For this month's #ArchiTalks topic, Bob Borson of Life of an Architect asked us to write about Our First Project. Such a great topic. It's just ripe with possibility and can unveil so much about a person. But how does an architect qualify their first project? That could mean so many things. In this post I dig into that question and unveil a project that was a turning point in my career. A project that was many firsts for me. And I reveal how I have recently gone full circle.
If you are considering a career in architecture I would suggest that you include much more preparation than I did when I made my choice to become an architect. In this article I talk about my journey to architecture and discuss one of my favorite things about being an architect. One of the benefits of being an architect is seeing your work get built. There is a tremendous amount of effort and responsibility that goes along with the design of a building and witnessing your designs constructed is extremely rewarding and fulfilling. It is like hitting that one great golf shot out of your 18 hole round. It makes all of the previous struggles and challenges worth it and gets you amped up for the next one!Read More
Alrighty folks. We are 11 weeks into the 10 week construction of our home addition...with 3 more weeks to go. In this post you will learn the following: Why I love fiber cement siding. How we are making our house green. My frustrations with 5V crimp metal roofing. And you will also see many cameos from our dog Buckminster. Enjoy!Read More
Have you been hearing the term NIMBY used a lot lately? I just learned the term this year and I feel like I am hearing it every where now. You know the drill: "I don't have any problem with (fill in the blank), just not in my backyard." Charleston is experiencing unprecedented growth and as a result NIMBYism is spreading like the plague. And I think everyone has a little NIMBY in them. Don't believe me? I thought I'd have a little fun and help you determine if you might be a NIMBY.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
Are you considering a career in architecture and looking for the perfect book to help break the ice? Maybe you're a practicing architect looking to brush up on those great lessons learned way back in architecture school. Or lets face it....You're just looking for a hip coffee table book to impress your friends. Well look no further. This blog is a review of the perfect book for you.Read More
The City of Charleston recently published a report titled: “Revised B.A.R. Process for New Construction and Large Projects.” The report was prepared by DPZ Partners under the leadership of the famed urban planner Andrés Duany. I have reviewed the report and am excited about the potential changes. The report is 48 pages. That is 47 pages more than most people are willing to read. So I'm gonna do you a big one and boil it down to the 5 things you should know.Read More
Andrés Duany returned to Charleston last week. He was in town to present the DPZ report: Revised B.A.R. Process for New Construction and Large Projects
I was able to sit down with Andrés on Friday morning for a chat over breakfast. I wanted to hear some additional information on the report and insight on his thoughts for the future of Charleston.
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