Each issue of Masonry Design features a profile of an architectural or engineering firm, or individual professionals. Learn what these people and/or their firms have done to make a name for themselves, and what landmark projects may be on the horizon.

Lafayette College Arts Plaza in Easton, Pa.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Pennsylvania Chapter awarded a 2013 Citation of Merit to the recently completed Lafayette College Arts Plaza in Easton, Pa. Spillman Farmer Architects (SFA) of Bethlehem, Pa., served as the project’s architect.…

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Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center

Completed in 2012, the Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center in Decatur, Ga., is a serendipitous alignment of program, a compatible historic structure and creativity, have resulted in an environmentally sensitive building that is transforming the teaching and learning experience – along with the entire campus – at Columbia Theological Seminary.…

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Spotlight: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. – 50 Years and Counting

In 1956, three professors from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology established their own engineering design and consulting firm – Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) – with the simple goals of earning the lasting trust of their clients, gaining the respect of their most capable peers, and furthering the standards of practice in all areas of their profession. To say they succeeded in their goals would be understating the matter.…

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Spotlight: Legat Architects – Designing Relationships

In a highly competitive industry – and at the center of the architectural universe, no less – it can be quite difficult for an upstart firm to create a brand. Like so many before and since, Joseph J. Legat set out to do just that in the Chicago area in 1964. The then-28-year-old established his firm under the conviction that “great architecture hinges on great relationships.” Though many who followed the same path have failed, Legat Architects has grown and thrived into a 60-person, international operation known widely for its innovative designs, particularly masonry structures.…

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