Category: Day to Day in Architecture

  • Becoming an Expert in STC Ratings

    Since I started practicing architecture there have been many things I have needed to know about that I never would have thought of when I decided this was the career path for me—the latest of these being STC ratings. I remember during one of my licensing exams that I had a question asking me what…

  • On the Road Again …

    Last week I spent my time traveling again for work. Unfortunately, it wasn’t glamorous like the trip to D.C. I took a few months ago. Instead, this time it was Wichita Falls, Texas. If most of you haven’t heard of it yet, don’t worry, until about a year ago I hadn’t either. Ironically though, Wichita…

  • Keeping Busy, Keeping Positive

    Wow! It’s been a little while so let me get you caught up with what’s been going on in my world. Of course the most talked about topic is still the economy and recession. From where I’m sitting it seems as though things are looking up. My office has started to get a lot of…

  • Improving Process through Design

    Architects’ jobs are to design buildings. Most would consider this to be true. However, many times our jobs go beyond that. For the past several months I have been working on a master plan and programming a new intake facility for the county jail. This project isn’t just about the building, instead it’s about learning…

  • Cities Setting Good Examples of Reuse

    One of the top ways to really be sustainable is to find ways to reuse buildings instead of just building new ones. It is this reason that I get excited to see municipalities that are leading by example for building reuse. The biggest example in San Antonio is the Haven For Hope project that is…

  • Who’s the Tallest Now?

    Of course the buzz around my office, and I’m sure many other architecture offices, lately has been the new Burj Khalifa which opened last week in Dubai as the world’s tallest building (CLICK HERE for related article). At a height of 2,717 feet, it crushed the previous record holder, Taipei 101 which measures 1,671 ft.…

  • Recession Makes It Way To South Texas

    Back in March I spoke of how things really haven’t slowed down too much in San Antonio and that our biggest hurdle at that time was all the competition we were seeing from out of state firms that were all looking to Texas for work. Nine months later though we are definitely starting to see…

  • Historic Glass

    Last week I got to see something really awesome on a business trip to New Orleans. No, it wasn’t Bourbon Street although I did make a stop there, too. What I got to see was one of the oldest federal buildings in the South – U.S. Custom House that began construction in 1848. The building…

  • Choosing the Correct Glass

    First, before I move onto my topic for this week, I just have to announce that as of Monday I can officially call myself an architect. I received my license to practice architecture in the state of Texas. For a while it felt like the day would never get here, but now that is has…

  • Merging BIM and Sustainability Into One

    When I began looking back over my previous blogs, I noticed that two of my main topics have been Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainability. So it was kind of ironic when I went to a seminar last week that merged these two topics. The presentation was about two of Autodesk’s newer software products –…