December 2016

Designing Well

By |December 14th, 2016|Why Design|

In Week Seven of the Why Design Novena, we explore the well factor. Architect Chris Sample discusses the sustainability movement, its ability to redefine the role of the architect, and how society at large has realized that our built environment has an effect on our planet’s environment, including the human occupants of our buildings and [...]

Designing Matter

By |December 3rd, 2016|Blog, Wellness, Why Design|

In week five of the Why Design Novena, we explore the ways that materiality and systems act as ecosystems that can influence the ways we think about and use space. Blaine Brownell, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture shares his research and its implications for design. [...]

July 2015

The Voice for Patients: Authentic Empathy

By |July 23rd, 2015|Authentic Architect, Blog, Novenas, Wellness|

Empathy in design is something that too often gets glossed over in projects.  Thinking about who is using our spaces and their needs elevates design beyond aesthetics, making it resonant, making it architecture. In week seven of the Authentic Architect Novena, we hear from Tammy Thompson, someone who has built her career promoting patient-centered design. [...]

January 2015

Be Your Own Brand in Three Easy Steps

By |January 4th, 2015|Blog, Inside Out, Novenas|

You don’t need to be a celebrity or have a product to sell to be a brand.  You simply have to want to differentiate yourself.  In week eight of the Inside Out novena, we look at how to build and market your personal brand. No matter how much you accomplish, you may still feel like [...]

November 2013

Elevating Architecture

By |November 18th, 2013|Blog, Wellness|

So often, we feel afraid as architects to ask for too much, from our clients, our firms, ourselves.  At The Patron Saint of Architecture, I have been on a steady campaign to dispel this notion and promote the power we have as architects to change the world.  If you haven't already, please take a look [...]