2017

Something Every Young Architect Should Do

Life of an Architect

Just about a month ago, I turned 49 years old. Since I have the maturity of a 20-something, I don’t worry about how old I am, but I do find myself reflecting, on occasion, about lost opportunities that have passed me by.

26 Vintage Airstream Renovations That’ll Make You Want to Hop on the Bandwagon

Dwell

How architects, designers, and DIYers have revamped the classic travel trailers to serve as contemporary workspaces, rentals, and even primary residences. Airstream trailers emerged in the 1930s and became emblems of Americana—specifically automobile-oriented vacation culture—by the 1950s.

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Team: Pets

Matt Fajkus Architecture

Preface by Matt Fajkus: "We believe that the strength of our team is based on the fact that we are a collection of individuals who collaborate, making us better than the sum of our parts.

I told Isabel, "It's like a dagger to an Atlantan's heart if you."

Architecture Tourist

After her extraordinary talk I told Isabel Castilla , "It's like a dagger to an Atlantan's heart if you." "If If you don't say the Atlanta BeltLine is the coolest thing EVER." "I I didn't say anything about the BeltLine," she replied. Yeah that hurts just as much." "But

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.

5 Innovative Design Ideas to Make Your Dental Office Shine

Martinkovic Milford Architects

A dental office is more than a place of business. This space speaks for your practice. It telegraphs how you serve your clients, what sets you apart, and what makes you unique. How can you ensure that your office says the right thing?

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10 Ways An Architect Can Make More Money

EntreArchitect

This is an edited repost from deep in the archives. Originally published on the week of this blog’s relaunch on December 12, 2012, this article has been the most popular week in, week out.

Hybrid City / Sluisbuurt Amsterdam - Europan 3rd place

Architects for Urbanity

The National

A Detroit Architect's Journal

How many times have you walked or driven by it? A solitary structure that stands defiantly as a reminder of what once was. photo credit: R.Saxon Albert Kahn's' National Theater is the only surviving theater in what was Detroit's first entertainment district.

The 2017 Aspiring Architect Giveaway

The Aspiring Architect

Hi everyone! You may remember back in April that I asked for your help in voting for my blog, The Aspiring Architect, to win the 2017 JDR Blogger Award for Best Architecture Blog. And, thanks to YOU guys, I won!

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.

Looking back …

Life of an Architect

Hindsight is 20/20, or so the phrase goes. It basically means that if you knew then what you know now, you would do things differently and avoid some mistake or misstep.

Insights: Why do architects build models?

Matt Fajkus Architecture

Preface by Matt Fajkus: "We believe it’s important for an architect’s process to be inclusive in many ways. One aspect of this refers to using different tools in the design and presentation process, such as both digital models as well as physical scale models.

Tribute to 461 North Highland a Double Terminated Vista

Architecture Tourist

I'm sure you know. 461 North Highland rewards every time so I'm giving it a shout out. We don't have many of these. We don't produce this kind of extravagance anymore not even in our most bodacious new mansions. It's probably my favorite building on North Highland.

Teardown: Bethel Outreach Deliverance Church, Adams Street

Architecture Tourist

It was different and doomed, it won't be remembered or missed, but its loss leaves the neighborhood with a little less. I have a thing about these "different" places set among subdivision mono-cultures.

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!

Philip McDuffie House (1922) Hentz, Reid & Adler, a "Neel Reid" Part 2 of 2

Architecture Tourist

We don't know how much is Neel Reid, how much is Hentz, Reid & Adler, how much is not. Away from the big public rooms things get less Neel Reid-y don't you think? Brown marble floors for example, don't harmonize with the front rooms, not to my eye anyway.

Tiny Church on 8th at Fielder Awaits Mixed Use-ification

Architecture Tourist

I call it the Octane Coffee District and I have a secret parking spot when it's busy over there. I take 8th street down from the Marietta Street ridge and park on Fiedler Avenue next to this nondescript little church building. Note to self: Didn't I just blog a Neel Reid Mansion ?)

