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#ArchiTalks is a monthly series where 50 wanna-be bloggers, and Bob Borson, all write on the same topic on the same day. I always get excited for the next month’s topic, as each topic becomes an invigorating creativity problem. I consistently want to relate the topic to the benefits of architecture or design, and I … continue reading →

An Architect: The Farmer’s Poet

I was raised on a farm just as my father and grandfather were before me. Except, my father, probably, knew around age 5 that I was never going to grow up and take over the family business. The bane of my childhood was the dusty, cluttered, and dreaded “shop.” The shop was the daily site … continue reading →

An Unnecessarily Deep Dive into the Online Comments of Mike_Smith


Architects were once regarded for their acumen to envision the future. The city of tomorrow! We are continually surrounded and immersed in architecture. From our houses, to the offices we work in, the strip-malls where we buy our discounted cotton socks, and the tiny shack in the middle of the lumber yard’s parking lot where … continue reading →

Honestly, Bricks Will Never Be an Honest Material Again

Donald Trump’s discarded campaign slogan to Make Bricks Honest Again will never happen. Bricks will forevermore be a durable veneer mimicking our fondness for the past. And slowly I am starting to succumb to this realization. Honestly, bricks will never be an honest material, again. Bricks are one of the oldest and cheapest building materials. … continue reading →

Scale Figures in Architectural Renderings


Google still says I’m in the millennial generation, but I sound like an old-fuddy-duddy1 when I reference my days in school. Nevertheless, back when I was in school: we had to tediously Photoshop our own scale figures. Humans in architectural renderings are essential to show scale, activity, and usability of spaces. Depending on the graphic … continue reading →

Eco Living Japan: Sustainable Ideas for Living Green

Eco Living Japan

When an American Baby Architect, such as myself, thinks of Japanese Architecture, I think of how the role traditional Japanese art and architecture influenced Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene.|1| I think of harmony. Nature. The exquisite Japanese Gardens in Portland, where an ancient samurai with tweezers delicately plucks microscopic weeds out of the … continue reading →

Dear Boy in the Plastic Bubble,

Googling “Advice for Future Architects” – there is one link featuring nuggets of wisdom from 6 Starchitects. It would be inconceivable for my advice to be heralded above the likes of Zaha, Frank, Norman, Wolf D., Peter, or Bjarke. Therefore, this is an open letter to one specific type of architect: The Boy in the … continue reading →