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Keep Calm and Steal My Stuff

Apparently, the word "internet" is a euphemism for "help yourself"....
21-11-2017 21:36

Side Hustle ? Is it Right for You"

There are many reasons why an architect would want to look into a "side hustle" but few look very far into the future to consider how that d...
14-11-2017 21:40

The Salk Institute

I have looked at a million pictures of the Salk, Lou Kahn\'s 1965 masterpiece ... but it wasn\'t until I went there and saw the building for myself di...
01-11-2017 21:39

Emailing Your Resume ? Fatal Errors

Emailing your resume to potential employers seems to be the favored method of architectural students looking for internships and full-time employment....
09-10-2017 21:38

Architectural Graphics 101 ? Window Schedules

Apparently, I am a glutton for punishment because Architectural Graphics 101 the series is back after an unreasonably short time to discuss window sch...
03-10-2017 21:35

A Simple Deck

Outdoor spaces take up a considerable amount of space and thinking in most of my projects – which makes sense considering that where I live, I c...
26-09-2017 21:38

Territorial Trace

First, let’s make one thing clear: while it is labeled as “trace paper” don’t call it that. It is simply called “trace.&...
11-09-2017 21:38

Models and Party Planning

In the very near future, we are going to throw a party at my office to recognize and celebrate a myriad of milestones, achievements, and honors. It...
06-09-2017 21:39

Architectural Graphics 101 ? Wall Types

Architectural Graphics 101 is back and today we are talking about wall types, a topic so sexy that I don’t know how anybody is going to make it ...
29-08-2017 21:36

Amazing Instagram Feeds for Sketching

As far as architectural sketching goes, I have a long way to go before I can carry the pen bag of the accounts I am going to share with you today. Thi...
22-08-2017 21:38

A Culture of Models

Architectural models … there’s not a person walking the planet who doesn’t love them. My office isn’t particularly large, eith...
15-08-2017 21:34

Pick Your Fights

There are times when I really hate passionately dislike some of the contractors I work with. Luckily it doesn’t happen too often – I can o...
08-08-2017 21:49

Hindsight is 20/20

Hindsight is 20/20, or so the phrase goes. It basically means that if you knew then what you know now, you would do things differently and avoid some ...
02-08-2017 21:37

Going Down the Rabbit Hole

I like to talk – to the point where I am consciously aware that I am bothering the people around me … and yet I continue. As a mitigating ...
24-07-2017 21:36

The Best Architectural Instagram Feeds ? 2017

There are few things that I will admit to having a borderline unhealthy passion about … a brand new sharpie pen, floating in the pool with a col...
18-07-2017 21:42

Should Architects Moonlight"

Moonlighting is something that literally ever architect has done at one time or another in their career. There are a handful of reasons why an archite...
11-07-2017 21:35

Your First Architectural Job is Important

Pretty simple and straightforward sentence – “Your first architectural job is important.” Let me clarify that I’m not talking ...
28-06-2017 21:36

486,712 is Not What I Signed Up For

For those of you paying attention, I am almost at my wit’s end. I have been sitting at my keyboard writing what could generously be described as...
26-06-2017 21:37

This is NOT Mentorship

Despite having (almost) nothing in common, whenever I think of Mentorship, my mind turns to cats. Aren\'t you curious why"...
13-06-2017 21:35

Modern Cabin ? It?s Hard to Say Goodbye

For an Architect, wrapping up a project is always a bittersweet moment. There is the joy and elation you feel for witnessing a project come to life th...
06-06-2017 21:34

Business Cards for Architects

If you are in business, you probably have a business card. For an architect, this is just another opportunity to flex their creative muscles and desig...
22-05-2017 21:37

Something Every Young Architect Should Do

If I had the ability to go back in time and make a change about my career development, surrounding myself with creative individuals who were willing t...
16-05-2017 21:38

Architectural Portfolios

Since it is that time of year and my inbox is starting to get clogged with portfolio\'s that people email me blindly, I thought I would provide some i...
08-05-2017 21:36

