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



civil architectural criticism

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I love architecture, I love to talk about architecture and I love to dialogue with others about architecture. Yet, nothing gets me more irritated than people who throw out useless or foolish statements that do not contribute to a conversation or worse are based solely upon their narrow preference. Continue reading “civil architectural criticism”

civil architectural criticism

we fail to fail


“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