While Architectural Record is flying high this week with their new iPad/iPhone availability, they’ve also been handed a bit of bad news. Their longtime designation as the American Institute of Architects‘ official magazine has now left them, with the AIA’s announcement that they’ve partnered with the publisher/media group Hanley Wood, which in turn makes their Architect the magazine that will be receiving the organization’s seal of approval. So for you AIA members, consider that your explanation when your free issues of A.R. stop arriving and this strange new glossy with a somewhat similar name shows up in your mail slot. Be not afraid, timid architects — here’s a bit about what members are going to get out of the new deal:
Under the new partnership agreement, AIA members will receive four Hanley Wood publications as a benefit of membership. Hanley Wood’s ARCHITECT becomes the official magazine of the AIA. It will feature exclusive coverage of all AIA programs, and initiatives, including AIA Knowledge Communities, State and Local AIA Chapter activities, and efforts that involve individual members, with an increased focus on three primary areas-design, business, and technology. The magazine will showcase design and design excellence wherever it is evident.
Members will also receive digital editions of Hanley Wood titles residential architect, EcoHome and Eco-Structure, including full access to their respective web sites. Each of these magazines will provide AIA members with the information they need to take their practice — or careers — to the next level through news, case studies, and research on essential sustainability practices and products as well as a niche focus on residential design, important to a large number of AIA members.