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


Apr 222012

Light. It’s one of those essential subjects of the practice of architecture that really energizes my thinking and my work. In this post, my first on the topic of light, I am going back to the beginning of my education in architectural design. The photos below were taken looking into a special kind of model called a “light box”. The inside of the box is assembled from white cardboard (chipboard) with the particular design to be studied.  The outside of the box is dark/black with two,or more carefully placed openings: at least one to act as a light source, and another for viewing into the box.  To test the design, the designer places his desk lamp at the light source opening and/or moves it across the opening while viewing the inside through the viewing hole.  For greater complexity, the designer can also shape the light source opening and/or add more of them.  The light box is a model and an abstraction, but it is a great way to see of the power of built forms to shape light and vice versa.

Light Box 1 - Toothy Side

This is my first light box, seen from one of two view ports.

Light Box 1 - Curved Side

My first Light Box, viewed on the curving side.













Light Box 2 - Evening

My second light box, with the light source low on the other side.

Light Box 2 - Noon

My second Light Box, with a high, direct light source.

Feb 172011

As an architect on ski/snowboarding vacation in northern Vermont in February, 2011, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tour HGTV’s Dream Home, which was built in the resort town of Stowe.  Furthermore, as a part-time blogger, I could not pass up the opportunity to write about my visit.  I don’t need to go into too much detail about the products used or construction process because you can read all about it here and here.  I will, however, share my observations on the experience of visiting a Dream Home and probably throw in some philosophical thoughts along the way.

Exterior Photo of the Dream Home

The Stowe Dream Home exterior as I saw it.

I had only been to Stowe once or twice before, and this was the first time going to the actual ski resort.  For those who don’t know, historic Stowe is in the valley below the actual ski resort.  The character of the town reminds me of Princeton, NJ, only without the collegiate Gothic university buildings flanking one side of main street.  So to get to our tour, we drove through historic Stowe and up to the resort.  It might not be readily apparent on the HGTV website, but the home site really is right in the middle of a giant ski resort complex.  The actual access to the site is through one of Stowe’s Spruce Peak parking lots and up a driveway identified as “Ski Club Lane” on Google maps.  Since our tour was supposed to start in Spruce Peak Lodge, we parked in the main resort parking lot on the opposite side of the Lodge.

Dining in the Dream Home

My view of the kitchen island, dining room, and exterior beyond as seen from the mud room.

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Sep 282010
Shed design image - exterior perspective.

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging much lately. It turns out that it’s difficult to find time for blogging when I’m spending most of my free time on a building project. They’re both enjoyable activities, but I have to admit that given the choice, I really prefer building things to writing. Those familiar with the commercial building industry might ask why I became an architect instead of a contractor if I enjoy building so much (for those who don’t know, architects have to write a lot – specifications, notes on drawings, reports, meeting minutes, etc., etc., etc.). That’s probably a topic for another day. Suffice it to say that I not only enjoy building, but also the challenge of designing; and the best way to get in the thick of the design process is to be an architect. So, being the designing/building enjoying person that I am, I’ve been really focused on getting the shed built, especially now that fall is starting, the days are shorter, and the weather less predictable.

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