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

The challenges of post-quarantine design

What will buildings and public spaces look like “after” Covid-19? There are a lot of ideas and opinions, ranging from “nothing will change” to “everything will change” - and every possible angle in between.

Leaving the #tinyoffice…for an even tinier office

Back to the tiny home office: what meetings look like these days. It's been a month since my personal trainer-husband has been housebound, and 3 weeks since I moved back into the tiny upstairs room that was DSA's original office for 3 years. This is not how I imagined that the month of April would… Continue reading Leaving the #tinyoffice…for an even tinier office

Happy birthday to us!

7 We're 7!  Or, more accurately (since we're on vacation in Germany), Wir sind 7 Jahre alt!  Hard to believe that it's been that long. What a ride 🙂 Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany I have to say,  this is a great way to celebrate 7 years of self-employment.  Time away from work - especially when you are "It" for… Continue reading Happy birthday to us!

Happy 5th birthday!

Design Synergies is celebrating its 5th birthday this month!  The 5-year mark is a big milestone for us, as it is for a lot of small businesses.  In 2012, the Small Business Administration (SBA) reported - based on research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics - that about 2/3 of small businesses make it to the 2-year… Continue reading Happy 5th birthday!

The bulldozer effect

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

Lessons learned, and learned again

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

Know your value

  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