Summer 2020: We are currently looking for a creative Graduate Architect to grow with our team. If you know someone who loves to contribute their talents to interesting architecture + interior design projects, please send them our way!
We believe this person will have up to 3 years of professional experience and have earned an architectural degree. Also, they will have experience and talent in design, drawing, and enjoy the design collaboration process. And last but not least, this person may also enjoy the construction process and helping to see that their ideas are successfully executed in the construction phase.
Please email inquiries with resume and portfolio links to “email@example.com”.
2020 is challenging us on various fronts beyond crazy architectural details and a worldwide virus without a cure. Now racial awareness issues have again come to the forefront and have challenged us to be better as a nation and as a people.
Architectural details are not a new thing, just tools to help solve functional problems, ideally with aesthetic benefit.
Viruses are not a new thing either. But most of us have not experienced this level of interruption to our daily routines from the threat of sickness.
And now the topic of racial diversity is before us front-and-center. How our differences affect all levels of the life experience has become a most urgent focus society-wide.
Is it possible to put all of these things together to make a difference and help spur positive change?
As we ponder how we can help, many of our “solutions” center on the things we know. For us, that is urban planning and architecture.
Is there any learning from the past that can help guide us? Perhaps. One particular effort comes to-mind. We dusted-off this thesis project from 1992 to see what motivated us to tackle similar issues almost 30 years ago.
Unification Memorial: Catalyst for Social Change – A learning resources center specifically attempting to raise awareness and shape views of past and existing racial diversity in the United States.
Is it naive to think that the process and result of creating a significant socially-conscious multi-purpose civic resource (a building) can serve as a “catalyst for social change”?
These are crazier times. At this point, we have now been confined to our homes for a couple of weeks. Most certainly, “Social distancing” is a term we are now very familiar with (and likely tired of hearing).
Also, we have learned a lot about what is “essential” and “not essential”. As we may or may not be developing some degree of cabin fever, we can probably agree that the environments that we have created for ourselves help contribute to our degree of well-being.
Is your environment functioning ideally – or are there things you would change? What is most important during a time of crisis? Is your home supporting the daily, intensified needs of your family and loved-ones?
Thanks to our clients and team members for their flexibility. We’re thankful we are able to continue forward as an essential activity utilizing safe means and methods in our daily work.
Everyone, please stay safe out there!
And finally, thanks, Lance and Laura for brightening our Friday with the card and update from Michigan! 🙂
We are not sure we have achieved this level of precision previously. In fact, our trim carpenters told us that due to the intensity of the details on this project, we can only do one like this every three years. We must have worn them out!
We can’t wait to wrap the final 10% and share. This is a must-see, so please come back for a look later in the new year.
Now that our excellent clients have moved-in to the Bridge House, they brought along their curious friend who stands watch!
Next it’s time to work-out the little kinks, including furnishings. As art enthusiasts and collectors, Lance and Laura have made it a priority to furnish both interior and exterior with art – starting with this friendly fellow.
He seems friendly yet curious, exuding just enough authority to help keep the peace.
Exterior wood siding installation is underway at Bridge House in Douglas, Michigan.
Here on the elevated porch we can see how the west fin-wall and soffits are coming together. Soon thereafter, we’ll be installing the industrial metal panels in extra dark bronze and black. Now that rough-ins and drywall are wrapping-up, we’ll be sharing the fun stuff (exterior + interior details + finishes)!
We are working through the finer details now, including final interior fixtures, finishes, and bridge details. Stay tuned for more updates!