Don’t Cats Deserve Quality Architecture?

Every year in the office we pick a few local charitable events and get involved. This will be the 3rd year in a row that we have been involved with the SPCA’s Bark + Build and we are all fighting over this year’s entry … the Ar-CAT-tects. …. so clever. This was the first year […]

012: A Day in the Life of an Architect

What does a day in the Life of an Architect look like? There are a lot of different answers to that question and even if I look at what my day looks like, it has varied over the years as I move through my career and took on different roles and responsibilities. The one thing […]

Architecture Studio Vignettes

Did you know that our office closes at noon on Fridays? This is a policy that has been in place for years – one that I think everyone really enjoys. While it seems like a drag working 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, most people are pretty happy skipping out of the office to enjoy […]

011: An Architect’s Salary

It was only a matter of time before I once again tackled the topic of an architect’s salary. This is actually the fourth post I’ve prepared on the subject, but I haven’t talked about it since January 2013 so maybe it was overdue. I have long been on record that I can’t stand when architects […]

The Bauhaus and Me

In 2019, Germany will be celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus together with partners all over the world. Founded in Weimar in 1919, relocated to Dessau in 1925 and closed in Berlin under pressure from the National Socialists in 1933, the school of design only existed for fourteen years. Despite this, the […]

Architectural T-Shirts

There are currently 58 “draft” articles on my site – some are fairly recent and some go back years. There are any number of reasons why I hadn’t finish writing a particular post: Lost interest in the topic I found it boring so assumed everyone else would as well Didn’t have the images or graphics […]

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 […]