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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‘When Dreams Meet Reality’: Why You Hire a Professional

Story #1: The Dream My client, Ruth*, spent years imagining her dream home. She came to me already knowing how the rooms would flow one into the other. From the kitchen would be a view out onto the water. There would be a small, private porch. The dining and living rooms would relate in a certain way to one another. But Ruth bought a site that was the wrong shape for the particular house she had imagined all those years. As …

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The Night Train From New York

I recently traveled from New York to Charleston and took the night train- a long standing dream of mine. I’ve always liked traveling by train and I especially liked the idea of having a sleeper car for my overnight trip. Overall, I loved it! The sleeper was really cute and very comfortable; dining with 3 other solo travelers was fun and interesting; I had time to catch up on a bit of reading; and my porter was very helpful and …

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