Over the last 5 years I have taken several improv courses at Charleston's local improv spot: Theatre 99. I have had a ton of fun with these classes and have become a better improviser but the most interesting thing is how improv comedy has helped me become a better architect. In fact some of the basic principles of improv comedy translate very well into the professional work environment. In this blog I will share how improv comedy helped me learn the golden rule of 'yes, and...', how improv made me a better listener and how performing improv helped me be comfortable being uncomfortable. These have been invaluable tools for me as an architect and I suspect that these tools would be useful for any profession.Read More
Have you been over to Half Mile North yet? This is a new Charleston neighborhood in the upper peninsula that is bounded by Brigade Street, Meeting Street and Morrison Drive and is a half mile north of the Ravenel Bridge. The Half Mile North neighborhood is about 2 years old and is home to several tech office buildings and a collection of awesome restaurants. It is quickly becoming a foodie paradise with the recent additions of Home Team BBQ, Lewis Barbecue and Butcher and Bee.
There are a lot of interesting things happening with the Half Mile North neighborhood in addition to the growing food and tech hub. For example: did you know that this area is also becoming a hub for modern architecture in Charleston? Or did you notice how each building has it's own slice of outdoor space?
In this post I share some of my photos and observations on why Half Mile North is one of the most unique developments in Charleston.Read More
Do you have an interest in architecture and were wondering what types of tools an architect uses? Or maybe you are an architecture student and were wondering how many of those expensive new tools you are going to lug with you into the profession?
You are in luck friends! I have put together a list of the top 5 Essential Tools For an Architect. These are the 5 tools that I use on a daily basis and are critical to my duties as a professional architect.Read More
It has been a view months since I last shared some of my Charleston Photos. Around the time I started writing for this website I also started actively sharing photos on Instagram. Whenever I share a picture of Charleston I include #DailyDoseofCharleston.
This is a great way to catalogue the great architecture and urbanism of The Holy City. I also keep my eye peeled for things that may appear a bit unusual as I try to find the beautify in everything.Read More
This is part 2 of my coffee chat with the trio that make up Cumulus Architecture + Design LLC: Robbie, Abby and Sadie Aberdeen Lesslie. You may have thought that Cumulus was just the Robbie and Abby show but you will find out in this interview that Sadie plays an integral roll. In this blog we had a lot of laughs and discussed the following: how to find a good contractor, the secret to getting a job at Cumulus, the idea of work/life balance when your spouse is your partner and your home is your office,advice for folks looking to start their own firm, Robbie and Abby discuss their favorite project
and I sing. That's right..I sing!
Have you ever thought about starting your own architecture firm? You may share that entrepreneurial dream but have never been able to pull the trigger. I recently sat down with my friends Robbie and Abby Lesslie and they shared the amazing story of how they took the big leap and started their firm: Cumulus Architecture. In addition to their origin story they also discuss the pros and cons to owning your own architectural practice and share their individual design passions. This is part 1 of the interview and I will post part 2 next week.Read More
Many of you may be in the middle of a summer internship or you have been hired full time as an architectural intern. I have gathered 4 of the most valuable lessons I have learned over my time as an intern and architect. This advice will come in handy and allow you to make the most of your internship. Good luck!Read More
Are you an aspiring architect? Maybe you are in the process of taking your Architectural Registration Exams and looking for some tips. Or maybe you haven't even started the test and are looking for some motivation? In this blog I asked 6 brand new architects about their A.R.E and IDP journey. It is interesting how consistent and simple their advice is.Read More
Congratulations to The Spectator Hotel!Read More
I was in a little accident recently and fortunately I am o.k. and so is everyone who was involved. Nobody was hurt and everything is cool but this little incident has really got me thinking.Read More