Balancing Architecture and Family

How have all the greats done it? LeCorbusier, Mies, Wright, Kahn, Gehry…?  It’s interesting to me how some of these “greats” on this list were great architects, but not so great, in fact, when it came to their families.

Unfortunately, in light of our career driven society, the measure of a man seems to be about how famous he is or how much money he brings in.  For some, this seems to be the driving force behind their existence.  Eternal value seems to bear so little significance to the gathering of temporary things.

I find myself as of late spending more and more time at the office.  I’m missing out on some of those little moments with my 3 year old daughter, moments that I can never get back.  All in an effort to provide for my family and give them the most that I can.  In my efforts to give them the most that I can, I’m falling short in giving them the thing that that matters most to them… my time.

 I guess architecture is not that different from any other creative career in that, the creative process takes much time.  If you’re in a creative field, stay focused on your practicing and honing your skill set, and become the best that you possibly can at whatever it is you do, but remember, take some time for the most important things in your life… the people you share it with. They won’t be around forever, and neither will you. 

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The American Institute of Architects – Thom Mayne, FAIA

Congratulations to Morphosis’s Thom Mayne, FAIA, for his winning the 2013 AIA Gold Medal award.

The American Institute of Architects – Thom Mayne, FAIA.

Christmas at the Wright Home

If you’ve ever wondered what Christmas decor might look like at the home of one of the great architects of our time, here’s a glimpse into the past.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Victorian Oak Park, Illinois is welcoming visitor’s for the holiday season with period correct accents throughout the Wright home, in the vane of what Mrs. Catherine Tobin Wright would have found fitting.  See the pics and read a bit about it here on Houzz.com…

Naturally Modern

Naturally Modern

Here’s a repost of an article from Houzz.com.  I dig the designs featured throughout the article and I hope you will, too.  If you want to breath some life into your space, the marriage of old and new materials is essential for a warm, character-filled environment.  Repurposed / salvaged materials have a story of their own and bring their charm and history to YOUR space.

Swan Fish Camp – Swan Architecture

Here’s a reposted article, showcasing a nicely detailed, contemporary vernacular design.