Bad Politics

A client informed me recently that their project was being shelved, they were putting their house on the market, and they were moving back to Colorado. While I’m disappointed to lose any project, I am delighted to have another connection in Denver to visit (No offense, Bill), especially as James…
July 15, 2022
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From the Ground Up

Which floor did you want? At least a few times a week, someone gets on the elevator in my building and finds themselves exiting at the wrong floor. Most usually catch themselves before stepping out, but I’ve seen a few step off with the most puzzled look on their face. …
July 8, 2022
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Not the Issue

Liberal teachers. Abortion. Absent fathers. Mental health. Wokeness. Erosion of faith. Smartphones (yes, smartphones). Cultural sickness (whatever that encompasses). Following the Uvalde school shooting, all the above were excuses trotted out for why the shooting happened. One conspiracy theory that was promoted by some Congress members even had the shooter…
June 24, 2022

Socially Awkward

The Big Gay Architect has been really busy. Or Twitter seemed to think so last week. Very rarely do I find myself tagged in social media posts, so seeing my name pop up is something of a treat. And last week was no exception. According to the folks at Clerkenwell…
March 25, 2022

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…
October 29, 2021
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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…
September 24, 2021

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…
September 10, 2021


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…
August 6, 2021

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…
April 30, 2021
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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…
March 5, 2021
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