Here?s the Thing about Good Ideas

You never know when you are going to have a good idea - they can come at any moment, regardless of your current activity, or the convenience level of ...
03-05-2017 21:35

2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition ? The

After hours of deliberation, the judges were finally able to declare the winning playhouse designs for the 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design ...
24-04-2017 21:36

The Grasshopper Playhouse ? Construction Drawings

If you like looking at other people\'s construction drawings, then today is your lucky day. Time to publish the construction drawings for my 10th play...
19-04-2017 21:32

The Finalists ? 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design C

Here are the finalists in the 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition! We reviewed over 300 entries to bring you these amazing playhous...
17-04-2017 21:34

AEC Cares ? Project Orlando

Every year, the AEC Cares event coincides with the American Institute of Architects National Convention, which is taking place this year in Orlando, F...
14-04-2017 21:34

Cabin Detail ? Steel and Walnut Bench

In any project, there are a handful of design moments that help establish the personality of that entire project. For the cabin project that I have be...
11-04-2017 21:45

Young Architects Should Work in Construction

If you are a young architect or plan on becoming an architect one day, I think the best advice I can give you is to find your way onto a construction ...
04-04-2017 21:31

Grasshopper Playhouse

Time to unveil this year\'s playhouse theme and design. Considering that entries to the 2017 Playhouse Design Competition are due in just under 2 week...
29-03-2017 21:33

Attitude Reflects Leadership

I am hijacking my regularly scheduled posts so that I can soapbox on something that recently happened. Attitude reflects Leadership and \'The employer...
28-03-2017 21:40

The designation between House and Home

The designation between house and home - is it semantics or is there a difference. Can I as "the architect" influence the difference one way...
14-03-2017 21:31

Architectural Graphics 101 ? Layers

for the 4th installment of the Architectural Graphics 101 series, I decided to tackle all things "layer". I use my layers as the gold standa...
07-03-2017 21:32

What Does a Fellow Keep in his Drawers"

I don\'t have many secrets left after writing my blog for 7 years ... except one. But not anymore, today I answer the question, "What do I keep i...
28-02-2017 21:34

Architectural Graphics 101 ? Line Weight

"Architectural Graphics 101: Line Weight" is the 3rd entry in series of articles that focus on how to prepare architectural drawings in a wa...
21-02-2017 21:31

Style ? Do I have any"

Today\'s post is inherently infused with "me-ness" ... which isn\'t a word. The word that most people would use is "style" which h...
14-02-2017 21:38

Guess what" I Just Received an ?F?

On January 27th, I was elevated into the AIA College of Fellows - less than 3% of all AIA architects are ever recognized with this honor. Well, there ...
13-02-2017 21:42

My Captive Audience

Architects are natural storytellers. Creating a narrative to assist with the design process is fairly common, but some story\'s don\'t have anything t...
06-02-2017 21:32

2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition

It\'s time for the 6th Annual Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition! How does it work" Is it free" Can my Mom and I be on the sa...
31-01-2017 21:34

Advice for a young Architect

“Re: Advice for a young architect” That was the subject line of one of the emails that came in over the weekend. Normally I don’t re...
24-01-2017 21:31

Architectural Graphics 101 ? Drawing Alignment and Notes

"Architectural Graphics 101: Detail Alignment and Notes" is the 2nd entry in series of articles that focus on how to prepare architectural d...
16-01-2017 21:29

It?s Important to Keep Learning

To my way of thinking, if you aren\'t improving, if you don\'t keep learning new things, your value within an organization is going to become diminish...
10-01-2017 21:32

Architectural Graphics 101 ? Number 01

Maybe this will be exciting, maybe it won’t, but I am going to start writing a few articles a month on architectural graphics and what I’v...
05-01-2017 21:31

How do you eat a Whale"

First post of the new year ... what\'s different" Well, not much yet but I am going to take what I know and make some changes....
03-01-2017 21:33

