quotes worth repeating…01

5 November 2012

This one was just the thing I needed to hear today. Architects do tend to ramble and say things that are meaningless at times, but this was a bit profound. Even though, I typically do not need to hear anything famous architects have to say, I thank Henry and Julia for their insight.

The remainder of the book is a good and easy read; not one you read like a novel, but more like a magazine in a doctor’s office. Ms. Dushkes did a great job, but how long can you tolerate when architect opine about everything and anything? I still recommend having this on your shelf.

Image is from “the ARCHITECT says, Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom”, compiled and edited by Laura S. Dushkes, Princeton Architectural Press, © 2012. My thanks go out to Russell Fernandez, Marketing and Internet Promotions Manager for Princeton Architectural Press for sending me so many books just for writing this drivel. My apologies go to PAP for posting this image without ‘real’ permission.

Should you build a new house or should you just buy an existing house are two very important questions that can be very challenging. …keep reading


Okay, I promised myself I would leave this alone. But I can’t help myself, so pardon my sarcasm and generalization ahead. …keep reading

I am frustrated; aren’t we all. However, I am frustrated largely with my own profession. …keep reading

initial concept sketch 2004

On Tuesday I ran into a past client while in line at a local bakery/café. She gave me a hug; it was a great visit. …keep reading

I agree that the house can be a laboratory for design for most architects. It is a place for experimentation and a chance to move the profession of architecture forward. I feel mine is just that in its infancy. That’s not the debate. What is appropriate for a major architectural journal to publish as “good” design is a question I’ve been pondering. Have you seen the latest copy of Architectural Record, April 2011, the Record Houses issue? As with each annual issue, it is full of exciting, unique and mostly unlivable houses as it has faithfully published for many years. I must admit my visceral reaction was resistive to the unrealistic houses built for some rich person willing to let their architect do something weird.

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