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Rethinking the Strip Mall

May 30, 2012

On Tuesday, June 5th at the MARC Conference Center, join el dorado and friends for a workshop on rethinking that much-maligned fixture of 20th century American architecture– the strip mall. Dan and Josh will present three case studies, three unique projects that represent a broad array of public, private, and cultural entities facing the issue head on. First, the Johnson County Justice Center, an all-encompassing conversion of a former Dillon's grocery store. Next, FLEX Storage Systems, an award-winning renovation of an aging Topeka strip mall. Finally, "A Benevolent Con," el dorado's invited entry for the Flip–a–Strip Competition at the Scottsdale, Arizona Museum of Art. (more...)

Meet Lindsey Fisher

May 24, 2012

We welcomed Lindsey Fisher to our office last week. She's an alumnus of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and the fourth survivor of the el dorado studio to join us here in Kansas City. A few people have told Lindsey that she bears a striking resemblance to the woman in the artwork hanging in our lobby at the foot of our stairs. The piece (a collage called Alexandra by Enrique Mendez de Hoyos) shows the Belarus passport of a brown-haired woman, unsmiling, and a photo of the same woman on a United States visa, beaming ear to ear. Lindsey is not from the Republic of Belarus. She's from Lawrence. And at no point in her life has she gone by Alexandra. Her middle name is actually Erin. She has also been told she looks like Zooey Deschanel. She assumes that this is because the average human being cannot tell the difference between two girls with bangs. (more...)

KSU Studio Wins Kremer Prize

May 15, 2012

After a whirlwind year of studio projects, architecture classes from two esteemed Kansas institutions have graduated and are ready to take on the world. We hope they take a few weeks to congratulate themselves for their hard work. Others have certainly recognized it. At the beginning of the month the el dorado-led Design+Make studio was awarded the Kremer Prize for "outstanding collaborative design achievement" at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design. (more...)

eldo seeks Bookkeeper/Admin Specialist

May 10, 2012

Now that a fresh new row of workstations has been installed at our Kansas City office and the air smells of baltic birch and powder-coated steel, we’re looking for a bookkeeper/administrative specialist to fill one of the open seats. The job entails basic bookkeeping and accounting, as well as administrative support for the Controller and Construction Manager. Other duties include managing files for project administration, general administration and vendors, as well assisting with subcontractor bid invitations and the generation and management of contract documents. We’re looking for someone with two to four years of experience–a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Accounting is preferred. Prior experience with an architecture or construction firm is preferred as well, but not mandatory. (more...)

Carver Bank Studio Final Review

May 9, 2012

On behalf of the Lawrence Arts Center and the University of Kansas School of Architecture Design and Planning, the Carver Bank Studio cordially invites you to a final review and reception exploring site-planning possibilities for the block surrounding the Historic Carver Bank Building in highly segregated North Omaha. Through physical models, digital models, drawings, renderings and diagrams, students from this el dorado-led 5th year design studio will share multiple visions for a site that has, over time, become largely vacant. The Final Review, generously hosted by the Lawrence Arts Center, is open to the public. Student presentations will occur on Thursday, May 10th, from 1-6PM with a wine reception to follow. (more...)