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! 🙂
Mid Mod Entry Wall frames entry and private moss garden in one move. This Midcentury beauty has been completely enhanced inside and out. Have a look at the project story here, and please visit later this year for planned fall 2017 photography!
This Dwell Magazine article The House of a Lifetime examines how Philip Isaacson from Lewistown, Maine commissioned an architect to design their home in 1959. “You have to educate yourself when you select an architect,” Isaacson says. “You have to find one that has the right approach, an attitude that you can feel throughout his or her work. You have to appreciate that attitude and admire it enough to want them to carry it into the house.”
Slow Architecture – We are intrigued by this article about “Slow Philosophy – doing things at the right speed/pace” and how it may apply to architecture. We are saving it here for future reference. It’s true that American society always seems in a big rush, and we sometimes feel pressured to go faster and faster. Is faster better, or is it better to savor the journey, not just the finish line?
The Time, Cost, Quality trio is always a valuable thing to discuss with our clients. Do they want it fast and cheap? If yes, then the quality is going to be low. Do they want high quality and a reasonable price? Then time may be the sacrifice. As with all design + construction projects, one needs to find the right balance of client priorities translated into the dream and then executed accordingly in built form.
Architectural Stair progress at Copperwood. #ash #thermallymodified #stairlights #modern #architecture
To the left we were able to utilize the same thermally-modified Ash that was used for exterior cladding of bedroom and garage. Then for the treads and risers, we used 2x structural pine to compliment the Ash and blend with the pine beams in the adjacent living space. Handrail and guardrail above is black painted steel, and the translucent wall to the right is acrylic screwed to painted Poplar-wrapped studs (provides safety and diffused light). Stair lights are evenly-spaced LED discs, connected to whole house lighting and smart-home system controlled via client’s smart devices.
CopperwoodGround Breaking – construction is underway in Zionsville on this Dwell-inspired site-specific home. Unique features include Airstream porte-cochere + Airstream acting as Home Office and Guest Suite and table tennis arena in the lower level.
The design is a balance of energy-efficiency and client goals/budget expectations for this particular location and this particular site. You cannot see this project from any public street, as it is buried on a heavily-wooded 19-acre plot filled with habitat and some wetlands. Please stay-tuned for updates on the particulars of this project as the construction progresses in 2016!
New Modern Home – Carmel – Treesdale Sod installed along with some landscaping. It’s great to see this project nearing completion in about 9 months from ground-breaking. A few final touches on the exterior (front porch, metal shed roof, gutter adjustments) and we will be about there!