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A Reverence for Wood

June 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing

The University of Tampa campus in Tampa, Fla., is no stranger to signature architectural structures. So when university planners and visionary donors began thinking about a spirituality center, a no-little-plans approach soon developed. The resulting Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values manages to be both understated and awe-inspiring, thanks to a unique exterior [...]

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Seaside Hunting Lodge

January 20th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Looking only at the square footage and lot-size figures for this Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., residence, you might think it was to be built in a tract development or an urban-infill lot. After all, an 1,800-sq.-ft. home on a 40-ft.-by-100-ft. lot hardly seems likely to carry a seven-figure price tag. But this community’s spectacular setting and ordinances [...]

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A Shady Situation

December 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Natural daylight comes with a price: solar heat gain. Shading systems can help ease cooling-system loads, while still allowing occupants access to sunlight. This story originally ran in the December 2010 issue of Architectural Products Magazine. (Click the “enlarge” link under the displayed page to see a larger version.) A Shady Situation

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Second Home, First Class

October 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

When the owners of this new South Carolina lakefront home were first confronted with what 10,000 sq. ft. can look like laid out on paper, they were taken aback at the potential scale of their future residence. The family-focused second home they’d been dreaming about looked more like a grand château. In the end, Mix [...]

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Getting Wood Right

October 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

When it comes to combining aesthetics, performance and sustainability, wood offers unmatched opportunities for designers. Three recent projects in three very different regions illustrate wood’s strength and beauty, with species selection geared to meeting sustainability goals. This article originally ran in the October issue of Architectural Products Magazine. (Click the “Enlarge” link at the bottom [...]

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Turning On the Classroom

September 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Today’s new university audio/visual demands could force architects to take on a teaching assistant – an A/V consultant. This article originally ran in the September 2010 issue of Architectural Products Magazine. (Click the “Enlarge” button at the bottom of the displayed page for a larger version.) Turning on the Classroom

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