Mark R. LePage is the Partner in Charge of Operations at Fivecat Studio Architecture, a leading residential architecture firm located in Westchester County, New York. Mark and his wife, architect Annmarie McCarthy, launched Fivecat Studio in 1999 at the age of 29 with no money and no clients. Together they have grown the regional firm to a staff of six, managing projects worth more than $10 million. Mark is the founder of Entrepreneur Architect, this online education resource inspiring architects to build better businesses. He launched the blog in 2007 as a personal project to document ideas for business success. In 2012, Mark relaunched Entrepreneur Architect at EntreArchitect.com and introduced the The Entrepreneur Architect Podcast. Working to become an influential force in the profession, Mark’s mission is to teach sole proprietors, small firm architects and students the importance of business success in the profession of architecture.
The ABA Forum, in conjunction with the AIA, has assembled an expert panel to lift up the curtain and explore some of the key changes, the bases for the changes, and how they are being interpreted and applied in the industry, including the individuals who were integrally involved in drafting these documents. Whether you are a construction lawyer, consultant, or an industry practitioner, you won't want to miss this important program for a summary of the key changes, from the perspective of project owners and construction managers.
The EPIC Metals Course covers the use of Architecturally aesthetic design solutions for open structure projects ranging from simple canopies to huge airport concourses. EPIC can provide over 70 different profiles of Acoustic and Non-Acoustic Roof and Floor deck, all intended to provide a finished Architectural ceiling while functioning as a major Structural component of the project. Many types of projects—schools, gymnasiums, Natatoriums, canopies, transportation facilities, conference centers, wellness facilities, multi-tenant buildings, perforated architectural screening, and more are addressed.
Construction clauses that you believe to be benign, may actually jeopardize the financial well-being of your design firm, and the health, safety, and welfare of the public. It is imperative for design firms to have a thorough understanding of these “deadly clauses” and how to identify and correct faulty language in order to mitigate associated risks. Join us for a free webinar as presenters review construction contract clauses regarding instruments of service, right to withhold or offset fees, reliance on owner supplied information, coordination of owner’s consultants, limiting liability, compliance with civil rights legislation, and prevailing party clauses.
Learn about the latest trend in interior design: Biophilic Design, which is the incorporation of natural elements using design techniques to improve the environment, employee well-being and productivity. This presentation is more than just theory, it offers case studies and data that back up this type of design and shows how retail, commercial, school, health and hospital buildings and employees can benefit substantially by incorporating the principles of biophilic design. From water features, daylighting, acoustic treatments, sounds and natural imagery to analogs of nature and elevated visual planes, the techniques and materials to invoke them are available for the next generation of design.
COVID-19 has spurred one of the most intense economic downturns of our time. The pandemic has shifted the profession to a virtual workforce overnight and 2020 graduates are entering the profession with a lot of unknowns. Starting your career in the midst of a recession can be intimidating, but architects learned a few lessons in 2009. Join architects who entered the workforce during the Great Recession of 2008 as they speak to their own experiences, share some practical steps to move towards economic stability, and offer guidance on how to maintain mental well-being and build a resilient career.
This session will review the impact COVID-19 will have on building design and systems as it relates to acoustics, technology, and lighting design. Acoustically, the workplace will require redesigning. The current high-density hoteling of workers will not be accepted in the future due to social distancing. This will impact office acoustics as well as noise levels within restaurants.Over the last 3 months, the A/E industry has found that most of us can work from a laptop and if we have a high-speed connection, can work from home. We have been remotely doing that at client meetings and job sites for years. It is the actual production work that is more efficient on larger and multiple monitors that will create the challenge.
Given the varied use of educational facility spaces – from classrooms to kitchens to gymnasiums - the selection of proper floor and wall surfaces is a complex decision involving many environmental considerations. The right system protects your investment, the wrong system could result in costly repairs, damage to the building and its contents, possibly an early replacement, regulatory citation or disruption to students and faculty. During the presentation, the presenter will discuss the following learning objectives to get a better understanding of resinous floor and wall surfaces for educational facilities.
Participants will describe impact of background noise on speech and privacy Participants will discuss acoustical importance of absorptive materials Participants will describe impact of wall and ceiling construction on acoustics Participants will list requirements for environmental noise, background noise, speech privacy and sound isolation