architectureLifeTravel

Sense of Misdirection

Architects should have a good sense of direction, for no other reason than our professors pound that into us in nearly every studio. We’re taught the importance of siting a building to take advantage of natural light and topography. Then when we finally start working, every plan drawing is marked…
jwa
July 23, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

Faceless

“By the way, we’re on Facebook and Twitter.” That was my introduction to social media in 2009. One of my partners walked in and made that declaration, and of course, her two older partners had no idea what that meant. We just looked at each other and said “Okay.” But…
jwa
July 16, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

Sweater Weather

I’ve started going to the gym again. I may need to take a sweater. After forsaking our gym membership in the middle of the pandemic, James and I realized the time had come to return. Sitting in our office chairs watching our asses spread wasn’t doing anything to get rid…
jwa
July 9, 2021
Life

Gone to the Dogs

I’m meeting a lot of dogs lately. Not bad potential clients or projects. Actual dogs. More and more, I show up for that first meeting to find that the owners have at least one pup running about the house. Which always leads to the question: “Are you okay with dogs?”…
jwa
June 25, 2021
LifeTravel

Same Heat. Same Humidity. Same Smell.

Honestly, New Orleans should just make that part of their travel branding. Stepping out of the car at the hotel last weekend, we realized we might not be prepared for the heat and the humidity after nearly two years away. Except we didn’t really care. We were just happy to…
jwa
June 18, 2021
architectureFood for thought

Talk Talk

In 2010, one of my business partners at the time goaded me into submitting a speaking proposal for a state conference. Neither of us had presented at a conference before, so this would be a first for us both. What’s the worst that could happen? Minnesota at the start of…
jwa
June 4, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

Window to the World

Hi! My name is Gladys. Gladys Kravitz. I had that epiphany this morning as I sat at my desk watching workers unload construction supplies. At first, I was a bit alarmed when the flatbed truck rolled by with lumber and drywall. Which one of our neighbors was doing that level…
jwa
May 28, 2021
architectureFood for thought

The Higher the Hair

Homebuilders in the South (or at least in my part of it) appear to be operating under the old adage: “The higher the hair, the closer to God.” I was reminded of this recently while working through renovation plans for an existing home in one of Dallas’ suburbs. In addition…
jwa
May 21, 2021
LifeTravel

The Great Indoors

I am not a big fan of the great outdoors. Past experiences have led me to believe the feeling is mutual, just based on the mosquito bites alone. But misery loves company, so this past weekend I suffered through a walloping allergy attack, which is finally wearing its way out…
jwa
May 14, 2021
LifeTravel

Second Birthdays

With another birthday just around the corner, I’m at that point in life where a lady doesn’t reveal her age. (Nor would a gentleman ask!) But let’s just say I’m somewhere between receiving my first letter from AARP and being able to get free coffee at Whataburger. And we’ll leave…
jwa
May 7, 2021
Spotted Dog Architecture