Kristen Giannattasio and Christina Marsh to co-chair the BSA Small Practices Network

We are thrilled to be co-chairing the Small Practices Network at the Boston Society of Architects, our local AIA chapter.  This committee is composed of local practitioners who either own and work as self-employed designers or within small practices, as well as other professionals who work with such firms.  This group has been a source of inspiration and knowledge as we have developed et Alia over the past 1-1/2 years, and we look forward to continuing its great work. Lunchtime network meetings are held monthly at the BSA on a variety of topics.  Topics discussed cover business and marketing, professional issues, technical…

et Alia teams with Collective Next to design the collaborative process

Architectural design, with all the varied interests and experts that a successful building project encompasses, is inherently collaborative.  At et Alia, we recognize that good collaboration doesn’t just happen by getting everyone into a room.  It is a process that needs to be deliberately designed for each project, and we are constantly researching how to achieve stronger and more varied collaboration with our clients, stakeholders, and design team. Recently we teamed up with Collective Next, a firm specializing in facilitating change management, to examine the collaborative process within the design of large-scale building projects in corporate, institutional, and academic settings….

Christina Marsh moderates panel at ABx 2017 on Remote Work practices

“Remote Design Collaboration: A Cultural Evolution” Formatted as a panel discussion, we examined how to leverage remote collaboration to increase creative opportunities, create alternate workflows, and enhance flexibility and equity. Et Alia assembled this panel as part of the firm’s ongoing research into the future of work environments and the possibilities of remote work and digital collaboration.  We are excited to have this panel of experts that represents a variety of architectural practice types and brings a diverse set of perspectives to the question of remote design collaboration.  The session was kicked off with each panelist presenting a specific aspect…

INTERLOCK receives Honourable Mention in Volume Zero design competition

From the project brief ” The participants’ designs for their houses need to be paradigms of inventiveness and originality, with an emphasis on sustainability. The house could address the issue of mobility; the housing unit need not be movable but could be designed as an addition that can be towed by a car or pickup. The area of the house should not exceed 250 sq ft and significance needs to be given to the connection between the interiors and the outdoor surroundings. With Client Interaction being a key part of the design evaluation, the participants may choose to design for…

Christina Marsh’s review of “Architecture Matters” published in Architecture Boston

We are honored to be part of ArchitectureBoston’s 20th Anniversary issue with Christina Marsh’s review of Aaron Betsky’s new book, “Architecture Matters”. From the review: The most resonant moments occur when the idea of memoir and manifesto are deftly intertwined.  The book opens with just such a recollection, when Betsky describes the transformational experience of visiting Gerrit Rietveld’s Schröder House in the Netherlands. As a high school student, he was invited to see it at the behest of his teacher, a friend of Mrs. Schröder. The palpable awe of the skeptical high schooler, as he discovered the power of the…

Public | Work Space

As the way we work begins to shift, with increased mobility and a greater emphasis on collaboration, there is also a trend for more public spaces within our workplaces.  As described by Kristian Kloeckl and Bryan Shiles in their thought-provoking presentation “The Future of Where We Work” at Design Museum Mornings a few weeks ago, this isn’t just a desire for open collaborative spaces within the firm or company, but a desire for workplaces that engage with the wider ranging public.  This research is echoed in a recent paper issued by the Brookings Institution’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass…

Atelier Day

We have always been big believers in the importance of architects having hands on experience in construction and fabrication so that they/we truly understand the craft. Welcome to Atelier-day!   On the first Friday of each month we put away the mouse and keyboard, step away from our desks, and turn the office into a true workshop.  It is a day of exploration and testing of ideas in a real and tangible way.  There are no rules.  We can mock up details that we are developing for a current project, or work in different media and let things evolve organically….