28 Dec 2015

Transitions

Dwelling on… Changes for Modus Operandi Design and an exciting new chapter in my career journey in architecture.   via www.reimaginework.com A couple of blog posts ago, I did a preview of future posts.  Look for those in the forthcoming weeks. For today, though, I would like to share with you some exciting news about transitions at MOD.   via www.emaze.com FANFARE After nearly five years of running a start-up firm, the time has come

21 Dec 2015

Looking Back on AIA Asheville 2015

Dwelling on... the year serving as President of AIA Asheville. Last Tuesday, on the 15th, we held the 2015 AIA Asheville Christmas Party. There is a write up about it at the Modern Asheville website. In keeping with tradition, I passed the crown, which happens to be a Santa hat to Nathan Bryant of Samsel Architects. I also had the pleasure of announcing that our Executive Assistant, Mary Fierle was voted to Honorary Membership and

14 Dec 2015

Homework – Home Stretch Preview

Dwelling on... a preview of the final steps and days of this homework project. And some other stuff. We have had the great time lately with my brother-in-law, Ed,  visiting. Routines are nice and comfortable, but when they get challenged by life's curve balls, or in-home-guests for a long stay, life get's interesting.  It gives the opportunity to rediscover local favorites, adjust habits, appreciate new conversations, and value time together.  Below is a picture from (another)

7 Dec 2015

The Way of the Samurai Architect – One

Dwelling on… How the Way of the Samurai can be used to improve one’s pursuit of happiness through work, trade, or profession. This is the first in a new series that expands on terms heard in architects' and interns' circles like BIMJA, CAD-JITSU, WARRIOR INTERN and other notions that metaphorically equate up-and-coming architects to lethal martial artists. I haven’t had any formal martial arts training. However, the discipline, practice, and pursuit of personal perfection inherent

30 Nov 2015

Tuning Work Off – Thanksgiving Edition

Dwelling on... Thanksgiving, favorite and new hiking spots, and getting off the beaten path. A while back, I posted an #ArchiTalks post about work/life titled Turning Work Off. This week I have a bit to add to those thoughts.   Brother Ed and Annmarie at Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah National Forest, NC Take Off, Get Outside Last Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving Holiday, Annmarie, her brother Ed, and I went into the Pisgah National Forest

23 Nov 2015

Homework – Professional Builders

Dwelling on #DesignersBuilding - A DIY Blog Series This blog series is an account of what happens when an architect, me, pushes past design and single handedly tackles some renovation; from design through demolition and to construction. I look forward to sharing with you my discoveries, the challenges, and the solutions. Please share your stories of renovation and remodeling in the comments, DIY or not.   High Work We have had more weather delays since

16 Nov 2015

Life Happens – We Are Professional

Dwelling on... what it means to be a professional   Sketchbooking Kick It Into Gear Well HI there! … Been a while. This blog, MODwelling, is usually on a two-week-between-posts-schedule. It’s been three. This demands an apology to the two readers followers of MODwelling. I chose that blog name because it reminds me of dwelling at home, dwelling on thoughts, and it starts with 'D' fitting with MOD. Sorry about that y’all. This leads to an

26 Oct 2015

The Right Questions – Programming a Project

Dwelling on... The Importance of Programming as The First Step in a Project Intentions Confounded by Directions “What can I do for you?” the handyman said. “I want to push a button right here to open the garage door.” Tom answered, gesturing with one finger to the inside wall by the back door and pointing with the other toward the detached garage . Little did Tom know, these directions were going to cost more than he

12 Oct 2015

Architect as Citizen

Dwelling on … What it is to be a Citizen Architect?   Another post in the #ArchiTalks blogging series.  #ArchiTalks is organized by Bob Borson at Life of an Architect. A group of architects writes blog posts around a single theme or subject and posts them all at the same time, ensuring a good range of various takes on the subject or theme. Last month we wrote a post on the theme of WORK/LIFE in

8 Oct 2015

Homework – Rain Delay Rails

Dwelling on #DesignersBuilding - A DIY Blog Series This blog series is an account of what happens when an architect, me, pushes past design and single handedly tackles some renovation; from design through demolition and to construction. I look forward to sharing with you my discoveries, the challenges, and the solutions. Please share your stories of renovation and remodeling in the comments, DIY or not. Rain Delay If you have caught on to my every-other-week-post-schedule,