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New Building Technology and Solar Panels, From an Architect’s Perspective

Update: This blog post was featured on the Solar Panel World website in an article titled, “What Do Architects Think About Solar Panels?“ During the late 1990s, when I was just beginning my career in the field of architecture, I worked on an information counter for a local airport. As part of this project, the counter …

My Architect Told Me that Engineers will be Working on My Project. Why do I Need the Help of These Other People?

One of the curses of being an architect – besides being annoyingly opinionated much of the time, is that it’s difficult for us to conceptualize a residential or commercial design solution without also immediately putting our minds to work on how to get that solution permitted and built. The number of considerations involved in turning …

Is a Tankless Gas Water Heater Right for My Application?

In Architectural studies at the university, we were taught to design interesting and beautiful buildings for clients and to create construction drawings that accurately convey these concepts. While I still get to do some of that, a more significant part of my daily activity surrounds ensuring that people and products deliver on their claims. Whether …