Seasons of summer

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ArchiTalks went on a short hiatus, but isn’t that what summer is about? Just to tie up this return in a neat little bow, we’ve decided to talk about summer and what that means to us. Note: This is the twentieth post in a group series called #ArchiTalks in which Bob Borson of Life of an Architect gives a group of us architects a theme or a set of questions and we all have to post our response… this month’s theme: “Summer”.   I remember those summer days when the sun sparkled like a million brilliant ideas…of stories just waiting … Continue reading

Inspiration #19


This week’s inspiration shifts focus back to the kitchen. I started both a Blue Apron and a Plated subscription this summer (I cancel whichever meal set looks less tasty for the week) and have really enjoyed taking time to cook healthy foods, but it has me dreaming about bright kitchens and a better kitchen counter…or even counters plural! This is the latest in a weekly post of residential architecture inspiration. If you want to see past weeks, you can go here. If you want to see them curated on my pinterest (sometimes before they even hit the blog), go here. … Continue reading

Inspiration #18

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This week’s inspiration is a bit of everything in the bathroom as my brain flits from thought to thought while I’m juggling a lot of things at work and #ThisOldHouse. But…they’re all pretty great! So let’s jump into these overall layouts and vanity details. This is the latest in a weekly post of residential architecture inspiration. If you want to see past weeks, you can go here. If you want to see them curated on my pinterest (sometimes before they even hit the blog), go here. This bathroom remodel is in a funky modern renovation in Brooklyn, but reminds me … Continue reading

2016 Goals Update


If you remember back to January – among all of the other many and important things you’ve done since then – I did a 2016 Goals post called “New Year, New Goals” as a part of #ArchiTalks. I set four goals for myself which you can read more about in the original blog, but in short, they were: Publish the (first) #AREsketches book, continue to learn and share, #ThisOldHouse improvements, and me time. While most of them are broad and vague, it seemed worthwhile to do a check-in on how progress towards the goals is going. After all, we’re already … Continue reading

Inspiration #17


And we’re back! We’re now in the full swings of summer and I made it through the other side of a project deadline. The summer heat has me constantly thinking about the master bathroom design in #ThisOldHouse. Particularly, the detail at the shower alcove to hold soaps and other shower necessities without it appearing to be an afterthought. Open shelf or recessed shower alcove? One shelf or many? Time to look at some inspiration images! This is the latest in a weekly post of residential architecture inspiration. If you want to see past weeks, you can go here. If you … Continue reading

Am I too old to be an architect?

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I got this question via email the other day: Am I too old to be an architect? It weighed heavy on me, for a variety of reasons. First, I’m newly licensed myself – do I have the authority to send someone down a new career path? We’re crawling out of a recession, but I have no idea where we’ll be in 6 years when this person is done with school. What if life is hard? How do I know if they’ll have the skills to succeed? If they’ll enjoy it? And then I realized, I just needed to speak from … Continue reading

ARE Questions: the Path to Licensure


I’ve been thinking about writing this blog for awhile. And then…life…and uncertainty. We’ll get to that last one in a bit, but the life thing – it’s no joke. I remember talking with a friend about, “I don’t know what I’ll do with all of this time when I’m not having to study anymore!” and she laughed and gave me a knowing smile that I now recognize as, “Don’t you worry. It will get filled before you know it.” The complete black hole of time that it takes to study and work to pass the ARE (Architect’s Registration Exam) is … Continue reading

“But I don’t have the time”: A lesson in priorities


As you might’ve noticed, I took a bit of a hiatus from the blog in May. Between work picking up, travel for #AIAcon16, and #AREsketches stuff…my metaphorical candle was feeling the flames of a bonfire and I was running low on time and energy. I let the blog slip down the list of priorities. But I’m back with a lesson and reminder as much for my benefit as it is yours: we all have the same amount of time, it’s how you prioritize it. Through the #AREsketches study crew (you can join by subscribing to the newsletter here), I get … Continue reading

The Young Architect’s Guide to AIAcon16


The 2016 AIA Convention kicks off later this week and thousands of architects and industry professionals will be converging on Philadelphia. Some, typically younger professionals new to the AIA taking advantage of their “first year free” incentive, will be going to their first AIA convention. This will be my third, so I thought I’d create a Young Architect’s Guide to AIAcon16. I’ve done wrap-ups of the past two conventions, which you can find here and here. I also wrote a blog in February about why it’s important to me to go to AIAcon16. YAF Sessions First things first, AIAYAF (Young … Continue reading

Q&A: Am I Ready To Take The ARE?

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As a part of creating the AREsketches, I now get 2-3 emails per week from future and current ARE (Architect Registration Exam) test-takers, asking questions about the tests or for advice in general. Some of the questions have started repeating, so I thought it would be beneficial to create a blog series on them. In the coming weeks and months (or as long as there’s a question to answer), I’ll try to answer at least one question a month. I think this will be helpful to the readers who are in the process of taking the ARE, but not too … Continue reading