Don’t Let the Internet Design Your Project

Life of an Architect

Despite knowing it was coming for me, I decided to post one of my recent sketches to Instagram and Facebook … and I was murdered. For 95% of those folks doing the murdering, their intentions were honest and well intended. For the other 5%, … I won’t say what I want to say.

41 Comforting Interiors That Are Pretty in Plywood


There’s something soothing about a room wrapped in wood grain. Affordable, lightweight, and versatile, plywood has become a favorite choice of designers looking to bring warmth and personality to a space without breaking the budget.


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Classical Baltimore pied-à-terre for sale

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One of my many hobbies is tracking real estate (yes they are all architectural!) so when a friend sent me this apartment for sale in the Mt Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore I knew immediately I would have to share it here with you!

Granite Ward: Exterior Details

Historic LDS Architecture

A couple of sculptures by Avard Fairbanks are on the gates of the building. Granite Ward

The Ultimate Free Guide to Construction Project Management Software

Spreadsheets and in-house tools can no longer manage the sophistication and the demand for data of modern construction. Our free buyer’s guide will help you identify what construction software you need and the key features you should be looking for.

A Holiday Treat

Michael Imber

This time of year brings to mind traveling to see family to share the holidays and the festive meals that come with the celebrations.

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A Love Letter…Address Unknown

Nicole Cullinan

Do you remember my love you wrote me a letter asking for my hand in marriage? You paid someone to write it because you didn’t like your handwriting. I still have it. What would you say if you wrote me a letter today? Address unknown, for I have been feeling a little lost lately.

Community Resource Center

Bruce F. Roth Architect

Altgeld Family Resource Center, Chicago.

Bio-Hacking the Office Environment: “Safe Haven”

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Bio-Hacking the office environment: Safe Haven. When the mind connects with some visceral feeling from the outdoor experience, it excites the brain.

Insights: New Build vs Remodel

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Did you know that it may actually cost more to remodel an existing house than to build from scratch? Though it might be worth it to pay more for a remodel in some circumstances, it’s clearly best for an owner to make that choice as a conscious and informed decision.

Sustainable Architecture: Design Green with the Client in Mind

Speaker: Pedro Clarke – Principal Architect at A+ Architecture, In Loco Program Director

In this webinar, we will hear from Pedro Clarke, a principal architect and thought leader in sustainable architecture, about designing and building more sustainable buildings and how to engage clients in learning sustainable processes.

Quotes and Sayings

Architects Tales

-I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.- Dorothy Sayers, novelist. Post No. 30 of the blog, www.architects-tales.com; Copyright 2019 on only format, notes and arrangement by Dale R. Ellickson. Note to reader.

Stairs are Complicated

Life of an Architect

Some of the most complicated and underappreciated architectural drawings to ever exist are those depicting stairs. While I will readily concede that part of me likes the technical challenges that come from detailing stairs, the vast majority of me loathes preparing them. Unless the stairs are cool. These are the stairs that are in the process of getting built at our “Oak Grove” project, and this is the sketch that sent me down my rabbit hole last week.

6 Steps to choosing a university abroad for architecture & design

Architecture Chat

Decide Your Subject Based on your previous education and your recent experience, you should choose a line that suits your interest best. Also, make sure the subject aligns with what you want to pursue in the future and should also provide you with usable skills.

The Parisians: Tastemakers at Home

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As I prepare for my trip to Paris next week, I'm salivating over the houses featured in Catherine Synave's new book: The Parisians: Tastemakers at Home. Parisians are known the world over for their incredible style and this book steps into the homes of leading French tastemakers to inspire us.

Report: Optimism for Construction Growth in the Next Year Remains High

Research reveals 96% of respondents are very or fairly optimistic about their organization’s growth prospects for the next year. Over half of respondents see digital technology as the greatest growth opportunity. Don't be kept in the dark when it comes to the future. Read the report today!