Philip McDuffie House (1922) Hentz, Reid & Adler, a "Neel Reid" Part 1 of ?

Architecture Tourist

If Neel Reid himself walked though the front door of 7 Cherokee today, he'd likely say, "You haven't changed this foyer in 90 years! Let's get to work." That's what I think anyway. The new owners are renovating and adding on. They are removing some of the fancy woodwork in the public rooms. Fancy?"

Keeping Morrow Weird: Branch Library by Scogin, Elam, and Bray

Architecture Tourist

It was my birthday and I am the Architecture Tourist after all. I was in Stockbridge, Google said it was only eight minutes to the Carol Cobb Turner Branch Library in Morrow by Scogin, Elam, and Bray. First: The bottom lines. I salute places that are open to the public.

The thing about Neel Reid is.I'm not sure.

Architecture Tourist

The "thing about Neel Reid" for me is that his houses make me feel great, welcome, comfortable, human. Though he died at age 40 in 1926 J. Neel Reid remains Atlanta's most esteemed architect.

Growing Atlanta's Preservation Community

Architecture Tourist

We are all so busy. So how can we engage Atlanta’s enthusiasts, activists, its energy, and generous spirit? Please join me Sunday, March 26, 4:30pm at the Atlanta Preservation Center and let's talk about it.

They Tore It Down the Next Day

Architecture Tourist

I'll be dog if they didn't tear it down the very next day. It was at 2348 Hosea Williams where Second Avenue crosses Hosea - a forlorn corner that's coming back. I've been passing here for more than 15 years but something struck me on February 2nd.

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"People Are People's Greatest Joy" - Terry's Tiny Book Review

Architecture Tourist

This slide "got" me, led me to a 1980 book and to a mesmerizing video about human nature. It just so happens that my two favorite presentations in the last decate were about "placemaking" the first by Fred Kent from Project for Public Spaces the second by Mathew Lister from Gehl Architects (above).

Reading "Happy City" Made Me Sad - Terry's Tiny Book Review

Architecture Tourist

I just don't know what's wrong me. I am the worst advocate ever. And here we have this terrific source book for urban advocates which I claim to be. And doesn't everyone want happier cities that make people happier? Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery.

Architectural Graphics 101 – Line Weight

Life of an Architect

Okay … I hear you. It’s time for the next entry in my Architectural Graphics series and due to overwhelming feedback, it’s apparently time to talk about line weights. Despite my efforts, I can’t ignore this topic any longer – and I only made it two posts before caving into the pressure. But where to start?

Architectural Graphics 101 – Number 01

Life of an Architect

Maybe this will be exciting, maybe it won’t, but I am going to start writing a few articles a month on architectural graphics and what I’ve done to get my drawings to look the way they do. I might talk hardcore technical computer specifics from time to time but for the most part, I am going to focus on the really small details.

27 Smart, Space-Saving Ideas for Tiny Homes and Apartments

Dwell

These compact residences employ clever storage solutions and thoughtful hacks for multifunctional living. When crafting small spaces, flexibility is key in making them as livable as possible.

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Architectural Portfolios

Life of an Architect

If you are an architectural student – or a young architecture school graduate – Architectural Portfolios are extremely important. While they are probably not as important as you think, they are far more important that what most people outside the industry realize. This is the tool that will play THE key role in getting a job … the right sort of job.

What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2017]

Life of an Architect

In what has become an annual “must write” post, I present to you THE definitive list of “What to Get an Architect for Christmas.” ” This is the 8th version of this list and I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to feel a little like Ebenezer Scrooge about the whole thing because I have unknowingly started to come up with some internal rules that govern what sort of gifts do, and do not, make my list.

2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition

Life of an Architect

This is a tremendous moment … the most tremendous of moments. It is time for the 7th Annual 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition! Hopefully, you heard La Virgen de la Macarena in your head when you read that last sentence – I know I did.) Many of you will remember that last year I tried an experiment and partnered up with Houzz in an effort to broaden the reach and exposure of the event.