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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...

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...

Our New Office

In the first post in this series, Going Local, I discussed the challenges facing architecture our firm when it came to breaking into our local market.  I discussed things like the local to local bias, the seasonal traffic and public works jugernaught. In the second...

Four #@%&*$ Walls

Usually, I try to stay away from such language. But a recent experience has sort of caused some angst. Recently, we moved our offices from my “home” office, to a new office in an old junior high school. We didn’t fit anymore. Employees cramed...

Trifecta

There has been some discussion on this web site and others about the cost associated with well designed homes. In my post entitled “McPeople” I posited that home owners in general are willing to accept inferior design in the name of blandness and resale. A commenter...

Public Image – Lumberjack vs. Professional

I am a big hockey fan. That helps me “fit in” a little bit here in Brainerd. My oldest son has now been playing in the local amateur hockey association for the last 3 years. It has been really great for our family. We have made a lot of good friends and...