Architects and Technology

I’m a sucker for inquiring minds and am eager to share my thoughts with most people who are willing to listen — except solicitors. If you don’t believe me ask the unsuspecting caller who thought they called for a quick question and I corralled them for an hour discussing design, market conditions, the weather and which line is truly the slowest at Target. So despite needing to finish a set of construction docs this evening, I paused to answer an aspiring architects questions about architects and technology. read more →

15 Feb 2011
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Seal of Approval

You probably think of architects as creative types. You see them as die-hard professionals constantly redefining normal, pushing borders and thinking innovative, but you may not realize architects have to follow certain practice rules that unlicensed professionals may not. Have you ever seen an unfinished construction document labeled with a disclaimer “not for construction”. Did you wonder if the architect was trying to avoid responsibility or preserve a copyright? Actually your architect is accepting the responsibility required of ethical design professionals — protecting you! read more →

10 Nov 2010
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Which Came First — Bid or Budget?

There is no definitive answer to the age-old argument about which came first the chicken or the egg, but there is an answer to the construction dilemma bid or budget. I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the construction industry where an owner describes a project and a builder provides a number. That seems simple enough, but once the project starts the owner’s desire and builder’s cost diverge and the project fails leaving a jilted owner and a broken builder. This unfortunate situation is avoidable as long as you know what to ask and what you get when you ask. read more →

05 Nov 2010
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You Need an Architect When…

I’ve heard every raging battle about whether you need an architect or a designer. An architect is more experienced, but a designer costs less. An architect sees the big picture, but a designer has real-world experience. An architect organizes multiple design disciplines, but a designer is fast. An architect is busy, but a designer is easier to find. An architect is creative, but a designer is practical. And the list continues endlessly, but I say “Stop the madness”. Quite simply, you have to pick the right professional or designer for your specific project. It’s deciding who or what you want, but sometimes the law requires an architect for projects of a certain size or scope and you need to know which ones to keep yourself safe and the designer out of trouble. read more →

26 Oct 2010
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My Husband — The Architect

My husband (the architect) asked me to share what it’s like to live, eat and sleep with an architect. Since I’ve only been married to one person and it’s Eric and he’s always been an architect, I don’t know if life with an architect is any different than life with a doctor, engineer or sanitation worker, except maybe the smell. But, here’s what it’s like to live with my husband, the architect. read more →

22 Oct 2010
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Interview with an Architect!

George Costanza (of Seinfeld fame) always pretended to be an architect, and while he was in love with the thought I’m not convinced George knew what it means to be one. Under his pseudonym, he claimed responsibility for railroads, an addition to the Guggenheim, importing latex and exporting matches, but the only thing he designed or built were tall tales. Well, I interviewed a real architect to find out the real story behind the slanted desk and big ruler. read more →

22 Oct 2010
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Design Guts — Inside Your Architect

If you’ve spent any time reading this website or chatting with me, you know I design projects based on your lifestyle, preferences and land. The notion of people and place permeates my design exercises and every design decision I make. Heck, it’s even my tagline — personalized homes — blending lifestyle, environment and community! And when you think you’ve heard enough, I remind you again I design for you and your environment. Ok, enough already, but you might be interested in knowing what design challenges and features I like. read more →

09 Jun 2010
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What’s This GREEN Stuff?

I’m an architect and I’m green! Well, I think I’m green or at the very least I like what some people in the construction industry call “green behavior”. By “green behavior” I don’t mean new or inexperienced. I mean earth-friendly, but I didn’t always think this way. It was my perception of the biggest problem in the industrial world that inspired my environmental awareness. Like many people who have nothing better to do, I think about nothing and a wandering mind dangerously analyzes problems — at least mine does. Anyway, my perception of the industrial world’s biggest problem is a theory called — the generation gap. Some behavioral historian (this is casual writing no credible references available) defines the generation gap as “the time it takes from the moment we realize we have a problem to do something about it”. And I think it’s this perception that the world has an environmental dilemma that drives this green stuff. read more →

20 May 2010
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