Life

Did You Hear That?

Lately I’ve found myself sitting at my desk creeping out about how little noise there is in the house. And this morning was one of those moments when I’ve realized it was quiet. Too, too quiet. Which always reminds me of my great-grandmother’s house and just adds to the creep…
Waylon Tate
October 23, 2020
Food for thoughtLife

Binge Crazy

I think I’m done with Netflix. And Amazon, and Hulu, and anything with the word streaming. At least for a while. How do I know? I caught myself cruising the architecture section of the LEGO website. When the pandemic hit, we decided we’d sign up for Netflix. Partly to combat…
Waylon Tate
October 16, 2020
LGBTLife

My Story

Happy National Coming Out Day! To celebrate, I wanted to post what I hope is the first of many queer stories in architecture. I wanted to talk about my story. Except I’m not sure I have a story. Whenever I participate in a panel discussion around equity and diversity, I…
Waylon Tate
October 11, 2020
LGBTLife

The Queer Stories Project

Sunday is National Coming Out Day, and while I have been out in the profession since the start of my career, my face still isn’t the one you expect to see when you attend a panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Most attendees are probably wondering what’s with the…
Waylon Tate
October 9, 2020
Food for thoughtLife

Boo!

October is here! And that means the Gay High Holy Day of Halloween is just around the corner. Although considering decorations started going up around here last month, Halloween may already be in full swing. We discovered not long after moving to our neighborhood that trick-or-treating wasn’t an event. Most…
Waylon Tate
October 2, 2020
architectureLife

Color – or Lack Thereof

Every fall, Sherwin Williams announces their color of the year for the coming year. And in a year that’s seen a global pandemic, protests and rioting, and the death of a beloved Supreme Court justice, I almost fell out of my chair when I saw their selection. Urbane Bronze. Or…
Waylon Tate
September 25, 2020
architecturebusiness

What Lies Beneath

I always tell clients to be ready for a surprise any time they’re doing a renovation. You never know what the previous owners have done during their own renovations. Or the people before them. But always expect something. Entire windows left inside walls. Flooring on top of flooring on top…
Waylon Tate
September 18, 2020
architectureLife

Spaces

My first studio professor, in describing an assignment, said he wanted us to understand how one feels moving through a space. He couldn’t tell us how to build that space, just that we were supposed to create it. Looking back, no wonder I finished my degree elsewhere. However, being an…
Waylon Tate
September 11, 2020
architecturerenovation

Cheap, Cheap

One of the best parts about my job is the privilege of seeing other people’s homes. And seeing some spectacular homes at that. From the time I started architecture school (and even before then), I knew I wouldn’t be designing high rises or hospitals. Work for me was always going…
Waylon Tate
August 28, 2020
businessLife

And I’m Spent!

One thing about work that hasn’t changed during the pandemic – finishing up the day and thinking about just melting into the sofa. Or into a martini. And today was one of those days. In the past that feeling usually came with a deadline. You’re pushing yourself and others to…
Waylon Tate
August 21, 2020