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Notre Dame's Walsh Hall...Better than New!

The Importance of Maintaining Historical Integrity in a Residence Hall Renovation

Arkos Design worked closely with student affairs and Walsh Hall staff to design modern upgrades and repairs while maintaining the historical integrity of the building.  Notre Dame embraces the unique character of its many historic residence halls, and has found that most students and alumni prefer renovated facilities over new construction.  A recent article was released sharing why residents are so excited to move back into their newly renovated living space. Read here…

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Leading Age Indiana Conference

In May we had the honor presenting at the Leading Age Indiana Conference & Trade Show.  Arkos Design Team Darla Aldred, Landscape Architect, PLA, LEED AP, along with our President Jeff Anglemyer, Architect, AIA, spoke on...

Achieving Therapeutic Benefits from Outdoor Spaces

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We're in our New Place!

*MAKE A NOTE* 

Although our block number is still #117, we are now on Lincolnway West.  Monday, February 20, marked the beginning of a new chapter for Arkos Design.  Thanks to our staff's efforts this weekend, we are already up and working in our new place.     

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What Does Aging-in-Community Mean?

Arkos Design leads the creation of spaces that inspire and embrace aging residents, their families, and their community. Through design empathy, connection, and functionality, our goal is to work with facility users to create a place where all can thrive. As America ages, how are Senior Living environments evolving? Follow this link to a recent article on Aging-in-Community.

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My Year of Eames

Who are Charles and Ray Eames?  Most people will know as soon as they are shown some photos of their famous mid-century furniture. 

 

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Arkos Design welcomes Andrew Lechner!

We are happy to announce the addition of Andrew Lechner, Architect, AIA, to our team.
He comes to us from
Waco, Texas, with over 12 years experience in architecture and construction management.  His diverse portfolio brings us additional expertise with colleges and universities, libraries, and faith-based projects. Learn more about him by visiting Our Team page which will include his bio soon...


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Welcome Matthew! Our newest Arkos team member

We are happy to announce the addition of Matthew McGourty to our architectural team.
He comes to us from Worcester, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Roger Williams University.  Learn more about him by visiting Our Team page.  His bio is coming soon!

 

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Exciting Changes for St. Joseph County's Main Library

Arkos Design is honored to be involved in St. Joseph County’s Main Library as they seek to re-evaluate their building layout creating major changes including collection layout, circulation, and entrance location.  If approved, the renovation will better suit the ever-changing needs of our community.  

Click here for the related South Bend Tribune article

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How Do Architecture and Real Estate Marketing Benefit Each Other?

In the world of real estate development, the architect and developer/agent play complementary roles--even if they don't always see eye-to-eye.  In fact, it is their different perspectives that provide for a mutually-beneficial relationship.  This benefit is no more evident than in marketing, where the developer/agent seeks to capture the attention of a potential client, often accomplished with architectural renderings.  These life-life images allow the client to see into the future.  But as stated in the article linked below, "More important than the beautiful images at the end of the marketing brochure, though, is the up-front collaboration between the architect and the agent."

This collaborative approach is the foundation of Arkos Design's philosophy, where we believe that the most successful projects are the result of working together with empathy for one another's perspective.  An example from a current project is the rendering above, which was created for the new Courtyard homes at the Townes at Kamm Island Park in Mishawaka, Indiana.  This image is the result of a collaborative design process and is now being used in the real estate marketing for the townhomes.

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How is the digital age affecting our libraries?

Arkos Design recently collaborated with St. Joseph County Library to renovate a 1,850-sf space into a hands-on digital design studio. This new lab allows patrons to create a variety of digital media including 3D models. Click on the link to learn more about what is happening to our libraries...

Link: The Future of Libraries

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Good article outlining where there are gaps in the general public's views of connection to nature.  

Link:  We Must Better Communicate the Health Benefits of Nature

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ARKOS DESIGN Giving Back

Throughout last year, Arkos Design celebrated its 10th year by organizing various activities to foster growth not only within Arkos Design but also the surrounding community.  Our final event included collecting dimes (10 cents for 10 years).  It’s exciting to announce we exceeded our $2,000.00 goal!  This week we are sharing the donations with our four local charities: Center for Hospice Care, Hannah’s House, Lighthouse Families First Foundation, and Mishawaka Food Pantry.

 

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ASLA Opportunity Strikes

At the right place at the right time…. 

Earlier this month during the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Annual Meeting in Chicago, I had the opportunity to explore the expansive exposition hall full of vendors that cater to the business of landscape architecture as a whole. A large contingent of those showcasing their wares were playground equipment manufacturers.

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Learning Something New

Stemming from my time in school, I have found the best way to remember a place is to draw it. Most of my memories from the year I studied in Rome, Italy were of humble or monumental spaces where I sat drinking a cappuccino and drawing my surroundings. But now that I am not a student, I have to visit places on a more strict schedule. Though I almost always have a pencil and sketchbook in my bag, it is much quicker to capture buildings, landscapes, and sights with a camera. But as convenient and advanced as a camera phones have become, they still often are limiting in how a scene is captured. I have a semi-decent digital camera that accompanied me through my year abroad, but I had found myself wanting to take a step back and learn the basics. So I went on ebay and spent $40 to buy an Olympus OM-10 35mm camera. This camera is one of the first and most popular aperture- priority camera (meaning in a standard mode you adjust the lens for the amont of light you want to be exposed to the film and the camera controls the shutter speed and length of exposure) introduced about 35 years ago. By taking film back to analogue, it becomes fairly evident how important it is to learn what every knob on the camera and lens do in order to successfully capture a subject. The first two rolls I took, I wrote down the aperture setting, focus range, and weather/sun conditions to cross reference back to the developed photos. By doing this, I did not become an expert photographer by any strentch of the imagination, but it quickly built a foundation of knowledge and taught my brain the thought process for using the camera.b2ap3_thumbnail_unnamed.jpg

 

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It is always rewarding to see a project transition from the "before" to the "after" that was envisioned. Therefore, I am embarking on the goal to show more of them- starting with the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame.

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As an architecture student in college, I noticed one of the major difference from kids in other majors revolved around text books. As my roommate was cycling through a new physics textbook what seemed like every month, I was using the same architectural theory book required for my first day as a freshmen. I realized that the books I was required to get retained their value throughout my schooling and now into the professional world. Even now I have a shelf full of a variety of books that I use regularly for reference, education, and inspiration. In this post, I’ll point of the types of books I have at my desk while highlighting a few of my favorites. Most if not all of them can be found available at your local bookstore or online new or used through online site like amazon.

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