Lonely Mentor

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Lonely Mentor

Howdy, It has been a while since we published a post around here, but it is time once again for an #Architalks blog post. For those of you who don’t already know, Architalks is a monthly (I sometimes miss a month or two) coordinated blog post. A fair amount of Architectural type people from around the globe write on the same topic at the same time. This month's topic is “mentorship”. Take a look at the end of the post for links to a lot of other really great thoughts on what mentorship means to architects.

First, I want to give a little bit of background for anyone who doesn’t know the full bureaucracy that needs to be penetrated to become a licensed architect. After going to college for some number of years, (for me it was some number plus a few) would be architects then go get a job in a firm where they begin to learn a lot more about what architects do day to day. Here is a little hint, there is a lot paperwork. In this time after college and before getting licensed dutiful candidates are highly encouraged to get a “mentor”. Having never been one for formality (and I thought it would be a strange conversation) I never walked up to a person and said

“Will you be my mentor?”

Maybe I missed out on something by not creating this more formal arrangement, but until I talk to the me in an almost parallel universe that did ask for a mentor I will never know.

All of that said, I have had, and still have, many folks who teach me about what it means to be a good architect and a good human, at least for now I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. I started to write a list of different folks who have taught me valuable lessons, but the list was getting too long and I am sure I was forgetting people. So I will just say that there have been many who have taught me about how buildings are built, how to make sure that the architect and contractor are on the same team, and how sometimes you have to swallow your pride and admit that you have made a mistake and start figuring out how to resolve it.

Now a days I am making my way as a sole practitioner with a home office, but most of my life in architecture has been in pretty decent sized firms. Now some days the SOLE is more solitary than others. In getting mentally prepped to write this post I have been reminded how I miss those informal mentor relationships. There isn’t someone I can turn around to and discuss the intricacies of a particular flashing detail. My family loves me, but they REALLY hate discussing the building code. In fact, most of the time their eyes glaze over and I don’t even think they are listening. But I also miss the other side of the coin. I enjoy teaching, not enough to try and be a professor or anything, but kinda the mentor type of teaching. In the last firm I worked I had become someone who could be asked regarding software questions, and I normally had an answer. It was nice to help.

After searching and thinking about mentorship for this topic I have determined that in my current stage I need to make a lot more active effort to put myself in a position to be a mentor and to be mentored. I don't know exactly how that will play out (probably not asking "won't you be my mentor"), but I know that it is my responsibility to make sure that I won't be a lonely mentor.

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
This is NOT Mentorship

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks: Mentorship

Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Mentors, Millennials and the Boomer Cliff

Mark R. LePage - EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Influence

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
ArchiTalks: Mentorship

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Mentorship

Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
teach them the way they should go: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Bad Mentor, Good Mentor

Stephen Ramos - BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
The Top 3 Benefits for Architects to Mentor and to be Mentored

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
I've got a lot to learn

Emily Grandstaff-Rice - Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Gurus, Swamis, and Other Architectural Guides

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Mentoring with Anecdotes vs. Creating a Culture of Trust

Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
Why every Aspiring Architect needs SCARs

Nisha Kandiah - ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Mentorship : mend or end ?

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Mentor5hip is...

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
My Mentor

Tim Ung - Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
5 Mentors that are in my life

Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Mentorship

Gabriela Baierle-Atwood - Gabriela Baierle-Atwood (@gabrielabaierle)
On Mentorship

Ilaria Marani - Creative Aptitude (@creaptitude)
Mentorship

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Get Space Tigard and Pacific Planning

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Get Space Tigard and Pacific Planning

Today's post is about another of our Get Space projects. This project had a unique site that presented a number of challenges. It also had to apply for a conditional use permit, which means we had to put together a presentation for the city.

We thought we would share that presentation to give a little insight into our process and show that while this building might look fancy for a storage project, it is really just a rational response to the site conditions and branding efforts of the project. We hope you enjoy.

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Get Space 82nd Ave

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Get Space 82nd Ave

So here at di'velept we get to work with working with the best self storage developers in the world, Get Space.

Often when I first tell people that I am an architect on self storage I can see that look in their face. "self storage huh?" But what ever image you have in your head of what self storage looks like, get rid of it. All of these projects are multi-floor buildings that are designed to be the coolest projects on the block. 

Our most recent project to be designed and turned into the city is P82. After the drawings were finished and sleep was caught up on it was time to do a couple of quick renderings to give an idea of what this project is going to look like. After seeing these renderings we are even more excited.

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Guadalupe April Progress

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Guadalupe April Progress

Things are going really well at our Guadalupe Project. The sheetrock is hung (by the window with care) and there is great progress on the exterior materials. Check out this video for a little walkthrough. If you are interested in a tour let me know.

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A Rose By Any Other Name

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A Rose By Any Other Name

It is time for another #archispeaks blog post. This month’s topic, House or Home, was selected by Keith Palma at Cogitate Design. There are a bunch of different architects that have written a little post about this same topic. Check out the links at the bottom of the page to read some different perspectives.

My immediate reaction when I saw this topic was, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This might be due to the fact that the first flowers of spring have just arrived in my yard and I have had pollen on my nose for a couple of days. But it also might be because, as I have mentioned before on this blog, di’velept is rooted in a rural upbringing, and this topic just seems like semantics. It doesn't matter to us whether you call it a house, a home, a residence, a pad, or a crib; as long as you are comfortable.

