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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
Life

Weathered

Fall is here. I know this not because the in-laws will be here soon for Thanksgiving. Or because we’ve just turned our clocks back. Or even because of recent weather changes. Fall must be here because I finally put on pants. If you want to know what season were in,…
jwa
November 12, 2021
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
businessLife

On the Road Again

My commute to the office is about to get a bit longer. Apparently 21 months is my limit for working from home. At the beginning of October, I started getting a bit antsy about sequestering in the guest room and started thinking more and more that the time had come…
jwa
October 22, 2021
businessLife

Details Are A Bit Furry

Did that guy have a tail? I spent the end of last week in San Antonio at the Texas Society of Architects annual conference. And although this was the first in-person conference in two years, everything – and I mean everything – felt pretty much the same. Continuing education sessions.…
jwa
October 15, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

Waiting for the Fall

This isn’t another blog post about me barreling down a flight of stairs. And wouldn’t it be sad if it was? Instead of writing about another injury, I’m sitting at my desk, staring out the window, and wondering exactly when fall is going to arrive. Our local weather guy teased…
jwa
September 30, 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
architectureLGBTLiferenovation

That Was Unexpected

A few years back, the host at a neighborhood July 4th party shared how she handled the inevitable “What do you do?” while traveling for work. With each conversation, her answer changed and was always something quite out of the ordinary. Her most recent trip had involved a story about…
jwa
August 27, 2021
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
Spotted Dog Architecture