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?  

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.

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. 

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