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May 15, 2017

Six years ago, my wife and I bought an old 1960 brick home. The design is nearly identical to several of our neighbors’ homes, which was a little unnerving to me knowing they could easily navigate the interior of my home without ever coming inside. It’s a common occurrence in spec home neighborhoods, but not something I wanted as a home owner. The combination of becoming an architect and being the son of a Landscape Architect who always changed the exterior...

April 15, 2017

I love American muscle cars. Always have, always will. They’re not the most expensive, nor are they the most glamorous or sought after cars. But, there’s an honesty and grit to them I connect with that totally defines my personal style. For example, when I’m composing music, I love blending a powerful melody with grungy guitars. It reminds me of the smooth contours of a black Ford Mustang paired with a ton of power under the hood. Applying the analogy to ar...

March 15, 2017

I’m an architect who loves a variety of homes. While I live and thrive on the creation of new and unprecedented modern architecture I also have a great love of more traditional, categorized styles. However, there is one style of home I’ve never been able to get on board with. I call these homes “garage homes”. They’re everywhere, and I lived in a number of them growing up. Many of them are quite beautiful as a whole, but it always saddens me to see a garage...

February 15, 2017

I first read about a phenomenon known as “parasitic” architecture in 2006 shortly after beginning my undergraduate architecture program. New, contemporary additions constructed on old, often traditional homes were popping up all over architecture magazines and online publications. Images came pouring in of brightly colored metal additions on old brick homes and all-glass additions constructed on traditional homes were all the rage. These kinds of radical ar...

January 15, 2017

What do the Guggenheim (New York City), the coastal homes of Santorini Island (Greece), Corbusier’s Villa Savoye (Paris), the Space Needle (Seattle), and the Sydney Opera House all have in common? They’re all white! Not cream, not vanilla, not “earth tone” - they’re stark white. Each were constructed of different materials, but they all share the same end game. But why? Surely each architect was aware of color theory, with an endless assortment of colors at...

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