Solar Eclipse

Next Monday, August 21st, we will experience a solar eclipse. Although the Bay Area is not in the path of “totality” – where the sun will be completely covered by the moon – we will still be able to see about 80% coverage. This is one of those “only once or twice in your lifetime” […]

Grand Designs

Do you like watching HGTV or DIYTV? If you do, you are going to LOVE Grand Designs, a British TV series now in it’s 17th season. I discovered it streaming on NetFlix. I believe the current season may be available on Hulu. Some episodes are available on YouTube. It’s worth the effort to hunt it […]

Every Project Is An Adventure

Any successful architectural project needs three quality partners and one healthy attitude. The successful partners are The Client, The Architect, and The Builder. The healthy attitude is that designing and building any architectural project is An Adventure. This post is about The ADVENTURE. These 4 essential pieces to a successful architectural project are illustrated in […]

Architects In The Movies: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

I like movies with architects in them. No surprise, really. In most cases, it is clear that the writers had no idea what an architect does, or what construction is really like. But the 1948 classic, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, is the exception to that rule. Staring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, the […]

What An Architect Bakes

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that one of my recent projects was making a very special cake for Thanksgiving. I thought that I would share the process and offer some tips learned. While there may not seem to be a connection between cake and architecture, I hasten to remind the reader that […]

What Does Your City Flag Look Like?

For something different – a TED talk by Roman Mars, about the design of city flags. (Just skip the ad that’s attached at the start.) Not only is this talk interesting, entertaining, and informative, it is also a great talk about design. Talking about design is hard to do. Roman Mars does it on the […]

Cork Flooring

This picture, on the right, showed up on my FaceBook news feed today. This is a unique design idea. Yes. That is a wine cork floor. I am a fan of cork flooring. But usually, it comes in sheets or rolls. The wine cork floor looks pretty nice. I’m not sure how it would be to […]

Architect T-Shirt Available

I’ve got a new t-shirt available for only 10 days. It proclaims the subtle truth, that architects make dreams, not drawings. It is available in short sleeve, long sleeve and as a hooded sweat shirt. Personally, I like the white lettering against the blue background, but it’s available in a range of colors. Get yours today! by