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businessFood for thought

Non-Virtual Event

How’s that for saying “live conference” without actually saying it? In two weeks, I will not only be attending but also helping to moderate a panel at the Texas Society of Architects (TxA) annual conference in San Antonio. And in person no less! Saying that out loud sounds a bit…
jwa
September 24, 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
architecturebusiness

Unapproachable

Once in a while I am reminded of why people don’t see architects as approachable. Very rarely am I reminded of that twice in the same year. At a new project meeting in January, the contractor thanked me for coming and then dropped this little gem: “Most architects I meet…
jwa
August 6, 2021
LifeTravel

On a Jet Plane

This afternoon will mark the first time in the last year that travelling hasn’t involved a car and my in-law’s house. Now that I’m vaccinated, I’m actually hopping on a plane and heading to Denver to see a friend. He was here in March 2019 the weekend the world shut…
jwa
April 30, 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
architectureLife

Boundlessly Bad

James and I have spent a good deal of time over the pandemic playing Monopoly on our Wii. (And I’ll pause here while you snicker and roll your eyes over the fact that yes, we still have a Wii.) More specifically, we’ve been playing the “streets” version, which is their…
jwa
February 12, 2021
architectureLife

He-Shed, She-shed, Me-Shed

Spotted Dog may need a new doghouse. And no, I didn’t do anything wrong. James isn’t banishing me from the house. I’m just thinking the time may have come for a little more room to spread out. To know an architect is to know our clutter. Any architect’s office that…
jwa
January 29, 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
Life

It’s a Wrap!

Over the last 25 years, James and I have established some definite Christmas traditions – Christmas Eve with one side of my family; Christmas Day with the other side (what James came to refer to as the “tour of homes” as we hop from place to place); baking a ridiculous…
jwa
December 22, 2020
architectureLife

The Most Wonderful Time

Somehow January has now become December. Which means lots of shopping; trying to fill out and send Christmas cards to family, friends, and clients; and for James and me, baking lots and lots of cookies. However, for architects, this time of year holds special meaning. It’s when we realize the…
jwa
December 15, 2020
Spotted Dog Architecture