Archive for July, 2012

Mentionable Honors

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

One of the most satisfying rewards for an architectural photographer lies in helping our clients expose their design skills to their professional peers and to the world at large. Whenever they succeed with recognition and accolades for their work, we, in some small way, succeed too.

At the recent AIA East Bay’s 2012 Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards, Leddy Maytum Stacy’s Merritt Crossing project was recognized with an Honor Award. The high-density, affordable apartments service low income seniors in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood. The sustainable elements incorporated into the design have kept the project on target to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.

Also garnering some well deserved recognition this week were Auerbach Glasow French who received two Awards of Merit at the Illuminating Engineering Society’s 2012 Illumination Design Awards. This wares is one of the highest honors for the profession presented every year to projects demonstrating “ingenuity and originality in lighting design”.

The first project honored was the University of California, Berkeley School of Law South Addition, with architecture by Ratcliff

The second was the Oakland Museum of California, with architecture by Mark Cavagnero Associates.


Pearl of Wisdom

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Nearing completion in Guangzhou, the Pearl River Tower designed by Gordon Gill while at the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, is billed as “a high performance instrument shaped by the sun and the wind”. The east facades are curved to push the prevailing winds through wind turbines located at two different levels of the seventy one story building. The process could be likened to a set of lungs drawing breath to provide life to the interiors. In addition, solar collectors, photovoltaic cells, radiant heating and extensive energy conservation measures make this arguably, one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world.

But while the building itself may be friendly, the surrounding environment could certainly do with a clean. Judging by the layers of grime that still coat the glazed facade, it will be a challenge keeping those solar panels sparkling. Harder still to draw the lung analogy when the owner of the building is listed as the China National Tobacco Corporation.

Prix Fixe

Monday, July 2nd, 2012


People are starting to talk.

For the third year running, I have garnered First Prize in the Fine Art – Architecture category at the annual  PX3-Prix de la Photographie in Paris. The winning entry received a Gold Award for a trio of images captured on a recent residential project in Australia.

In an effort to simplify the record keeping process in Paris, I also prevailed once more in the Advertising – Architecture category, securing a Gold Award for a photograph documenting new developments in Dubai.

According to Camera Arts magazine, “PX3 is Europe’s biggest and most prestigious photography competition”