“What Do You Think of My House?”

Have you ever asked your architect friend what they thought of your house? Don’t. Or at least don’t if you don’t want them to have to lie to you. Most architects I know have what one might call a discerning palette. They are pickier than my 5 year old at dinner time and will lie…

Why I Don’t “Do” LEED

Ever since LEED became mainstream I have really struggled to find my place within its world. Something about it just never really felt right. Most telling to me, I think, is that the exam to become LEED AP tests you more about your knowledge of the certification process than about the science and the strategies…

Revit for BIM

A few years ago our local reseller for Autodesk products that serves the Brainerd, Minnesota area called and strongly encouraged us make the transition from Architectural Desktop (now known as Architect) to Revit.  Apparently, according to him, everyone is going that way and if we don’t get on board, we will be behind.  Furthermore, although…

Value of Design

In an effort to build our local business in Brainerd, Minnesota, I have joined a business networking group.  I have really enjoyed it.  I am getting to know a good group of people and we are getting better local exposure as a result. In one of my networking meetings with another individual who represents the…

Comment on the Nature of Architecture

While reviewing our google analytics, I noticed that someone made it to our page using the search “architecture is not sculpture”.  This is an interesting place to start a discussion. By itself, the statement “architecture is not sculpture” is true but only so far that the adjacent statement “architecture is not just sculpture” is also…