just letting you know this post isn’t really about ice… One of the rituals when you go to architecture school is to stand in front of a bunch of people (typically made up of your classmates and other professors) and present your design. As soon as you finish presenting, your project – and how you(…)
In order to design a successful residence, you need to develop a relationship with your client that goes beyond functionality based solely on needs. Yes, there will probably be bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen, some living areas, and sometimes the odd side room etc. but it’s important to understand how each client will want to(…)
Donating your time to the benefit of others is important and as an architect, the opportunities to use our abilities and knowledge to perform community service are plentiful. One event that I will be working on this year will be the Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. CASA (which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates) is(…)
When it comes to choosing which size architectural firm is better for you, which is better – big, little or something in-between? Turns out small was the right size for me (insert easy joke here) because it suited my interests and my skill set better. When I graduated from college in 1992, the economic environment(…)
How much money do I make? I never get asked this question even though people are probably curious. There is a perception from the general public (at least those that I run across) that architects make a lot of money. There is also the perception from within the younger members of architectural community that think architects don’t make enough.
The ability of any designer to be any good at what they do (at least in a service capacity) is their ability to listen to a client, who can’t describe why they like something other than they like it, and walk them through what they are looking at and describe it for them. Hopefully, the process will get you both to the essence of what makes a thing great and apply those qualities to something new without resorting to copying.
I am sitting at my desk looking at the treasured relics of my architectural ancestors – rolls of sketch paper, at least 15 scales (or rulers), and a stack of orange triangles. These items share the precious real estate of my work area with more modern architectural tools – computers (hardware and software), 24″ monitor and at least 5 music speakers.
This is my desk -it’s not really a desk rather than a work surface made up of medium density fiberboard attached along the entire length of two walls of my office but it’s really good at taking all sorts of abuse and it contains items that I use all the time. The thing is, some of these things are from my father’s generation and some are the beta versions of things that are coming. I’m not sure what I should be keeping and what to replace.