How to become a partner in only 21 years – this is really a tale in the importance of not burning any professional bridges. Come to think of it, you probably shouldn’t be burning any actual bridges either.

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I spent some time last week in Marfa, Texas – a town that despite it’s meager size and remote location, definitely has a designers vibe to it … and it shows in their houses.

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Most designers find inspiration all over the place and I’m no different. Colors, textures, patterns, materials – and every combination in between can be used for inspiration.

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I have been invited by the AIA Dallas Associates Committee to participate in their summer series called “Architecture on Tap.” Basically a handful of people sit in front of a bunch of other people and we all drink beer and talk about something – in this case, our topic will be ‘New Roads for Architectural Engagement’.

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This year, as its third annual event, AEC Cares, along with with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, is taking on projectDenver . Their goal is to renovate the public spaces of an early 20th century building to provide a long-term home to some of Denver’s formerly homeless citizens.

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I am currently on family vacation down in the remotest of areas – Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas. Internet connection is terrible at best but I am trying to cope without digital connectivity. [sigh]

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A properly prepared legal agreement between owner and architect will clearly communicate a project’s terms and conditions, determine responsibilities of each party and set expectations for schedule and payment for services. It is one of the most important steps in the architectural process is one that, once completed, will hopefully never be seen again.

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