Do you ever wonder how Design Magic happens?Read More
I had a lot of trouble finding the appropriate title for this article. It starts off with an embarrassing story about me getting my first denial at a City of Charleston's Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting.
That BAR denial was a tough night but I ended up learning some valuable lessons about public speaking. At the conclusion of this article you will find 7 helpful public speaking lessons I learned from my failed presentation. I am convinced that being good at public speaking is one of the most important traits for an architect. Especially for architects who design in urban settings.
Architecture is an act of will. It is not enough to just design good architecture. You have to will it to happen. And being able to present and sell your ideas is invaluable.
I hope you find this article useful!
I started BUILDINGS ARE COOL in 2015 and posted the first blogs on January 14th. So with one year of blog experience under my belt plus the beginning of a new calendar year, it is the perfect time for a little reflection. In this article I will share:
- The Blog Highlights of 2015
- My Blog Goals for 2016
- And I end with a call to action for the BUILDINGS ARE COOL TRIBE.
It has been a while since I provided an update on the construction progress on our house. In this post I share photos and videos of the progress and discuss the stress of being the architect of your own home.Read More
I recently sat down with architect Aaron Bowman to record the first episode of his new podcast: Product and Process. Aaron's goal with product and process is to investigate the role of design as a tool to build community and how community can be catalyst for design. It was a real treat and an honor to be his first ever guest. We had a great conversation and discussed topics such as: Designing in Charleston, Frank Gehry, Nimbys, Fast Food Architecture and much more. Enjoy!Read More
LS3P was fortunate enough to celebrate another building opening this past week. When an owner celebrates a grand opening it is definitely a special moment for an architect. It is the culmination of several years of hard work and the best part is, your client is very happy.
They have a new home.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston Pastoral Center opened its doors recently. That's a real mouthful so I will refer to it as The Pastoral Center for the rest of the blog. The project is actually a campus of 3 separate buildings that are placed along the edge of the Ashley River. So I guess you could say we had 3 openings!
This post will focus on the Assembly Building.Read More
People frequently ask, "Don't you think Charleston is going to max out on hotels soon?" To which I answer..."Not even close!" When your town is voted the #1 U.S. City to visit by Conde Nast you better believe people are going to come and visit. And what if you are rated the #1 city for 4 years in a row, including #2 in the world? Open the flood gates! As an architect who designs hotels I am very welcoming to this boom. And one of my tools for being primed and ready is to look at the hotels already in our market.
This blog is the first in a series in which I will look at the architecture of the top 15 hotels in Charleston as ranked by Trip Advisor. And for each blog I will focus on one particular hotel feature. And what better place to start than at the front door.Read More
This month’s #ArchiTalks theme is Work/Life. For architects separating your professional work from your personal life is always a challenge. And if you are an architect living in a house you have designed that challenge is even harder. Now imagine that you are living within a construction zone of a house you designed. In my current existence, separating Work and Life is impossible.
Are you considering developing in Charleston and have heard rumors about the dreaded BAR? Or maybe you're an architect about to begin a significant project in the City and have questions about the BAR process. This is the first blog in a series in which I will 'attempt' to explain some of the basic processes of the BAR. In this post, I list the major steps required to receive Final BAR approval and ultimately the Final Certificate of Occupancy.Read More
Hey Charleston Foodies! Did you hear about the new Westendorff Restaurant? I had the privilege of sitting down with the architect of The Westendorff, Julia F. Martin. We had an awesome discussion about the design of the restaurant and the long journey of transforming this vacant hardware store into Charleston's newest gem.Read More