Poor Construction Bugs Me!

Part of an Architect's Scope of Services usually includes Construction Administration, which is the monitoring activities and question-and-answer sessions while a project is being built by the general contractor (the builder).  The owners who will move into the project are seeing their house/building/hotel etc. rise up and it is usually an exciting time for them.  For [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:51:15-05:00December 8th, 2014|Architecture, Buildings, Hiring an Architect|0 Comments

Avoid Building and Design Issues during Your Project

I thought I'd devote this post as the first of a series to talk about the Client-Architect agreement after hearing about a situation that has come up from a friend of a friend. But before I dive on in let me clarify a) I don't know the whole story, b) I've not met the parties [...]

By |2020-05-12T13:57:44-05:00October 17th, 2014|Contracts, Hiring an Architect, The Design Process|0 Comments

Quality of Home Builders – The Devil is in the Details

Dallas: 8   Houston: 5 I'm always on the lookout for good residential contractors.  As an Architect, knowing who to call and who to count on to successfully build a modern project is paramount.  I recently posted about a trip to Houston for a modern home tour (see coverage here).  I guess that many of the tour participants [...]

I Told You So!

I knew it!  Good architecture and design can equate to better health after all.  I read this report written by H. C. Dreiling for Architect Magazine this morning and had one of those "yep totally makes sense" type of moments.  The medical community in alliance with architects from the American Institute of Architects recently met and [...]

By |2020-05-12T14:03:04-05:00August 18th, 2014|Architecture, Hiring an Architect, Inspiration|0 Comments

Questions to Ask Your Architect (to get to know them)

The architectural design process isn't a dark art or an overnight hit (unlike that cool YouTube video, you know, that one that got 975,232 hits then disappeared).   The design process is a fun, imaginative, and productive process that can take some time depending on the size and complexity of the project in question.  How [...]

By |2020-05-12T14:04:52-05:00August 11th, 2014|Hiring an Architect, Inspiration, The Design Process|0 Comments

Phases of a Design Project | Part 5 of 5: Construction Administration

The job of an Architect is a multi-faceted role.  The core of what we do is design work for our clients (you)!  Design is a fairly nebulous umbrella covering a range of phases that, when put together, add up to a complete architecture project.  We will lay out what each phase consists of through a series [...]

Phases of a Design Project | Part 4 of 5: Construction Documentation

The job of an Architect is a multi-faceted role.  The core of what we do is design work for our clients (you)!  Design is a fairly nebulous umbrella covering a range of phases that, when put together, add up to a complete architecture project.  We will lay out what each phase consists of through a series [...]

Phases of a Design Project | Part 3 of 5: Design Development

The job of an Architect is a multi-faceted role.  The core of what we do is design work for our clients (you)!  Design is a fairly nebulous umbrella covering a range of phases that, when put together, add up to a complete architecture project.  We will lay out what each phase consists of through a series [...]

Phases of a Design Project | Part 2 of 5: Schematic Design

The job of an Architect is a multi-faceted role.  The core of what we do is design work for our clients (you)!  Design is a fairly nebulous umbrella covering a range of phases that, when put together, add up to a complete architecture project.  We will lay out what each phase consists of through a series of [...]

Phases of a Design Project | Part 1 of 5: Programming

The job of an Architect is a multi-faceted role.  The core of what we do is design work for our clients (you)!  Design is a fairly nebulous umbrella covering a range of phases that, when put together, add up to a complete architecture project.  We will lay out what each phase consists of through a series of [...]

Desirability

The Lake Highlands area of Dallas has numerous mid-century modern houses scattered around among the builder spec homes.  Dallas' Preston Hollow, North Dallas, Oak Cliff and several other areas are similar.  One common denominator I see spanning these areas is when one of the modern, contemporary, or mid-century houses come up for sale you hardly [...]

By |2020-05-12T14:20:50-05:00May 27th, 2014|Hiring an Architect|0 Comments
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