What did you miss in 2016" The Best from Life of an Arc

Here are "The Greatest Hits from Life of an Architect" ... with hits being a euphemism for visitor counts. Each of the following articles re...
29-12-2016 21:30

Exhibit: Architecture in Palestine during the British Mandat

Israel has one of the largest concentrations of modernist architecture in the world, and ?Social Construction,? an exhibit on display at the Israel Mu...
27-12-2016 21:30

Not Your Typical Modern Wood Deck

Getting a modern wood deck to visually look simple and pure is not as easy as it sounds. The most important thing is the attention to the little thing...
13-12-2016 21:31

What to Get an Architect for Christmas ? 2016

In the 7th annual "What to get an Architect for Christmas" post, I can guarantee you will have success shopping for the special, overly-pick...
05-12-2016 21:32

Architectural Sketches ? Sketchapalooza II

If you are an architect, everyone thinks that you draw for a living. While that\'s not really true, it\'s a stereotype that most architects warmly emb...
29-11-2016 21:34

Drafts that might be ?Better Left for Dead?

Imagine this ... after 6+ years and almost 800 posts, I think I\'ve run out of good ideas of what to talk about. If you need empirical evidence to sup...
22-11-2016 21:34

Then and Now ? Architectural Design or Accounting

When I graduated from architecture school, I only had three goals ... none of which included the words "accounting" in them....
15-11-2016 21:35

Barker Table ? A Doghouse Worth Having Inside

Design and construction drawings the "Barker Table", an interior doghouse that looks more like a piece of furniture than something your dog ...
08-11-2016 21:32

The Best Halloween Candy

It\'s Halloween tonight, and rather than pass out candy that makes a child question their humanity, here\'s a list of candy that is sure to keep your ...
31-10-2016 21:32

Off Center Pivot Door and 45 Seconds

The process of entering your house is important ... there is a sequence of events that should happen and preparing the narrative of experience is some...
25-10-2016 21:34

Modern Steel Trellis

We recently added a modern steel and wood trellis on one of our projects and it turned out fantastic. I thought it would be interesting to see the ori...
18-10-2016 21:34

Modern Concrete Sidewalks ? Floating Pads

So you have a modern house and you need a modern sidewalk ... this is the post for you (if you live in Dallas)...
11-10-2016 21:32

If I have to tell you everything ?

If I have to tell you everything, that would suggest that I have already solved the problem and your role in the process is to simply do ... what"...
04-10-2016 21:32

Interior Steel Wall Panels

A look at an interior wall clad in steel plate ... and a look at the math that determined how to fasten that steel to the wall using double-sided tape...
27-09-2016 21:30

Design Talk ? The Glamorous World of Blogging

Writing a blog has it\'s moments - the good, the bad, and the crazy. It\'s not right for everyone, but when used correctly, it\'s an incredibly powerf...
20-09-2016 21:31

Fireplace Mantle ? Nice and Simple

How do you design a feature fireplace for a modern residence" Hopefully, you\'ll start with something simple but work to get the scale and propor...
13-09-2016 21:30

Natural Light ? Clean Aesthetics

One of the very best ways to determine good architecture is the evaluation of how natural light is handled throughout the space it illuminates....
06-09-2016 21:33

I Wish I Were Going Back to School

A collection of 8 articles that every person going to architecture school should read....
30-08-2016 21:28

Designing Elevations

So do you design the floor plan first, or the elevations" There\'s only one correct answer to this question ......
23-08-2016 21:31

I Want to be an Architect, Where Do I Start"

So you think you might want to be an architect but don\'t know where to start or how to prepare yourself ... what to do" Well, this is your lucky...
16-08-2016 21:31

Israel ? but first, let me take a groupie

A once in a lifetime trip to tour the architecture of Israel ... as told through a series of "groupie" photos. What\'s a groupie photo you a...
08-08-2016 21:29

Traveling Architect: Job Site Edition

There are some job site meetings that are more important than others, and as a residential architect with projects around the country, it\'s important...
02-08-2016 21:30

