Santi Montecillo

SANTI Dwellings Grand Opening at Montecillo

Santi is a 262-unit modern luxury apartment complex and El Paso’s first Smart Growth community design by McCormick Architecture and located in the center of the posh Montecillo community, where reality and fantasy meld to bring the best in luxury living.

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“El Paso’s McCormick Architecture firm “created a very social space” in a free-flowing modern design” David Bogas.

At Santi, McCormick Architecture team created a chic living environment that effortlessly coexists with El Paso’s desert scenery. All who live in Santi will enjoy several luxurious scene-setting community amenities such as multiple-level terraces, three of which feature outdoor fireplaces, a rooftop theatre and an infinity-edged pool.

The complex includes seven buildings, 263 units and 8,500 square feet of commercial space. Santi at Montecillo is located at 150 W. Castellano Dr.

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IPD Coordinators Conference

IDP Coordinators Conference: Preparing for the Future

Miami, FL— Day two  of the IDP Coordinators Conference included a panel discussion with 2013 Intern Think Tank members, presentations on the future of the ARE and IDP, and various breakout sessions.

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To begin, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker shared emerging economic indicators with licensing advisors. In the coming years, the architecture profession will be reshaped by several demographic trends, particularly a slowing and aging U.S. population growth. Not surprisingly, firms are becoming “younger” as baby-boomers begin to retire. In fact, 16 percent of firms were established between 2005-2009, and only 20 percent of firms were formed before the 1970s. He closed by reminding attendees that construction is one of the most cyclical industries in our economy, and architecture firms must adapt to survive.

What Interns Really Think
Last December, NCARB welcomed 12 interns to Washington, DC, for the second annual Intern Think Tank (ITT).

Madeleine Sara, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, who works with McCormick Architecture was selected as one of the 12 interns from all over the nation to be part of the ITT. Over the course of two days, members analyzed the real-world effectiveness of the current licensure process, shared ideas with NCARB leadership about the future of internship and examination, and proposed “blue-sky” models aimed at achieving licensure at graduation.

Joined by 10 members, ITT Chair Susanne Tarovella, AIA, NCARB, LEED APBD+C, led a panel discussion on controversial industry topics including the intern title debate, the average time to licensure, and the relationship between education and practice.

The 2014 conference was held 31 July-2014 in Miami, FL.

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