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Vacation Blues

The hammer has fallen. We aren’t going to Key West after Christmas. Over our regular Friday night dinner with friends, in between talk of politics and whatever we’ve been binge-watching, the discussion came up about what to do with Key West. While we all wanted to go, we came to…
Waylon Tate
November 20, 2020
LifeTravel

Tea Time Stroll

James and I are, by definition, creatures of habit. There’s a reason you’ve seen so many posts involving New Orleans. We find a place we love, and we visit again and again. Familiar haunts. Familiar smells. Familiar people. Which means when we’re in Key West every year (habit!), there are…
Waylon Tate
November 6, 2020
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,…
Waylon Tate
October 30, 2020
Life

Did You Hear That?

Lately I’ve found myself sitting at my desk creeping out about how little noise there is in the house. And this morning was one of those moments when I’ve realized it was quiet. Too, too quiet. Which always reminds me of my great-grandmother’s house and just adds to the creep…
Waylon Tate
October 23, 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…
Waylon Tate
October 16, 2020
LGBTLife

My Story

Happy National Coming Out Day! To celebrate, I wanted to post what I hope is the first of many queer stories in architecture. I wanted to talk about my story. Except I’m not sure I have a story. Whenever I participate in a panel discussion around equity and diversity, I…
Waylon Tate
October 11, 2020
LGBTLife

The Queer Stories Project

Sunday is National Coming Out Day, and while I have been out in the profession since the start of my career, my face still isn’t the one you expect to see when you attend a panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Most attendees are probably wondering what’s with the…
Waylon Tate
October 9, 2020
Food for thoughtLife

Boo!

October is here! And that means the Gay High Holy Day of Halloween is just around the corner. Although considering decorations started going up around here last month, Halloween may already be in full swing. We discovered not long after moving to our neighborhood that trick-or-treating wasn’t an event. Most…
Waylon Tate
October 2, 2020
architectureLife

Color – or Lack Thereof

Every fall, Sherwin Williams announces their color of the year for the coming year. And in a year that’s seen a global pandemic, protests and rioting, and the death of a beloved Supreme Court justice, I almost fell out of my chair when I saw their selection. Urbane Bronze. Or…
Waylon Tate
September 25, 2020
architectureLife

Spaces

My first studio professor, in describing an assignment, said he wanted us to understand how one feels moving through a space. He couldn’t tell us how to build that space, just that we were supposed to create it. Looking back, no wonder I finished my degree elsewhere. However, being an…
Waylon Tate
September 11, 2020