we fail to fail

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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

I hate being wrong. Why is it that one of the most powerful teaching devices (if not the most) is shunned or not permitted in architecture? Continue reading “we fail to fail”

we fail to fail

architects’ architect?

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***warning*** If you ask me to respond again to this question tomorrow, my answer will be different.

I read an interesting article recently, that was shared by a good friend of mine, where the author posits that there are architects, that are largely appreciated only by architects, whose architecture is primarily “about architecture.” Continue reading “architects’ architect?”

architects’ architect?

small projects :: variety is good (or don’t eat the same thing for lunch everyday)

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As a small firm (OK, solo) practitioner, I’m often asked about the type of work I do – which generally causes a pause…as I wonder how to answer with the length of response they’re anticipating. Continue reading “small projects :: variety is good (or don’t eat the same thing for lunch everyday)”

small projects :: variety is good (or don’t eat the same thing for lunch everyday)

then and now

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second-year architecture student, February 1988
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today

I’ve been practicing architecture for 25 years (actually closer to 26 now). I started a YAF (young architects forum) and am no longer a “young” architect by that standard. Next year I’ll turn 50 years old and am told that is when things begin. I can’t wait…I think. Continue reading “then and now”

then and now