Design Matters – finding solutions.


  Architects design a variety of building types. Some are big, some are small, and they all have great meaning to the client and to the architect. Architecture is an interesting profession. You wear your heart on your sleeve and your work is often reviewed, and analyzed. Sometimes you specialize in a certain type of…

Harrisonburg Parklet Project


PARK(s) are coming to downtown Harrisonburg. While a permanent park is being debated, funding is being investigated, and noise is being negotiated – artists, citizens, businesses, and schools are bringing parks downtown. The Harrisonburg Parklet Project is a chance for those wanting to express creativity, love for pocket parks, and love for art to build…

The Best Architects think like Children


The Architectural profession is interesting. The stereotypical architect must be able to draw, is great with math, has a big ego, does not listen to their clients, wears funky glasses, and is rich. The reality is an architect needs to understand building science, listen and hear really well, act as a mediator, act ethically, balance…

Citizen Architect – Giving back to the community.


As I sit here planning my day I am making a mental checklist to be sure I am not overlooking anything. You see, I have a hard time saying “no”and tend to get involved in many activities, organizations, and events…. I believe that every Citizen has a duty to serve their local community. You should…

Do you Value Quality or price? HVAC sting!


Yesterday I read another great blog post by Energy Vanguard (if you don’t know these guys you should). This post focused on the Today Show’s ‘sting to see if HVAC contractors would do the right thing when brought to a home to diagnose a heating and cooling problem. As you might expect, the results were…

Quality vs Cost – The Never Ending Battle of being a Dad / Architect


This morning I had a frustrating conversation with my almost 8-year-old. She was very proud yesterday to have saved her allowance to be able to purchase her own doll at the store. She has been wishing for this doll for months, often losing focus and donating her money instead of making the purchase she wanted….