This week is National Engineers Week, or Eweek for short. Part of Eweek is introducing girls to STEM careers. So I asked the women in our Engineering and Land Development Studios to take part in a Q&A and offer their insight about why they pursued a STEM career, their school experience, and how we can increase the number of women in STEM fields.
Some people say there is no such thing as an ugly baby. Others say that some babies have a face that only a mom could love. With children of my own, I remember being pregnant and having nightmares of the latter. Of course, after the pregnancies were over the dreams stopped (thankfully, no ugly babies to report).
That is until I started managing the development and design of Little’s new website.
“Where will your hospital be making money in 5 years?” “I have no idea.” This recent exchange took place with a long term friend and client as we discussed the changes happening in healthcare. I’ve been involved with the planning and design of healthcare facilities for 28 years and find the whole industry fascinating. Tour a hospital on any given day and you will witness a range of emotions and personal drama that you will rarely see anywhere. From the excitement and joy of child birth to the helplessness of a new mom and dad anguishing over their child in a neonatal intensive care unit, the realities of life are always present in a hospital. READ MORE
2014 is a big year for Little. Wishing everyone many reasons to celebrate this year.
Little supports many great causes that usually are specific to each office. However, last month the Movember cause gave us the ability to raise awareness (and even a little bit of money) across our footprint. It was furry, and at times ugly, but it was all in the name of awareness for Men’s Health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.
This post was co-authored by the very talented Chris Penndorf.
As designers and facility managers we are responsible for the environment that we keep. In order to make those environments effective, we need to understand the organisms that we’re designing for: HUMANS. Chances are we’re not really thinking of architecture in terms of how it relates to the human body and even more importantly, the human brain. READ MORE
I think it was that mental image of Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) driving down Highway 1 in California in the convertible – a freshly minted “Graduate” blasting recklessly through life on the stunning coast of California. That was the subliminal push that caused me to turn down a compelling but low paying offer to teach English and coach football at my high school alma mater. Fresh out of college and with no particular vocational calling or direction, I received an alternative offer. It was an out of the blue call from my gregarious uncle in California and his offer was to join him in his startup company, building and marketing his invention: the “Tripper”. READ MORE
As an environmental graphic designer at a multidisciplinary (but primarily architecture) firm, I’m somewhat outnumbered in my LEED credit contributions on most projects. Sure, there are alternatives to some of the environmentally awful products typically used in graphics, and most typical methods and materials are at least somewhat aware of their impact, but when you’re applying branded graphics and signage to a 9 story building, full of HVAC calculations, sunlight + wind considerations, low-flow this and that, and thousands of tons of concrete, flooring + furniture, is fighting the fight for eco-friendly signage worth the battle? Such is the attitude we’re all forcing ourselves away from. READ MORE