Drafting Lessons 2 – Notes

I took a class at the convention a few years back that was all about how architects should talk to non-architects, because apparently we are actually really bad at it.  Who knew?  We were provided a list of 10 things we should all do.  Don't worry, I'm not going to go over all 10 here, …

House or Home? – Depends

I’m going to have to be completely honest right up front, in my architectural career I have worked on a grand total of zero houses. Nada, zip, zilch.  I’ve worked on projects that consisted of remodeling a single room up to hotels that wound up costing in the hundreds of millions.  I think maybe the …

You do you

Maybe I've been listening to way to much pop music when I came up with that title, but it seemed appropriate after I spent the last week trying to determine what I was going to write about.  And let me be totally honest from the beginning, I was not following my own advice up until.... …

An Afternoon Off?

In a completely unexpected way, a couple of days ago, I got the afternoon off from work.  Well, let me phrase a little more accurately.  I got the afternoon away from the office, not working on construction drawings or alternate product proposals from the contractor.  E-mails with clients and co-workers along with research for an …

Priorities

There is a saying in the architecture profession that if you ask a hundred different architects for an opinion on something, you are going to get a hundred completely different responses. I mean we work in a profession filled with opinions and preferences mixed with science and mechanics, would you expect any less?  So with …

Citizen Architect

It almost sounds like the title to a politically charged action thriller. Well, almost.  This month's #ArchiTalks subject, and an interesting one at that. The American Institute of Architects defines "Citizen Architect" as one who uses his/her insights, talents, training, and experience to contribute meaningfully, beyond self, to the improvement of the community and human condition. …

Father, Husband, Architect – typically in that order

It's Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer; And to be honest, this year, I'm glad it's over.  I'm not sure if it was the stress from a couple of the projects I was working on, the heat from a relentless Texas summer, or the brand new experience of kidney stones that made this a …