Are Architects Selling Out to Survive?

I recently responded to a comment by Anne where she complained, “…between 12 consultants, the architect sort of figured out the basic shape of the building, and then selected the paint color and showed the interior walls. The roofing consultant, curtainwall consultant, landscape consultant, acoustician, engineers….did the actual building. I’m not entirely sure what the … continue reading →

I Should Have Been A Lawyer

I contemplated writing a blog post of who would win a fight between an architect and a lawyer, but it would be an extremely short post. Lawyer.  Even if the lawyer didn’t break the architect’s spectacles,1 the architect would be so worried about getting them scratched that he would concede. Also, if I were to … continue reading →

Big, Bold, Cyan FAIL

After passing my first 6 ARE tests, I hesitantly opened the results of my final test only to be greeted by the word FAIL in the largest, boldest, san serif font possible. I think they should initiate a font size change dependent upon the test results. Size 362pt bold font for PASS and a small … continue reading →

The Title of (Baby) Architect

  The title of Architect is heavily debated within architectural circles, yet a meaningless title to outsiders.1 Unbeknownst to the public, architects have giant stipulations, and deliberations, with this word. In order to maintain a lofty air of superiority there are stringent rules applied to this title. I have a Master’s of Architecture degree, have … continue reading →

Response to:
The Implosion of Architecture

  The other day, Future Mother-In-Law sent me a Forbes article titled: Architecture Continues To Implode: More Insiders Admit The Profession Is Failing.   I was unclear of her sentiments regarding the article; however, I was fairly perturbed by the author’s viewpoint and emailed her the following response: Thanks Future Mother-In-Law,1 I am glad the … continue reading →

Unclear Instructions Lead to Hypothermia

  I was the best Graduate Teaching Assistant ever. Period.1 However, the importance of communication cannot be understated. Paul Segal, FAIA, has a quip in his Professional Practice book regarding the importance of communicating successfully with clients. “… a client seemed very pleased with the design and at the signing of the construction contract said … continue reading →

City Park Signage

I was going to think of some clever name to title this post. Perhaps Mary-Go-Around Park Signage or Chutes & Ladders & Billboards. But I decided to simply call it City Park Signage. Why? Because city park signage is boring. It’s not inventive and it has the same appearance in every city park in every … continue reading →

Hello World! #myfirstTweet

How does one start their first blog post? I have blog ideas, but it seems impossible to just jump right in and post a brand new blog topic without any background or without anyone noticing that this is your first post. WordPress presents you with your first default post declaring “hello world!” I have never … continue reading →