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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
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
architecturebusiness

Off and Running!

How long will design take? That’s one of the questions I hear most during a prospective client interview. And I usually tell them within reason, we can move as fast as they can make decisions. Which is why mine and James’ renovation took two years before construction started. However, once…
Waylon Tate
July 17, 2020
architecturebusiness

Zoom Zoom

That was weird. I had my first new client meeting via Zoom this week. Or potential client meeting. First meeting. Whatever. But it was weird. I have been architecting long enough to have plenty of first meeting experiences. Some where you know right off the bat it’s a mistake. And…
Waylon Tate
April 27, 2020
businessLife

Not Ready to Snap

Author’s Note: This was written pre-shelter-in-place/social distancing guidelines. I know a lot of us are working from home not by choice. I hope if you are the adjustment hasn’t been too great, and you can find some ideas on how to be successful (as well as some humor) below. We…
Waylon Tate
March 30, 2020
architecturebusinessLGBT

Is That Twenty One?

Is That Twenty-one in People Years? If you’re terrible with dates, social media will eventually remind you at some point that a friend/family member/spouse has an event/birthday/anniversary. If the combination is spouse/anniversary, you hope you’ve remembered beforehand. But nothing like a little panic shopping the day of. Consequently, thanks to…
Waylon Tate
July 29, 2019
architecturebusinessLGBT

No One Said

I’ve been corresponding with an architecture student for the last few years following a chance meeting at the AIA conference in Orlando. He’s involved in a co-op program, so he’s been working off and on while pursuing his degree – well on his way to becoming an architect. Except his…
Big Gay Architect
June 11, 2019
business

Wow! That Was Gay!

I would call last week the gayest week I’ve had in a while. Which is saying something given that we spend a week in New Orleans every year at Southern Decadence (look it up!). However, last week found me (and by extension James) in Las Vegas for the National Gay…
Big Gay Architect
August 13, 2017