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Winners of Olympics in Architectural Field

Architecture and Olympics – Bygone times

Architecture in Olympics_by russell and dawson

A rare combination which should be commonly known.

The word architecture is derived from the Greek word ‘architekton’ which means the chief carpenter. In ancient times, the one who designed the work in a good way was termed as an engineer, designer, or architect. The concept like training never existed as there were no formal guidelines or standards given.

Architecture as a profession evolved in different regions and countries gradually. In the USA, it was the year 1857 when the profession was accepted as a licensed one. Currently, there are numerous Architectural Design Firms providing design services with advanced technologies in this field. There has been a lot of advancement with respect to architecture as a business.

This organization of games took place every four years at the place called Olympia and the difference of time duration was known as Olympiad. So this way the contest was named as Olympic Games. The exact date when the games started is still unknown. But it is perceived as a part of history.

It is hard to believe that architecture was considered a sport in ancient times! But this is a reality one cannot ignore. Moreover, it was not only limited to participating but also rewarding to deserving participants.

There was a time in Greece when two prominent professions today – art and sports were parallel to each other as people used to think that exercising body and mind both were equally important in life. This combination was something unique in itself. Keeping the point in mind, the father of modern Olympics Pierre de Coubertin felt that the mixture of athletes and artists needs to be involved again in the sports contests. Art Competitions that focus on sports were included in the Olympics and Architecture was considered a major game contest.

De Coubertin shared the idea with the Olympic congress in 1906 and made it public. However, the implementation was not done in the 1908 Olympics game. After changing the format of sports which required proper structure, Architecture acquired a place in the 1912 Olympics which was held in Stockholm. The big decision was criticized at the initial stage but eventually, it got its place in the game.

Since there were no formal training programs, knowledgeable sources, expertise, and experience, the field of architecture could not be developed at that time. So categories in architecture competition were town planning, built work, and speculative designs. The judges had to consider the only projects related to or which had some link with sports and consider them for awards.

Winners at Olympics in Architectural Field_by Russell and Dawson

There were 33 participants in the art competition in the 1912 Olympics. The art competition got less response in the year 1920 at Antwerp and this affected architecture competition. But in 1924 it drew the attention again the same way it received in the initial stage. This continued even in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam where items of art competition were exhibited at the municipal museum.

Not only there was huge participation but the best work was awarded medals in the field of architecture. Some notable achievements are Walter Winans from the USA who was a champion in the sculpture. A participant from Hungary named Alfred Hajos won a silver medal in architecture in the early 19’s. In the 1928 Olympics, France participant Paul Landowski won gold for a boxer sculpture. His remarkable work is a statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

This way different art competitions like architecture were an eminent part of sports contests till 1948. International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1949 decided to drop the art competition because there was no significant difference at the Olympics. In 1952, the decision of dropping the art was re-evaluated, but was rejected again due to committee opinions. So rather than giving a zero appearance, they decided to substitute the competition with art exhibitions.

We can say that history repeated itself because in ancient Greece the architecture competition was put aside and it was again noticeable in the 20th century. The reason is the evolution of new techniques, methods, and ideology with time. There are some buildings which are still standing today which makes it a remarkable achievement. In 1936, Hermann Kutschera of Austria won a gold medal for Skiing stadium design but it was not built.

Net Zero Buildings_by Russell and Dawson

Net Zero Buildings

Net Zero Buildings_by Russell and Dawson

The Biden administrations submitted a long-term strategy to the UNFCCC in November 2021, officially committing the USA to net zero emissions by 2050 latest.

