Food for thoughtLife

Get Off My Lawn!

I think I’m turning into the architect version of Grumpy Cat. Or perhaps I’m finally getting old. Wait. Old? That can’t be it. I’m still a sprightly almost 54, although my lower back at the moment would tell you sprightly isn’t the right word. However, I have noticed that I’ve…
jwa
March 18, 2022
architectureFood for thought

History-onics

At least once a year – or what feels like once a year – The Dallas Morning News publishes a story about a local piece of building history facing the wrecking ball. And two months into 2022, we’ve already seen this year’s story. Dallas architecture critic Mark Lamster introduces us…
jwa
March 4, 2022
architectureLife

Pub Life

Matthew and I sat down recently for a catch-up with Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects in London. We had talked with him in February 2021, and a year later decided to circle around for the latest episode of The Architecture Geeks podcast and find out how the year had treated…
jwa
February 25, 2022
Life

De-Schlubbing

Is that even a word? To know me is to love me, and to know me is to know just how much I despise dressing up. Over the last few years, I’ve talked of my penchant for wearing shorts and polos for as long as I can get away with…
jwa
February 11, 2022
Food for thoughtLife

Winter Wondering Land

It’s February, and for the first time in a long time, I’m back working in my home office, aka the guest bedroom. However, from what I can see outside the window, winter has arrived. Or at least some sort of winter, and judging from the ice on the driveway, this…
jwa
February 4, 2022
architectureFood for thoughtLife

A New Holiday

Who doesn’t love a good holiday? Or just a reason to celebrate? Christmas and Thanksgiving. New Year’s Eve (even with the hangover). And God knows a lot of us girls view Halloween as the Gay High Holy Day. However, today this gay geek has a new holiday to celebrate. Or…
jwa
January 28, 2022
architecturebusinessLife

Architecture Ain’t Pretty

Four or five years ago, a client chastised me during an early morning site meeting for not dressing properly. The morning was quite chilly, and while I thought I was appropriately attired, clearly, I was not. My heavy denim coat was for the most part keeping me warm. However, I…
jwa
January 14, 2022
LifeTravel

Christmas Post-Christmas

Happy New Year! Or is it still Christmas? Driving through the neighborhood this week, I felt like it was a bit of a toss-up as to whether it’s really 2022, or if we’re still waiting for Santa. House after house still had their Christmas lights up. And oddly enough, I…
jwa
January 7, 2022
Life

Christmas Explosion

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That time when you realize Christmas has suddenly exploded in your house. One moment you’re trying to recover from the food coma that is Thanksgiving. The next there’s a tree in the living room, a wreath on the door, and a dog…
jwa
December 3, 2021
Life

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Or at least almost Thanksgiving! Hope you’re all ready for too much food, football, and the helpful relative at the dinner table who throws out the comment: “Let’s all go around the table and say one thing we’re thankful for.” Uh-oh. That has to be one of…
jwa
November 24, 2021
Spotted Dog Architecture