2018 is going to be a wild year. I am both excited and terrified about 3 new roles I will take on. Despite my fear, I am diving straight in because I embrace the principle: No guts, no glory!Read More
Wow! What a day January the 3rd was in Charleston, South Carolina. The low-country saw it's 3rd highest snowfall in recorded history thanks to winter storm Grayson. A whopping 6"! The combination of the snow and folks being off from work resulted in pure hedonism. I did my best to capture as many photos as I could on my trusty iPhone. Here is a collection of some of my favorite photos of The Day it Snowed in Charleston. #charlestonsnowday2018
Do you ever wonder how Design Magic happens?Read More
What size architecture firm is best for you? Throughout my career I continue to see the benefits of working for a large architecture firm. Greater project opportunities and higher salaries are just a few of the perks of working for a large firm. In this blog I share my Top 10 Reasons to Work for a Large Architecture Firm.Read More
Something big happened last week. At the November 21st Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting, the design for a new contemporary office building at 663 King Street received conceptual BAR approval. This is notable for two reasons: #1 - true contemporary architecture in Charleston is extremely rare and #2 - this was this project's third attempt at conceptual approval.
There are some that will consider this approval as a win. A sign of progress. I hope it is. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get over the time that this project lost during its journey. It seems like a perfect example of why there is not more contemporary architecture in Charleston. Contemporary architecture is challenging to fit into a traditional context, contemporary architecture is hard to evaluate, contemporary architecture can be scary to the layperson and these obstacles add up to a lot of risk. In this blog I review those obstacles that are preventing more contemporary architecture in Charleston.Read More
It is not always, "Go Big or Go Home." In regards to working within an architecture firm there are many benefits to working with a small group. My pal Daniel Beck from the Architect's Checklist has authored this guest blog that shares the Top 10 Reasons to Work in a Small Architecture Firm.Read More
Do you ever take stock of where you currently are and compare that to what you thought you would be doing right now? This blog is about reflection. When I finished architecture school I had two big expectations for my career: #1 I wanted to be a design architect and #2 I wanted to start my own architecture firm. Life rarely goes how we plan and my journey is no exception. In this blog I share my story, my dreams and how I have evolved over the last 10 years since graduating from the University of Maryland.Read More
Big night tonight folks! We will finally see the The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere!! In honor of my favorite show and with Halloween just around the corner I have decided to have a little fun and imagine that I am an architect during the Zombie Apocalypse. In this blog I share some of my favorite architecture from The Walking Dead and I highlight the types of design that will be desirable during the Zombie Apocalypse.Read More
However antiquated it may be, the art of taping windows prior to a storm is still alive and well in Charleston, South Carolina. In fact it is flourishing. I would guess about 1 in every 5 stores on King Street had some sort of tape job in place to protect against Hurricane Matthew. Although this strategy WILL NOT WORK, I enjoyed seeing the variety of tape jobs and have compiled a collection of my favorite photographs.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