21 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

15 Feb 2016

Change Agent Architect – Laterals

Dwelling on... Correct Politicalness – the dedication to personal views and convictions balanced with fervent respect for other's views and values.   Antonin Scalia, via www.washingtontimes.com First things first, could we take a moment to reflect on the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016). 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,

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

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

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

Town Hall, Fletcher, NC – Topping Off

Setting Steel at the Town Hall Project Recently, we met a major milestone with the Fletcher Town Hall project when Cooper Construction set the cupola atop the roof structure, finishing the highest piece of building. Currently, this is the largest construction administration project with Modus Operandi Design. It is exciting to see the progress so I wanted to share a little of this with you.Check out this short slideshow showing the progress from the initial

The Role of Visionary Interlude – Mexico City Earth-Scraper

Dwelling on Exploration in Design... Why do architects work up and present grand un-built concept projects?  They are entertaining. They are inspiring. They exercise one’s ability to solve problems, develop solutions, and defend ideas, especially during tough times where there are spare hours over the drawing board.  There is unrealized value that builds on the inspiration.  It would be fantastic to know how many people saw the article linked below, and were inspired to the

13 Jun 2013

Hello and welcome!

Dwelling on a blog... What is MODwelling? I have pondered this more than many times since we launched Modus Operandi Design, PLLC. I have certain frustrations for modern policies, politics, and posturing that go into making a great piece of architecture. I also value their place in providing public safety and welfare with artistic value. The balance of frustration with and acceptance of the policies, politics, and posturing is only one example of the dance