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 →

The Agent – Value Beyond Construction

I often wonder if my architecture work matters. So much of what an architect does suffers mistranslation and loses design intent. By the time an idea cycles through construction, numerous people guess what it should be rather than clarify what it is. Unless a client hires the architect to monitor construction there’s no link between the design inspiration and the finished construction. One in 12 clients hires me to observe construction because they don’t understand the value. This story reveals how the “one” recognized an architect’s value beyond construction. read more →

10 Jan 2013
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Your Home — My Novel

I just finished reading a good novel. In my after-novel bliss, I wondered what made this one so enjoyable. Like any good novel, it was an interesting, well-developed story with lively characters, drama and closure. I’m no author, but I’ve dabbled in the literary arts and learned though my experience writing articles and this blog that it takes thought, organization, talent and hard work to create a lucid, enjoyable and meaningful story. read more →

16 Mar 2011
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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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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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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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