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.

6 Reasons Your Architects’ Drawings Aren’t Perfect

One of the most frustrating realizations most first-time clients experience is that architects’ designs and drawings aren’t perfect.  Should they be? 

A Culture of Excellence

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.  Autograph yours with excellence.”  Author Unknown

Don’t be Floored! Where to Start when Selecting Interior Finishes

There is a lot involved in creating a successful building interior. Whether a renovation or new building, both project types have their own challenges and possibilities. I am often asked: “Where do you start with selecting finishes?” There are many choices to be made (wall finishes, flooring, cabinets, casework, wall base, hardware, accent finishes) and

SOA Video Spotlight: Robbie Price

Meet Robbie Price, Columbia Native, architect and Associate at SOA. Hear what he thinks makes SOA unique and what is the most important consideration when hiring an architect.

Tools of the Trade II

This blog is a continuation of a discussion about an architect’s “tools of the trade,” specifically our communication tools between different parties in the design and construction field. 

The 3Ds of the Design Process

There are infinite methods to approach the design process.  Regardless of the design tools or technology used,  how architects work can be lumped into 3 basic steps:

Tools of the Trade

It is my belief that the role of the contemporary architect is that of a master communicator – an evolution of the origins of the role as master builder.  While the ultimate goal of an architect’s work is tangible and physical, an architect’s job is essentially to translate between different audiences.

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