The Competitive Bid Process

Of all the moments on a job, the bid phase gives me the most heartburn. It is a stressful period full of hardcore short-term deadlines and while my personal history tells me that I don’t really have anything to worry about … I still worry. It has been bid central in the office for the last […]

Sketching – Episode 0003

Sketching is a hot topic regardless of the people having the discussion, but I have learned over the last nine years of writing this site that sketching is one of the more hotly contested topics. While few architects would dispute the value in sketching, HOW that sketch is generated seems to fall into camps of individuals: Team Analog […]

Inspiration and Inadequacy – All at Once

It is Sunday night and I find myself sitting in my usual location preparing to write the next post on Life of an Architect … except I am experiencing a problem that is making this particular post difficult to write. It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about, it’s that I have too much to write about, […]

The College Years – Episode 0002

In this second episode of the Life of an Architect podcast, we turn our attention towards the college years. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, while Landon received his diploma from Virginia Tech in 2016 … so how has college changed over this time? There are a lot of unknowns […]

Episode 0001 – Character Development

So after eight and a half years, I have finally decided to enter the world of podcasting. I am excited to add this medium to my toolkit as I think podcasting my actually be a more natural medium for me rather than writing a blog post. I have maintained that I ama terrible writer, but […]

Life of an Architect – The Inevitable has Arrived

The inevitable has arrived. I am officially bored with blogging, and it only took 8 years, 5 months, 8 days, and 854 blog posts to get here. I can still easily remember the thrill I used to experience when it came time to write a new post … but I just don’t feel it anymore. […]

Conference Calls are Killing Me

At some point, somebody thought instead of having face-to-face meetings, conference calls would be a good idea. They were wrong because it’s a bad idea … just like ordering anything from a “food” truck is a bad idea. Just a warning, I am writing today’s post while balanced upon my soapbox. I have a project […]

3 Pieces of Advice … and Pulled Pork

Every now and then you hear someone worth listening to say something that motivates you to really pay attention to what they are saying. I had one of these moments last week … during a backyard party of all places. To set the scene, my daughter graduated from 8th grade last week and is preparing […]

Technology is Amazing

If you are an architect, technology is a way of life … but despite knowing this information, I am frequently amazed by just how amazing technology actually is and the role it plays daily in my office. We literally spend thousands of dollars a year on software and hardware each year – which might not […]

It’s all Fun and Games

There is nothing like having a party at your house to force you into addressing all the stuff that needs your attention. It wasn’t all that long ago that I mentioned that young architects should work construction – besides all the practical “you’ll become a better architect” things you learn along the way, there are […]