton UK

Structural Engineer: Jacobs

Architect: Marks Barfield Architects

British Airways i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower carrying 200 passengers at a time in a circular glass viewing pod, which rises slowly from beach level to a height of 138m. The steel tower is clad in perforated aluminum reducing wind forces on the tower and allowing such a slender form. The tower also hides 78 containers on the inside to help resist movement under gusting winds.

San Mames Football Stadium Cable Roof Extension, Bilbao, Spain, by IDOM. Photo: IDOM.

San Mames Football Stadium Cable Roof Extension, Bilbao, Spain, by IDOM. Photo: IDOM.

The Award for Long Span Structures: San Mames Football Stadium Cable Roof Extension, Bilbao, Spain

Structural Engineer: IDOM

Architect: ACXT-IDOM (IDOM Group)

The roof of San Mames football stadium was upgraded to improve spectators’ comfort on rainy days. IDOM’s solution is an innovative double layer cable-roof extension increasing the roof span and minimizing required reinforcements on the original roof all in a record construction time without any disruption to football games.The engineering design relied mainly on the ability to accurately predict the interaction between the existing roof and the new cable net. The undertaking required the complex processes of lifting and tensioning the new structure without over-stressing the existing roof.

Destructor Bridge, Bath UK, by COWI. Photo: COWI.

Destructor Bridge, Bath UK, by COWI. Photo: COWI.

The Award for Vehicle Bridges: Destructor Bridge, Bath UK

Structural Engineer: COWI (formerly Flint & Neill)

Architect: Knight Architects

The Destructor Bridge, named for the “Destructor” waste incinerator nearby, is a two lane, multi-functional urban highway bridge providing improved access across the River Avon to a new 2000+ home development area. The bridge replaced the original, single lane, 19th century riveted Warren truss girder bridge. The arch bridge has a deck suspended from flat steel hangers concealing a supporting case of box girders that anonymously contribute to the arch’s performance.

Jet d'Eau mobile walkway, Geneva, Switzerland by INGENI SA. Photo: Gabriele Guscetti Etienne.

Jet d’Eau mobile walkway, Geneva, Switzerland by INGENI SA. Photo: Gabriele Guscetti Etienne.

The Award for Pedestrian Bridges: Jet d’Eau mobile walkway, Geneva, Switzerland

Structural Engineer: INGENI SA

Architect: MIDarchitecture

This new walkway provides access to Geneva’s monument the Jet d’Eau. The project focused on accessibility accounting for boats, walkers and people with reduced mobility. The bridge spans over 12m, and is capable of transforming from a low flat deck to a 2m high series of stairs allowing boats to pass underneath. Scissor truss mechanisms made from stainless steel plate are driven upwards by pistons at each end, causing the structure to rise like a wave and let boat traffic pass underneath, without interrupting the flow of pedestrian traffic.

The Pump House, London UK, by Webb Yates Engineers. Photo: Agnese Sanvito.

The Pump House, London UK, by Webb Yates Engineers. Photo: Agnese Sanvito.

The Award for Small Projects (of under £1 million): The Pump House, London UK

Structural Engineer: Webb Yates Engineers

Architect: Fabric Space

The structure of this mezzanine in a Victorian pump house building is entirely formed with repeating cast iron plates that interlock to form both the floor and balustrade creating an efficient and cost effective solution. The form represents the flow of load and stress through the pieces and is optimized for weight and strength while maintaining a very thin depth. Working closely with a local foundry and contractor, the engineers used a single mould to cast the panels, reducing manufacturing time and cost.

Adele 25 Stage in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK, by OPS Structures Ltd. Photo: OPS Structures Ltd.

Adele 25 Stage in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK, by OPS Structures Ltd. Photo: OPS Structures Ltd.

The Award for Small Projects (of between £1-3 million): Adele 25 Stage, Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK

Structural Engineer: OPS Structures Ltd

Architect: Star Events Ltd

The stage concept for Adele’s 25 album tour was developed for adaptability and reuse as the tour traveled to different locations with innovations making it easy to tear down and reconstruct. OPS designed several bespoke features for the new stage that enabled the structure to reach beyond previous bounds of stadium stage touring ‘in-the-round’. The design focussed on minimizing working at height creating unobstructed views by negating traditional bracing and facilitating containerized transportation.

