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Form, Function, and Bob

Forget about Louis Sullivan’s notion of form ever follows function. Venturi’s idea of complexity and contradiction. Or even Rossi’s thoughts on urban design. I have found someone new to follow when thinking about how best to approach architecture and design. Bob Ross. Yes. That Bob Ross. In a fit of…
jwa
May 20, 2022
architecturebusiness

Under Construction

For the first time in a long while, I have two projects in various stages of construction. Two projects. How did that happen? At one, they’re installing kitchen cabinets and painting the exterior. Between both of those and the interior changes, the house couldn’t look more different. The other project…
jwa
May 6, 2022
architectureLife

Socially Awkward

The Big Gay Architect has been really busy. Or Twitter seemed to think so last week. Very rarely do I find myself tagged in social media posts, so seeing my name pop up is something of a treat. And last week was no exception. According to the folks at Clerkenwell…
jwa
March 25, 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
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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
architectureLife

Mundane Horror

I am not a fan of horror movies. I’ve never seen any of the Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street iterations. I’ve never seen Halloween, although kudos to Jaime Lee Curtis for still being able to work that all these years later. And you’ll never catch me watching…
jwa
October 29, 2021
architecturebusiness

Picking Up the Pieces

Never fire your contractor. Unless, of course, you absolutely have to. I was reminded of this in a recent conversation with a contractor/friend who I’ve worked with on past projects. He had been brought in about halfway through an extensive home renovation to pick up the pieces and finish the…
jwa
September 17, 2021
architectureLife

Stairs Are Evil

There. I’ve said it. Stairs. Are. Evil. Fresh-out-of-school interns can attest to the drudgery of drawing and detailing stairs. More than once I’ve heard students heading off to larger firms being told to enjoy drawing stair details and restrooms for a few years. I cannot imagine, nor do I want…
jwa
September 10, 2021
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