This is part 2 of Architects In a Cafe Getting Beer with architect Jay White. If you liked Part 1 than you will like Part 2 even better. In this blog we dig into Jay's Role on the BAR, we talk about the presence of contemporary architecture in Charleston and the controversial Spaulding Paoluzzi Center as well as Jay's thoughts on the dreaded big building phenomenom in Charleston. We also hear about Jay's most memorable project and finally figure out how Jay earned a 72% in 12th grade gym class. Enjoy!Read More
Great Food + Great Architecture = Charleston. This is the first in a series of blogs in which my pal Miguel and I will review the food and the architecture of the Holy City's Hottest Restaurants. The title of the series is Design and Dine and for Episode 1 we are sharing Leon's Poultry & Oyster Shop.Read More
I recently had coffee with an architect that has had many roles. This guy has been in charge of the architecture of an entire city, has lead the office of a large architecture firm and is now venturing into entrepreneurship and starting his own small practice. That architect is Eddie Bello, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.
I am confident that you will enjoy this interview as it brings a ton of valuable lessons. Lessons for all different levels and types of Architects. Some of the great nuggets include:
tips on navigating the BAR
advice for architects who want to start their own practice
Eddie's secret design trick
photos of a building at Boeing that no one gets to see
the one lesson that all young architects and interns need
and a little story about Tom Petty and Keith Richards
How about a tour of the top 15 hotels in Charleston, South Carolina's? I am happy to be your tour guide. I am currently working on a new hotel design and have been studying hotel lobbies. I always look to existing buildings for inspiration and I think you will be inspired by some of these spaces.Read More
Are you interested in starting your own design practice?
Are you already a small firm owner?
Maybe you are not a principal or owner but you'd like to improve your own business acumen?
At your present job, do you often ask questions like: There must be a a better way to do this?
If you answered yes to any one of those questions than I would highly recommend the book Architect + Entrepreneur: A Field Guide: Building, Branding, and Marketing Your Startup Design Business by Eric Reinholdt.
Reinholdt has provided a very comprehensive guide that is very relevant to a design practice of today. Some of the helpful resources include:
- Establishing your business structure: Partnership vs Corporation, LLPs, LLCs
- $$$ - Resources for managing taxes
- Help with defining your brand and naming an architecture firm.
- Tips for Marketing including how to use Social Media for marketing.
- How to establish your hourly rates.
Great architecture must have great details. Just like a great shoe is not complete without fine stitching.
When construction began on our home addition I thought that I had a very comprehensive set of construction drawings. However it is inevitable that design questions will arise during construction that need to be answered with supplemental sketches.
And my home was no different.
I have shared a lot of pretty pristine pictures of our home but in this post I will share some of the things that were not so pretty. I will share some of the sketches and process photos of some of my favorite details.
I hope that this post gives you a greater appreciation for the design process and maybe a little bit of inspiration for your next project.Read More
Are you an architect or a real estate developer and you have a project in which the development potential is being limited by a parking deficit on your site? "If we could just fit 10 more cars this development would be much more valuable." You may be saying.
This parking dilemma is a regular occurrence with my job. And hey I get it. Parking? A blog about parking? Really?
It is not one of my favorite parts about being an architect but it is very valuable resource. If you can solve your client's parking demands you will bring a tremendous value.
In this blog I will share how architecture school didn't prepare me for parking design, the challenges of meeting your client's parking demands, and 5 tools for increasing your parking count.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.
"The vernacular is what you do when you can't afford to get it wrong." That is a wonderful quote by architect Brian MacKay-Lyons. Long before the term sustainability was cool, people were building sustainably because it was just the way things were done.
This article is about a sustainable house that is one of the defining features of Charleston: The Charleston Single House. From this article you will learn 5 lessons taught to us by this simple building type.Read More