MeyGen Phase 1A, Scotland UK, by Robert Bird Group. Photo: Robert Bird Group.

MeyGen Phase 1A, Scotland UK, by Robert Bird Group. Photo: Robert Bird Group.

The Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions: MeyGen Phase 1A, Scotland UK

Structural Engineer: Robert Bird Group

Robert Bird Group designed the Turbine Support Structures for Phase 1A of the MeyGen project. Four turbines are installed off the north coast of Scotland, together supplying 6MW rated capacity to the grid. This is the first stage of the planned 398MW MeyGen tidal turbine farm, and is the first project of its kind anywhere in the world. Sitting in the turbulent intersection of the Atlantic and North Sea, the steel tripod gravity foundations have been designed to enable year round turbine operation over a 25 year life with no maintenance.

Makatote rail viaduct rejuvenation, New Zealand, by Opus International Consultants. Photo: Opus International Consultants.

Makatote rail viaduct rejuvenation, New Zealand, by Opus International Consultants. Photo: Opus International Consultants.

The Award for Structural Heritage: Makatote rail viaduct rejuvenation, New Zealand

Structural Engineer: Opus International Consultants

Architect: Heritage New Zealand

Makatote rail viaduct is located in the North Island of New Zealand and is one of the tallest railway viaducts in the country holding significant heritage value from its initial construction in 1908. The viaduct began to suffer from corrosion leading to section losses of steel elements. With an additional desire to upgrade for future load requirements, the viaduct was refurbished and strengthened to extend its life for another 50 years.

The Design Museum, London UK, by ARUP. Photo: ARUP.

The Design Museum, London UK, by ARUP. Photo: ARUP.

The Award for Structural Transformation: The Design Museum, London UK

Structural Engineer: ARUP

Architects: John Pawson Limited, OMA, Landscape Architects

Arup provided an engineering solution enabling the successful re-invigoration of the Grade II* Listed Commonwealth Institute exhibition building and creating a new home for the Design Museum. The solution involved strengthening and then retaining the building’s 2000 tonne roof and primary structure by temporarily suspending it 20m above ground, supported entirely by temporary works. This enabled the replacement of the existing façade and internal structure and the creation of a significant new basement covering the entire building plan.

TallWood House at Brock Commons, Vancouver, Canada, by Fast + Epp. Photo: Seagate Structures.

TallWood House at Brock Commons, Vancouver, Canada, by Fast + Epp. Photo: Seagate Structures.

The Award for Construction Innovation: TallWood House at Brock Commons, Vancouver, Canada

Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp

Architect: Acton Ostry Architects

The TallWood House at Brock Commons is an 18 story, mass timber hybrid building at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Reaching 53m, this student residence building has been recognized as the tallest mass timber hybrid building in the world. It is comprised of 17 stories of five-ply cross laminated timber floor panels, glue laminated timber columns, and a concrete transfer slab at level two. Two full height concrete cores provide the lateral stability.

National Taichung Theater, Taichung, Taiwan, by ARUP. Photo: Edmund Sumner.

National Taichung Theater, Taichung, Taiwan, by ARUP. Photo: Edmund Sumner.

The Award for Construction Integration: National Taichung Theater, Taichung, Taiwan

Structural Engineer: ARUP

Architect: Toyo Ito & Associates

The Taichung National Theatre houses an opera house with 2009 seats, a playhouse with 800 seats, and a small theatre space with 160 seats. The theater’s main structure, a free-form, doubly curved, reinforced concrete shell, is a single continuous surface. Taiwan has the highest seismic loads resulting in the engineering team’s use of advanced analysis and optimization processes more commonly used for nuclear power stations.

Bahá’í Temple of South America, Santiago, Chile, by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Patricio Bertholet M., Halcrow, and Josef Gartner GmbH. Photo: Simpson Gompertz & Heger.

