The Future of Our Built Environment

According to the Center for Built Environment Research in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast: “Modern built environment research combines innovations in materials, interaction of people with the built environment, meeting social needs of housing, simulation studies for energy efficiency in the built environment, and the use of space,…

Small vs Big

This past week has been a cold one. Most days the temperature has been hovering between 0 and 15 degrees (with and without the wind-chill). My apartment has been without heat for a little over 3 weeks. This is the first week where it has become mildly annoying. My current apartment has all wood floors….

When People Have Extra Money

I find now to be an odd point in my life … then again, perhaps I am simply beginning to live. Almost a year ago now I first began to question my path moving toward being an architect as defined by the current profession and its fascination with star architects and a continual disdain for…

Designing a Velodrome

My design critique tonight was relaxing. My concept for a velodrome was well received. There is obvious merit in my design scheme. My only concern for the future is that all of my involvements will distract me from giving this design the attention it deserves. In order to reach a satisfying evolution / solution ……

Sketches for an Addition

Here is an abbreviated snapshot of some quick sketch ideas I created to help a friend decide what sort of addition he might build for his home. His home has been featured in a number of Philadelphia magazines, due to its historic nature and its clean contemporary interior. The House is located NE of the…