This month, firm partner and director of research Billie Faircloth received the title of Fellow from the American Institute of Architects' Jury of Fellows. The fellowship is the AIA's highest honor, recognizing an individual for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.
The College of Fellows recognized Billie, who joined the firm in 2008, for her work education, research, literature, and the practice of architecture.
Billie leads KieranTimberlake's transdisciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem-solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades, academies, and industries in order to define relevant problem-solving boundaries for the built environment.
Faced with an increasing shortage of affordable housing for medical residents and trainees, the University of California, San Francisco, commissioned the Tidelands, a mixed-use urban housing complex providing sustainable accommodations for over 700 occupants. The Tidelands' mix of micro-unit, studio, and two-bedroom apartments are offered at rates 40% below market and are spread across two courtyard buildings. An adapted integrated project delivery model fast-tracked completion and occupancy.
The University of Washington has selected KieranTimberlake as the architect for the Interdisciplinary Engineering Building, an approximately 75,000 sq. ft. building serving 950 new students. We are excited to continue our partnership with UW and to work alongside Hensel Phelps to create a student-focused building that includes flexible teaching spaces, research facilities, and collaboration space for UW's growing College of Engineering. This building is part of a 10-year strategic growth plan that incorporates expansion of enrollment, instruction, and facilities for the university's engineering departments which currently occupy space in 25 buildings across campus. This project is sited just a quarter mile from UW's North Campus Housing, another KieranTimberlake project which recently completed construction.
In 2020, KieranTimberlake received awards recognizing the firm and its projects. Each of these awards recognizes how we balance analysis with intuition to create innovative architecture. We are proud of our team and grateful to our clients and collaborators for these achievements.
Five buildings at Washington University in St. Louis achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum designations from the United States Green Building Council. LEED Platinum is the highest level awarded by the USGBC and recognizes a building that achieves superior sustainability measures. Read the full release here.
Three of the five buildings are KieranTimberlake designs: Sumers Welcome Center, Schnuck Pavilion, and Weil Hall. Located on the on the newly transformed east end of the Danforth Campus, they feature flexible, naturally lit space for classes, studios, presentations, and recreation, all positioned around a new landscape designed by Michael Vergason Landscape Architects to support a lush and more connected campus experience.
The project reshaped Washington University's east end of campus by transforming it into a welcoming and lush environment for learning. The Society for College and University planners recognized the project with for Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component, noting the remarkable change from a parking-dominated landscape. While remaining faithful to the university's original Cope and Stewardson plan, each of these buildings embodies a vibrant, contemporary approach to materials, technology, and sustainability.
The projects also represent KieranTimberlake's dedication to creative stewardship of our planet's irreplaceable resources. KieranTimberlake is a signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment and a founding signatory of US Architects Declare. We believe it is our collective ethical obligation to tackle climate change, social inequity, and ecological fragility on every project. Since 2006, KieranTimberlake has completed 13 LEED Platinum projects.
We are pleased to announce the advancement of nine staff members to new positions within the firm, including four new principals, who will continue to question, explore, and improve the built environment.
These individuals demonstrate commitment to KieranTimberlake's practice and values, and advancement recognizes each person's extensive design and research experience and leadership qualities. The advancements include four new principals, and five new associates.
On 26 June, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia moved to a green phase of reopening, which lifted stay-at-home and business closure orders. Since then, we have begun to carefully welcome KieranTimberlake staff members back to the office with a hybrid model of working remotely and a controlled population of about 20 people in the studio per day. All staff members also continue to work from home and juggle their responsibilities while caring for others.
At our studio (aka Ortlieb's Bottling House), we are now hosting occasional design team meetings in small groups, physically distanced, and fully masked. Those who have seen KieranTimberlake's studio know we have ample room for distance, abundant natural ventilation, a managed building system for environmental control, and flexibility to arrange ourselves across multiple work platforms for this next phase of a new reality. We have the broad technical capability to host meetings with both in-person and remote participants. And lastly, our travel is limited to instances of direct support of projects under construction, and is in full compliance with local, regional, and state advisories.
It has been refreshing to be working well together in this more broadly defined "office space” and progressing our firm's projects and goals. We are especially pleased to be joined by four talented interns with us for the summer and into the fall from architecture programs around the country, including Rice, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Texas at Austin.
We continue to be grateful for the partnership of our clients, consultants, collaborators, and staff as we work through the nexus of 2020 challenges together.
KieranTimberlake landed on Fast Company Magazine's list of Most Innovative Companies of 2020. The annual round-up of thought leaders recognized architecture firms' progress in reducing embodied carbon in the industry. The KT Innovations app Roast , an occupant comfort survey app that lets architects and facilities managers create surveys, collect responses, and visualize data for green building accreditation, received a shout-out in the nomination:
8. KIERANTIMBERLAKE For figuring out where an office is cold or drafty with its Roast survey app, so issues can be fixed
KieranTimberlake is a rare example of a midsize firm that has a thriving research and technology division. The company is deeply focused on connecting spaces and has developed its own software to measure things like energy usage to inform architecture. An architecture firm that acts more like a tech company.
We grieve as we witness the horrific patterns of racism, bias, and white privilege in our country. We denounce the senseless murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County, Georgia, and countless others at the hands of a cruel, violent, and unjust system. We condemn the wrongful acts that are hidden and swept aside, without recourse, without change.
These crimes, and the routine transgressions against Black lives must end. The protests bring into sharp focus the pain our communities of color face every single day. The emotional, physical, and social damage is profound. We must examine ourselves, listen and hear, and work harder with our communities of color to build a better society.
KieranTimberlake is committed to building a more just and equitable world. We call upon the architecture and design community nationwide to do the same.