Posts in Inspiration category

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Oct 22

Conquering Proposal Writing and Development

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Stephanie Kelly

Ah, proposals… they are quite the endeavor. An endeavor that can spark creativity while also sparking hair-on-fire moments. It’s indeed a love-hate relationship; at least that’s been my experience. Proposals are an attempt at an intricate balance between sharing your firm’s message, experience, and passion while relaying requested and sometimes…

Aug 19

Why Architects?

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Sam Schaust

“If we built every building the same, then we wouldn’t need architects.” Believe it or not, I have had that expression said to me more than once in my eight years of going to school for and practicing architecture. Each time it is phrased a little differently, but ultimately the…

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Jul 14

The Importance of Material Specifications in Achieving the Architects’ and Designers’ Vision

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Kim Bowman

Important factors during the design of a building and its spaces are to use quality, durable, low maintenance, aesthetically pleasing, and environmentally friendly materials. This involves exterior and interior exposed building materials. There are many low-maintenance and durable material manufacturers that are also environmentally friendly. Some interior examples are linoleum,…

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Jul 07

Building with the Times

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Tony Vie

I’ve been practicing architecture since 2001 and cannot remember a more volatile time in the construction industry.  Due to a handful of unusual circumstances, material shortages have turned the construction industry on its head.  Production lags resulting from a COVID-19 hangover, major retailers ordering all the steel joist they can…

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Jun 29

Pursuing a Career in Architecture and Design

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Emily Hower

Some may be asking themselves, “what does an architect do, anyway?” Merriam-Webster defines an architect as “a person who designs buildings and advises their construction.” That is putting it simply. When I look around the office, I see architects doing tasks I would never have realized was in their preview…

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Jun 22

Elements in Creating a Design Scheme

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Mandy Campbell

When designing a building, many pieces must come together for a project to come to life; Everything from choosing a variety of building materials to the final placement of furniture before a client moves into their space. One of the most important elements of this process is choosing an overall…