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Richardson Memorial Hall Renovation

October 27, 2011

In its century-long existence, Tulane University’s Richardson Memorial Hall has undergone an incredible evolution. The building was built in 1908 as Tulane’s medical school, complete with a cadaver lab, embalming room, surgery, dissection room, and anatomical museum. The School of Architecture moved in during the 1970s, and the focus of study shifted from the systems inside the body to the systems that the body moves inside of. (more...)

The Pitch’s Best of KC 2011

October 21, 2011

Three el dorado projects appeared in The Pitch's Best of KC 2011 issue. We also tied for Best Architecture Firm in the Reader’s Choice section, with 360 Architecture just down the street. Grab your free copy at any KC newsstand and you’ll find us listed somewhere between the wonderfully illustrated cover, the seedy personals, and the ads for tattoo removal. If you prefer the cold, unfeeling precision of pixels to the soothing rustle of newsprint or you’re just from out of town, check out the digital version. (more...)

2011 AIA Central States Awards

October 18, 2011

A few eldos traveled to Wichita last week to attend the AIA Central States Awards. We are pleased to report that we were clapped at twice during the announcement of the Excellence in Renovation category. We received a Merit Award for The Finn Lofts, a mixed use development in Wichita’s Commerce Arts District that converted an old cargo transfer warehouse for trucks and locomotives into a lofts and retail space. We also received a Merit Award for the Park Central Apartments, an eight-story apartment hotel in Kansas City’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood that we converted into a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments. (more...)

eldo embarks on U.S. tour

October 10, 2011

el dorado’s 2011 U.S. tour kicked off last month. Before all is said and done, we’ll have traveled to five of the United States’ ten federal regions, and three of the four census regions. If we get an encore, we’ll be obliged to play Sweet Child O’ Mine. The tour began on September 16th with a lecture in Dayton, Ohio at the AIA Ohio Valley Convention (known to insiders as “Hot Dayton Nights”). Josh and Dan looked at four alternative ways we’ve generated current work: by collaborating with artists, by focusing on affordable housing, by engaging in “community re-gifting”, and through our burgeoning design/build. (more...)

So Long, Mr. Jobs

October 7, 2011

el dorado has been an architecture firm for fifteen years, and a Mac-based firm for every one of them–something quite rare in the industry. The simple, intuitive devices that Steve Jobs and Co. envisioned have helped shape our design culture, and made our jobs, and our lives easier–even though we've had to constantly explain that "Vectorworks" and "Form Z" basically mean "AutoCAD" and "3dsMax". Now the rest of the world, even AutoCAD, has come around to Mac, too, and we can hardly imagine what it would be like to live without the ease and comfort these iThings provide. We'd like to take a moment to remember the vision of Steve Jobs. It would be an understatement to say that the world could use more people like him, those who dream incredible things, then go out and accomplish them. So long, Mr. Jobs.