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What's Your Style?


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)

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti) 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)

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


Why BIM?


Why BIM?

Using the latest in technology is an important part of how things are ran here at divelept. Every project we do is done in BIM. Why? Because it helps save our clients time and money during construction.

We have recently received the structural drawings on one of our current projects. In this instance the structural engineer is not using 3d software, so we are left to model the beam and columns. Here is a quick video of the project with only the structural steel showing. Pretty cool huh.

Beam to Window

After looking at the model we have found a number of "oh man"s. Most of them were just move a wall a couple of inches here, move a column a couple of inches there, not really major stuff. In fact, it is down right simple to move those things while the whole project is still in the computer. But it gets a lot more heated when those things need to be moved after they have been built. NOT FUN. Simple things like this beam hanging below the soffit can be are important to catch while everything is still digital. Because this soffit is actually over 100 feet long there might be some knock on effect by just lowering the soffit a couple of inches. 

The additional coordination that happens just by building a computer model of your project is important to a successful construction process. If you are going to build something, insist that your architect is using BIM.


Another Year, Another Turkey, Another Birthday


Another Year, Another Turkey, Another Birthday

Thanksgiving is (in my opinion) the best holiday. Mine are always filled with family and food. Two of my favorite things. As of the last couple of years, Thanksgiving also means that di'velept is having an anniversary. It was two years ago on Thanksgiving that things finally all aligned to make di'velept happen. 

The last year has been a kinda big deal for us. We been getting busier every month. This means that we have been able to connect with a lot of really great people.

To help remind us (and let you know) we wanted to write a little post giving you a little update on what we have been up to the last year. We have worked on a couple of small residential remodel projects for some amazing people. We began construction on a new urban infill 4-plex building. It has been so great to see the transformation of a garbage heap into what will be some really great homes. We have also been working on a few different storage projects. We are so excited to be helping bring a little sophistication to the world of Self-Storage.

We feel so grateful for the many wonderful projects that we have been a part of this year and are excited to begin our third year.