A large portion of the structures today utilize a great amount of energy-to keep lights on, cool the air, heat water, and power individual gadgets. In any event, installing solar systems won’t altogether counter the substantial energy loads. However, there are a few buildings that strike a balance, or even top the scales the alternate way! They are called Zero Energy Buildings. They deal with the feat by being extremely energy effective by saving 50-70% more energy than ordinary structures. In these ultra-high-performance buildings, the amount of energy utilized can be totally balanced by renewable energy generated on and around the building. At the point when conditions are not reasonable for energy generation, the structure will draw energy from the electrical grid to address its issues. And when conditions improve, the on-site renewable energy system will cover the building’s energy need and send the excess energy back into the grid to make the equilibrium. Throughout the year the structure offers back as much energy as it takes. At the point when zero energy ideas are applied to group of buildings, the advantages are shared and multiplied within that zero-energy community. These structures are likewise more solid, reasonable to construct and work and better for the environment. While these might appear as “buildings of the future,” new technologies are continually arising that make zero energy simpler and easier to accomplish today by the Architectural Design Firms. More than 100 organizations and associations have endorsed the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, which looks to decarbonize the buildings sector by 2050 and get most of the way there by 2030. That would reduce the almost 40% of worldwide CO2 discharges presently contributed by the building structures. By becoming super-efficient and offering back as much energy as they consume, zero energy structures will have a significant impact in making a more competitive, energy-secure future.

Zero energy structures consolidate energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to burn through just as much energy as can be delivered on-site through renewable resources throughout a predetermined time span. Accomplishing zero energy is an ambitious yet progressively attainable objective that is gaining momentum across geographic districts and markets. Private business land owners have a developing interest in creating zero energy structures to meet their corporate objectives, and because of administrative commands, national government organizations and many state governments are starting to push toward zero energy building targets.

Advanced Energy Design Guides for Zero Energy Buildings – This series of guides, made through the industry collaboration with ASHRAE and other market pioneers, gives easy direction to accomplishing a zero-energy execution in different structure types. They incorporate arrangements of energy execution targets for all climate zones. Approaches to accomplish these energy targets are given all through and comprises quantifiable objectives, employing MEP design groups focused on that objective, utilizing energy simulation all through the plan and development process, monitoring what process choices affect energy use. The target group for this incorporates architects, plan engineers, energy modelers, contractors, office directors, building activities staff and facilities planning staff.

With sustainability and ESG (Environmental, social and corporate governance) factors being progressively significant for being competitive, net-zero carbon responsibilities are arising as “must-have” for large proprietors and administrators looking for finance, decrease risk and draw in first class representatives, occupants and customers.

How can Net Zero be Achieved?

At the point when the objective is net-zero energy, there are four main considerations during development: design, location, orientation, and the utilization of renewable energy.

Location: To build a net-zero building, several location factors such as climate, sun, wind patterns, temperature, rain patterns, etc. should be taken into consideration by architecture and engineering design firms.

Orientation: Factors that preserve energy are additionally significant. Other than harnessing the sun’s energy, you can preserve it by orienting your structure to maximize the advantage of the shade. In warm environments, this implies you’ll have to utilize the cooling less to keep your structure cool.

You can likewise situate your building to take advantage of natural winds. Utilizing natural resources to control your structure’s energy systems and diminish energy necessities, will conserve resources simultaneously.

Design: During the design phase of a net-zero building, it is important to select the best insulating materials so that the building is able to conserve as much energy as possible. Windows that are dual or triple pane effectively sealed can be a major factor in conserving energy.

Insulation is additionally an important factor to be considered as well which is rated in R-values. The higher the R-value, the better. Insulations such as fiberglass, wool, foam boards, cellulose, polystyrene, polyurethane, etc. provide an extra barrier between the interior and exterior of a building. Also, ventilation is particularly important in tropical climates.

ASHRAE, or the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, has created standards that apply to building design.

Utilization of Renewable energy: Active strategies such as photovoltaics, wind power, hydroelectric power, biomass, geothermal power, solar power, and solar thermal helps in reducing energy consumption during the building process. Net-zero energy structures respond in different ways to their nearby power grid.

Factors to be considered while planning for Net Zero Buildings_Russell and Dawson

There are two primary plan procedures for net-zero structures – active and passive. Active processes center around the development of energy, which is normally refined by incorporating renewable energy systems. Solar systems and wind turbines are normal ways of counterbalancing the energy needs during both development and operation.

Passive process, center around diminishing energy use. Prudent design strategies, like expanding natural light and keeping up with consistent temperatures, are at the core of the aloof plan. With the scope of environments found across the world, proper insulation is a key design highlight. Ensuring precise air seals is critical to making an energy-tight structure.

