buster porch feature25 Jul 2016

The Dog Days of Summer

Dwelling on... Summer with a new  and trusted family companion.   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 time, before a little break, we wrote a post on the theme of

AWM-featurepng18 Apr 2016

A is for Architecture in April

Dwelling on... Architecture Week and Architecture Month with a quick tour of the Interwebs.   Here is a quick post to wrap up Architecture week - #Archweek16 - with an invitation to follow some of the traffic on the web. Hashtag lovethisstuff. Click here for the top #Archweek16 posts on twitter. Click here to view #Archweek16 posts on Instagram. Click here for #Archweek posts on Facebook.   Also, Activate NC is doing #Archmonth16 on Twitter

FAfeature11 Apr 2016

Dear Future Architect, Listen Here

Dwelling on… What it takes to make a great architect.   Future Architects via fotosearch.com 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 time we wrote a post on the theme of

zaha-hadid-feature4 Apr 2016

Zaha Hadid and the Rubber Band Theory

Dwelling on... what is one reason that the work of Zaha Hadid is iconic and what makes great architecture.   Zaha Hadid in her London office, 1985. Photo Credit: Christopher Pillitz/Getty Images A Star is Lost Shock waves rolled through the architecture world with the news that Zaha Hadid had died on March 31. Likewise were the shock waves, that became sustaining forces of her influence sent through design communities, schools, and practices with each

drawing-feature28 Mar 2016

On Drawing – Foundations of Skill

Dwelling on… Cultivating the skill of drawing. I started a new project at the beginning of March. The career and vocational technology education (CATE) center building will be an opportunity for our design team to illustrate the process of computer aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) in making that CATE center come to exist. We met last week about BIM standards and the basics of how construction documents should look. A problem came

periscope-feature21 Mar 2016

Periscope, Anchor, and the Commuter Architect

Dwelling on... Leveraging Periscope and Anchor to enhance the modarchitect social media presence.   Announcement for the : : Ride with MODarchitect # AskTheArchitect : : afternoon periscope broadcast. Engaging vs. Consuming I have been delivering tidbits of architectural narrative content, one social media bite at a time and this post is to tell you a little about that operation. After transitioning to McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, a career move you can read about here, I

Feature-ghostdog14 Mar 2016

The Way – A Compilation

Dwelling on... how the Way of the Samurai can be used to improve one’s pursuit of happiness through work, trade, or profession.   The following is a compilation of every post in the Way of the Samurai Architect series, assembled for your convenience and reading pleasure in following my thoughts on how an ancient Japanese Text, the Hagakure aka The Book of the Samurai, can lend itself to every day battles in modern life, and becoming

Samurai-Bushido-feature14 Mar 2016

The Way of the Samurai Architect – Five and Final

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 fifth and final post in a series that expands on terms heard in architect’s and intern’s 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

gaming-feature7 Mar 2016

Architecture and Gaming

Dwelling on the architecture in modern immersive gaming environments. 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 time we wrote a post on the theme of Tool. This time we write

Samurai-Bushido-feature22 Feb 2016

The Way of the Samurai Architect – Four

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 fourth in a series that expands on terms heard in architects’ and interns’ circles like BIMJA, CAD-JITSU, WARRIOR INTERN and other notions that metaphorically equate emerging architects to lethal martial artists. I haven’t had any formal martial arts training. However, the discipline, practice, and pursuit of personal perfection inherent to the