The key to cost effective, efficient facilities is planning. To plan properly, whether it is a large office building or a new real estate property, a designer must understand the needs of the client and the intentions of the end user. As we research best-in-class architectural and interior design for different kinds of facilities and real estate, we often refer to the websites and resources listed for inspiration and up-to-date information.
CoreNet Global http://www.corenetglobal.org/
An association focused on corporate real estate for workplace professionals, service providers and economic developers. They provide education opportunities to their membership through a wide variety of training seminars, conferences, publications and online courses.
Urban Land Institute http://uli.org/
501c3 educational organization dedicated to leadership in land use, and creating and sustaining thriving communities around the globe. Through mentoring and problem solving, they address they issues of urbanization, conservation, regeneration, and fostering land use practices that respect the uniqueness of build and natural environments.
International Facility Management Association http://www.ifma.org/
Houston based association of facility management professionals, with members in over 100 countries. Producers of the world’s largest facilities management conference and exposition, World Workplace, where professionals in the industry gather together to learn and share best practices.
Libraries and Museum Resources
Libraries and museums house the world’s most precious artifacts and literary works, and how to store and how to properly and effectively store and display them is of critical importance. Spacesaver Interiors has provided high density storage solutions to a long list of libraries and museums in Washington DC.
Association of College Research Libraries http://www.ala.org/acrl/
Libraries are at the heart of any educational institution. The Association of College Research Libraries is a division of the American Library Association, dedicated to serving the needs of the academic library and its professionals. They support the industry through legislation and policy advocacy, teaching library professionals to market the academic library, conferences and continuing education, consulting, and online learning.
American Libraries Magazine http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/
This is the flagship publication of the American Library Association, giving a voice to those in the profession. The bi-monthly magazine, supported by an online presence, addresses the issues and trends of the industry, from maximizing limited space to library design, recommendations for what to collect, and of course, the influence of technology on the library world.
National Association for Museum Exhibition http://name-aam.org/
NAME seeks to keep museums at the forefront of trends and best practices, to create the best possible educational experience through exhibitions that are relevant and make a connection with the public. They offer educational opportunities to museum professionals through conferences and workshops.
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works http://www.conservation-us.org/
This is the only organization dedicated to preserving the historical cultural material of the United States. Establishing and maintaining professional standards, promoting research, providing educational opportunities and fostering exchange among professionals is of utmost importance. Professionals include curators, scientists, educators, art historians, archivists and students.
The American Society of Interior Designers http://www.asid.org/
A community of interior designers, students, educators and professionals that promote and advance the field through education, knowledge sharing and advocacy. They want to build relationships within the industry to promote growth and innovation, and connect professionals with manufacturers of products and services.
Architecture, design, art, interiors, all centered around education, healthcare, hotel and leisure, public, residential, retail, and workspace applications with spectacular examples of each. Here you will find expert opinion, in-depth features all with the intention of sharing ideas and inspiration. The Design Curial website is also a portal to Blueprint and FX magazines.