Detroit Branch & Fairbanks Panels

Historic LDS Architecture

One of my favorite parts about running this blog is when local members reach out to me to alert me of some unique architectural feature or art in their local building. I had that happen to me just recently.

revealing the secret to the things a minimalist chooses to remain within his house

Think | Architect

I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. No, I do not like that phrase, nor subscribe to its tenets. Nevertheless, if we wish to have autonomy as citizens of this country or this planet and ascribe value in the objects we possess, we must not submit to the artificial value […].

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10 Picture-Perfect Cities in Europe to Visit This Autumn

Virginia Duran

As Autumn slowly makes its way in, the cultural calendar picks up steam at the same time cities turn vivid ochre and old gold. Europe is always a good idea for a trip during this season as besides the undeniable charm, there is an interesting and educational program going on.

32 Black Gable Houses With Seriously Witchy Vibes


If any homes could conjure the Halloween spirit, it would be these all-black haunts. Whether clad in blackened timber or treated to dark paint for dramatic effect, these black gable residences have a bit of a spooky streak.

Revit: New Ceiling Grid Pattern, Part 1 - Fill Pattern

The Architect's Desktop

In order to have a new ceiling type with a "custom" ceiling grid pattern, you need a Fill Pattern that defines the grid pattern, a Material to which that Fill Pattern can be assigned as a Surface Pattern, and, finally, a Ceiling Type to which that Material can be assigned.

Bio-hacking the Office Environment: Lighting

Dennis Kowal Architects

Bio-Hacking the office environment: Lighting. Dennis Kowal Architects designs WELL buildings meant to improve productivity and health by resonating with biological systems in a positive way…much like nature.

Architect vs. Engineer : Design Meeting

30X40 Design Workshop

A structural engineer is a part of the design team for all my residential work in the studio. In this video you'll join me for the kick-off meeting with my engineer as we begin developing the structural design for the Outpost project.

C.A.L.O.R.I.C – Principled Negotiating

Architects Tales

-What is the best way for people to deal with their differences?- Roger Fisher and William Ury. Story no. 29 for the blog, www.architects-tales.com; Copyright 2019 by Dale R. Ellickson. Many architects of my generation lament that they had no formal training in negotiating. That is no accident.

As-Built Drawing Adventure

Life of an Architect

If you are an architect, it's a pretty safe bet that at some point in your career you've had to go on site and collect some existing dimensions for a project. My career is now almost 30 years in the making and not only have I done this possibly hundreds of time, I did it just last week. As far a site measures go, I've done some pretty horrific site measures before and let me tell you, this one doesn't even crack my top 50. In fact, you'd have to wear an actual hazmat suit to get into my top 5.

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18 Affordable and decorative indoor flower pots

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Building a new home or redecorating your place, planters and a touch of greenery is an essential feature for the interiors now a days.

MGM Style - Cedric Gibbons and the art of the golden age of Hollywood

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As long time readers of this blog may remember, I'm a huge fan of movies, particularly classics. A large part of that fascination may be for the sets and the most famous set designer is, of course, Cedric Gibbons.

Toquerville Ward

Historic LDS Architecture

Toquerville is a small community northwest of St. George, located on the banks of Ash Creek, which runs down along the rim of the Great Basin to the Virgin River. Near the center of town is one of the oldest standing buildings, an original LDS Chapel built in 1879.

the architecture of theory and how it is evidenced in my practice

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Theory and abstraction are not the same. I’ll merely scratch the surface. When I started architecture school in 1986, the first two core classes of Kent State University’s curriculum in those days were Theory of Architecture I and II. Second year greeted us with Theory III and IV.

Modern Religious Architecture: 10 Stunning Constructions Of The Past 10 Years

Virginia Duran

What’s the role of religion nowadays? In an increasingly stressful and individualistic world, worship places around the world are doing their best at providing peaceful spaces where a community of people can thrive together, as a group.

14 Outdoor Pillows That Signal the Official Start of Negroni Season


Set the scene for cocktails on the patio with these bold colors and fun patterns. Need to give your outdoor space a refresh, but don’t want to invest in new furniture?