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Feb 7, 2018

Should builders view net zero energy as a standard instead of an aspiration? As populations age, will future homeowners rely more on voice-controlled devices to manage systems like heating, cooling, and lighting? Can modular, flexible design and construction provide answers to suburban neighborhoods that are facing growing densities? Will precast concrete emerge as the building material of choice for housing construction in a world increasingly threatened by the ravages of climate change?

Dec 18, 2017

Aptus, a leading architecture firm based in Las Vegas, has been awarded the 2017 AIA NEVADA FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARD! The award was presented to Aptus at the annual awards and holiday celebration on December 13th, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott Valencia Ballroom in Las Vegas, Nevada. Founded in 1857, the AIA (American Institute of Architects) has over 90,000 members across nearly 300 local chapters. It provides licensed architects with a society of similarly minded individuals with the goal of improving the field of architecture and requiring its members to adhere to the highest ethical standards.

Nov 3, 2017

On a recent morning at this training ground for a new breed of interior designers, a lesson in empathy came in the form of a badminton game.

Oct 30, 2017

Students from University of Nevada, Las Vegas traveled to Denver to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2017, where UNLV Team Las Vegas achieved a first-place ranking in the innovation part of the 10-event decathlon, awarded 98 points out of 100 points for that category.

Oct 30, 2017

The UNLV Solar Decathlon team shined bright in another international competition.

Oct 17, 2017

At the event, teams of college students from around the world design and build full-size, solar-powered houses, which are judged as a part of 10 contests that evaluate architecture, market potential, engineering, communications, innovation, water, health and comfort, appliances, home life, and the level of energy produced versus energy consumed. Each contest is worth 100 points for a possible total of 1,000 points.

Oct 16, 2017

UNLV’s Team Las Vegas won second place in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Engineering contest today for its Sinatra Living home, one of 10 contests taking place during the 10-day competition.

Oct 16, 2017

Students at UNLV took home a second-place prize in an international Solar Decathlon. The challenge: create a building that integrates solar and energy efficiency technologies seamlessly in the design.

Oct 13, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy's 2017 Solar Decathlon has opened its doors to the public, and the anticipated results for the 10 different contests are rolling in. The biennial competition brings together passionate student teams across the U.S. and abroad who dedicate two years to building a full-scale, sustainably designed house.

Oct 5, 2017

For the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon competition, Team Vegas, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, introduces Sinatra Living, a house designed for aging in place and withstanding desert climates while maintaining the intense solar power standards that the competition requires.

Sep 18, 2017

Students on UNLV's Team Las Vegas will vie to defend their title — first in the United States and second in the world — in the international 2017 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon next month.

Aug 31, 2017

The US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon challenges teams of college and university students from around the world to design and build full-sized, solar powered houses. Solar power is just the beginning, though. To win, a team must design a house that performs well in 10 categories:

Aug 10, 2017

Most summer-break stories involve dayclub meanderings, close encounters of the inebriated kind and too much Netflix. But UNLV architecture and engineering majors Nasko Balaktchiev and Adam Betemedhin’s summer story will be about building a fully functional, 990-square-foot solar house.

Jun 16, 2017

Commissions, with their long lists of client requirements, don't always let architects experiment. Competitions, on the other hand, allow them to throw away the client briefs and create something game-changing. Now in its 11th year, Radical Innovation is a competition giving architecture firms -- and students -- the opportunity to put their own original twist on hospitality design.

Jun 15, 2017

When you go out of town, you usually need to buy a few nights at a hotel in addition to a plane, train, or bus ticket.

Brandan Siebrecht, a graduate architecture student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, wants to combine these components into one experience. He designed what he calls the "Hyperloop Hotel," a system that would feature a transit system and 13 hotels in different cities throughout the United States.

Feb 13, 2017

University of Nevada Las Vegas students from the colleges of engineering, architecture, hotel management, health sciences, fine arts and construction management will be competing in Solar Decathlon 2017 at Denver this fall to showcase their skills in designing an energy-efficient, solar-powered home that can actively support aging residents.

Jan 26, 2017

Last week, Mary McCreesh got the kind of news that makes your heart sink: Her 82-year-old father was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Jan 17, 2017

The idea of a transcontinental highway in the West, spanning from Mexico to Canada, has been kicking around for decades. The possibility of this “CANAMEX” route, bookended by two international trade ports, has stirred high hopes for greatly expanding trade opportunities, industrial development, and new jobs for people and communities throughout the West.