Architects Modeling for Contractors

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

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? 

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.

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.

What to Expect when You’re Expecting…A Building

As a new mom, I’m a little jealous of the confidence and calmness that experienced moms seem to have.  During pregnancy and as I care for my newborn I frequently wonder “is this normal?” It strikes me that a new client might similarly wonder what is normal to expect on their first

We Built This City on Rock & Roll

John Lennon alone couldn’t have made the Beatles’ hits. It took more than Jimmy Page to write Led Zeppelin’s songs, and it takes more than an architect to design a great building.

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?

Deciding to Renovate or Rebuild

What is now Columbia College’s 10th Street Center, housing flexible office and meeting spaces, was once a strip mall. SOA conducted a feasibility study and found that the pre-engineered metal building could easily be ‘adaptively reused’ from retail space to academic and administrative spaces. SOA’s design for 10th Street Center transformed the building’s image and

Sustainable Design | Simon Oswald Architecture


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.

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