Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

December 16, 2016
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It’s been an eventful year for Ayers Saint Gross. As we turn the calendar page, here’s a look at our most popular blog posts of 2016. We’re proud of what we accomplished with our clients, and are excited about what’s to come in 2017.

1. Luanne Greene is Ayers Saint Gross’ New President. Having distinguished herself as head of our Planning studio and as an acknowledged industry leader, Luanne rose to become the President of Ayers Saint Gross. She is the first woman to lead the firm in its 100-year history.

2. Anne Hicks Harney Elevated to AIA College of Fellows. Our Sustainability Director is now one of four FAIAs at Ayers Saint Gross, alongside Glenn Birx, Luanne Greene, and Adam Gross. Anne was also named a LEED Fellow this year.

3. Placemaking for People: How Stormwater Management Can Be a Design Asset. The unglamorous necessity of stormwater management can be a starting point for truly great design in landscape architecture.

4. Place Matters: Cortex Innovation Community Wins SCUP Award. Recognition from the Society of College and University Planning was a huge honor. Innovation Districts like Cortex provide a new paradigm for research, business, and job creation.

5. National Aquarium Waterfront Campus Plan Wins AIA Maryland Award. The National Aquarium is a world-renowned conservation organization, and we are excited to be a part of the revitalization of its campus.

6. 2016 Comparing Campuses Innovation Districts. We did a deep dive on Innovation Districts in our 18th annual Comparing Campuses poster. (We also have an online archive of all the Comparing Campuses posters.)

7. A Brief History of the Ayers Saint Gross ACUHO-I Housing Book. We’ve been creating these tiny but informative books since 2005 for the annual ACUHO-I conference. We’ll see you in Providence in June with the 2017 edition.

8. Telling a Story with Data. Lisa Keith, head of our Space Analytics studio, wowed the KA Connect Conference with her data visualization expertise.

9. Ayers Saint Gross Reaches $1B in LEED Construction. With the LEED Silver certification of Georgetown University’s Ryan and Isaac Halls, our firm crossed the billion-dollar mark in LEED certified construction. To celebrate, we created an infographic that illustrates exactly what $1,000,000,000 in LEED construction looks like.

10. Going Green, Staying Green: How to Create and Enduring, Sustainable Landscape. Align your sustainability goals with available resources, and consider the life cycle costs of your choices.

Telling a Story with Data: Space Analytics at KA Connect

July 6, 2016
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Earlier this year, I was delighted to present at the KA Connect Conference. This gathering of knowledge management leaders in the AEC industry was a terrific audience, eager to learn about how Space Analytics help organizations see and understand their resources.

The full presentation is below; major takeaways are as follows:

  • Data visualizations are techniques to communicate information clearly, and to stimulate viewer attention and engagement.
  • Data visualizations ≠ infographics.
  • People learn and absorb information differently. Being able to communicate information in several different manners goes a long way to reaching your intended audience.
  • The shift towards interactive learning in higher education applies to everyone, not just students. Giving key stakeholders tools like SAMi ™ allows them to be involved in what they’re trying to understand about their own facilities and campuses.

After the presentation, I also sat down for a Q&A with KA Connect Founder Chris Parsons. It’s available below.

One of Chris’s best questions was his last one – he asked me about my favorite part of my job. I replied that I loved the design most. Looking at a classroom utilization scatter plot, I think about how 20 years ago, I’d have to print out 10 different reports to get to that point. And now this scatter plot tells me everything I need to know right there, and I can let my years of experience and imagination fill in the blanks. That well-designed scatter plot is just a starting point for understanding and decision-making.

The gauntlet has now been thrown down, how can we incorporate SAMi™ with BIM? I guess the Space Analytics studio will try to figure that out in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!