ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

WHY HIRE AN ARCHITECT

What do Architects do? And how can they help you? Why hire an architect? Few people realize how complicated it is to build-that is until they find themselves lost in a maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors and so on. No two building projects are exactly alike, so there is no single clear-cut path to follow. Whether you’re about to expand your current facility, adapt an existing structure to a new use, or construct an entirely new building, your building project represents a major investment that will affect the productivity and efficiency of your organization for years ...
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HOW TO NAME YOUR DESIGN FIRM – LIFE OF AN ARCHITECT, BOB BORSON

One the first things you must consider when starting your new architectural firm, is what to name it. The choices are varied and the ramifications staggering. If the personality of the firm is going to be projected by the name, you had better take it seriously – every one else will. That’s where Life of an Architect can help (not really) – because I am a creative and critical thinker and somebody has to think about these things. Originally, before architects were licensed, professionals and to add some credibility to the profession to help distinguish themselves from the other trade crafts (like carpenters ...
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21 WAYS ARCHITECTS CAN WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER – MICHAEL KILKELLY

In their day-to-day work, architects face a lot of distractions and challenges: managing clients, collaborators and contractors; keeping up to date with the latest software and technologies; drafting planning applications and paperwork; and if you're lucky, even getting to design some things in between. Originally published by ArchSmarter, this post offers 21 tips on how to maximize your productivity and minimize unnecessary work. Project schedules are getting shorter and shorter. Building types are getting more complex. We already work hard but there are only so many hours in the day. As architects, we need to work smarter, not harder. How can ...
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CONCEALED JAPANESE HOMES – Zoe Cooper

As in many industrialized nations, Japan’s population is heavily concentrated in its urban areas, with over 90% of its citizens living in crowded cities. As a result, land plots tend to have small, narrow footprints meant to create living space for as many households as possible. In response to limited building parameters, architects have designed innovative solutions to maximize both privacy and natural light in Japanese homes. Following our earlier post exploring transparency in Japanese homes, we’re taking a look at the extreme opposite in Japanese residential design. Inspired by Phaidon’s excellent book Jutaku: Japanese Houses, the following collection of urban residences ...
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