The top TopicA stories of 2017

Top TopicA stories - Five phases of design

Homeowners, office building owners, and community leaders flocked to these TopicA stories in 2017.

TopicA launched in April 2017 to provide homeowners, building owners, and community leaders with helpful information on the value of working with an architect. As we move into the new year, a look back at TopicA’s most-read articles shines a light on what the public needs most from you.

Good hospital design can improve quality of care

It’s now easier than ever to compare hospitals, which has prompted administrators to consider how good design benefits their patients—and work with architects to incorporate those carefully designed spaces into their facilities.

Six frequently asked questions about architects

What services do architects provide? How do I find the right architect for my project? These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions about working with an architect; the answers will make it even easier to understand and embrace the design process.

University Medical Center New Orleans is an award-winning hospital that reinforces the health and wellness benefits of good design.

Make schools safer with these three design elements

As experts further quantify the value of a school’s design on both student safety and learning potential, architects and school administrators are relying on these key design elements to ensure secure facilities and confident, healthy children.

Understanding the five phases of design

The design process consists of five phases. As you begin working with an architect, or even as you consider hiring one, it's beneficial to know what those phases are, where you are in the process, and where the subsequent phases will take you.

The HGTV Urban Oasis in Knoxville, Tennessee, redesigned by Open Door Architecture, was the subject of TopicA's most popular article for 2017.

Every home needs an architect: Renovating the HGTV Urban Oasis 2017

When HGTV was looking for an architect to renovate a historic Knoxville home for their HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2017, they turned to Open Door Architecture. Founded in 2013 by Sara Martin, AIA, and her husband Sean, their firm operates under a simple credo: “No house is too humble for an architect.”

For more great stories on how architects improve everyday life through the power of design, visit topicarchitecture.com.

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Top TopicA stories - Five phases of design

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