Big City Architect in a Little Lumber Town: A Lesson in Listening

When I was living and working in British Columbia, Canada, I was the only full time practicing architect in almost a 400-mile radius. Our office had a broad range of projects – for a broad range of people. One of them was a guy who owned a hotel in a small town called Quesnel. This hotel was as plain and utilitarian as a hotel built in the 1950s could be. Quesnel, in the far north of British Columbia, started as …

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