Blogs (208)


The Role of Advanced Coatings in Integrated Design

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

I am currently enjoying a new position in academia after 35 years of practicing inter...


A Look at Effective Quality Control Practices

by Alex Thrasher

Quality control programs and reporting are nothing new to the protective coatings ind...


Saving Customer Paint Data Can Drive Repeat Business

by Industry Professionals

The retail paint industry is evolving, but one thing that has remained unchanged is t...


California Lead Paint Ruling Deserves Review

by Industry Professionals

Significant First Amendment rights are at risk in a recent California Court of Appeal...


Is All of Construction on a Fast Track?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

While hosting a Let’s Fix Construction workshop at the 2018 AIA Conference in New Yor...


Everyone Needs Coaching, Mentoring

by Letsfixconstruction.com

It is a growing trend for busy professionals to spend some time each week with a coac...


Architects Have a Duty of Professional Service

by Letsfixconstruction.com

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


Tiny Houses: Emerging Trend or Passing Fancy?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

It’s important to note the interest in tiny houses as a viable housing alternative, a...


OSHA Civil Penalties On the Rise Again

by Eric J. Conn

As of Jan. 2, civil penalties for workplace safety and health violations issued by fe...


Get Engaged: Visit Your Nation's Capital!

by Robert Ikenberry

Every member of the electorate needs to spend some effort to be informed about critic...


Financial Safety: Insurance, Bonds, Warranties

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Construction insurance, bonds and warranties are among the most confusing and inscrut...


Reporting Inpatient Hospitalizations to OSHA: Common Misunderstandings and Mistakes

by Eric J. Conn

There are several nuances employers routinely miss that affect the determination of w...


Can the US Stop the Worker-Safety Yo-Yo?

by Michael Halliwell

Seeing just how political workplace safety in the U.S. has become, one can’t help but...


Looking East to Make America Great

by Robert Ikenberry

As anyone who works in construction knows, projects are built on cooperation, even th...


Wet, Dry, Other: A Surface Prep Primer

by Lee Wilson

There is a vast rage of surface preparation methods widely used within the industry t...


OSHA Delays Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

by Eric J. Conn

In a dramatic, but not unexpected, move last month, OSHA suspended this controversial...


Material Challenges in Historic Buildings

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

Preserving and repurposing existing buildings is supported by most current green buil...


Educating the Young Professionals

by Letsfixconstruction.com

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


Dusting Off an Old Standard

by Lee Wilson

Coatings generally fail in direct proportion to their lack of adhesion. It’s rather s...


Writing Specifications in a Vacuum

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

A 19th century Scotsman said, “Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and ...


Trump's Budget and the Department of Labor

by Eric J. Conn

The Trump Administration submitted a blueprint budget for 2018 to Congress proposing ...


Construction Costs Unknown

by Letsfixconstruction.com

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


Relax with a Cool-Colored Wall, or Not?

by Jill M. Speegle

Color experts have long said the colors we paint our walls can affect our psyche and ...


What Don’t You Know?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

In my humble opinion, the best way to fix something is to learn what you don’t know. ...


Green Building Materials and the New Administration

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

All of this begs the question of what impact these sea changes will have on the green...


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...


Are All Surface Prep Standards Created Equal? Part 3

by Lee Wilson

Why, when the joint standards supply so much more information, are specifiers still c...


Are All Surface Prep Standards Created Equal? Part 2

by Lee Wilson

How does a SSPC/NACE joint standard on surface preparation differ from the equivalent...


Green Building: A Mission Uncertain

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United Stat...


Are All Surface Prep Standards Created Equal? Part 1

by Lee Wilson

Some say the ISO standard for dry abrasive blasting is in need of a revamp. Is it? An...


Color Champion: Frank Stella

by Jill Pilaroscia

One of the most important artists of the last century, the formidable Frank Stella


Steel Back Your Specification

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Many factors must be considered when a design specifies cold-formed steel framing mem...


Is Construction Broken?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

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


Assessing ‘arc’: Is it a Win?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

Before I get into the discussion of the U.S. Green Building Council’s new technology ...


OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Recordkeeping Rule, Part 4

by Eric J. Conn

Following the enactment of this controversial rule [the Recording and Reporting Occup...


Color Benefits Schools

by Jill Pilaroscia

The school environment is a clear example of how color shapes human experience and be...


Normalization of Deviance

by Warren Brand

It brought down both Space Shuttles, is responsible for the disaster at Deepwater Hor...


Construction Needs a Fix

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Our biggest challenge comes from working in a bubble. It comes from only seeing thing...


OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Recordkeeping Rule, Part 3

by Eric J. Conn

OSHA has expressed particular concern with the supposed chilling effect and retaliato...


OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Recordkeeping Rule, Part 2

by Eric J. Conn

The new “workers’ rights” anti-retaliation provisions of the updated Recording and Re...


Ways to Get Motivated in a Coatings Career

by V.C. "Bud" Jenkins

Motivation can be described as recognizing a need for something and then taking steps...


Tips for Testing Paint Colors

by Barbara Jacobs

Perhaps you are a painting professional who has just been asked for the thousandth ti...


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...


How to Choose the Right Colors

by Barbara Jacobs

That’s the question, and it applies to both interiors and exteriors of homes and othe...


Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

Sick building syndrome had recently emerged as a collision between efforts to make bu...


Colorful Destinations

by Jill Pilaroscia

Wanderlust runs deep in summer, so this month we’ve rounded up some of the most color...


OSHA Civil Penalties Spike

by Eric J. Conn

On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Interim Final Rule to implement th...


Building a Good Foundation

by V.C. "Bud" Jenkins

I was at a client’s store last week when a painting crew of five young workers came i...


A Matter of Degree: Nothing Is Black or White

by Robert Ikenberry

We, as a society, seem to have a hard time with “facts” and “truth.” As a self-descri...


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...


Painted Ladies: The Colorist Movement

by Jill Pilaroscia

Colour Studio principal Jill Pilaroscia played a pivotal role in San Francisco’s colo...


Tiny Houses: A Look at Materials

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

As an avid blue water sailor I have always been interested in how marine architecture...


The Importance of Your Learning Culture

by Amy Gibson

First things first: What is an “organizational learning culture”? Your organizational...


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...


Color Shock: Sandy Skoglund

by Jill Pilaroscia

Sandy Skoglund is a conceptual artist and photographer based in New Jersey. She began...


Steps to Assessing Concrete Structures

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

An assessment of a concrete structure to evaluate existing conditions and determine c...


Is the USGBC Sustainable?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

It’s time to question the U.S. Green Building Council’s approach to transforming the ...


OSHA vs. DC Court: Statute of Limitations

by Eric J. Conn

Late last year I wrote about a significant rulemaking to amend OSHA’s injury and illn...


Color Sensation: Robert Swain

by Jill Pilaroscia

This month we’re eager to share the work of Robert Swain, a painter whose 50-year car...


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...


Graphic Color: Massimo Vignelli

by Jill Pilaroscia

This month we pay tribute to the incomparable designer Massimo Vignelli (1931-2014), ...


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...


OSHA Criminal Cases on the Rise

by Eric J. Conn

In the 40-plus years since Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act, t...


Collected Color: The Harvard Pigment Library

by Jill Pilaroscia

As color experts, we're always excited to share new developments in the field with ou...


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...


Rich Color: Top Boutique Paint Brands

by Jill Pilaroscia

Why bother with boutique paint? To start, many luxury paint brands offer deeper, rich...


Kindness: The Missing Ingredient in Any Successful Coating Application

by Warren Brand

It was 2010 and I had just turned 50 when I walked away from a family business. In do...


7 Areas Where Construction Conflicts Can Arise

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Many construction projects are rife with potentially overlapping trade responsibiliti...


Why I Love Green Building Science

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

One of the great things about being involved in the green building movement is the en...


A Perspective on Learning

by Amy Gibson

Former CEO of GE Jack Welch said, “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate ...


Millennials: A Good Bet for Construction

by FMI

Now is the time to start incorporating a millennial-focused recruitment strategy for ...


