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As I think back over my architectural career, I have trouble thinking of a single issue that’s universally held as close to blasphemy in our profession as moonlighting. Well, maybe McMansions or vinyl siding, but for the sake of argument, let’s stick to practice issues, not design topics. Anti-moonlighting policies and attitudes run rampant through… Read More »

Mentorship. To me, it seems like the most natural, sensible, necessary idea around. After all, if you have children, you’re imparting knowledge and wisdom to them every day. If you own or work for an architecture firm, you may be doing the same for your younger colleagues. Somewhere, somehow, for better or for worse, we’re… Read More »

If you could give every client one piece of advice what would it be? Have you ever thought about that? What’s one, single piece of advice you’d give anyone that was considering hiring you (or anyone else in your profession for that matter)? In case you haven’t noticed, there is a group of my friends… Read More »

What’s the difference between a house and a home? A house is an object, a structure, a thing. It may be a vinyl-clad, faux colonial or a stately, urban brownstone. A home is an object with meaning, a structure for life, a thing to collect memories. It is a place. What makes a house, a… Read More »

“And you may find yourself Living in a shotgun shack And you may find yourself In another part of the world And you may find yourself Behind the wheel of a large automobile And you may find yourself in a beautiful house With a beautiful wife And you may ask yourself, well How did I… Read More »

It’s that time of year again! Labor Day Mattress Sale time?! No. National Chicken Boy Day?! No. Herry Monster’s Birthday?! No. It’s Back to School time and this marks the 21st edition of #ArchiTalks. Back To School Since this month’s topic is “Back to School,” I started thinking about this transition time, what it means… Read More »

I know many people that will read this article are Architects, so for them the thought of a future without Architects may be unimaginable. But what about non-Architects. What would the world be like if there weren’t any more Architects? Would you even notice? Last week, I traveled to Ball State University’s College of Architecture… Read More »

What’s the best tool you have in your toolbox? No matter what you do, everybody has a toolbox. Plumbers and Carpenters have tools like wrenches and screwdrivers and hammers. Doctors have tools like stethoscopes and MRIs and that little rubber hammer they hit your knee with. Architects may have traded tools like t-squares and triangles… Read More »

I’m breaking all the rules for this #ArchiTalks assignment. Have you been following along with #ArchiTalks? About #ArchiTalks Here’s the format: every month, someone (usually Bob Borson of Life of an Architect) throws out a topic and a growing number of us in the architectural profession wax poetic (more or less) on the subject. You… Read More »

Do you remember your first project? ‘My first project’ can mean a lot of things right? I remember my first project when I was an Intern, my first project after graduation, my first project with this firm and that firm, etc. For the purposes of this article, I’d like to talk about my first project… Read More »

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