25 Jan 2016

Homework – Substantial Completion

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.   It has been a while since the last Homework

18 Jan 2016

The Way of the Samurai Architect – Two

Dwelling on… How the Way of the Samurai can be used to improve one’s pursuit of happiness through work, trade, or profession. Click for The Way of the Samurai Architect – One This is the second 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,

11 Jan 2016

New Year, New Gear.

Dwelling on... the speed of time and what's new in 2016. 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 My First Project.  This

4 Jan 2016

Laterals – The Master Builder

Dwelling on... Starting 2016 with Big Time Small Firm and a theme architects can rally around.   Image is time traveler by beyzayildirim77 via deviant art Happy New Year! Best in 2106 to you and yours.   Disclaimer I aim to post content that is mostly client consumable, while being in one of many categories. If you are reading MODwelling, then you are interested in architecture, me personally, my company, or perhaps just arbitrary web traffic.

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