1. produced or conducted by two or more parties working together.


Our work is collaborative – always beginning with an architect and a psychologist.  The project will dictate the collaboration and can include other professionals, artists, researchers, engineers, bartenders, academics, interns, musicians…actually, we have not worked with a musician on a project, but we hope to someday. 

An award inspired by Mies’ vision: What Ron Kwaske has to say about it

Ron Kwaske was one of the last students to be trained under Mies van der Rohe’s architecture curriculum at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  Planet Vectorworks was eager to get Ron’s take on the Young Talented Architecture Award organized by Fundacío Mies van der Rohe.  Read more on their blog:

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“We do not draw, we model.”

Ron Kwaske - Vectorworks design summit

“We do not draw.  We model,” proclaimed Ron Kwaske during his presentation, “Real-world Example of BIM Interpolation Between Architect and Contractor” at this year’s Vectorworks Design Summit held here in our own city of Chicago.  As an expert Vectorworks software user, Ron was invited to speak about his firm’s processes that help improve communication from design to construction.  Ron described how his firm takes great care to “build the buildings in the computer,” so a window really looks like a window (as he is showing in the above image) allowing the contractor to “just follow the picture like Lego construction.”

A sad day for Architecture

Zaha Hadid Burnham Pavilion

Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Source: The Burnham Plan 

We learned Zaha Hadid passed earlier today.  What a loss for the world.  Zaha Hadid was a visionary architect who pushed the boundaries of design.  Her projects are bold yet elegant, feminine yet modern, futuristic yet fluid, abstract yet rational.   She is one of the great architects of our century – a feat in its own right, though more impressive since she was one of few women to distinguish herself in a field dominated by men.