The Art of Designing Hospitals for Children

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in architecture, healthcare, interior design | No Comments
The Art of Designing Hospitals for Children

Facility needs to seem nonthreatening while providing higher levels of care By Julie Bird from FierceHealthcare The dual goals of designing pediatric hospitals that signal permanence and confidence, yet also seem non-institutional and playful are “in many ways at cross-purposes,” an executive at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia told Hospitals & Health Networks. The article talks to hospital […]

How I saw Paris, and the theory of the derive

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in architecture, art, super fun stuff, travel, uncategorized | No Comments
How I saw Paris, and the theory of the derive

Essay by Rebecca Karlowicz (née Brannen) Images by Rebecca Brannen and Brian Karlowicz (circa 1999, 2000) The piece below was originally written in November of 1999 and edited in November 2015. Like many Georgia Tech Architecture students before me, I spent my senior year studying in Paris at UP6 La Villette. I had the privilege […]

SBS Lecture Series: James Barker

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in architecture, education | No Comments
SBS Lecture Series: James Barker

This month our Education Committee was excited to kick off our quarterly lecture series with special guest speaker President Emeritus James Barker, FAIA from Clemson University. As a licensed architect, an educator and a leader, Jim was more than qualified to present to us on the topic of “The Architecture of Leadership.” Inspired by Harvey […]

Naoshima and the Chi Chu Museum

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in architecture, art, landscape, travel | One Comment
Naoshima and the Chi Chu Museum

In the middle of the Seto Inland Sea, there is an island called Naoshima, one of nearly 3,000 that lie in the calm waters near to the coast of the main Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikiku, and Kyushu.  Naoshima once thrived on its fishing industry, but as the population aged and the youngest citizens moved […]

New Threads: Tensile Art + Architecture

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in art, super fun stuff | One Comment
New Threads: Tensile Art + Architecture

The notion of thread as an art form might conjure up memories of vintage needle point or hobby string art. Even today crafty DIY projects use suspended thread to create geometries and outlines. If we take these thread concepts and magnify them further, we arrive at series of new art installations that showcase thread interacting […]

Old School Snowcat: 1961 Thiokol Trackmaster 4T-10

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in super fun stuff, travel | No Comments
Old School Snowcat: 1961 Thiokol Trackmaster 4T-10

Nicknamed the Snow Toaster, this 1961 Thiokol Trackmaster 4T-10 (chassis AX618) has been restored and modified with what the seller says are improved steering and braking systems adapted from an unspecified Bombardier snow tracker. It has a bullet proof Ford 300 and seats 10 people. The paint is a bit tired, but the ad claims […]

next stop: nicaragua

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in architecture, landscape, sustainability | No Comments
next stop: nicaragua

When was the last time you looked at a map of Nicaragua? Besides the turmoil of the eighties, is there anything we really know about this giant, diverse and incredibly gorgeous Central American nation wedged between Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south? I didn’t, and I decided to change that by […]

Hometowns: Korea/Russia/Kenya

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in super fun stuff | No Comments
Hometowns: Korea/Russia/Kenya

One of the goals of the education committee is to promote a culture of learning in the office, in an entertaining way. “Edutainment” as I like to call it. Well yesterday, we had another great, afternoon beer presentation, part of a series we call “Hometowns.” Three of our coworkers gave presentations on the area of […]

CHoP

CHoP

A DISTINCT PRIVILEGE In 2010, when The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP) invited Stanley Beaman & Sears to provide interior design, wayfinding, and experience graphics for their new ambulatory care center to be built in the heart of their main Philadelphia campus, we were more than excited – we were honored. Named the Buerger Center […]

road trip through spain

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in architecture, landscape, super fun stuff | No Comments
road trip through spain

­­­ There is a Chinese proverb that says “Travel a thousand miles rather than reading ten thousand books.”  Two weeks of traveling broadened my perspective on arts, culture, and life more than any school books I have ever read. Day 1-4: Barcelona Let’s begin the journey with those astonishing work of Gaudi. I approached the […]