Give It A Whirl

Good taste, I am convinced, can be acquired through environment and education; the eye can be disciplined to differentiate between good and bad by a constant looking process.

-Stanley Marcus


Winter in Venice, Italy c. 1920

Sometimes I wonder why I volunteer to work so many hours… I’m working 9-4 at my architecture job followed by a 4-11 shift at Lululemon on my 25th birthday which will then be followed by a drive. To Indiana. Yes, you read that right.  I’m working 14 hours to be followed up by driving from South Florida to Northern Indiana. Happy 25th Birthday to me :)

Posted my least favorite professor, so I decided I should make mention of one of the most influential professors I was given the opportunity to learn under, multiple times.  I enjoyed every class I had with Lucien.

A colored pencil drawing/rendering by my thesis advisor, Gil Gorski, for a book on the ancient ruins (I’m not sure if it’s published yet…) I may despise the guy, but he sure can color a picture.
My nephew, Adrian, helping decorate this weekend.  I cannot wait to see this nugget in less than a month!

I hate when starchitects give us a bad name…

26. November 2013

Here’s the deal, just because a building is done by a certain someone, does not mean it’s good.  Just because someone might be a licensed architect, doesn’t make them suitable to design either.  And, just because there are bad architects and designers, doesn’t mean all of us are bad… This article might have me all fired up.

Being an architect is a major balancing act.  We can be seen as narcissists, and truthfully, far too many are.  But, there are some of us, that aren’t out in the world designing for our own benefit and our own name… We recognize the past and its importance.  We understand that architecture is like the wheel, there’s really no point in re-inventing it (ahem, modernists…) Yes, improvements can always be made, but a building’s purpose isn’t to seek individualism, just as an architect’s purpose isn’t fame.  In its most simplistic form, we are problem solvers.  We are trying to help you, us, everyone.  We must take into consideration the environment, the individual, the city regulations, the state regulations, the interior designer, the contractor, the budget, the engineers… We are a part of a team.  A part to a whole.  Just as a building is a part to a whole city.  Architects and individuals commissioning for individualism are just straight up selfish.  Architecture should NEVER be selfish.  Architecture is a marriage of firmitas, utilitas, and venustas.  And now I’ve gotten all worked up and am rambling…

/end rant.