As of this writing, London's Grenfell Tower fire death toll now stands at 30, with 70 more either unaccounted for or not expected to survive. The total death toll may exceed 100.

Information is still coming in regarding the fire, but at least one thing is certain at t...

It's inevitable. At some point during all construction projects, the phone is going to ring. At the other end of the line someone will be informing you there is a problem.

Buildings are complex things. Even simple residential structures can be maddeningly complex, an...

The famous Architect Mies van der Rohe, author of the quip “less is more” was once asked by a client what he envisioned for a site.

“Nothing, until I get a soils report!” was his response.

Thus it is with good architects – they don't speculate on what's possible with...

February 2, 2017

With the rise of the home improvement economy, many homeowners try to save money when remodeling or building new homes. They do this by eliminating licensed architects and general contractors. This gives rise to some very entertaining construction horror stories. Night...

January 24, 2017

Open up any design magazine. From Better Homes and Gardens to Dwell,  you'll be presented with what editors think are good buildings. While some of their choices will be awful, they will always be presented as good.   But where's the love for the bad buildings? The tru...

January 16, 2017

From an owner's perspective, often the most challenging aspect of a construction project is getting the building permit. Building on your property without obtaining a permit is asking for trouble. Big trouble. Anything you build without a permit can be ordered torn dow...

January 9, 2017

As an Architect, I've encountered all sorts of crazy bathroom layouts. Here are some of the worst ideas anyone has ever come up with: 1) Carpet on the floors.

November 18, 2016

 Q: How long does it take to become an architect?
A: 16,000 hours of education and on the job training - minimum.

Clients sometimes wonder why they should hire an architect, and what sort of education and experience are required to earn the title.

First, a littl...

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