Things to say to your client

The design will explore the dynamics between the opposing forces at play within your relationship. All materials will be white to reflect the purity of my thoughts. The design will be diametrically opposed to your budget. My fees reflect the impression of quality implied by the design of my business cards. I’m not interested in your opinion on the design. …

Things to say to your architect

百万牛拼三张下载I already have the design, I just need the drawings. I’ll know it when I see it. Could we add a few curves? Could we reduce the fees by doing less? We had our cousin who’s in design school look over the drawings and we have a few notes. My spouse will pick out all the colors. They have a …

MINIMALISM

Minimalism: The art of doing less with more money. Minimalism: The process of slowly removing everything the client asked for. Minimalism: Taking an inordinate amount of time to do incredibly little. Minimalism: Obsure concepts, Transparent materials. Minimalism: More space, less furniture Minimalism: Easier to clean, you know because of the no furniture. Minimalism: Open plan, Open stairs, screw handrails. Minimalism: …

Creativity and Depression

I woke today wondering if architecture causes depression. I’ve had a challenging month. My depression has come back once every ten days or so. My meds have been overwhelmed by the incessant rain and gloom of late winter in the south. I’ve avoided sounds, and lights, and people. I’ve slept a lot. But today I woke up looking for something …

It’s exhausting really

It’s exhausting really. Always being the smartest person in the room. Always the most talented. Am I the only one in this ballroom that finds the carpeting derivative? Am I the only one who’s seen those light fixtures before? i think they were used in a fast food restaurant that my competition designed. They’re not bad fixtures, but they don’t …

This is a safe place

No one will judge you here. You’re free to share you architect confessions here with no judgment from anyone. I’ll start. I have exploded a hatch in autocad I’ve told a client that something was required by code, but really I just didn’t want to change it. I told the client that it would be finished by the end of …

Perfect name for an architect

百万牛拼三张下载The other day I asked a simple question on Twitter and Facebook: “What is the perfect name for an architect?” Jody on Twitter After over 180 responses we may be no closer to the answer, but we have some suggestions: Long Span, AIA Les Moore, FAIA Max Headroom, Intern Iso Lates, AIA Loos Von Cept, AIA Drafts Mann, AIA Preston …

Design means telling you you’re wrong

百万牛拼三张下载Can you be hired by someone only to tell them they’re wrong? Biting the hand that feeds you? If you’re hired as an expert on the topic can you tell them that they don’t know what they’re talking about? Can your expertise cause these confrontations? The fact that you’ve been trained to understand the nuance of the problems, you’ve practiced …

Being an Architect

百万牛拼三张下载You will make a phone call to explain to someone that their idea would lessen the design intent and is therefore wrong. This person will be your client. They will not enjoy this conversation. You will make a fresh pot of coffee at 4:00 pm, and 4:00 am. You will not rest until the vision that you have, that no …

Things they never told me about being an Architect

The last thing I think of before going to be will be toilet partitions, the first thought in the morning will be about toilet accessories. This will happen often. Weekly. I will spend an inordinate amount of time working on something that very few people care about, including my clients. I will find myself sexually aroused by board-formed concrete. daily. right …

Alignment

Have you ever noticed something that doesn’t align? I mean noticed something that doesn’t align every time you open your eyes. Every. Time. Sprinkler heads, HVAC vents, light fixtures, outlets, light switches. They are all placed as if by accident. Or on purpose and someone is trying to kill me by making my head explode. Seriously, things that are not …