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Architectural Record Announces Winners of
“Good Design is Good Business” Lifetime Achievement Awards



NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2014—McGraw Hill Construction’s Architectural Record (http://www.ArchitecturalRecord.com), part of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), today announced the firms it is honoring with the third annual “Good Design is Good Business” Lifetime Achievement Awards. The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Architecture Award is STUDIOS Architecture, whose award will be accepted by CEO and principal Todd DeGarmo, FAIA. The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Patron Award is Novartis, the Basel, Switzerland-based international pharmaceutical, research and development company whose award will be accepted by Patrick Lobdell, Director of Design, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. The “Good Design is Good Business” Lifetime Achievement Awards honor the winning firms’ commitment to design excellence as a motivator for successful business enterprise.

STUDIOS Architecture has designed innovative offices for such iconic clients as Bloomberg, Google, and Dow Jones, while Novartis has commissioned significant buildings for its campuses worldwide from more than 15 renowned firms—including Gehry Partners and Herzog & DeMeuron—in Basel to Fumihiko Maki, Weiss/Manfredi, and Rafael VInoly in Hanover, New Jersey, to Toshiko Mori and Maya Lin in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “The design leadership exhibited by our winners has been exceptional,” says Cathleen McGuigan, editor-in-chief, Architectural Record. “We honor them for the development of solutions that will make their firms more relevant and successful in a global culture that increasingly demands environmental and social responsibility. They make quality of life, sustainability, and design excellence top priorities.”

STUDIOS Architecture and Novartis were honored at the 2014 Accent on Architecture Gala on April 24, 2014, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. The annual gala, presented by the American Architectural Foundation (AAF), celebrates leadership in architecture and design.

For more information on Architectural Record’s “Good Design is Good Business” Awards, visit http://archrecord.construction.com/features/gdgb/.

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Media Contact: Kathy Malangone, Senior Director, Marketing Communications, McGraw Hill Construction, +1 212-904-4376, kathy.malangone@mhfi.com

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Featured image courtesy of STUDIOS. Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock) headquarters office at Foundry Square’s Building 1, San Francisco, CA. Designed by STUDIOS.

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The American Architectural Foundation has been dedicated to advancing the role of architecture and design in American society since its founding in 1943 by the American Institute of Architects.

In its 75 years in existence the Foundation’s work has taken many forms — from educational programming and exhibitions in its early years to large-scale design initiatives and programs —all of which serve to create a rich legacy.

As the managing partner of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design for twenty years, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors, the Foundation helped move the needle on design and cities. And, through its other signature programs like Save America’s Treasures in partnership with National Parks Service, the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, and Design for Learning, the Foundation has provided critical design leadership training and technical assistance to hundreds of elected officials, education leaders, business leaders, and other key decision makers in the design process.

In recent years, cities and civic leaders have embraced design and design thinking in a way that could not have been imagined when the Foundation begin its work back in 1943 — and AAF’s role in this transformation is a source of great pride for the Foundation. With this increased interest in the role of design in shaping our cities came a proliferation of new organizations to support and facilitate this cultural shift. These advances in the role of design in American society and changes in the nonprofit design sector, coupled with the departure of the organization’s longest-serving CEO, prompted the Foundation’s Board to embark on an intensive and lengthy process to examine the ongoing role and work of the Foundation.

As the Board of Regents reflected on the positive changes of the cultural value of design, the accomplishments of the Foundation, and how the legacy of the Foundation’s work is being carried out by its former staff in new roles and organizations across the country, they reached the conclusion that the American Architectural Foundation had accomplished what it set out to do. As a result, the Foundation began to complete its remaining programs and wind down its operations in the Summer of 2018 and the organization’s endowments have been distributed to allied organizations. The Foundation’s research and reports will remain available on its website as a resource to the field.

The Foundation’s work would not have been possible without the incredible talents of its many staff over the decades, the generous support of its funders, and the tireless dedication of its civic & design partners across the country. The Board remains deeply proud of the significant contributions Foundation has made in its 75-year history and would like to acknowledge that this would not have been possible without the efforts, dedication, and support from so many of you.