Architects Modeling for Contractors

Contractors: Are you wondering who to hire for BIM or VDC? You might want to consider hiring an architect.

Design: The Silent Ambassador of Your Brand

Branding is so much more than a cool logo, funky color, or flashy website.  Branding is about experience.  The physical space of a business or institution definitely affects the experience of its users. The following SOA projects show spaces as unique to the companies they contain. SOA’S OFFICE SOA’s office entry contains the logo, company

RSVP for SOA’s Upcoming FREE Lunch and Learn

SOA is hosting “Architecture 101 for Non Profits,” a FREE Lunch and Learn presentation on Thursday, 8/22/19 from 11:30 – 1:00 at SOA’s office (2801 Woodard Drive, Columbia).  The presentation will include information on: Fundraising & Budgeting Project Timeline Picking a Site The Design Process Assembling a Building Committee Planning & Financing Green Features If you are

A Recipe for Success

  Have you ever read a recipe that left you with more questions than answers?  Grandma’s goose recipe above leaves out a few details: is that a can or cans of “Cream of Mushroom” soup?  What do we do with the apples and how many? Do we fry the goose in vegetable oil, lard, butter? 

Design and Construction: An Excercise in Patience

The design and construction process is anything but instantaneous.  The question is: how long will YOUR specific project take?  

Assembling a Dream Team for your New Building

Deciding WHO is on a building committee and HOW decisions are made is critical to organizing an effective group.

How will your business fare when distaster strikes?

After a year with devastating hurricanes and wildfires on the coasts, I am reminded of severe weather threats in the Midwest: tornados, flood water, or damage from high winds.

How your Architect is like Santa

How does Santa know what to bring you for Christmas?  He looks at your list!  How does your architect know what spaces to put in your building?  You write her a list!  Well, really, a “program.”

And on the 2nd Day, God ran into Zoning Issues

Ahh zoning regulations – just one of the many factors that can get in the way of your plans for a new building.

Architecture 101 for Not Profit Organizations

Do you know a Non-Profit Organization dreaming of a new building? SOA has some tips to help non-profits as they start a project!

4 Ways Renderings are Beneficial

A "rendering" is architect-speak for an illustration (usually three-dimensional) of a design project.

5 Things to Consider When Remodeling

Remodeling an existing building is rewarding but comes with a unique set of issues. If you are thinking about remodeling your building, the five considerations below are a good place to start.

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