Best of 2015: Eye-Popping Books on Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

For the holiday season, we’ve selected a few gorgeously illustrated new books in whic...


Artist Records Emotions in Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

Portuguese designer Luis Giestas recorded his emotions, at every hour, for 300 days, ...


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...


The Colorful Dynamics of Glass

by Jill Pilaroscia

As the San Francisco skyline welcomes new silhouettes to its configuration, Colour St...


Wellness: Focus of New Green Standard

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

One indication of the health and stability of the modern green building movement


OSHA’s Full-Time Enforcement Policy for Temporary Workers

by Eric J. Conn

In April 2013, OSHA declared that protecting temporary workers would become a top pri...


Groups Respond to Call for Green Code

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

In a deal nearly two years in the making, the International Code Council (ICC) and AS...


New Leaders for LEED: What Will Change?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

USGBC was founded 22 years ago with a governance structure appropriate for a U.S.-bas...


Sex and the C-Level

by Cynthia O'Malley

PITTSBURGH--In Corporate America, balanced representation of women in leadership (wit...


Battling the Employer Blacklist

by Eric J. Conn

On July 13, 2014, President Obama executed Executive Order 1376: “Fair Pay and Safe W...


Safer Materials: What Will It Take?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

The nature of building materials and products has been part of the LEED rating system...


Designer Reinvents Aging Farmhouse

by Jill M. Speegle

Here’s a farmhouse with a modern twist, seriously. Twist Farmhouse, in Falls, PA, was...


Brutal Color: The Human Experience

by Jill Pilaroscia

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


A New St. Pete Pier Design Up for Vote

by Jill M. Speegle

Residents in St. Petersburg, FL, may soon see their 42-year-old iconic waterfront lan...


Standards: Guidelines or Gospel?

by Warren Brand

In coatings, as in every other profession, you can go by the book or you can go with ...


Color Icon: Alexander Girard

by Jill Pilaroscia

"Art is only art if it is synonymous with living," Alexander Girard once said.


Best Practices: Make Room for Daddy

by FMI

The construction industry has a unique culture and a rich history steeped in predicta...


The Colorful World of Tetrachromacy

by Jill Pilaroscia

A wonderful ballet of reds, blues and greens choreographs the rich colors we experien...


The Colorful World of Tetrachromacy

by Jill Pilaroscia

A wonderful ballet of reds, blues and greens choreographs the rich colors we experien...


Wright’s ‘Hollyhock House’ Blooms Anew

by Jill M. Speegle

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


The Business of Brand Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

When it comes to branding and business, color has the ability to communicate instanta...


Game of Pros: Experience v. Credentials

by Lee Wilson

Inspectors and others in the protective-coatings field often ask me which is “better”...


'Green' According to Whom?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

The ongoing evolution of green building rating systems has intensified debate over a ...


Where It All Went So Wrong

by Lee Wilson

I recently returned from inspecting a high-profile gas plant being developed by a maj...


But What about the Men?

by Cynthia O'Malley

Our industry will never achieve the benefits of gender equality with only one gender ...


Award Honors Curtain-lifting Restoration

by Jill M. Speegle

A revamped Art Deco movie theater on Long Island is basking in the glow of an award f...


When Best Practices Go Bad

by FMI

Many times, companies develop best practices and implement them poorly. This can resu...


Colorscapes Serve Down on the Test Farm

by Jill Pilaroscia

As architectural colorists, we are often faced with questions about how the materials...


One Hotel, 19 Architects

by Jill M. Speegle

Where can you admire the architectural genius of Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and David ...


The Art of Seeing:
Josef Albers and Relative Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

At Colour Studio, our job as architectural colorists is to please the eye—but visual ...


Gen Y: The New Face of Construction

by FMI

From the field to the boardroom, the construction industry has a deepening labor shor...


Historic Trends for a Modern World

by Jill Pilaroscia

We have been researching historic color palettes and thinking about what exactly make...


The More Things Change ...

by Cynthia O'Malley

I recently had the rare opportunity to sit and have an extended conversation with a l...


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...


From Loyal Employees, Loyal Clients

by FMI

Today’s business environment is very different from six years ago, when the pace of e...


