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27

Dec
2017

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Courage.

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Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about why the profession of architecture is losing so many young people and why so few are getting registered as Architects, particularly women. I’m not alone in my wonder; Rosa ShengSteve Mouson and Susan Shannon have all written on this with great insight.

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20

Dec
2017

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The Experience of ‘Home’

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One of my favorite quotes originates with Oscar Wilde and goes something like this: We “know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

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Why NOT in my backyard?

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The first weekend in December, an article in The New York Times caught my eye.

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05

Dec
2017

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You can do it! vs. Permission to say no!

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I have been disappointed with myself recently. No one else seems to feel this way, but I feel it nonetheless.

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Oct
2017

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Suspicion

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On a recent Friday in the late afternoon there was a knock at my home’s door. Dusk was approaching. My inclination to avoid those unknown to me kicked in. I dislike opening the door when I’m alone. A LOT. I have a deep and well-earned suspicion of being conned, assaulted even. Read more…

The “EX-Fix”

On 10, May 2017 | One Comment | In From the Architect's Desk, Rants and Wisdom | By lthomas

I’ve been meaning to write this essay for a long time. Time, as it turns out, is part of the story. As is patience and an architect’s newfound personal awareness of disability accommodation—or lack there of.

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09

May
2017

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Magical Thinking

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Blame those home improvement shows that whip-up a renovation in a tidy half-hour television segment. Blame technology for shortening our attention spans.

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11

Apr
2017

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The Importance of Drawing

On 11, Apr 2017 | 3 Comments | In Rants and Wisdom | By lthomas

Much of the practice of architecture has moved from the drawing board to the computer screen as technological tools replace pencils and tracing paper. However, sketching is an integral part of my work process.

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17

Mar
2017

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In Defense of Books

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Recently I began a series I’ve called “The Year of Architectural Understanding.” When I started to write the first essay in the series (about architectural styles and building terms) I began my process in my office in my personal architectural library. Read more…

23

Jan
2017

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What ever happened to “Architectural Lettering”?

On 23, Jan 2017 | 7 Comments | In Rants and Wisdom | By lthomas

As far back as I can remember, one could identify an architect by his or her handwriting, or as it is called in the trade, “Lettering.”

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