25. Bjarke Ingels #105architecturalinspiration


25. Bjarke Ingels #105architecturalinspiration I was first introduced to Bjarke Ingels, an architect from Copenhagen, at a Construction Specifications Institute conference (in case you did not know, CSI has the best keynote speakers of any conference I attend). While the stereotype architect is maybe a little older and perhaps rigid – Ingels is anything but that….

Green Term Defined: Flashing


Green Term Defined: Flashing Flashing is a strip of impervious material used to stop water from penetrating the junction of a wall or roof with another surface. One of the most critical design elements in a building are those keeping water out of the structural system. Flashing diverts the water and protects the building from rot…

SVBA Home and Garden Show Education Sessions


SVBA Home and Garden Show Education Sessions at the Show!!! Harrisonburg, April 11-12th, Rockingham County Fair Grounds. April 11th 10:00 am Made to Move; the Human Body & Kinetics (outside on the grass) Achieve Studio Join us to start your day with a 10 minute talk on the benefits of exercise followed by a 30 minute…

24. Ocho House #105architecturalinspiration


24. Ocho House #105architecturalinspiration The form is simple, views amazing, and materials warm and inviting, how could you not love this architectural creation. The Ocho House was designed by Feldman Architecture based in San Francisco. This home has that special touch of being expertly fit into a landscape where it becomes part of the site…

The Architecture of the University of Virginia


The Architecture of the University of Virginia is incredible and getting a tour of it led by Edward Lay is even better. Each year for the past 3 years, I have organized a tour for Department of Energy employees to show them building developed with sustainability in mind. Thomas Jefferson did just that with the…

23. Guggenheim Museum #105architecturalinspiration


23. Guggenheim Museum #105architecturalinspiration Frank Lloyd Wright was a masterful architect, creating bold designs and blazing new trails. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of his best. The cylindrical building is wider at the top than at the bottom. The building form creates a ramp that continuously spirals along the outer edge of the…

Green Term Defined: Renovation


Green Term Defined: Renovation We know a lot about how to build a new building that is very energy-efficient, healthy, and durable. However, no matter how good we can build new structures, saving an existing building is almost always better for the environment. Unless the existing structural system is beyond repair or the existing building contains…

Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby Car Build Clinic


Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby Car Build Clinic There are many new activities coming to the SVBA Home and Garden Show this year. One of the most unique is a build clinic to help kids get their skills down for the upcoming Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby. Matt Findley will lead the clinic and he is a…

22. St. Augustine #105architecturalinspiration


22. St. Augustine #105architecturalinspiration The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. The fort is 333 years old – if that does not inspire you I don’t know what will. Castillo was built by the Spanish to protect their interests in La Florida. The Ponce de Leon Hotel was…

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank – Verona – project update


  Progress is being made and the details are emerging at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank building in Verona. The walls are in place, the siding is being installed, and the demolition is complete. The front office is two stories tall giving space for the entire staff in one location. The aesthetic of the…

21. Michael Graves #105architecturalinspiration


21. Michael Graves #105architecturalinspiration Seems appropriate to feature Michael Graves this week and talk about how his work has inspired me. However, it was not his architectural building designs that I admired most. It was his desire to design all things better. “Good design should be accessible to all.” ~ Michael Graves His desire to…