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...


We LIKE This Colorful Series

by Jill Pilaroscia

Being architectural colorists, architecture and color are two words tha...


Doing What You Promised, on Time

by FMI

So many people are urging contractors to refrain from the cliché “on time, on schedul...


Sustainability: The Older, the Better?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

I recently contributed to a LinkedIn discussion about whether ancient structures and ...


What Good Reps Know (and You May Not)

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

So that you don’t think my previous post was a screed against manufacturers and their...


Going Beyond the ‘Good Old Boys’

by Cynthia O'Malley

Where are the women in coatings, and why aren’t there more of them?


Building a Better, Stronger Contract

by FMI

Few industries require the use of contracts more than construction.


The Ins and Outs of Color Blocking

by Jill Pilaroscia

Often, when we are thinking about color in our daily lives, it’s from the visual pers...


Designing a Better Education

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

For most American children, teachers and administrators, education is a linear proces...


You Can’t Specify ‘Exceptional’

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

When I was a graduate architect just out of college and working in my first architect...


‘Nobel’ Design Matches Prize Prestige

by Jill M. Speegle

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


How to Hire, and Keep, the Right People

by FMI

In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins noted, “The old adage ‘People are your ...


Playing on a Field Not Remotely Level

by Cynthia O'Malley

The Women in Coatings group was formed in 2010 as part of SSPC: The Society for Prote...


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...


Do We Need One Nation Under USGBC?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

I’ve been involved with the U.S. Green Building Council since its early days. Over th...


‘Solutions’ That Also Teach Lessons

by Warren Brand

It all started over coffee with a friend. I had wondered to Dean, a coating rep, how ...


School Rises Colorfully from the Ashes

by Jill Pilaroscia

Last year in Normandy, France, the Jean Moulin Elementary School reopened after a ter...


Great Apps for Mobile Color Lovers

by Jill Pilaroscia

Apps, apps, apps! We are surrounded by them. They fill up our phones and tablets, and...


The Purpose of Color:
The Batel Centre of Cartagena

by Jill Pilaroscia

The Batel is the auditorium and convention centre of Cartagena, a


The Purpose of Color:
The Batel Centre of Cartagena

by Jill Pilaroscia

The Batel is the auditorium and convention centre of Cartagena, a


5 Ways to Get a Leg up on LEED

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

I am fortunate to have practiced internationally throughout my career in sustainable ...


Know Your Rights When OSHA Calls

by Eric J. Conn

I was recently asked an interesting question: “Employers often are told to know and e...


Coloring the Future: LEDs or Paint?

by Jill Pilaroscia

LEDs could replace paint as the future of color in architecture.


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 ...


Getting Paid—On Time, Without Drama

by FMI

Any principal of a construction firm will tell you that cash is king. There is little...


Closing Thoughts

by Karen Kapsanis

Years ago, when I joined JPCL as the editorial assistant, I told myself that I...


Shack Interacts, Lights the CA Desert

by Jill M. Speegle

It’s difficult to imagine a house more connected to its landscape than this desert ab...


Color Icon: Dale Chihuly

by Jill Pilaroscia

If ever there was an artist known for working with color, it’s Dale Chihuly.


Architecting Color: Emmanuelle Moureaux

by Jill Pilaroscia

This week, we want to introduce you to a fantastic architect with a commitment to col...


San Francisco's Color Icon

by Jill Pilaroscia

This post from Colour Studio features one of our favorite San Francisco icons.


Making Colorful History:
50 Years after the March on Washington

by Jill Pilaroscia

A recent post on NPR’s “The Picture Show” caught our color-loving eyes. The article f...


Sliding Façade Exposes House in UK

by Jill M. Speegle

After being abandoned for 11 years, a four-story house in Margate, England, is now th...


The Cold War over the Cold Wall Effect

by Warren Brand

Reality is not always as firm a thing as we would wish, alas, even in the realm of co...


Techie Trials and Paper Tigers

by Simon Hope

Life is great, things progress, and every day a shiny new techno-toy arrives to make ...