BUT…

Finding YOUR way to be comfortable is often much harder than it first appears. With all of the different home renovation shows and the constant barrage of commercials showing the next cool thing it seems like it should be simple to create a dream home. But as we all know there is not much reality in reality TV. Your search for a comfortable place to hang your hat will most likely be more drawn out and messy. As a general rule it is going to take a couple of months from our first hello until we have went through all of the different potential designs to find a final configuration that really is your perfect fit. But it is a journey that is worth taking. Living in a space that is configured to your styles and way of thinking about the world will affect your outlook on life. 

Perhaps it is the beautiful spring weather or maybe it is the change to daylight savings, but it seem that time for this post has run out, so this post is going to be really short and sweet.

Hopefully you have a minute to check out some of the contributors below.


Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
The Designation between House and Home

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks: House or Home?

Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
House or Home? The Answer to Everything

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
our house is home

Mark R. LePage - EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Emotional Marketing for Architects: House or Home?

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
House or Home? It's in the story.

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
House or Home? A Choice of Terms

Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
house or home: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
House or Home -- Discover the Difference

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
"house" or "home"?

Meghana Joshi - IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks #24 : House or Home

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
House or Home? - Depends

Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
House or Home? Train for One, Design for Another

Greg Croft - Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
House or Home

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Designing a House into a Home

Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
6 Ways to Make your Architecture Studio feel like Home

Kyu Young Kim - J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Making a House a Home

Nisha Kandiah - ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Dwelling on a Macro scale

Rusty Long - Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
House or Home

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
I don't design homes

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
House or Home: One's a Place, the Other a Feeling.

Tim Ung - Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
Architalks - A House is not a home

Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
#ArchiTalks #24 House or Home? #RefugeeCrisis @GrainneHassett mentioned

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Utah Theater Tour

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Utah Theater Tour

I recently got to go on a tour of the Utah Theater. Here are some images. It is a pretty little building, even though it is quite dilapidaed.

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What's Your Style?

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What's Your Style?

What’s your style? Very few questions elicit the same angst for this architect. Even to write the word sends shivers down my spine.

This month's #architalks topic is “style”. If you didn’t already know, Architalks is a group of coordinated blog posts. There are a bunch of incredibly talented architects that each write their thoughts about a specific topic.  It is amazing to see the variety of thought that exists among architects. Check out the links at the bottom of the post to read some of the other thoughts on this topic.

I have been asked “what is your style?” many times. The honest answer is I don't know. Maybe it is because (in architect years) I am young. Many architects don't really have a personal style until near the end of their career. It also might be because I really don't like to apply labels. Especially self applied labels. Labels have the power to remove all of the nuance from a project. Any they also just tend to be another piece of jargon.

Far and away the most confusing style label is “modern”. Strangely “modern design” was a self determined label from nearly 50+ years ago. But, at the same time, the actual definition of the word is “relates to the present time”. So the more time that passes the less modem “modern architecture” becomes. Really strange. Among the intelligentsia the word used for present architecture is “contemporary”. Hopefully that word always means current and at some time in the future people with the benefits of hindsight can apply a label to early 21st century design, if they must.

When forced to think about style  (like for this post) my definition for style is a group of buildings that have responded to similar context in a similar way. The Native American teepee was what it was because there were thousands of factors that dictated it be exactly that. I love learning about the unique conditions that caused a particular set of design responses to evolve. The origins of style are almost always rooted in the environment where the style originated. From there inevitably culture and fashion coop the aesthetic. Then after the passage of time you are left with a style.

All of this is just a really long (and soapboxy) way to say that when we, at di’velept, place a significantly higher premium on responding to environmental and programmatic factors than on achieving a specific style. There is serious beauty in simply solving the those difficult problems.


Now, take a few minutes to check out some of these other posts on style. I am sure they are going to be great.

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/style-do-i-have-any/

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
style...final words

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
The AREsketches Style

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Name That Stile!

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
Style

brady ernst - Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
What Style Do You Build In?

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
You do you

Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
Defining an Architect's Style

Greg Croft - Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
Architectural Style

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Should You Pick Your Architect Based on Style or Service?

Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
5 Styles of an Aspiring Architect

Kyu Young Kim - J&K Architects Atelier (@sokokyu)
Loaded With Style

Nisha Kandiah - ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Regression or Evolution : Style

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Stylized Hatred

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
What's in a Style?

Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Architectalks 23 - Style

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Virtual Walkthrough

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Virtual Walkthrough

Howdy

In today’s post we are going to talk a little bit about why you should be using virtual reality for your projects. It really all comes down to communication.

Jargon - special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.

Jargon is a communication problem for all kinds of folks. In addition to normal Language jargon Architects also have an additional stumbling block of drawing jargon.

At di’velept we get a bunch of opprotunities to talk with wonderful people. Those people all vary in their ability to look at a floor plan drawing and then be able know how the space is going to look in “their mind's eye”. Most everyone knows that basics, but without pretty expensive experience it is neigh impossible to look at that hallway on plan and know if it is going to feel like it is the right size.

This is why we feel there should be some sort of virtual reality exploration on all the projects we do. That does not always mean that you need to be strapping on a headset to look around your project, although we really love that option. It might just mean that we sit down together and review the 3D computer model. Or it might mean a 360° video walkthrough of your space. This is one of our favorite new technologies. Take a minute to view the video below. You can look around as the video plays, or if you want to look around longer from a specific vantage point you can press pause and continue to look around.

daylight analysis

In addition to just using virtual technologies to double check how things look, we will also help you have a great project by using virtual technologies to make sure work. We wrote a recent post about using computer modeling to calculate the amount of daylight a room is getting and if you need more (or less) windows. Or we wrote this post about using a computer model to catch beams sticking through ceilings long before the ceiling is built.

If you are thinking about a building a new project or remodeling something and leveraging this this technology to make sure your project is the best it can be send us a note.

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