Jan 272017

What is a door?  What does it mean to you?  How does it make you feel?

I came across this door recently on my way to work.  It’s part of an exit from the subway that winds up through the Wanamaker Building (now Macy’s).  I bet most people using this stair walk right past this door without giving it a second thought.  To be honest, I never thought much about it until I saw it standing open one day (photo below).

If you think about it, a door can illicit a number of different emotions as you interact with it.  Think of the relief you may feel walking through the front door to your home after a long trip.  What about walking through the door to your workplace?  Maybe some stress or, hopefully, some excitement as you arrive, and maybe a feeling of freedom or satisfaction as leave for the evening.    

Those feelings can even change depending on what is happening in your life before and after you pass through the door.  Maybe you’re really looking forward to a nice dinner as you approach your front door, and then you get through the door only to realize that the fridge is empty.  Then you head back out that same door feeling disappointed that you need to run to the store.  The door hasn’t changed, but you feel different as you interact with it.

Now, suppose that your key doesn’t work, or you discover that you left your keys on your desk at work.  I once thought I left my keys at the hospital after an overnight stay (but they later turned up in the bottom of my bag!).  Now the door becomes a barrier.  It’s exactly as you left it in the morning, but your attitude about it is totally different.  You know what’s on the other side, and you want to be there; but you can’t get there now.  It may feel like a broken promise.  You stand there and knock, and the anticipation builds as you wait for someone to answer and let you in.
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May 182016

Tomorrow is a big day for me.  For the first time in 16 years, I’ll be attending the AIA national convention.  It is being held in Philadelphia this year, which gets my travel costs down to a few days in a parking garage.  As a young architect with a growing family, I have never been able to travel out of state for previous conventions.  In fact, the last convention I attended was also in Philadelphia, and I was still a student.  Now as I prepare to return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with my fellow architects, all the excitement of studying architecture is coming back.

Drexel Studio Project: A pavilion for free speech on Independence Mall

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Dec 212015

Thank you all for visiting my little corner of the Internet.  I know you have a nearly infinite set of options when it comes to on-line reading material, and I really appreciate any time you spend here.  As we approach another Christmas holiday, I want to wish you true joy and peace that can only come from knowing the King of Kings, who was born in a humble stable.  The image below is a little drawing I created in the SketchBook Pro app on my iPad – I hope you enjoy it!

 “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. ” ~ Luke 2:15-16