Bahá’í Temple of South America, Santiago, Chile, by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Patricio Bertholet M., Halcrow, and Josef Gartner GmbH. Photo: Simpson Gompertz & Heger.

The Award for Structural Artistry: Bahá’í Temple of South America, Santiago, Chile

Structural Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger|Patricio Bertholet M.|Halcrow|Josef Gartner GmbH

Architect: Hariri Pontarini Architects

Set on a hillside against the Andes Mountains, the Bahá’í Temple of South America welcomes worshipers from all directions through its nine entrances. The temple, which lets in light during the day and appears to glow in the evening, is comprised of nine wing-shaped, translucent petals of free-formed tubular steel space trusses, clad with cast glass on the exterior and marble on the interior. Constructed in a high-seismic zone, the temple’s structural design employs performance-based design methods, extensive testing, and seismic base isolation.

ElevArch, UK, by Freyssinet/BHA. Photo: Freyssinet.

ElevArch, UK, by Freyssinet/BHA. Photo: Freyssinet.

The Award for Outstanding Value: ElevArch, UK

Structural Engineer: Freyssinet/BHA

With an estimated 500 masonry arch bridges in the UK too low for Network Rail’s electrification program, a cost-effective solution is required to avoid the demolition of hundreds of over-bridges. Freyssinet explored the feasibility of vertically jacking bridge arches resulting in the ElevArch® concept, which was selected as one of four to advance into phase two, a full scale demonstrator, of the competition. This sustainable solution avoids unnecessary demolition and reconstruction for electrification schemes throughout the UK.

The Enterprise Centre, Norwich, UK, by BDP. Photo: Dennis Gilbert.

The Enterprise Centre, Norwich, UK, by BDP. Photo: Dennis Gilbert.

The Award for Sustainability: The Enterprise Centre, Norwich, UK

Structural Engineer: BDP

Architect: Architype Architects

This timber framed project showcases low-carbon sustainable building with a highly ecological specification. The commitment to sourcing local trade and low-carbon materials makes the Enterprise Centre an example for specification, structural integration as well as energy performance. The showcase exposed timber frame is just the surface of this building’s material story, which is rich from the ground up with local, domestic and recycled materials, offering a unique and inspiring 21st century building.

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Characteristics

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  • Other characteristics:

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  • Designer:

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Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2017

Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2017

Architect Magazine has unveiled the 2017 edition of the “Architect 50,” their list of the 50 best architecture firms in the United States. The 2017 rankings are based on scores from three categories: business, design and sustainability. This year saw more entrants than ever before, with several first-time entrants making notable impressions, including the number 1 ranked design firm, WORKac. Topping the overall list was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), who also ranked in the top 10 in both design and sustainability.

See the top 10 from each category after the break.

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New United States Courthouse / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © Bruce Damonte

New United States Courthouse / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © Bruce Damonte

Overall

  1. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
  2. ZGF Architects
  3. Perkins+Will
  4. NADAAA
  5. EYP
  6. HDR
  7. WRNS Studio
  8. Payette
  9. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
  10. Kirksey Architecture
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The Stealth Building / WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte

The Stealth Building / WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte

Design

  1. WORKac
  2. NADAAA
  3. Marlon Blackwell Architects
  4. John Ronan Architects
  5. Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
  6. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  7. atelierjones
  8. MASS Design Group
  9. Anmahian Winton Architects
  10. Studio Gang Architects
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J. Craig Venter Institute La Jolla / ZGF Architects. Image © Hedrich Blessing

J. Craig Venter Institute La Jolla / ZGF Architects. Image © Hedrich Blessing

Sustainability

  1. ZGF Architects
  2. ZeroEnergy Design
  3. EYP
  4. Perkins+Will
  5. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
  6. Lake|Flato Architects
  7. Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMS Architects)
  8. The Miller Hull Partnership
  9. Touloukian Touloukian
  10. Mithun
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Statue of Liberty Museum / FXFOWLE. Image Courtesy of FXFOWLE

Statue of Liberty Museum / FXFOWLE. Image Courtesy of FXFOWLE

Business

  1. FXFOWLE
  2. Mark Cavagnero Associates
  3. BAR Architects
  4. WRNS Studio
  5. HDR Architecture
  6. Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
  7. SfL+A Architects
  8. Kirksey Architecture
  9. PBK
  10. HKS

See the full Architect 50 with profiles on the top firms, here.

