18 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

4 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

7 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

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

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,

23 Jun 2015

Making Space and the Favorite Place

Dwelling on what makes the favorite place... Another post in the #Architaclks blog post series. Steam rises from a mug of morning goodness to catch the rays of the rising sun that streak sparingly at their shallow angle through the bay window. The spider fern there bends – reaches and joins a dance as a breeze catches the sheer curtains, briefly billowing into the room. The morning breeze makes its way over and buffers the

Coexistance21 Aug 2014

This is Exciting! It All Comes Together

This is the second in a series of posts called #Architalks, organized by Bob Borson at Life of an Architect . #Architalks is a group of architects writing blog posts around a single theme or subject and posting them all at the same time. Last month we took on some common questions about our profession.  This time we write on the theme THIS IS EXCITING.  I hope you enjoy this as well as the other #architalks posts. Be

10 Jul 2014

Ask the architect.

Dwelling on common questions about our profession A handful of architects had pizza at Lou Malnati's (River North) a while back at the American Institute of Architects National Convention.  It was a great way to make real connections with a bunch of online friends and colleagues.  We have all been fortifying that real connection by some great interaction since then through social media and getting really pumped up to carry some serious momentum into the

Novedge Interviews MODarchitect.

Photo by Patrick Sullivan - Hendersonville Times News Earlier this week, Aurora Meneghello of Novedge interviewed Modus Operandi Design Architect Jes Stafford for their blog. See the interview here. It is a great blog post to get to know Jes and the roots of his interest and beginnings in architecture. Have a look. Aurora has been an active participant in the Google+ community, Big Time Small Firm, that Jes founded. She has been a regular

Study Sketch of the Kilpatrick Home Design by MOD14 Jul 2013

Profit, Perils and Preconceptions – The Architect and Residential Home Design Plans

  "Just the plans.  Just the plans, ma'am."When US residents consider a new home, they essentially have two options: select from available listed homes or build a custom home.  When building a custom home, the process often starts with a search of residential home design plans.  There are many ways and places to get house plans but for this post I will refer to them as “plan-services”. When homemakers explore plan-services, they may be told