Firmitas, Utilitas, Venustas

Solid, useful, and beautiful. Such are the three Vitruvian principles – the filter though which a building can be analyzed to determine its degree of success or failure. How can a building be structurally sound… as well as support its use… while also exhibiting beauty? Can these three seemingly conflicting ideas be melded into one? … Continue reading

Design vs. Presentation

I don’t think I would make a very good architect. I say this because I don’t think I would ever get any buildings built. Why? It’s simple…I would never finish designing them. I think one of the most challenging aspects of being in a design based field is learning that at some point the design … Continue reading

The Slayer of Kings

This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins town, And beats high mountain down. What would an architecture studio be like without some poor sap complaining about time? Irrelevant question, because that’s never happened.With so little time and so much to do … Continue reading

It Takes Two…or Three…

  “If everyone is moving forward together, success takes care of itself,” as good old Henry Ford would say.  Effective collaboration with others can generate excellence that is much greater than any sole individual. Without such, architecture is nothing. Not one building was conceived, designed or built by just one individual. In high school, I … Continue reading

Process of the Design—Down to Earth

I was always wondering what the exact design process is. At the beginning of this semester, when we planed to make the bubble diagrams to support our ideas of the site plan. I jumped this step and directly went to Auto CAD to make it. Then when I tried to talk to other members and the professor Pastre, … Continue reading

Back to the Basics

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Words of wisdom from Leonardo da Vinci. This weekend we are following up on our individual presentations for the design of our garden pavilion by taking a retrospective step back to the basics – to simple site and pavilion layout. We’ve spent the last week doing schematic designs for the … Continue reading

Translating Languages

I have always found language to be a beautiful thing. The idea that our modern languages have evolved over time and are even now a constantly changing body is amazing because it chronicles our history. Each culture has their own language; even those that technically speak the same tongue as another group of people have … Continue reading

What is Comfort?

This question was proposed to us by Jim Martin last week and since then I’ve thought much about it. Not necessarily what is comfort in the terms of dimensions and what typically is recognized as ergonomically correct but how humans adjust to a situation to set up this criteria of comfort. As humans, we are … Continue reading

How do you envision 100 feet?

When you think of the height or length of something, how do you visualize it in your mind? A couple football fields, the Eiffel tower… When I think of a longer distance, a blue whale, roughly 100 feet long, pops into my head. In the 2nd grade, I distinctly remember visiting the Cincinnati Museum Center’s … Continue reading

Listen to what I mean, not what I say

A couple of years ago I was having a conversation with my wife Amy about what, I can’t remember. She was telling me something and used the wrong word in her description and I couldn’t help myself and corrected her mid sentence. What I do remember about that conversation was her response to my suggestion … Continue reading