Memories from Architecture Studio

Does anybody remember “mixtapes”? For those of you born after 1995, mixtapes were traditionally self-assembled arrangements of songs onto cassette tapes. I had hundreds of them and armed with my Sony Walkman, I would sit and work at my drafting table for hours on end. In this regard, I was not unique – everybody in […]

Modern Wood Rainscreen

There is something about a clean and simple wood “screen” that is suspended off the face of the wall that is at the same time both modern and refreshing. There are all sorts of tricks and benefits that come with this sort of detailing and based on how often I see this sort of expression – […]

Architectural Sketches 003 – Japanese Playhouse

Architectural sketches typically fall into two distinctive camps (other than “Great!” or “terrible”) and the relative purpose of those sketches seem to reflect the time period with when the sketch was actually created … during design or during construction. I would also feel safe going out on a limb and say that most people typically fall […]

Being an Architect is Hell – The Ongoing Descent

Being an architect is hell for any countless number of reasons, but one of the most prevalent reasons is that architects everywhere are assaulted visually on a daily basis by the most mundane of things. Ridiculous tile layouts? check Poorly aligned light fixtures? check Bad proportions? check Popcorn texture on ceilings? double check The list could go on […]

Architectural Blogging … It isn’t for Everyone

My computer is dying … I am systematically killing it with all the stuff I keep on here. One of the things that frequently happens when you write a blog like mine (i.e. a site that is graphically heavy with content) is that your hard drive fills up pretty quickly. Yes, I keep stuff in the cloud […]

If You’re Not Having Fun, then You’re Doing Something Wrong

“If you go on vacation to Ireland and don’t enjoy yourself, then that’s your fault.” This is what a man told me as I sat in the British Airways lounge in Heathrow airport while I was waiting with for my flight to Dublin, Ireland, with my wife and daughter. We are currently enjoying my daughter’s […]

Architectural Sketches 002 – The Series

About 30 days and thousands of sketches later, it’s time for the next round of Architectural Sketches – The Series. While I think adding “The Series” on to the end certainly makes it sound super exciting, I’m not entirely convinced of its value. I really want to try and demonstrate that there are all sorts […]

Website for an Architect

I think there is a not-so-well-hidden secret out there that the websites for architects are almost all unilaterally terrible. They are cumbersome and hard to navigate – trying to find information on them seems to be a reward for people who demonstrate an unreasonable amount of patience. Why is that? Well, I have my theories but […]

Architectural Redlines During Design

Nothing makes people lose their minds faster than whenever I post a sketch … you would think that contained somewhere within this sketch is the nuclear launch codes and because of my frivolous lack of attention, I’ve just put the world on a collision course with Armageddon. Relax everyone … if I don’t call out a […]

On-Site Architectural Photography

Last week I spent a frigid couple of days in the far northern part of Wisconsin with Poul Ober, an architectural photographer, so that we could get professional images captured of the modern cabin I wrapped up in this area earlier this year. Ultimately I think we will end up taking two trips … not […]