The building’s location and direction are additionally critical net-zero variables. Structures in regions inclined to overcast skies will have restricted solar energy potential. In like manner, building oriented to utilize natural light can require 25% less energy. Furthermore, solar systems work best when pointing toward the south or west. All in all, structures in Aspen will have different specifications in comparison to those in Pueblo. Renewable energy sources offset structures’ energy use. In some cases, a few areas will not create an adequate sum to address the issue. This is the place where grid connections come in.

Connecting buildings to the grid

Colorado positions are seventh in wind generating capacity. However, all the areas of the state cannot produce renewable energy. That is the reason all structures equipped for creating renewable energy should expect to deliver more than they devour. The abundance can be channeled once again into the grid. Then, at that point, it helps power different structures and the encompassing regions. This assists with ensuring structures and networks stay powered regardless of changing nearby conditions. Net-zero structures are the future. To save the planet, the whole idea of building design should change. Energy conservation and renewal are critical to making the U.S a leader in net-zero.

5 ways to retrofit your buildings to make progress towards a net zero goal_Russell and Dawson


The challenges are huge, however, the techniques for meeting and conquering them are known. We absolutely need to speed up the strategies and make them cooperate to boost energy efficiency. If we do this for new and existing structures, we can meet the objectives we’ve set for 2030 and 2040. We can even meet those for 2050, as we work to identify new, longer-term objectives.

Architecture and Engineering Design Services_By Russell and Dawson since 1965

Architectural Design & Engineering Services Since 1965

Architecture, Design & Construction Trends in 2018_by Russell and Dawson

As per the recent insight shared by IE School of Architecture and Design, the urban population is expected to double in the next 40 years, forcing cities to undertake a holistic and sustainable transformation of their model. One of the most significant challenges in architecture is to optimize its current capacity for developing denser metropolitan cities and areas to offer residents a better quality of life.

Architectural and Engineering Design Firms typically work on many small and large number of projects with outcomes that are hard to predict. Frequent changes in the requirement disrupt the normal course of activities. The design teams must be able to align at all times. Optimizing the current design and engineer the model becomes difficult. Forcing teams to put in extra hours for finishing the deliverable.

Russell and Dawson is one of the longest-serving architectural and engineering firms in the history of Connecticut, USA. It has overcome the design optimization challenges by delivering customized services across various industries. Founded in 1965, we provide integrated architectural and engineering services in New England and the Northeast regions.  Our design and engineering services include structural, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing engineering; sustainable design, and interior design.

We follow multi-disciplinary, client-first approach that makes us the A&E firm of choice in the states where we practice, as proved by our higher than 90% client retention rate. RDAEP comprises of various experienced and expert teams covering in-house architects, engineers, consultants, and technicians. Making us the one-stop destination for different architectural and engineering services.

With the urban population expected to be double in next two decades, our team is ready to innovate the rapid, massive scale architect design changes. Many design firms have limitations in-terms of capability and team scalability for delivering A&E projects. RDAEP has overcome such barriers by gaining experience and delivering 10,000+ A&E solutions to industries and sectors like Hospitality, Community, Office, Retail, Residential, Industrial, and Planning.

RDAEP’s A&E services include Architecture Design, Construction Management, Engineering, Sustainable Design and Interior Design Services. RDAEP also offers quality centric design services in line with the industry standards using modern technical knowledge and deliver client-specific solutions.

RDAEP has successfully helped marquee clients like Hyatt, CBRE, Broward County, Marriott, Hilton, Starwood Hotels and more. Some of our A&E projects include:

  • HVAC by upgrading the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Terminal Chiller Plant. Including the addition of one chiller and one cooling tower plus replacement of two existing cooling towers while the airport continued to function.
  • Structural Design of South Regional Courthouse Parking Garage structural beam repairs. It included the restoration of 30 structural beams and Broward County Downtown 1200 Car and 350 Car Parking Garage.
  • Interior Design of City of Lauderhill Sadkin Community Center including 20,000 square feet of interior renovations and complete building exterior envelope repair.

We have been a reliable partner, helping esteemed clients to develop considerable value in architecture design and engineering. Speed up your delivery schedule with innovative designs and solutions to increase productivity and efficiency with RDAEP. Call us on (860) 289-1100 or Contact Us for your A&E needs.