14 Nov 2016

Then-Now: A Schematic Story

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There is a universal truth all architects share. An architect, every architect, methodically, randomly or unknowingly marches, plods or stumbles through a design from the beginning or “The Then” where (s)he knows nothing more than there’s a design problem to solve to the end “The Now” where (s)he solves the problem.

Along the way, the architect adopts different roles to evolve the design. My Then-Now design progression isn’t identical every time but I adopt definitive roles such as these that help me evolve a design:

  1. The Nosy Investigator
  2. The Party (Parti) Host
  3. The Creator
  4. The Shopper
  5. The Blender
  6. The Story-Teller

As The Nosy Investigator, I ask questions to learn about my client, the site and the prospective project.

After I educate myself I host a Parti to generate design themes.

Themes in mind, it’s time to play Creator where I develop schemes and refine the chosen scheme.

Schematic ideas evolve to Detailed designs where Creator turns Shopper to select finishes and products.

Products in hand, the architect becomes The Blender to coordinate systems, technology and finish details.

The next role is The Story-Teller where the architect publishes the documents to transform the questions into instructions for how to build the idea.

If you’re ready to experience a time-lapse click the arrow button below to progress through an animated Schematic Story.

Now you’ve seen how one architect methodically, randomly or unknowingly marches, plods or stumbles through a design that started way back then. Now it’s time to observe other architects in their element.

Architalks Credits

This is another entry in Bob Borson’s blogging brain-child titled, “ArchiTalks”.

The #ArchiTalks goal is to inspire blogging architects with similar educational and professional requirements to opine on the same topic and simulpost their response so other architects and a broader audience can enjoy the rampant thought-diversity within the architecture profession

Select the links in “Architalks Entries” below to read how architects responded to the “Then-Now” topic.

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Architalks Entries

Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)

Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
Where It All Went Right

Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
From Then to Now…Residential Architect

Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Well, How Did I Get Here

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
then and now

Mark R. LePage – EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
The Biggest Surprise of My Life as an Architect

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Then & Now…and the middle

Nicholas Renard – Renard Architecture (@dig-arch)
15 Years of Architecture

Andrew Hawkins, AIA – Hawkins Architecture, Inc. (@hawkinsarch)

Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
then and now: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Then-Now: A Schematic Story

Rosa Sheng – EquitybyDesign [EQxD] (@EquityxDesign)

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
then and now

Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
Big Ass Buildings

brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Pens & Fizzy Drinks: Or How to Set Measurable Career Goals

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
How did I get here?

Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
Reflection on My Wonderful, Unexpected Career

Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Being the light in darkness

Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
The Joys of Being an Architect

Anthony Richardson – That Architecture Student (@thatarchstudent)
Then and Now

Kyu Young Kim – Palo Alto Design Studio (@sokokyu)
Career Path: Follow Your Heart

Nisha Kandiah – TCDS (@SKRIBBLES_INC)
Then & Now : Still Chasing the Dream

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
The Reluctant Code Guru

Tim Ung – Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
10 Lessons Learned from a Young Architect

Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
#Architalks 22 – Then and now

About the Author

Your Architect is Eric Faulkner -- an architect licensed in Texas & Oklahoma with 32 years experience in design, construction observation and life.