The Architecture of Change: R/UDAT

“Change is inevitable. Growth is Optional.” I don’t know who said the above quote, but they obviously don’t live in Bozeman, Montana. Where growth is inevitable, and change is not wanted. My wife and I recently attended a local neighborhood workshop that brought in a team of architects from the R/UDAT program to envision the … continue reading →

What Style Do You Build In?

Upon graduating from architecture school I was often asked, “What style do you build in?” Sure, there are hundreds of different architectural styles – but this question always left me a stunned. At the time I would’ve probably said Progressive. Because out of school you are tapped into the zeitgeist of digital fabrication, 3D-printing, and … continue reading →

Back to the Cartography Board

#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 →

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 →

Architecture and Ego

Architects and large egos are often synonymous. Name any starchitect. They are all extremely passionate. Supremely confident. And exceedingly narcissistic. Traditionally, every generation of architecture student is bred into this role of “master” and “intern.” While architecture, in practice, is a collaborative effort – our education emphasizes this individual pursuit of one figure-head. One infallible … continue reading →

I Hate Decks

The freshness of dew signals the endless possibilities of a new day. But your first dew experience – only taught you that your blanket gets wet sitting on the ground. This month’s #Architalks topic is My First Project. Such a juvenile premise. Everybody’s first project harkens back to a naïve wide-eyed experience. Regardless of the … continue reading →

Senior Citizen, Architect

Facebook was bootstrapped as a technology startup that got its roots in a Harvard dorm room catering to millennials. Ever since, they have been trying to portray an image of “hip” by catering to a younger crowd; thus, that is why I think less of Facebook after following the status quo and choosing an octogenarian … continue reading →

Brady Ernst – Family Man Since 08/01/2015

Before my wedding I had to slave away… working long hours… not taking lunch… but now I have a family. It is no longer Brady+Girlfriend+Cat = 0 It is now Brady+Wife+Cat = Family Man While my home life didn’t change, I have now been inducted into an exclusive work club that entitles me to certain … continue reading →

The Agrarian Pantheon

Why am I an architect? I already told the story of how I became an architect in the last #Architalks post. Therefore, here is the story of how my twin brother also became a (baby) architect.  I was born. Jeffery, always following in my footsteps, was born 20 minutes later. I made friends my age. … continue reading →