Just Draw it Up

Life of an Architect

There is a request that I receive a few times a week that I thought I would finally talk about in an effort to shed some light on a fairly taboo subject. Those requests typically start off something like this: “I have already designed my house but since I am not an architect, I don’t know how to create the technical drawings I would need to give to a contractor. Is this something that you would do, and if so, how much do you charge?”

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Mid-Rise Hotel

Bruce F. Roth Architect

Marriott Autograph Hotel EMC², Chicago. EMC² is 22 story boutique hotel under the Marriot ‘Autograph Collection’ flag. The project includes 195 guestrooms, 2,000 square feet of conference space, and a 120 seat, street-front, restaurant.


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Somehow, 2018 Feels Different

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2018 is only a few hours old and it already feels different to me. Ignoring the fact that I am still sitting in my front room writing a blog post right before it is “due”, and ignoring the fact that this will be the first time in 5 years that I haven’t taken a two week vacation during the holiday break, things really do seem different.

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Insights: What do different engineers do, and when do I hire one?

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What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2018]

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This is the 9th annual and highly anticipated What to Get an Architect for Christmas gift guide. It’s hard for me to process that when I wrote the very first gift guide back in 2010 that this would become the most requested blog post that I would write every single year. In that first year, the guide was just my own personal gift wish list, but now I spend almost an entire year curating what sort of items should make the final cut.

010: What Makes You a Designer

Life of an Architect

There are many things I do during a typical day – designing “stuff” is just one very small portion – but I still consider myself a designer more so than a project architect. Since I work at a smallish firm, everyone wears many hats and nobody has just one task or label. To be considered a designer just means you need to think about the design of everything – and I mean everything.

Don’t Cats Deserve Quality Architecture?

Life of an Architect

Every year in the office we pick a few local charitable events and get involved. This will be the 3rd year in a row that we have been involved with the SPCA’s Bark + Build and we are all fighting over this year’s entry … the Ar-CAT-tects. … so clever. This was the first year that cat towers were included in the event, which meant that there were three very interested people in our office … at least two of them are definitely cat ladies.

014: Being an Architect is Hell

Life of an Architect

As an architect, every space I walk in to, I look at … intensely. I scrutinize, evaluate, process, and redesign. Every. Single. Space. There are times when I wish this didn’t happen … most of the time actually. Being blissfully unaware of unresolved plan geometries – particularly when I am not “on the clock” sounds pretty good but I know it won’t be that way for me any longer. I have completely crossed over to the architect side.

Architecture Studio Vignettes

Life of an Architect

Did you know that our office closes at noon on Fridays? This is a policy that has been in place for years – one that I think everyone really enjoys. While it seems like a drag working 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, most people are pretty happy skipping out of the office to enjoy an early jump on the weekend. This was the case this past Friday when I found myself alone in the office for several hours.

011: An Architect’s Salary

Life of an Architect

It was only a matter of time before I once again tackled the topic of an architect’s salary. This is actually the fourth post I’ve prepared on the subject, but I haven’t talked about it since January 2013 so maybe it was overdue. I have long been on record that I can’t stand when architects complain that they don’t make more money. Of course they want to make more money – who doesn’t?

008: Top Ten Reasons to be an Architect

Life of an Architect

If there is one moment I can look back and single out the moment when everything change, it was February 22, 2010. That was the day I decided to write the post “ Top Ten Reasons to be an Architect ” and nothing has been the same for me ever since. This was the post the put me on the radar screen of hundreds of thousands of people … literally. As of this writing, this post by itself has been read a mind-boggling 845,924 times, and that’s just this site.

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012: A Day in the Life of an Architect

Life of an Architect

What does a day in the Life of an Architect look like? There are a lot of different answers to that question and even if I look at what my day looks like, it has varied over the years as I move through my career and took on different roles and responsibilities. The one thing that has not varied all that much over the years is that I start my day pretty early.

009: The “Low Cost Modern House”

Life of an Architect

Modern Design used to be about the mechanization of the process thereby making a thing affordable to the masses … but that doesn’t really seem to be the case anymore. With their clarity often confused with simplicity, modern houses require a far greater attention to execution and as a result, seem to surprise everyone with how expensive modern houses actually cost.

Winter Adventure to Helsinki

Life of an Architect

I have two more travel excursions before the end of the year, and my next trip one is just around the corner, which means I am in full-on research mode. My destination is Helsinki, Finland- a place that I have never visited before – and I am going in winter … because I’m smart that way.

Architectural T-Shirts

Life of an Architect

There are currently 58 “draft” articles on my site – some are fairly recent and some go back years.

Service Industry Failure – Happy Holidays

Life of an Architect

Normally this time of year I am thinking about what sort of Holiday themed architectural posts I can share with people. Normally these are pretty silly and represent a Sunday afternoon spent making myself giggle. I’ve written posts on the best and worst Christmas songs, Christmas cards from famous architects , even put together recipes for proper holiday cocktails … everything is fun and games all the time, right? Of course not.

Architectural Sketches – The Series

Life of an Architect

Architects sketch as a part of doing their job – at least all the good ones that I know. Right now, as a general rule, it would appear that depending on how old you are, you either sketch, use computer software, or some portion of both to work through your ideas. At 49-years-old, I seem to be in the camp that uses both but more times than not, I start with a roll of trace paper.