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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
Food for thoughtLife

Clean as a Whistle

I’ve never been a big believer in spring cleaning. Isn’t cleaning something you’re doing anyways? Or is this just meant to be the deep clean you don’t have time to do otherwise?  Somehow the idea that with winter gone you’re supposed to suddenly go on this massive cleaning spree has…
jwa
April 2, 2021
Food for thoughtrenovation

Sprung

Spring is springing. I guess that’s how you’d put it? With the latest round of rain and bits of hail, I’m feeling like spring has finally made it to North Texas. After February’s snow-mageddon, looking out my office window and seeing green has been a nice change. We still have…
jwa
March 26, 2021
Food for thoughtTravel

Tripping Out

Have you started planning any trips yet? With shots going in arms, I’m having a hard time not thinking about travel. Especially after foregoing our usual trips last year, and Matthew and I spending this week’s podcast talking about quirky international hotels. Ack! A million moons ago, when James and…
jwa
March 22, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

One Year Later…

...and 20 lbs. heavier! Who out there hasn’t put on the COVID 19? Bad enough we had the Freshman Fifteen. Now this? (For those of you who’ve spent the pandemic working out – kudos to you. But next time I see you just know I will probably poke you in…
jwa
March 5, 2021
architectureFood for thought

Where Muppets Go To Die

Set an architect in front of the worst building, and for the most part, we can see the potential no matter how bad things look. Only twice in my career have I told a client their best option was to tear down and start over. I was reminded of this…
jwa
January 8, 2021
architectureFood for thoughtLife

Space Case

During a call this week, another architect was telling us how the company his son’s friend works for announced they would no longer have a physical office. Staff members that had been living in and around New York City would be free to work from anywhere. For this particular fellow,…
Clint Thomson
October 30, 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…
Clint Thomson
October 16, 2020
Spotted Dog Architecture