4 Ways Renderings are Beneficial

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


During winter months, who hasn’t gotten a little ‘down’?  With days being short, and daylight in diminishing supply, late fall, winter, and early spring can be a dreary time of the year.

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.

Can an Office Environment Really Affect Productivity?

The answer to this is YES!! If you are in the process of designing a new office building, or renovation a current one, your first thought may be space efficiency: how may employees can fit into this new space? But workplace productivity is dependent on so much more.

The Wide World of Wallcovering

Wallcoverings are a great way to add color and texture to any room. When SOA worked on the renovation and addition to Columbia Public School’s Administration Building, a custom graphic vinyl wallcovering made for an engaging backdrop at the new reception desk.

Designing with Woven Metal Mesh

There are few architectural materials as versatile, beautiful and functional as woven wire mesh. It can be incorporated into floors, ceilings, railing infills, curtains, partitions, facades, canopies, or anything else an architect can imagine.

Resilient Flooring Options for Commercial interiors

Although there is no such thing as a “bullet proof” floor, we all want to find the perfect floor for our facility. It seems everyone is looking for a no maintenance floor that will look just like new forever.

Collaboration Spaces

Architects and Interior Designers, like many professionals, often work in teams. Teams need to meet frequently and for a variety of purposes from listening to a client’s vision, to sketching ideas, brainstorming solutions, evaluating material samples, or figuring out a complicated detail.

Sit-to-Stand Desks

I Want One of Those! We are a society obsessed with finding the magic cure-all for our ailments and shortcomings. This runs the gamut from pills, diets, and food fads, to anti-gravity boots, Fitbits, and copper fabric in our socks.

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.

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