Monday morning inspiration

Starting the New Year with a business re-thinking, re-planning, or re-strategizing session is a great idea, especially after 2020's rollercoaster ride.

Travel Diary: Vauban

Vauban, an innovative "green" neighbourhood in Freiburg, Germany. Travel is one of the things that I miss the most, as we here in the US and in many other countries are struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. I miss my family and friends in Canada. I missed spending our wedding anniversary once again in… Continue reading Travel Diary: Vauban

Monday morning inspiration

Where do Architects find inspiration for their work? It's everywhere when you're not looking, and nowhere to be found when you are.

Monday morning inspiration

Charlotte Perriand's contributions to Architecture & Design have not received the attention they deserve. Several books have been written about her, including her autobiography, but her story is still not well known. Neither are the stories of many of her contemporaries who also carved out a place in the design professions at a time when… Continue reading Monday morning inspiration

Rethinking space: Education

What will classrooms and other educational spaces look like when students return? It's a question of appropriate design, furniture, and HVAC. And the right technology infrastructure.

Monday morning inspiration

A note from my M.Arch. thesis sketchbook, circa 1992 - always a good reminder that #sustainability isn't a specialization or an additional service, but a way of thinking, of seeing, and of working. It's that simple, and that complex at the same time. Translation, in case you can't read my 28-year-old scribbles: The Environment is… Continue reading Monday morning inspiration

Inspired Buffalo

Owner Marinette Kozlow and her Mom, Mouna, in front of Inspired Buffalo's Blackrock studio ({Photo: Jennifer Santora). Part of the defining vision of Design Synergies was to, well, create synergies with other creative entrepreneurs and small businesses. DSA started as a home-based business, then grew into a tiny office shared with another home-based business, Allieway… Continue reading Inspired Buffalo

Rethinking space: the #notsotinyoffice

How will you design differently? Like a lot of Architects and Designers, we've been asking that question. As we wait for some of our design projects to restart, we have been revisiting the different types of projects that our firm designs - especially those that bring people together. What might they look like if we… Continue reading Rethinking space: the #notsotinyoffice