...after a long weekend spent in the garden....
My beautiful and historic hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland is perched on the far eastern shore of Canada, on the edge of the North Atlantic. Its history goes back well over 500 years to the earliest explorers from Europe, and the summer fishermen who came from Britain. It is a long and proud history that … Continue reading The bulldozer effect
This campaign by the RAIC (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada) has always been such a great idea. Give credit where it's due! Spotted these coasters at the RAIC booth at IIDEX 2016 in Toronto last week.
Today - October 5th - is our 4th birthday! One year ago, we moved into a tiny office in downtown Buffalo with our friends, Allieway Marketing Inc. The grand opening party followed a month later, on National Vanilla Cupcake Day. Such a fun party - how did we ever pack so many people into … Continue reading happy birthday to us!
I met a former client at a social event last year, and he introduced me as "his Designer" who had worked on his store, "...but actually I designed it. She just helped". About a year after finishing that project, along came another client with very definite ideas and his very own 3D model. The General Contractor balked at anything … Continue reading Lessons learned, and learned again
We are talking a lot of about diversity and equity within the Architectural profession right now. How we relate to and work with each other within our profession is just as important, in my opinion, as how we do so with our peers throughout the construction industry. I've always believed that Architects are equal partners in the design … Continue reading Equity
Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. Warren Buffett Two things happened in the past month that have me questioning the value of our work as Architects. To be specific - the value of my work. The first was a client telling me he expected my fee to be about half of what I proposed. … Continue reading Know your value
"Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings." - Jane Jacobs, The Death & Life of Great American Cities
"Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan." - Eliel Saarinen, Architect