Hotel Packs a World Record Paint Job

by Jill M. Speegle

A recent makeover for a hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia, features a paint job worth


Merger Mania, and Why It Matters

by Karen Kapsanis

Over the past 30 years in the coatings industry, mergers and acquisitions have affect...


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...


Paint Adds Pride to Florida City

by Jill M. Speegle

Replacing blight with beauty is a common goal of public art projects these days.


Congratulations on Your Engagement

by Pamela Simmons

Today the word “engagement” does not so much mean moving to the next level with your ...


Construction Still Low on High Tech

by Robert Ikenberry

Construction is one of the last industries to embrace technology—or so it seems. If s...


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...


Attic Discovery: $30M in Artwork

by Jill M. Speegle

When the two investors bought the run-down cottage in Bellport, NY, for $300,000, the...


Q&A: Conservation Layers Art, Science

by Jill M. Speegle

Whether she is restoring a massive painted wall or a small family heirloom painting, ...


‘Competent Persons’ vs. Competence

by Simon Hope

One of the eternal problems that our industry grapples with is defining the differenc...


Infrastructure Needs a Good PR Firm

by Robert Ikenberry

Which would you notice first? Money missing from your Social Security check, or a pat...


By the Book: NY Public Library Project

by Jill M. Speegle

Historic buildings that house volumes of literary marvels deserve to be preserved and...


Clean and Green? Maybe...

by Karen Kapsanis

I wouldn’t call it a scam or a lie or even an intention to mislead. “It” is the lang...


Foul Play with the Not-So-Fine Print

by Simon Hope

Over the years, I have watched all sorts of wonderful ideas come and go—many of them ...


Getting Your 250,000 Cents Worth

by Pamela Simmons

Let’s face it. Pennies have become pretty much useless as currency. Banks don’t seem ...


A Picture is Worth 1,000 Problems

by Pamela Simmons

In the name of beautifying neighborhoods and downtrodden spaces, murals have been spr...


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 <...


Bright Idea? Enhancing the Wall

by Jill M. Speegle

Wish your walls could do more? Maybe even emit light?


Too Much Rust for the Weary

by Karen Kapsanis

Although I don’t see offshore oil platforms around Pittsburgh, rarely pass storage ta...


Frank Lloyd Done Wrong

by Pamela Simmons

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


New Tools Stuck in Old-School Ways

by Tim Race

In 1973, I was playing baseball for Parkside High School Eagles with Tony Dungy. That...


Casting a Vote for Infrastructure

by Karen Kapsanis

I really don’t like leap years, mainly because they are the years when the campaign f...


Working Ahead: Office Designs for 2020

by Jill M. Speegle

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


Doing Good: Enforcement’s Brighter Side

by Jill M. Speegle

When companies run afoul of environmental laws, they typically pay a fine, clean up t...


Painting it Forward, 1 Town at a Time

by Pamela Simmons

Sometimes you have to stop thinking about painting and just paint. On Sunday, Septemb...


Recycling Paint: Making Jobs Out of Junk

by Pamela Simmons

After 20 years in the paint business as everything from contractor to salesman, and a...


Paint on Demand: Thinking Outside the Can

by Pamela Simmons

The terms, green and sustainable are thrown around rampantly these days...


The Art of Paint Recycling

by Pamela Simmons

It is estimated that the amount of paint discarded in North America each year is almo...


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...


The Drywall Dilemma: Lessons Learned from the School of Finish Failures

by Burt Olhiser

The following is the first installment of a two-part discussion of a number of failur...


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...


The Ideal and the Real: Firm’s Youthful Principal Blends Artistry and Utility

by Jill M. Speegle

Creating a space that enhances communication while providing visual appeal is key whe...


Testifying for Color: Celebs Relate ‘Stories,’ Build on ‘Habitat’ Assist

by Jill M. Speegle

When it comes to selecting paint colors to liven interior spaces, the indecisiveness ...


Elevating the Design: Decorative Finishes Jolt the Voltage of Upscale Hotel

by Jill M. Speegle

Decorative-painting projects in commercial spaces can present a host of daunting chal...


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, ...


