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    Brent R. Dykstra, LEED AP

    Brent Dykstra, LEED AP, senior architect and senior associate at AMDG Architects, Incorporated in Grand Rapids, Michigan knew he wanted to be an architect when he was about 12- or 13-years-old; although he didn’t completely know what it meant at the time.  “It seemed like the right convergence of practical problem solving and artistic creation. I don’t think I ever felt like I wanted to go into a pure engineering side and I think I felt too practical to be an artist—and probably not creative enough—and I enjoyed history,” Dykstra said. “I think I’ve always just enjoyed understanding how things are the way they are.” Dykstra joined AMDG Architects in…

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    Nick Liebler, LEED AP

    Nick Liebler, LEEP AP, architect, and partner at White & Liebler Architects in Petoskey, Michigan is inspired by the idea of craft in design.  “You’re creating something that didn’t exist before, so the challenge of being able to take a given set of ideas and turn it into something tangible—that would be what is most exciting to me about design,” Liebler said. “It is just the opportunity to create something and use your imagination to develop something within a set of parameters.”  Having fallen in love with the craft of building and creating homes through working in the construction industry, Liebler noted the commercial work was a bit different than…

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    Great Lakes By Design: Ergonomics

    Design Corner Elements a ring inspired by the historic architecture of the Guardian Building Nate & Natty the refined and soft-spoken seating line from Kimball U by Moen a new-to-market smart shower product delivering streamlined personalization Design Spotlight Future of space the role of ergonomics in the working environment and in transforming space to drive a more mobile and agile culture in an ever competitive landscape Beautiful function the second longest-standing, independent industrial design studio adding an emotional touch to innovation Ergonomic comfort the idea of comfort and integration of the human factor into the office product and environment design lives on at a well-known company Form Ripple effect the…

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    Kevin Montgomery, AIA, LEED GA

    “A few years ago, I really decided to embrace the idea of you don’t know what you don’t know. Our job is something that the best of them are in their prime when they are in their final stage of their career, potentially, and it is because you can continue to master more and more of what goes into the building since there is so much to it,” said Kevin Montgomery, AIA, LEED GA, architect and partner at KrM Architecture+ in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Montgomery’s own beginning with architecture was somewhat of a family affair: his father is a practicing architect and his grandfather founded KrM Achitecture+ in Anderson, Indiana in…

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    Kenneth C. Richmond, AIA

    For Ken Richmond, AIA, founder, and partner at Ken Richmond, Architect in Traverse City, Michigan, a day in the life will often see him spending a certain amount of time interacting with clients and consultants, office time, and field time, and dealing with the process of building—which he pointed out is different than the end result.  “To me the process is 90 percent of what we do and arguably more interesting, more important, and a lot of times more fun than the actual product, the actual end result,” Richmond said. While collaborating with clients during the design process—and often consultants as well—Richmond said there is a great deal of time…

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    Great Lakes By Design: Architectonics

    Design Spotlight Inverted bowl the patent-pending concept poised to revolutionize the stadium and arena design industry Thread in transit the award-winning, integrated CTA Washington/Wabash Elevated Train Station serving as a gateway in the heart of downtown Chicago Moment of flight the award-winning pavilion capturing the drama of flight at Gerald R. Ford International Airport Design Corner Garofalo Screen the custom, French-inspired fire screen handcrafted and forged by Smith Shop Essay’d 3: 30 Detroit Artists the third volume in a series of short, insightful essays on artists in Detroit Form Informed landscape an architectural studio in Toronto, Ontario designing great dwellings that are informed by those who will inhabit them and the landscape it exists in Sky…

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    Royal house

    Picture an aging automotive warehouse: a one-story, raw space of cement block and steel beams with industrial troughs and drains set into the floor. Then Imagine the same space as a sleek, state-of-the-art recording studio with sound systems catering to high-profile musicians, distinct areas carved out for both creativity and relaxation, a full-service kitchen, an indoor basketball court, and glassed-in transparent garage. This is the vision Detroit-native Roger Goodman realized when returning to his hometown several years ago, bought an old warehouse in the industrial corridor along Royal Oak’s Delemere Avenue, and transformed it into Royal House Recording Studio. Goodman engaged Saroki Architecture—an award-winning, 20-person, boutique firm—to deliver his vision…

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    Great Lakes By Design: Raising The Bar

    Design Corner Alexander Girard, Architect – author and adjunct associate professor weaves a comprehensive story about the textile visionary considered by some as an unknown pioneer in midcentury design Heirloom Houses – writer and designer presents an architectural monograph of 15 beautifully crafted homes by Wade Weissman Architecture Inc. Mad Scientist Table – a set of adaptive tables inspired by the modern day mad scientist Medium Duffle – the chic, denim-inspired version of the classic duffle bag  Design Spotlight Regal luxury – the newest addition to the Buick sub-brand fleet of sleek, luxury-trimmed vehicles The agrihood – the mixed-use development project designed as a green sanctuary in Chicago’s West Loop Gateway neighborhood Iron and ivory – an Ontario-based interior design firm…

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    Great Lakes By Design: The Acoustics

    Design Corner The Runwell Turntable Shinola’s sleek machine of aluminum, steel, and wood celebrating pure sound Square One a new solution in space division for the workplace delivered by Indiana Furniture The Maker Project: Maker A Versteel’s Maker A frames bring a strong, intuitive addition to its existing The Maker Project series Cosm the new ergonomic task chair by Herman Miller with a flexible contour Ambienta Sagegreenlife’s multi-functional, modern table lamp integrating plant life The Fulton Rocker HBF’s smart, savvy designed chair celebrating comfort and timeless style Steelcase Showroom the award-winning, newly expanded and redesigned showroom recognized for its innovative solutions for the workplace Design Spotlight Ephemeral element a Chicago-based acoustics consulting firm brings its signature…