When I took the drafting class it was the first semester it had ever been offered in CAD or computer automated design. We had those computers with Windows 3.1 and 3.5" floppy disks that we would save our work to.
I worked hard on crafting a resume and then my mom drove me to the offices of the two firms. I nervously walked in, unannounced, and asked to meet the owners. Suprisingly, in both cases I was granted an audience, and in both cases I was offered a position for summer employment.
For me, it started with my mom. Really you could say it started with a car. Any car. I was 15 years old, and I wanted to be sure I had a car to drive when I turned 16.
This innovative exposed concrete structure is a multi-purpose facility designed to meet the needs of the homeless population.
It is not enough to do a good job, you must also include the client in the process.
Because drainage is already one of the most scrutinized and important aspects of the design review process, and because significant civil engineering efforts are invested in these drainage design solutions, this new standard could be a crisis for projects under design that do not take this into consideration.
A new townhome variation combining the historic character of small town Texas and the "brownstone" residential archetype was created for a mixed-use pedestrian friendly development.
This 18 acre "infill" urban residential community included design of all streets, drainage, water and wastewater facilities.
In the 3rd year of architecture there is a design class that is a sort of right of passage. It is referred to as "Sound Building" and while acoustics are important in a building what it really refers to is demonstrating an understanding of all the requirements of a building and the ability to bring them together in a finished design. Sound = whole = complete.
A multidisciplinary approch led to a very dense urban solution, including an innovative water quality system.
Michael proposed a really interesting interplay with the structures that allowed the wall to dance in and out of the columns. He also introduced light wells, courtyards spanning entire bays. It is an excellent way to adapt large buildings, perhaps big box stores to other uses.
This corporate office highlights the essential relationship between readers, editorial and sales with a triangular clerestory linking the three departments of the building.
When you owe the government money, you are a pariah. There are certain projects you no longer qualify for. The government automatically gets first lien position, so you are not eligible for any traditional financing. Your current lenders get really upset.