010: What Makes You a Designer

There are many things I do during a typical day – designing “stuff” is just one very small portion – but I still consider myself a designer more so than a project architect. Since I work at a smallish firm, everyone wears many hats and nobody has just one task or label. To be considered […]

Just Draw it Up

There is a request that I receive a few times a week that I thought I would finally talk about in an effort to shed some light on a fairly taboo subject. Those requests typically start off something like this: “I have already designed my house but since I am not an architect, I don’t […]

009: The “Low Cost Modern House”

Modern Design used to be about the mechanization of the process thereby making a thing affordable to the masses … but that doesn’t really seem to be the case anymore. With their clarity often confused with simplicity, modern houses require a far greater attention to execution and as a result, seem to surprise everyone with […]

008: Top Ten Reasons to be an Architect

If there is one moment I can look back and single out the moment when everything change, it was February 22, 2010. That was the day I decided to write the post “Top Ten Reasons to be an Architect” and nothing has been the same for me ever since. This was the post the put […]

007: A Survivor’s Guide to Architecture School

Fall is just around the corner and that means it’s time for students around the country to return to their desk’s at architecture school. For most, this time is a mixture of excitement and enthusiasm, while for others, it’s a mixture of anxiety and sleepless nights … during my time in school is experienced a […]

Turn Up the Music in Studio

Architecture and Music … they go together extremely well as music frequently fuels the creative process and there are few things I enjoy more than turning on some music and jamming out in the studio. Except I can’t do that … not really, because we have an open office plan and it’s already a lot louder […]

006: Inside an Architect’s Office

Work environments are important – they tell visitors a lot about what to expect from the place they are visiting. I almost always enjoy visiting other architects office because it seems like there is always something wacky going on somewhere. I’m not talking about the office’s of large architectural firms – no. I like going into the […]

Watch Your Mouth

From time to time, there are moments when I hear someone say something that leaves me flabbergasted. Considering that I love to talk, I think I am more than willing to let most people slide when they pop off at the mouth and say something inaccurate, which happens to the best of us, or either […]

Architects and Chefs – Episode 0005

Architects and chefs share a great number of personality characteristics with one another, and in my extremely scientific poll (conducted by me) a vast majority of architects actually like to cook, although, even more dislike cleaning up after cooking. In this fifth episode of the Life of an Architect podcast, Landon and I take on […]

Please Don’t Mess Up My Cabin

It doesn’t happen very often these days but I had a first … I had an extended stay in one of my projects after the client had taken possession. It was both weird, and not weird, all at the same time. I am talking about the BSB cabin – a project that I have extensively […]