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The “EX-Fix”

On 10, May 2017 | No Comments | 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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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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Apr
2017

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The Importance of Drawing

On 11, Apr 2017 | One Comment | 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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Mar
2017

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In Defense of Books

On 17, Mar 2017 | One Comment | In Rants and Wisdom | By lthomas

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…

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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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Dec
2016

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The Big Three-Oh

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Last year I wrote about the Winter Solstice and approaching the new year. And again it is time for that period of reflection about 2016 and looking into 2017.

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Dec
2016

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Starting something new, again

On 15, Dec 2016 | 2 Comments | In Rants and Wisdom | By lthomas

I have been suffering from “Imposter Syndrome.” You know, the feeling/fear when you are convinced that you don’t know what you are doing and at ANY MOMENT you will be found out for the imposter, the rookie, the beginner that you are sure, deep down inside, that you are.

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Oct
2016

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A Mr. Potato Head House?

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Among the crazy things I see happening in residential real estate (like supersized houses) there is the creation of what I fondly call “Mr. Potato Head” houses.

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Aug
2016

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Ouch!

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Sometimes it really hurts to be an architect. Most often it is the poor design. Sometimes it is in the construction details.

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Jul
2016

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Everyday moments of truth.

On 13, Jul 2016 | One Comment | In Rants and Wisdom | By lthomas

I am a newbie to social media. I was born in the Baby Boomer years, and learned to draft and letter and do construction documents by hand. Here’s the catch, the only reason that I am involved in any way with “social media” is my eldest son—a ‘techie’, communication digital media guru. So, yes, I am an #ArchiMom and proud of it.

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