Good Habits of Great Architects

Good Habit #1 – Alignment A good architect will align some of the things. A great architect will align all of the things. All of the things. But you may say that if I align this thing with that thing then that thing will not align with this thing. These are the musings of a lesser architect. Align the things. ...

Modernism is

Modernism is the artful replacement of everyday amenities with glass. Modernism is the creation of an open plan primarily by removing all the furniture. Modernism wants you to leave your shoes next to the front door, and your coat, and your preconceptions of spatial concepts Modernism would like to mention that it studied under Mies Van Der Rohe. Modernism would ...

How to stay on budget

The first thing you need to realize when trying to stay on budget is that every idea or concept for the design that you’ve ever had in your entire life is over budget. All of your ideas. Every one of them. Do I need to mention the rain screen phase you went through in college? The next thing to realize ...

You might be an Architect

You might be an architect If you’ve ever noticed that a vent is 2 inches off center from the window. If you’ve ever said the word Dichotomy in casual conversation. If you have at least 7 architectural scales and none of them belong to you. If you have designed your house at least twice, but never built it. If you’ve ...

I no longer believe in design

When I was young I believed that concept was the most thing needed to guide the process of creating a building. If you had a solid concept, you could navigate through the whole process using it as a beacon. How do you organize the office space? Refer to the concept. How do you detail the handrail? Refer to the concept. ...

Speaking of French Mediterranean

  What do you do for a living? I’m an architect Oh, interesting. Do you design houses? No Because my wife and I have always thought of designing our own house. We’d like a French Mediterranean villa. Do you design French Mediterranean? No, I live in North Carolina We just thin French Mediterranean is so elegant. Don’t you? I guess ...

Design, Trees, and Sandwiches

I really just came here for the free lunch and the continuing education credits. I didn’t come here to listen to you pontificate on the meaning of design. I don’t even know what dichotomy means, let alone how to use it a sentence, or the design of a gymnasium primarily used for children. I don’t even think dichotomy is appropriate ...

Design, Trees, and Sandwiches

I really just came here for the free lunch and the continuing education credits. I didn’t come here to listen to you pontificate on the meaning of design. I don’t even know what dichotomy means, let alone how to use it a sentence, or the design of a gymnasium primarily used for children. I don’t even think dichotomy is appropriate ...

Design, Trees, and Sandwiches

I really just came here for the free lunch and the continuing education credits. I didn’t come here to listen to you pontificate on the meaning of design. I don’t even know what dichotomy means, let alone how to use it a sentence, or the design of a gymnasium primarily used for children. I don’t even think dichotomy is appropriate ...

Thoughts on construction

Thoughts on construction. Construction is the process of painstakingly removing all evidence of the architect’s efforts. Each concept and ideology must be carefully removed to reveal the pure structure beneath. The holes in the design must be pointed out to the architect with exasperation, then patched, filled and spackled over to provide a smooth finish on which the owner can ...

Thoughts on construction

Thoughts on construction. Construction is the process of painstakingly removing all evidence of the architect’s efforts. Each concept and ideology must be carefully removed to reveal the pure structure beneath. The holes in the design must be pointed out to the architect with exasperation, then patched, filled and spackled over to provide a smooth finish on which the owner can ...

Beige is not a color, it’s a cry for help

How to choose a color. Try to represent the landscape and the natural terrain around the building. Pull from the tints and textures of the surrounding trees, the grasses, the reeds, the cool depths of an adjacent stream. Get inspired by the outcroppings of sandstone to the south of the site, by the wood, split for firewood down by the ...

Choosing an architectural style for your project

The architectural style of a building should be determined by carefully weighing a number of factors. For example, what is the median income of your target market? What is the prominent material used for the entry signs flanking their gated community? How many architectural “features” will your budget allow? Is there a simple beloved historic building which could be copied ...

We give awards to the worst architects

We give awards to the worst architect When I was in school I admired award-winning architects displayed with honor on the cover of magazines and dreamed of following their path and one-day receiving awards and recognition for my work. It took years for me to realize that this might be misguided. Awards are rarely given quality, for hard work, for ...

But somehow this is all my fault

So, I’ll tell you my favorite architect joke: A man is flying in a hot air balloon, aimlessly drifting for hours when he realizes he’s lost. He spies another man standing in the field below and he lowers the balloon to yell at the man. “Excuse me, could you tell me where I am? And how to get to Lerwick” ...

The art of cost estimating and whispering

It’s going to cost what now? Have you ever played the telephone game? You know, that game where you whisper something into someone’s ear, and then they whisper it into the person beside them’s ear, and they whisper it to the next person, and so on until you get back to the original person? You’ll start with “please pass the ...