SMMA Virtual Reality

Real Value in Virtual Environments

Thomas Merchel

For SMMA, an important part of our "day to day" is the investigation of emerging technologies and how they might be able to help us as designers.


The Benefits of Airflow Studies

Andrew Oldeman, PE, CEM, LEED AP

For every project, both architectural and engineering, efficiency is a top priority. For data center clients, airflow studies are an excellent means of achieving maximum efficiency. They provide an accurate evaluation of proposed and actual effectiveness, both during design and post-construction. 

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Target-Value Design

Josh Rownd, AIA

A Q&A with Josh Rownd on the process and benefits of Target-Value Design (TVD). From budget planning to establishing program requirements, Josh shares his thoughts about the process of designing to cost.

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Nurture Through Nature

Samantha Farrell, Associate ASLA

Educators and designers are in constant search of the perfect learning environment, and outdoor learning spaces are the next educational frontier. Simply “getting back to nature” can be paramount to a child’s creativity, cognition, and overall health.

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Architecting Altruism

Michael Kyes, AIA, LEED AP

Volunteering with the Open Architecture Collaborative has allowed Mike Kyes to experience firsthand the profound and deeply personal impact of humanitarian design projects. In this Q&A, he shares some of those experiences and affirms his belief in the power of architecture to positively impact people’s lives.

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