Blogs (35)


Architects Have a Duty of Professional Service

by Letsfixconstruction.com

There is some misunderstanding, both inside the profession and among the population a...


Educating the Young Professionals

by Letsfixconstruction.com

I have become more and more aware of an area where our young professionals are being ...


Construction Costs Unknown

by Letsfixconstruction.com

When architects begin with the design concept as the primary driver, or if they have ...


Delegated Design: Where Does the Buck Stop?

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

With the increased use of delegated design in construction projects, questions have a...


Is Construction Broken?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

This project is named “Let’s Fix Construction,” which implies that construction is br...


The Good, the Bad, and the Unique

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

“In a highly commoditized world, the name of the game is creating something unique, s...


6 Fundamentals of Good Roof Design

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Roofs fail prematurely or fail to reach their rated life of approximately 20 years fo...


Office Master Specs: 5 Things to Consider

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Perhaps the best argument for creating and maintaining an office master spec is to ha...


7 Tips for Writing a Spec Section from Scratch

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

For those of you who frequently write construction specifications, the time will come...


Q&A with GSA’s Sustainability Architect

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

This post offers a glimpse into the U.S. General Services Administration's work invol...


Checklist for Evaluating Stone Durability

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Stone, in general, is considered a durable material; however, not all stones are as d...


UK Architects Sound Alarm for Space

by Jill M. Speegle

British architects say they are fed up with “tiny rabbit-hutch homes,” with the relea...


Brutal Color: The Human Experience

by Jill Pilaroscia

As architectural colorists, we are interested in the role that color can play in crea...


Wright’s ‘Hollyhock House’ Blooms Anew

by Jill M. Speegle

The Hollyhock House—Frank Lloyd Wright’s first venture into architecture in Los Angel...


Murphy’s Laws of Spec Writing
(With Apologies to Murphy)

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

We all know Murphy’s Law: "Anything that can go wrong, will." Over the years, there h...


5 Things About Specs You Need to Know

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Last post, I wrote, “We can’t know everything about every material, product, assembly...


‘Nobel’ Design Matches Prize Prestige

by Jill M. Speegle

An elegant, slender building clad in shimmering brass along Stockholm, Sweden’s centr...


Theater Designs Worth Applause

by Jill M. Speegle

A $5.4 million performing arts center that blends into the slopes of a volcano in Haw...


Waterlogged Wright Home to Relocate

by Jill M. Speegle

A rare home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright will be getting a new zip ...


A Glass Ship for Vikings Unveiled

by Jill M. Speegle

It’s airy, yet enclosed. Love it or hate it, the recently unveiled, HKS-designed Minn...


Architectural Charm from a Wright Roof

by Jill M. Speegle

Attention architecture and jewelry lovers! For just shy of $50, you could be the luck...


Hadid Shines as ‘Woman of the Year’

by Jill M. Speegle

Hey! Who says architects can’t be glamorous? Dame Zaha Hadid, 62, was just crowned <...


Frank Lloyd Done Wrong

by Pamela Simmons

Hard to believe, but a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright may soon be torn down—and...


Working Ahead: Office Designs for 2020

by Jill M. Speegle

So long, cubicles! Hello, hackable buildings and b(Hives)! The high-performance offic...


Olympic Trials in Architecture

by Jill M. Speegle

As athletes continue to break records and crowds cheer at the London 2012 Olympics Ga...


Steven Holl Offers Tour of His ‘Art on Water’ in South Korea

by Jill M. Speegle

With water as the art’s foundation and an abundance of “perfect” light, a new gallery...


Modern Renaissance: Dynamic Color Scenario Seen in Glance Ahead

by Jill M. Speegle

How would you describe a modern renaissance? Do the terms “extreme salvage,” “restrai...


Barbie and Zaha: Fantasy Versus Reality in Architecture; or Not?

by Jill M. Speegle

With the upcoming one-year anniversary of the debut of blueprint-wielding Architect B...


Ready to ‘Check-In’ to Architecture? National Virtual Event Starts Sunday

by Jill M. Speegle

No flights, hotel reservations, or nametags are needed; in fact, you could stay in yo...


Vacation Planning 101: Safdie’s Riveting Museum Design in Arkansas?

by Jill M. Speegle

If you are in search of inspiration, culture, art and a dose of architectural magic, ...


The Little House That Did: Inspiring an Architectural Landscape Part 2

by Pamela Simmons

In her book, Margaret Henderson Floyd explores deeply the projects of these influenti...


The Little House That Did: Sunnyledge, Inspiring an Architectural Landscape

by Pamela Simmons

Along Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh’s fashionable Shadyside area, sits a somewhat plain ...


Specifying Mediocrity? Without a Technical Foundation, Design is on Shaky Ground

by Walter Scarborough

The architectural profession has settled for specification mediocrity. Allow me to ex...


Power of Architecture? Minus Building Knowledge, There’s a Serious Outage

by Walter Scarborough

We’ve all heard the saying that “Knowledge is Power,” but have you ever thought about...


The Blurring of the Once-Sacred Line Between Design and Construction

by Walter Scarborough

My name is Walter, and I am architect. And let me establish from the very beginning t...


 
 
   

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