Vegas, Baby?

How do you mark a milestone birthday? Other than getting your first piece of mail from AARP? For James’s 50th, we toyed around with a few possibilities. New York? Maybe San Francisco? Then we discovered that one of our favorite comedians was performing in Vegas the Friday after James’s birthday.…
August 12, 2022

Motel Hell

James and I are hotel snobs. When we travel, we definitely look for comfort and don’t mind spending a few extra dollars to achieve that end. Personally, I blame James’s company, who put him up off and on for six months at The Ritz Carlton in downtown Philly. Not to…
July 29, 2022

Snow Day

I feel like the biggest dork. And not for the usual reasons, but because it snowed. Obviously not here in Dallas. Snow in May would cause people here to lose their minds. It’s bad enough when that happens in March. I can only imagine the craziness that would ensue if…
May 27, 2022
Food for thoughtLife

Gender Neutral-ish

James and I just vacationed somewhere that wasn’t Key West or New Orleans. I’ll pause here for a second while you pick yourself up off the floor. We were shocked too. A friend recently had a milestone birthday – which I will not mention here for fear of being shot…
April 29, 2022

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…
July 23, 2021

The Great Indoors

I am not a big fan of the great outdoors. Past experiences have led me to believe the feeling is mutual, just based on the mosquito bites alone. But misery loves company, so this past weekend I suffered through a walloping allergy attack, which is finally wearing its way out…
May 14, 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…
March 22, 2021

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…
Clint Thomson
November 6, 2020


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…
Clint Thomson
September 11, 2020

A19 Conference Experience

A’19 in Review There are two things I try to do every year as an architect, professional, and firm owner: 1) speak at an architecture conference; and 2) attend the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) annual conference. Since 2010, I’ve been a session presenter at conferences in the Midwest, South,…
Big Gay Architect
July 9, 2019
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