Pattern and Color, and the Intriguing Effects Created by Their Interaction

by Barbara Jacobs

What’s in a pattern, and why should we care? Color is one thing, and of course I thin...


In the Limelight: ‘Vegan’ Paint Company Settles on Fresh Vision

by Jill M. Speegle

With ingredients like clay, chalk, lime, and Italian marble it’s not surprising Unear...


‘Indie’ Paint Company Offers its Slant on the 2012 Color Hit Parade

by Jill M. Speegle

“Sprout,” “From Farm to Table,” and “Dusk to Dawn” may sound like a playlist of the l...


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 ...


‘Argyle’ Positioned to Make Dramatic Entry at New Year’s Color Party

by Jill M. Speegle

Argyle, a true, earth-inspired green, will enter the color scene with considerable bu...


Inventive Reuse: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s…House?

by Pamela Simmons

Anyone who appreciates a good beer now and then knows that it can taste like heaven, ...


Sugar-Based Specs: ‘Gingertown’ Designs Sweeten the Season

by Jill M. Speegle

Chocolate, sprinkles, jelly beans and gumdrops may not meet the specifications of you...


Mixing, not Matching: Contrast, Balance Produce Harmony in Composition

by Barbara Jacobs

What’s the real story behind the concept of “Mix and Match?” What are we talking abou...


Decision Time…Cooking with Color, with or without a Recipe

by Barbara Jacobs

Ready to cook with color? Don’t start yet! Here are some questions to answer before u...


D+D Asks: Do You Pin?

by Jill M. Speegle

Favorites, bookmarks, traditional scrapbooks or storyboards may soon be “old news” wh...


Between a Rock and a Really Cool Place

by Pamela Simmons

“Pop, someday I’m going to build a house with three walls and the fourth one is going...


One for All?

by Karen Kapsanis

I recently heard that some owners change a contract by replacing an “SSPC-certified c...


Mail Pouch Tobacco: Hitting the Broad Side of 20,000+ Barns

by Pamela Simmons

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, my family rarely took a trip when I didn’t spy at...


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...


Graffiti: It’s Not Just for Criminals Anymore…at the ‘Pintura Project

by Pamela Simmons

Graffiti has long struggled with its position in the world, striving for recognition ...


The Mystery of Color Perception, and the Variables at Work

by Barbara Jacobs

What’s important when the subject is the science and perception of color? I suppose t...


Batman, Architecture and a Detour Drama

by Jill M. Speegle

Well, my usual morning commute was interrupted last week for the filming of a movie. ...


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...


Perspectives on Project Photography, from the Experts

by Barbara Jacobs

If you want to know more about the properties of paint, you go to the experts—the pai...


Intentional or Incidental? Taking ‘Color’ Seriously

by Barbara Jacobs

Inside or out…why should “color” be the subject of specific, intentional consideratio...


Conventional Wisdom and Unconventional Solutions for Small Spaces

by Barbara Jacobs

“Make More of Less”: Touching on a few thoughts about making the most of your small s...


Conversation Starter: The Myriad Responses to the Colors Around Us

by Barbara Jacobs

Why talk about color? It’s not because subjects pertaining to “color” are among my ow...


Two Words that Made this Contractor Tremble with Fear: Color Advice

by Burt Olhiser

During my years of contracting I loved most everything about my career choice, with o...


Artwork and Politics Make for Volatile Mixture in Maine Mural Flap

by Harold Hower

Murals are considered one genre of decorative painting, so we thought it would be int...


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...


Solar Paint? There’s a Ton of Energy Going into the Idea

by Harold Hower

In this blog I like to talk technology—the kind that’s on the fringe of practical app...


Communicating about Quality in Painting Work

by Burt Olhiser

Some paint jobs are recipes for disaster-for both the contractor and the facility own...


Here’s a Federal Government Activity That May Be Worth Funding

by Harold Hower

Two questions: What aspects of the Federal government should be funded, and is the go...


A Modest Proposal: Give Compromise a Chance—and Rational Thinking too

by Harold Hower

People today tend to dislike compromise, as seen in headlines about labor disputes an...


 
 
   

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