Have you heard the joke about the roof? No..? It’s above your head.

Roofs are not the most exciting of architectural elements, but the argument could be made that they are, in fact, the most important part of the building.  It’s no coincidence that we say we’re grateful for ‘a roof over our heads’, they protect us from rain, sun and snow.

3 Common Building Problems That Architects Help Solve

For any given project, there is a very wide variety of problems that an architect is asked to solve.  Often, they are very specific to the site or the client needs. Can you relate to these three general design problems we frequently have to solve?

Abracadabra: The Secret to Good Design

What is good design? Is design considered ‘good’ when it is noticeable or when you don’t notice? When it is bold or subtle? Is it obvious or understated? I feel the correct answer is, well…..both.

What’s in the details? Part II

The sketch indicated above/below is a continuation of my previous post. The sketch shows how to detail the window head and sill in a masonry veneer, steel stud back up exterior wall. It is important to maintain water tight exterior skin and continue the weather barrier into the opening. 

What’s in the details?

As architects, we start the design process with very conceptual ideas and talk big-picture about the way a building needs to operate and its general style, but it’s how the details are executed that determine how well the building can meet these aesthetic and conceptual goals, along with keeping the rain out!

Interested in Capturing Rainwater? Here’s a few things to consider

On October 17th I had the pleasure of co-presenting at the Sustainable Living Fair on “Saving Water in your Home or Workplace.” My co-presenter, David Mars, Energy Specialist with Columbia Water & Light, and I shared ways that companies and homeowners can save water.

The Circular Stair – A Viable Alternative to the Straight & Narrow

Some will probably disagree with me, but when I think of a successful solution to stairway, I like to think circular. There are several reasons why, and I will do my best to explain.

Dimensioning How-To’s

One of my pet peeves is dimensioning of plans and details. Let’s discuss basic dimensioning for a project and how to do it properly:

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