News via Architect Magazine.

Which Countries Pay the Highest Salaries for Architects?

Which Countries Pay the Highest Salaries for Architects?, © <a href='https://unsplash.com/photos/VVgVlH1D10U?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText'>Slava Bowman</a> on <a href='https://unsplash.com/?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText'>Unsplash</a>
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by Lidija Grozdanic for Archipreneur.com

This article was originally published by Archipreneur as “Architect Salaries by Country: Where Do Architects Earn the Highest Salaries.”

While the amount of information about architect salaries in specific countries and cities is abundant, there are many discrepancies between different sourced when it comes to country-to-country comparisons. Having a global overview of architect salaries is also tricky to get because of the many variables that go into the equation. You need to take into consideration the position, experience, size of firm, location, not to mention the relationship between earnings and living costs and various tax, insurance and legal differences among different countries.

There are a variety of organizations and magazines that publish salary surveys for architects. An infographic published by Metalocus shows that these seven countries (in ascending order) offer highest average monthly salaries: Ireland ($4,651), Qatar ($4,665), Canada ($4,745), Australia ($4,750), United States ($5,918), the UK ($6,146), and Switzerland ($7,374).

ClearEdge3D conducted the 2017 AEC Industry Salary Survey, in which more than 6,500 executives throughout the industry took part and responded on pay levels, salary increases and other compensation-related information. Their findings show that AEC professionals working in North America earn more than their European colleagues.

According to the research, 32% of AEC professionals in the US and Canada earn more than $100,000, compared to only 9% in western Europe, and none in eastern Europe. The majority of AEC professionals working in Europe earned less than $75,000 per year.

Beside these geographical differences, the survey also concluded that there is still a significant gender gap in the AEC industry when it comes to salary. Men earning $100,000 or more account for 7% more than women, despite the data that shows their female counterparts are better educated – 58% of women have a four-year degree, compared to 54% for men. This gap is even more noticeable at the lower end of the salary scale ­– 36% of women earn less than $50,000 – nearly twice more than men that belong in the same pay bracket, according to the report.

According to RIBA’s Salary Guide 2017, principals and partners in the UK have a median salary of £43,605, while architects with over five years of experience earn a median of £38,000. The guide states that, although this is very general information since it covers the whole of the UK, it indicates a positive trend in that salaries for all but one of the roles surveyed have either risen or remained the same across the UK since the previous Survey that took place in 2015.

Salaries in London are consistently higher than the rest of the UK across the board. The differences can be quite big. For example, it is an average of 8% higher for partners, directors and sole principals. However, Scotland also indicates higher than average salaries. The Survey confirms that practices in London may pay the highest salaries, but it is notable that practices in Scotland pay consistently higher salaries in that their range is less. In fact, Scotland’s lower quartile salary is the highest in the UK, whereas London’s is fourth of the 14 regions.

The highest salary rises are in practices of 3-10 staff and sole practitioners. Regardless of the size of practice, salaries have increased across the board between 2015 and 2016.

AIA’s biannual Compensation Survey released new data in 2015 that shows that average compensations for architectural staff positions are on the rise. The report, which includes salary data for 39 architecture-firm positions in 27 states, 27 metro areas, and 15 cities, found that the average compensation for staff positions rose 3.5% since early 2013 (or 1.75 percent per year).

All major categories of architectural positions saw compensation increases, which were relatively uniform across experience levels. Interns have seen the least compensation gains in the past four years, due to a surplus of recent graduates entering the field and competing for a limited number of jobs. According to the chart, licensed architects earn between $64,200 and $91,300 mean compensation by region (USA), depending on experience.

You can use AIA’s new Compensation Survey Salary Calculator tool, which includes data for full-time architectural staff employees at AIA member firms in the U.S. with three or more architectural staff employees.

