Architects seem to thrive in the world of choices.

Others find it paralyzing or at least frustrating the more choices there are.

I generally reduce options to two or three that I find most successful before presenting  to clients (or before selecting my dinner at a restaurant), but do they know I’ve worked through dozens or more on my own? I’m not intimidated by the process.

I’ve written in the past how the design process rallies around choices and architects thrive at the notion of choice. A design could be anything, it can be everything. On some occasions it shouldn’t be at all.  What is best? Are we even aiming for best? What does that even mean? Yet, when we make our first mark, when we begin to organize, when we begin to plan or interact or inject ourselves into the design, choices are made. Options are instantly reduced. In the academic world that seems to be disappointing at best, but it gives a room full of black adorned architects fodder for lofty conversation.


We make choices; we make choices for other people, we select, we guide, we give information so that others can make the final choice. Nevertheless on some level, we really made the choice.

There is responsibility and accountability. I feel that, everyday.

With choices something is favored over something else. Something is eliminated because something else gets to stay. Someone goes home, someone stays. We live here, but we’ll never live there. We can’t work at every firm. This is reality of choices.

Architects love choice. Sometimes architects hate choice.


Please choose to read my friends’ posts.

Mark R. LePage – EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Limit Their Stress By Limiting Their Choices

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Choices — It’s Everything!

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
A million choices

Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
How Do You Deal with Choices During the Design Process?

Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Life is a Gamble that depends upon your choices

Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Slow… merge… stop

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Choose Your Battles

Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
ArchiTalks Choices



modern eureka


Convent of La Tourette / Le Corbuiser

I’m late to the party on this month’s Architalks and you’re expecting me to tell a story of some discovery or resolution of a problem. I’d love to say that happens often, but most solutions in my practice come because I work rigorously searching and sketching with considerable thought. Epiphanies come during off hours. Continue reading “modern eureka”

modern eureka

what A.R.E. you willing to do 

i still have the original

I may be the oldest of my group of fellow bloggers (or awfully close), as it is hard to believe I took the Architectural Registration Exam over twenty-two years ago, but the details of that week are still fresh in my mind. Continue reading “what A.R.E. you willing to do “

what A.R.E. you willing to do 

ugly is ugly


Today one might be expecting an architect to post a series of obnoxious photos – an easy target so to speak. Not today, as I’ve thought more about this topic to distill the issue in my mind about what it is that causes us to react with such acrimony over poor design and construction in this country. Let’s rise above that and dig deeper into what is ugly. Continue reading “ugly is ugly”

ugly is ugly

mentor was on the odyssey  


OK, first things first. I missed the #Architalks deadline this month. No excuses, I missed it. Now I’m late and I accept the consequences. My good friends shared their hearts yesterday about their experiences and passion about their mentors, and their exhortation for others to take on that role. Continue reading “mentor was on the odyssey  “

mentor was on the odyssey