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
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
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
In this interview I sit down with architect Jay White over a couple of brews at Kudu Coffee. We talked for a long time so I have broken this interview into two bite size chunks. There are a lot gems in this interview like a great story about the legend Sambo Mockbee, what Jay looks for when interviewing job candidates, skills that propel people forward within an architecture firm and much more.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
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.
This is part 2 of 2 of my interview with Architect Julia F. Martin on the design of the new Westendorff restaurant.Read More
Hey Charleston Foodies! Did you hear about the new Westendorff Restaurant? I had the privilege of sitting down with the architect of The Westendorff, Julia F. Martin. We had an awesome discussion about the design of the restaurant and the long journey of transforming this vacant hardware store into Charleston's newest gem.Read More