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Design like you are nine years old

Design like you are nine years old

Do you remember when design was fun? When the thought of resolving the intricate puzzle of a building was exhilarating? Me either. But, I need to find that place again. That place where I stand with the wide-eyed wonder of a child before the possibilities,…

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Evil Lairs

Evil Lairs

New plan. From now on I will ONLY design evil lairs. Because all the best architecture is designed for the evil. My work will have moats, and concrete, and glass and steel. I will design 16-story one-bedroom homes, with helipads, and lots of electronics. There…

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Design means doing what I say

Design means doing what I say

Occasionally I read an article that I completely agree with. I nod my head, check an imaginary box somewhere in my cerebellum that’s labeled “see what I mean” and retweet that article. This article actually: “Great design = getting people to do what you want.”,…

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Who’s an Architect? Doctor Who

Who’s an Architect? Doctor Who

I’m going to step right out on a limb and just go ahead and say what we’ve all been thinking. Doctor Who… is TOTALLY an Architect.

Don’t believe me? Well, I’ve been reviewing the evidence (mostly on Netflix, but somewhat on BBC America) and I think I’m on pretty solid ground with this theory. Although I’m still on season 7, so…maybe things will change in season 8. Maybe they’ll replace the current Doctor with a gruff melancholy overly thin and haggard white guy with an accent and visions of grandeur and a chip on his shoulder, which, actually, would also be a very Architect-y thing to do. Does Peter Capaldi have male pattern baldness? No… well… maybe he’ll ditch the bowtie for black-rimmed round glasses. *fingers-crossed*

Either way,

DOCTOR WHO? TOTALLY an Architect.

Well, I can come up with at least 9 examples of the similarities:

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I may have misunderstood what Mies van der Rohe was saying

I may have misunderstood what Mies van der Rohe was saying

Mies van der Rohe comes to me at night and yells at me. I think it’s Mies van der Rohe. Although, he does look a little like my grandfather, and he smells like steel and optimism. Anyway, this is what he yells at me. At…

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I’ve had this conversation more than once

I’ve had this conversation more than once

Me: Hi. I’m returning your call. I understand you’re looking for some help on your project? Them: Oh, yeah. I’m looking for an architect to do the drawings for the building I’m going to build. Are you the one who does the drawings? Me: Um,…

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We, the architects

We, the architects

We the architects,

in order to form a more perfect union of rectilinear forms and orderly plans, do, on this day, collectively (and sometimes individually) declare our independence from the scourge of thoughtless design.

Today, we, the tired few…

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The Title Seems Wordy

The Title Seems Wordy

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Shit Architects Say (part 5)

Shit Architects Say (part 5)

Because architects have a way with words, and it’s an angsty way with words. (you can jump back to Part 1 <HERE> and Part 2 <HERE> and part 3 <HERE> and part 4 <HERE> if you missed them) . . . . . . . It probably doesn’t. . All photos…

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Snippets of Angst

Snippets of Angst

If you follow me on Twitter, then you should completely ignore this. Because you’ve probably read this before. Because, I assume that everyone who follows me on Twitter voraciously hangs on my every tweet. I also imagine myself as being taller on twitter. Furthermore, I…

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The people who don’t hire me don’t trust me

The people who don’t hire me don’t trust me

I started my own firm in 2009. I think I mentioned that didn’t I? Anyway…. 2009 was not the best year to start a business, or to invest in real estate, or to buy groceries for your kids. But, I started my company anyway, mainly…

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An Architect by any other name

An Architect by any other name

I’m an Architect. I am not a systems Architect, a computer Architect, a software Architect, a technical architect, a web architect, an R&D processor Architect, an IT systems application Architect, an infrastructure management Architect, an information management design Architect, or a HTML XML C++ LINUX…

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