Pop goes the Architect – negative portrayal of a profession


The perception of an architect through film and book often is in a negative light. While teachers and doctors are seen in pop media almost always as heroes most often the architect is a creative mind removed from reality. The architect is seen as someone removed from any understanding of money, cannot maintain healthy relationships,…

Green Term Defined: Solar


Solar is sexy. You see it on television, read about it in newspapers, and see it on roofs. Going green and adding solar walk hand in hand in the mass media. However, many don’t understand all the options and implications of using solar energy in building structures. Passive Solar Design – windows, walls, and floors are…

Hire an architect, not for aesthetics, but for design


“a rotary phone is to codes compliant building as a smart phone is to a high performance building” Buildings are complicated, perhaps the most complicated and expensive machines you will ever control. There are many details that need to be considered in a building beyond aesthetic considerations. The knowledge of building science principles has evolved…

Green Term Defined: Volatile Organic Compounds


We hear about Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) all the time in marketing of paint. That new paint smell that we have suffered through for years in the construction industry, well it turns out, is not good for you. Who would have thought all those air fresheners we added to our cars in the 90’s to…

How do architects think about design?


The mind of an architect is a maze of thoughts, criticisms, designs, dreams, songs, and wonder. Going through a design project, architects are constantly reminded to look for the problems that can be solved, to dream big, and dare to test the limits. This approach to life can be a source of tremendous joy in…

When to hire an architect


When selecting a restaurant you could go to a fast food joint if you don’t mind getting assembly line quality food.  However, if you want a meal that melts in your mouth, you will seek out a restaurant that has a chef. A Chef is someone that understands the subtle differences in texture, heat, and…

Green Term Defined: Trombe Wall


Trombe Wall is a thermal mass wall that is located within a structure used to absorb solar energy during the daylight hours and radiate that energy back out at night. The trombe wall is not a new invention, it has been used since humans started building structures. A trombe wall can be made of solid…