Landscape Architects Network (LAN) published their own findings on the best countries for landscape architects. Among their best nine countries to earn a high-paying landscape architecture salary are Canada (mid-range salaries ranging from $80,000 to $100,000 CAD), the United States ($77,000 USD), Australia (between $41,943 and $84,447 AUD), UAE (AED 216,000 to 264,000), Singapore ($78,000), Switzerland (CHF 61,148 per year), The UK (£30,000 to £40,000), Germany (€32,348 per year), and China (from ¥108,000 to ¥324,000).

The 2017 Women in Architecture survey, published annually by The Architectural Review, reveals that 30% of women and almost the same proportion of men wouldn’t recommend a career in architecture. This attitude varies with age – those in their 20s and over 50s are most likely to “encourage a young person to pursue a career in architecture.”

This year’s 77-question online survey, completed by 1,277 women and 340 men, provides insights relating to in-work experiences and out-of-work responsibilities from architects around the world. Some 70% of respondents are based in the UK, 12% in North America, 8% in Europe, 3% from Australia and New Zealand and 3% from the Middle East and Asia. Three-quarters of respondents are in their 20s and 30s, most of whom work as architects or architectural assistants. Overall, 63% of those completing the survey are fully qualified architects.

In last year’s survey, 40% of women worldwide think they would be paid more if they were male, with nearly a third unsure. While the survey does not include enough male respondents to provide the ideal data, it does provide some inputs into markets such as the US and Canada, as well as the UK, suggesting the pay gap varies significantly according to seniority. At a senior level the data reveals significant discrepancies among salaries, with UK men at director, partner or principal level earning a 31% premium of £19,500.

Push-button switch / toggle / rocker / rotary IVORY

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Characteristics

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  • Material:

    granite

  • Style:

    contemporary

  • Other characteristics:

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Description

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USB socket / multiple / wall-mounted / metal INOX LINE : 8348_BR

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Characteristics

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  • Installation:

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  • Material:

    metal

  • Style:

    contemporary

Description

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William Kaven Architecture Reveals Proposal for Portland’s Tallest Building

Courtesy of William Kaven Architecture
Courtesy of William Kaven Architecture

William / Kaven and Kaven + Co. have unveiled plans for a bridged mixed-use skyscraper development that, if built, would become the tallest building in Portland, Oregon.

The project would replace the city’s soon-to-be-demolished USPS headquarters with a new 5-million-square-foot development consisting of multiple high-rise buildings containing facilities for retail, office, residential and a hotel.

The plan is organized around two central skyscrapers, the taller of which would top out at over 970 feet – more than foot feet taller than the city’s current tallest building, the Wells Fargo Center. The two skyscrapers would be linked at 680 feet high by a 236-foot-long glass-walled bridge housing a skygarden and offering unparallelled views of the city and the surrounding landscape.

Buildings would be built to the highest sustainability and energy efficiency standards, utilizing the latest heat pump technology as well as solar-panel-integrated curtain walls.

Partner of William / Kaven and Kaven + Co. founder Daniel Kaven believes the development could serve as a major incubator for the city, while becoming a new destination for both residents and tourists.

“What we have conceived is a dynamic, modern neighborhood centralized around an extension of the park blocks,” said Kaven. “The towers are large enough to serve as a headquarters for a Fortune 100 company, such as Amazon, and would anchor the entire district both architecturally and financially. The towers and interlinking skybridge would be an iconic addition to Portland’s skyline and a destination for locals and tourists alike. The elevated garden would be a tropical respite from the gray of the city at any time of the year and provide breathtaking views of Mt. Hood and the entire city skyline.”

The development would also link to the adjacent Portland train station, which would be expanded to transform into a high-tech transportation hub that could connect existing Portland transportation networks with future systems, such as the proposed American Northwest Hyperloop One route.

“This is our opportunity to lead the effort to build a bullet train network that links Portland to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver from the heart of an already-existing downtown transportation hub. There is no better place, nor a better time, than the opportunity that is upon us, with this huge site next to our historic train station,” adds Kaven.

The project is currently in the conceptual design phase, and will be submitted to the City of Portland’s development department, Prosper Portland, for consideration in early 2018.