Architecture and m&ms — We Go Together

The preceding pairs are natural complements that just make sense. Few people challenge the ideal combination of well-balanced food, materials and comedy. But I’m here to reveal an equally powerful but lesser known pair that every architect and every person should know. My timeless paring is architecture & m&ms. read more →

Architools — Mind Over Matter

Batman is an anomaly in the superhero universe. He has no physical super human attributes. He didn’t inherit a super talent in a bizarre chemical accident or interaction with a wily beast and emerge with a super talent. He’s simply a Regular Joe with a loaded tool belt and great toys. It’s his innate ability to wield these tools that makes him super, like an architect. read more →

New Year — New Underwear

underwear. This year i bought new underwear. I know what you’re thinking “too much information” and “why do we care that an architect bought new underwear?”. A select few of you may even wonder what kind of underwear but this isn’t that kind of blog. read more →

Archi-Table – Any (cran) Berry Salad

It’s Thanksgiving. That historic American holiday where we celebrate existence, friendship, family and sharing that may digress into gluttony. Most of your treasured Thanksgiving recipes tempt your culinary skills with different utensils, appliances and some form of basting. But, I’ve been banished from cooking since the early 1990’s because of an unfortunate incident with a wok, cayenne pepper & a computer. I won’t share the entire story here, but it is a story worthy of a future blog article. So, my holiday recipe swap is a family favorite that requires NO skill, heated appliances or cayenne pepper. This recipe is my mom’s Cranberry Salad. read more →

The First One — A Tale of Two Projects

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…that introduction to an American classic (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities) is an equally fitting introduction to my Tale of Two Projects, both hope and despair, wisdom and foolishness, real and imagined. It was the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety when I started my architectural engineering career in a moderate-sized design firm. It was a simpler time. We did things by hand. Our phones had cords. We used reference books and wrote with pens. We woke up every day and drove to an office. We talked to people face-to-face. We typed reports on a manual typewriter or word processor. We made our own lunch and we didn’t have the distractions we have today. It was a time when a man, an architect could be alone with his thoughts and solve, or sometimes create, problems. read more →

My Hero – Citizen Architect!

Everyone needs a hero. I know what you’re thinking. Marvel bombarded us with blockbuster superhero films the past decade and you could easily mistake my hero worship for one of those spangly-outfitted heroes. But, the hero to which I refer is not the tall-building-leaping or high-tech-toy variety. My chosen hero may have great toys but the similarities end there because my hero is the chick with the bic, the man with the plan, it’s Citizen Architect! read more →

Work/Life — A Merger

Imagine you’re driving along a two-lane, one-way highway. You’re comfortably cruising at a pace marginally higher than the speed limit because your travel music, Flight of the Bumblebee, inspires your cruise control. Traffic is light and life is good because all is in order, but ahead you spot the inevitable “MERGE” sign. read more →

Why I’m an Architect – It Was a Happy Accident

Why are any of us architects? Bob Borson, an inquiring architect, twitter presence & blogging God asked the same question of his closest virtual-architect friends and asked them to share their stories in his blogging brain child, the #Architalks forum. I read many entries and solicited myself a belated invitation which Bob graciously accepted so here’s my becoming an architect story. read more →