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

28 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

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

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

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,

8 Feb 2016

One Essential Tool

Dwelling on ... ONE essential tool that is the most important, among all of them, that architects use from one day to the next.   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

1 Feb 2016

The Way of the Samurai Architect – Three

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 third 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

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,

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

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