Ugly, sloppy, and wrong – oh my!

Architecture is a combination technical results oriented applications and artistic exploration and expression.  The technical side is a pretty easy one to judge a project on.  You can fairly accurately measure the square footage of a building; the amount of energy a building is consuming in the middle of summer; the performance of the various …

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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. …

Everyday Tools

Last week I got into an argument discussion over what tools an architect uses to actually design with.  I sit in the camp that every tool that an architect uses in their professional activities is an instrument that can be used for design. What really surprises me, is how many still think that design really …