structure we love you

20 July 2012

dear structure, we are sorry we’ve overlooked you. …keep reading

sweat the details…masonry

7 December 2011

Details details details. This is the mantra of the architect. This is the destiny of the architect. We sweat the details most other people never notice. …keep reading

In a recent post about building affordably, I mentioned that one could shop online (instead of going to expensive showrooms) for building products in an effort to save money while still getting good design. …keep reading

I’ve been thinking lately about craft, craftsmanship and the craftsmen/craftswomen of days-gone-bye. It seems that we have all but lost this virtue in much of what we have in America today. Everybody wants everything instantly without caring how well it is made, nor do we want to spend for it. When we see great craft we are often amazed and assume how “expensive” that well crafted thing must be. So before I digress into a rant or tirade, let me say “thank you” to those few crafts-people that still exist. I appreciate your attitude in addition to you taking the appropriate time and care to make the things you make. You are a dying breed.

“There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.”  ~Emile Zola

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lost in a masquerade

23 March 2011

There are a few building materials that I just don’t like. It’s my blog, so let’s be frank, I can say I hate them. It is true; one can really hate a building material. You can’t wait to find out what they are right? Before I unveil my quirks about product likes and dislikes, let me explain my reasoning. Architects have opinions, strong opinions in my case, but we typically have well thought out reasoning for our opinions even if we are a minority with that opinion. …keep reading

sweat the details…part 1

11 January 2011

Guaranty Building, Buffalo, NY

I have always been a “detail guy” so it’s no surprise that I would be writing about details, but a recent event sparked my rant and motivated me to write about it. Late last year I began working on the initial phase of a project when …keep reading


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