Over the last few months I've been somewhat nostalgic as I contemplate which city(ies) I'd like to visit this year. Over the last couple of years I've spent my time in large cities, Chicago and New York with the occasional trip to Las Vegas, and as I look back on these trips I can't help but compare them all to one another and to my hometown, Dallas. They are all large in respect to populations but the density between them is like night and day, or at least day evening and night. Chicago is like NYC’s cleaner, nicer little brother. Dallas is simply the cousin from another part of the country, a little younger with some similarities but ultimately different.
What does it mean to be an "Architect?"
Seriously, what does it mean? I recently became a licensed architect after many many many painful nights, failed exams, countless hours of studying, stress-filled days, weeks and months... and now that I am FINALLY licensed... what does is mean? Does it mean I can go out and start designing amazing buildings that will win awards and get published in every architecture periodical that exists, or is relevant? Does it mean I can walk into the office and demand higher pay because, well I'm an architect. Does it mean I automatically know all the ins and outs of the building design and construction industry and can therefore go off on my own, start a firm and start designing cool shit...?
I was recently asked to fill out a number of questions for an employee spotlight thing my office does and I figured I should share my responses on the site. Read along if you'd like to know a little more about the person behind site:
Who is your favorite architect?
Renzo Piano, no contest. I appreciate his craft and the idea of building full sized mock ups in order to fully figure out and understand a design, because I honestly don’t think you can be a great designer unless you know how to effectively build what you design. Combined with the use of light, the Piano Workshop has produced some of the most beautiful buildings of today.
What building of theirs inspires you the most?
I knew about the Nasher before it was constructed, I saw it being constructed, I researched it for multiple projects during school and I visit it frequently. It’s probably not the most inspiring building but I feel a personal connection to it and if I ever need a reminder of why I love architecture a simple trip to the nasher will always help
Over the last couple of weeks, months, or possibly even years I've been struggling with understanding when too much is too much and when too little is too little. Actually, what I've been struggling with is telling others when I think too much is too much or too little is too little. How many times have you been on the brink of taking your project from great to spectacular?! Or in a more real scenario, from bad to ok, or good to somewhat better? Designs change and evolve as a project evolves. it's the nature of the beast. In the recent past I've encountered a number of situations where design solutions are resolved by pointing out a blurry line in an outdated rendering. Or by adding a slight recess (almost unnoticeable at eye level) 200 feet up in the air. I don't consider myself the best designer around, and some may say I suck, but there's times when I question others' abilities as well.