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 Identity

By |December 12th, 2016|Wellness, Why Design|

In week six of the Why Design Novena, we explore the ways that design impacts our identity and sense of ourselves in the world. Applied Environmental Psychologist Sally Augustin shares her insights and research and discusses how listening can make all the difference. Tell us a little bit about how your work influences the 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. [...]

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 [...]

White Blight

By |November 4th, 2013|Blog, Uncategorized, Wellness|

Prototype of patient room Is white the new Mauve?  I wonder if we are fooling ourselves as designers  that the absence of color will somehow lend an air of timelessness to our designs.  I’ve seen too many all white spaces accented with the obligatory pale wood lately to not feel that it’s just [...]