October is Archtober!

October is National Architecture Month, also referred to as “Archtober”.

Last year, to commemorate the month, I posted something about architecture every single day of the month. It was not easy to keep up a daily posting schedule. This month, I intend to maintain my mostly weekly posting schedule.

This week I want to reiterate my Architectural Creed. That link will take you to the page where it is posted, but I’ll repeat it below. It is the foundation of my practice, both as a designer and as a practitioner. It is about as esoteric as I get.

I believe in ARCHITECTURE:

In the power of architecture to enhance and improve our lives;

In Modernism, rooted in our time + cognizant of the past.

And in the need to make PLACES not spaces;

Buildings, especially our homes, are made for habitation.

All buildings have both purpose and meaning for owners, users and passers by.

Architects must make honest buildings, using elemental materials:

masonry, wood, metal, concrete, and glass;

We must exploit natural light in all its variety.

Architects must make simple forms and volumes with clean lines that are enhanced and elaborated using

abstraction

representation

repetition

rhythm

structure

path

prominade

walls

columns

doors

windows

floors

ceilings

roofs

views in and out

texture and color

and, yes, decoration.

There is good and bad design, but no design is worse than indifferent design.

Bad design that strives is at least trying.

Design that doesn’t care is the worst of all.

Approach every project with passion and care.

This isn’t really very earth shattering or controversial. I want to help my clients achieve their architectural goals by making the best buildings we can in response to their problems.

You might not even think you have an “architectural goal”. But, if you are thinking about adding on to your house because you need more space, or remodeling because you want more light, or a better flow – or whatever the problem might be, If you are thinking about building or remodeling your goals are architectural. I can help you with them.

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