about me

Architect Bob Borson with daughter Kate in Hawaii
My name is Bob Borson and I am a licensed architect in Texas. I mostly design modern residential projects but my firm also specializes in the design of lots of other project types and styles. In fact, I’d help you pick out a front door if that’s where you needed my help.
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In 2009, I received the Dallas Chapter American Institute of Architects “Young Architect of the Year” award, but it was probably for volunteering to do things that others wouldn’t, shouldn’t of couldn’t.  I started my blog on January 14, 2010 to learn the technology behind how people are starting to communicate with one another. I don’t really have a list of burning issues or a controversial social agenda to promote. For the most part, I’m just a regular guy except I put my pants on both legs at once (it’s just faster that way). I don’t take myself too seriously but I have a great deal of pride and a teeny tiny competitive streak. I actually take what I do seriously but I try to find a way to have fun while I’m doing it.
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I am fairly active in the American Institute of Architect where I am currently the 2013 Chair of the Digital Communications Committee for the Texas Society of Architects.
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Kate and Bob Borson - Halloween 2008
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I am happily married to Michelle, and I am too easily manipulated by my only child, Kate, and I can be found mowing my lawn in University Park, within the city limits of Dallas. For the most part, life is good and I am a happy guy.
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Architect Bob Borson's Desk

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  • Dan

    Hi Bob – first of all congrats on your blog – lots of important information for clients like myself. I am having a very hard time with my architect and want to terminate the agreement and find other help. We just finished Schematic Design and although we like the distribution of rooms and sizes of the space (because we were heard on what we wanted – mostly because we were insisting on it all the time), we don’t like the exterior design, the shape o the house, the feel of it in perspective, colors, nothing…
    My question is – if I move on to another professional – can I take the schematic plans and use them as a basis? I have payed all the fees associated with it and assume I own in – even though copyright belongs to the architect. My understanding is that I can use it for the purpose it was intended (i.e. to build my house, in the same lot), but I do not understand how much of it can be modified (the parts I do not like, and never approved). Can you shed some light?
    Thanks

  • Bryan

    Hi Bob, I really enjoyed the article you had written a while ago about line weights, and manipulating out-of-the-box Revit to draw the way you, the user, wants it to draw. We are currently working on a project with a separate architecture firm and noticed, through sharing models, that our line weights are significantly different from one another. I was wondering, have you manipulated yours? Have you chosen to delete some of the 1-16 options Revit gives you? I have attached a JPEG of our model line weights, I was hoping you could share yours to compare? Thanks for your time.

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      I don’t actually know the answer to this question – let me ask our resident Revit expert and see what I can come up with.

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      Here it is – I haven’t ever seen this before so I suppose I should look it over …

  • Annaiyah Harris

    I just got into the 9th grade and my academy I chose was Architecture. My skills are not the best but Im getting better. Im scared that I may never learn the skill to become a successful architect. Though I have hope should I stay in that academy all 4 years of my highschool years?

  • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

    No – there hasn’t been a lot of demand for SIPs down in this area (and to clarify, I mean “no interest”)

    One day …

  • H

    Hi Bob! I stumbled upon your blog today, and I must say, you sure have inspired me to push through architecture even more. I am a sophomore architecture student from Asia, and I just transferred to a university in America, Fall of this year. Whenever I look this major up on the internet, I almost always end up reading sad negative reviews about it, and thus, I do, at times, I feel discouraged to pursue my dream. So thank you, Bob. I will be visiting your site more often. Godspeed and best of luck to you!

  • http://VidalConsultingGroup.com Rudy Vidal

    Hi Bob, really enjoyed your site. I’m working on a project related to why/how people purchase luxury kitchen appliances. might you be willing to speak with me about the matter in the next week or so. I apprecaite any consideration you might offer.
    thanks. Rudy.

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      send me an email with your questions and I’ll see what I can do. With all this out of town travel, all the work I’ll be putting in on the website will be at crazy hours (evidenced by the fact that I am responding to this comment at 1:21am)

      • http://VidalConsultingGroup.com Rudy Vidal

        Bob, I appreciate your consideration.
        Is there an email you would prefer?
        you can send to rudy@vidalconsultinggroup.com
        Thanks again.
        Rudy V

      • http://VidalConsultingGroup.com Rudy Vidal

        Bob, thank you for your consideration in answering my question.
        I am working on project to better understand the key differences between the Mass-Premium Range market (bosch, kitchen aid, etc) and the luxury market.
        There seems to be a line that is not crossed (around $3K) that is not crossed by MAss-premium brands. While the luxury brands (Wold, Thermador, etc) seem to pick up at around $4K. Can you give me your thoughts (off line on my email below) regarding the what keeps this line in place for so long? Is it a mind set of consumers, a distribution issue, or the fact that the gap is being addressed by brands with less “top of mind” strength like Verona, Bertazonni, Five star etc.
        Also, as an architect, I would like to understand your role in guiding clients towards the right appliance package.
        I really appreciate your consideration.
        all my best.
        Rudy Vidal
        rudy@vidalconsultinggroup.com

  • Premith

    You’re a funny funny… guy bob… :D….

    lolz… “put my pants on both legs at once”….. yea.. jump…
    and love the pic… adorable…

  • blagica

    Hi Bob,
    i am an interior design student and now i’m working on my thesis project. the project is about multifunction in a multimedia space ( everything is with a multi :D) so, i have difficulties of finding materials on the internet about the multifunctional spaces in the past and how it evolved till now. are yo familiar with this and can you pleas help me. thank you in advance. regards, blagica.

  • sgiovanni

    Hello Bob,
    this may be a bit lengthy, but I was wondering if it would be better to get a B arch and then an M arch, or should I get a BFA interior design, and then the M arch. I have found some programs that will accept me for the M arch with a BFA in interior design. Call me naïve, but I ultimately want to design modern residential apartments in the city, any city. I want to design the buildings as well as the exterior. The design course I am starting has a lot of architectural courses in it, some people call it an “interior architecture coarse”. I feel as though this would be a better fit for me as apposed to b arch then M arch, because as iv said I would like to design the interiors and exteriors of the residential buildings. I did some research into the school that I plan to attend to get my M arch and they said that I can get licensed with the BFA in interior design and the M arch. So I guess my question to you would be, how would the two course paths differ in terms of my preparation. would getting my b arch then m arch make me a better architect than getting my bfa interior design, and then M arch? if so, which part of my game would be lacking, ( or not) I Imagine it would be a give and take situation, gain some knowledge to lose some. Thanks in advance.
    Sincerely
    Shawn Giovanni Norbert

  • Sharmitha Mohan

    hey bob,
    i am doing b.arch n india chennai. during fourth year we are supposed to go for internship i am plannin to do in US if possible
    is that ok? because i am planning to do the whole one year over there. i need some advice
    with regards
    sharmitha