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
The Guaranty (Prudential) Building in Buffalo, NY, by Louis Sullivan. Inspiration just a few blocks away from our office #Buffalo #Architecture #Sullivan #singleandunrepeatable
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!
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
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
"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