Did you know that humans have been building with rammed earth for over 7 thousand years? Yet there are no rammed earth buildings in Charleston, South Carolina? Architect April Magill of Root Down Designs is changing that. April gave Danielle and I a tour of Charleston's first rammed earth house which is under construction: The Walters Residence on Johns Island. In this blog April shares a bunch of useful nuggets such as: how to convince a client to consider rammed earth, how much a rammed earth building costs, other sustainable strategies that are low-hanging fruit and we even discuss the late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard who said "God made dirt and dirt will bust your ass!"Read More
This is an interview with a very unique architect. This architect is pushing the limits on natural building in the South East. In this blog sustainability guru and architect April Magill shares some of the projects by her architecture firm: Root Down Designs. We focus on April's work at Root Down Designs and I ask April some of my favorite questions like: When did you first know you wanted to be an architect? What is your favorite thing about being an architect? And what advice do you have for aspiring architects?Read More
I just wanted to say thanks to all of the folks that checked on us during the Hurricane Matthew week. Thankfully the Ramos Clan is all good!Read More
Are you like me in that you find yourself constantly gazing up at the tops of buildings? You know..checking out the roof slope and admiring the cornice? No?.....Well at least humor me. In this blog I am focusing on the tops of buildings. I took a stroll down King Street in Charleston, South Carolina and have photographed some of my favorite cornices. Charleston's most famous street is home to some great architecture and I have noticed that the cornices are pretty fantastic.
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