Ideas Competition Reforms Architect Selection Process

It’s not often six architectural firms celebrate a contest most of them lost. On three occasions, the design finalists for the Living Building at Georgia Tech have done just that — together and in public.

In Atlanta, Seattle and Charlotte, Howard S. Wertheimer, the university’s top architect, led panel discussions with both the winners and the runners-up of the ideas competition he helped organize to select the project’s design team. The experience offers an early hint at one way the Living Building Challenge might push the envelope on design and construction in the Southeast.

“This process will change the way things will work going forward,“ Wertheimer says.

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Living Building at Georgia Tech

The Living Building at Georgia Tech is a partnership between The Kendeda Fund and Georgia Tech.

1 Comment

  1. Henry Slack on December 5, 2016 at 8:48 am

    An ASHRAE speaker on the April 2016 broadcast challenged ASHRAE members to work on a Zero energy building — not because they would necessarily be successful, but because the results would “inform the rest of your practice” and in essence, add more tricks to the trade.

    Like trying to be an Olympic athlete, the very attempt makes you a more fit individual, whether or not you succeed.


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