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Architecture is a dialogue

Architecture is a dialogue

. If I asked you to describe what architecture is. What would you say? Would you launch into a diatribe about space and function and economy? Would you mention light? Texture, materials? Construction? Commodity? Emotion? Is architecture about creativity? Is it about individual expression? Is…

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Why I blog

Why I blog

. No seriously.. why am I doing this? So, I’ve been giving it a lot of thought lately. It might be because I’m stressing out about what I’m going to say in my presentation at the AIA conference this year. But, more than likely it’s…

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Talking to your Architect

Talking to your Architect

. Excuse me (my dear architect), but you’re being an ass. Yes, kind of sort of maybe a little bit Am I bothering you with my petty contract? Is this job just not your “ideal” project? Doesn’t it fit into your “body of work”? your…

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Talking to Clients

Talking to Clients

. First of all, they probably don’t know what they’re talking about anyway. And, I think they asked for some kind of pastel. So, just nod often, eventually, they’ll go away. If not. Say things like: “Trust me, I know what I’m doing.” Or: “No,…

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Important Places

Important Places

. Important places In 1969, when my father was at war overseas, my mother and I were on the front porch of our 1910 Bungalow in Kansas. The wind pushed my toys over the edge and into the grass. My mother was leaning on the…

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A Conceit of Architects

A Conceit of Architects

. What do we call a gathering of Architects? When animals gather in groups, we refer to them by an array of elegant terms: a Flock of Birds, a Herd of Sheep, a Swarm of Bees, a Smack of Jellyfish, an Array of Hedgehogs, a…

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2012, New Plan

2012, New Plan

. Hey Architecture, Let’s be honest, 2011 could have gone better. For me, the wind came out of my sails somewhere around June (or February, whatever…) I did not do the best work of my career in 2011. I didn’t define the character of my…

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A Few of my Favorite Things – 2011

A Few of my Favorite Things – 2011

2011 was a good year at Coffee with an Architect. This little blog has grown beyond all my expectations, and I owe it all to you guys. This year there’s been 221,887 visits to the site, from 136,792 unique visitors. (Clearly 136,791 of you need to…

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Twelve Days of Architecture

Twelve Days of Architecture

. On the first day of Christmas, my Architect gave to me A study guide for the A.R.E. . On the Second day of Christmas, my Architect gave to me Two turtlenecks, And a study guide for the A.R.E. . On the Third day of…

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This Foyer is going to be Epic

This Foyer is going to be Epic

I don’t think you understand what I’m telling you. I’m not trying to open the door here. I’m trying to open your mind. It’s a simple problem really. Just keep the rain off of them as they enter the building. That’s all you really need…

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