Summer is for the Young at Heart

Summertime is one of my favorite times of year and my memories from this time of year are wonderfully nostalgic ... don\'t forget what it\'s like to b...
25-07-2016 21:29

The Cottage House ? Amazing

Step by step construction images that show how to building The 2016 Playhouse designed by Bob Borson "The Cottage House"...
18-07-2016 21:30

How to Find an Architect

If you looking to hire an architect, here are ten questions you should be asking. If you are an architect, here are ten questions you should know how ...
12-07-2016 21:28

Best Architectural Websites 2016

With so many architectural websites out there, how do you know which ones to waste your precious lunch hour reading" Don\'t worry, I\'ve got you ...
05-07-2016 21:29

Happy Mies van der Fourth

People are amazing, that\'s the only way to describe it....
04-07-2016 21:31

Floating Wall Shelves ? They Only Look Simple

Floating wall shelves are fairly popular in modern residential design - their clean design lends itself for use in many different types of rooms and s...
27-06-2016 21:30

Being an Architect ? Amazeballs

Like any job, being an architect isn\'t always the best job in the world. But in light of these moments, keep your eye on the long game and you might ...
23-06-2016 21:30

Who Doesn?t Love a Nice Bar"

Bars are making a comeback. No longer are they relegated to the back corner of some room just off the main living areas - these are front and center a...
21-06-2016 21:33

Scale and Proportion

For any architect, scale and proportion are the two skills that are seemingly the most challenging to master. Get it right and nobody will notice. Get...
16-06-2016 21:32

Avoid the Madness ? Laying Out Tile

Are you kidding me" That\'s the sort of reaction you should expect from me when you do this sort of tile work. And by "this sort", I me...
13-06-2016 21:33

The Cottage House

This year I thought I would try something just a little different when it came time to designing and documenting my latest playhouse ... and I\'m not ...
31-05-2016 21:31

There are no stupid questions

Pretty simple stuff today - but more important than it would appear most people recognize. You aren\'t asking enough questions....
23-05-2016 21:35

Documenting Architecture with Photos

This is a new house that I have been working on of the past year - but haven\'t paid it the sort of attention it deserves ... but that ends today. Con...
16-05-2016 21:34

The Day I Lost My Hearing

Last week I spent the day with no hearing as part of an "Impairment for a Day" event. I\'d like to think that these exercises make me a bett...
09-05-2016 21:33

?The Box? ? The Value of Making Samples

Building mock-ups is an important part of the design process - it\'s also a very exciting part....
02-05-2016 21:29

2016 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition ? The

The results of the 2016 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition - featuring creative and whimsical playhouses sure to make any child happy...
26-04-2016 21:40

2016 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition ? Fin

Here are the finalists in the 2016 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition! We reviewed 415 entries to come up with these amazing playhouse ...
18-04-2016 21:34

Time is Running Out

Can you believe it" I am up for an award for "Best Blogger - Architecture" ... but in order to actually win, I need a little help from ...
12-04-2016 21:42

Dear Future Architects ? You need to Hear This

Do you want to be friends with Bjarke Ingels" Well, I can\'t help you, but I can help you find the next best thing ... a kick ass job....
11-04-2016 21:34

Being an Architect is Hell ? My ?New? House

I\'ve moved in to my "new" house and there are some things that aren\'t quite right. This is the equivalent of the "before" pictur...
04-04-2016 21:34

The Finished Building is your Best Argument

Every architect should have a cool motto ... I think I\'ve just found mine...
30-03-2016 21:33

Something All Architects Should Know

I think architects are like snowflakes. Not because they are delicate, but because each is unique and (it frequently seems to be the case) that extern...
28-03-2016 21:34

The BSB Cabin ? A Trip to the Frozen North

Progress is coming along on our North Woods Wisconsin cabin project. I travel to the great white north to check out the framing, watch the installatio...
22-03-2016 21:35

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