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Students Visit Olympia Oaks in Amherst

Published December 24, 2014 in Community, Education, Staff, Aelan Tierney, Teaching

Students ranging from sixth to twelfth grade from Renaissance Magnet School in Springfield came to Olympia Oaks to learn about how Housing Developments happen. The students were participating in a one week intensive about architecture and had spent the week designing, drawing, and building models of their "dream homes." The trip to Olympia Oaks included a tour of the site and community building, as well as one residence. HAP Housing Development and Management staff talked about how these projects get funded and managed.  KRA's Aelan Tierney shared the history of the development and the core concepts of the design and then spoke about architecture as a profession.

WMAIA “Architecture Through Film” series

Published October 10, 2014 in Education, KRA Extracurricular, Film, Staff, Andy Grogan, Teaching

This semester's "Architecture Through Film" series is happening, and as usual, KRA's Andy Grogan will be there!

American International College

Published October 10, 2014 in Education, Institutional, Staff, Andrew Bagge, Aelan Tierney, Chris Farley, Charles Roberts, John Kuhn, Sarah Nolan

In 2012, American International College selected us as their On-Call Architect. Founded in 1885, AIC is located in Springfield,MA and enrolls just over 3,000 students each year. The campus is comprised of 25 buildings on 72 park-like acres in the midst of an urban environment. In addition to leading a variety of renovations, we've helped the college establish standards for signage, furniture, finishes, room numbering, and door hardware.

Before and After

Published August 28, 2014 in Education, Historic, Institutional, Modern Design, Staff, Brad Hutchison, Andy Grogan, Charles Roberts, Elizabeth Morgan, Sarah Nolan

It's always good to look back and understand where you started. Here's a glimpse of 79 South Pleasant, showing a side of the building that isn't visible from the street or campus.

Hosting the next generation (or two)

Published August 12, 2014 in Education, Staff, Aelan Tierney, Chris Farley, Chris Riddle, Teaching

We love it when students come by the office to learn more about what we do. It's an opportunity to share with those just starting to explore the field, and it's a good reminder of what inspired us early on in our careers.

With so many great schools in the area, we've been fortunate enough to spend time with students ranging in age from kindergarten to graduate school. This summer, we hosted students from UMASS's architecture school (right), Amherst Regional High School (below), and the UMASS Pre-College Summer Design Academy (bottom).


WMAIA Film Series

Published March 22, 2013 in Education, KRA Extracurricular, Film, Staff, Andy Grogan

The WMAIA "Architecture Through Film" Series continues over the next two weeks with documentaries on The Highline, Lincoln Center, and Art Historian Vincent Scully.

Amherst Montessori Ribbon Cutting

Published February 28, 2013 in Education, Staff, Aelan Tierney

There’s nothing like a ribbon-cutting with children and lots of scissors! We congratulate Amherst Montessori on the opening of their new school building. Based on the smiling faces and "ohhs & ahhs" heard throughout, their new building was very well received.

WNEU students visit the office

Published November 3, 2011 in Education, Staff, Ann Marshall, Elizabeth Morgan, Teaching

Western New England University Associate Professor of History Meri L. Clark brought her students to our office last week to learn more about our Machu Picchu project in Cusco, Peru. Michael Hanke from Design Division, the co-designer of the original exhibit, gave a wonderful presentation on the Incas in Peru and Hiram Bingham’s expedition to the remains of their ancient city. KRA's Ann Marshall and Elizabeth Morgan discussed the new design for the exhibit which recently celebrated its grand opening.

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