Designing Happiness

Today I’m going to try to convince you to become an Architect. Sleepless nights and long hours, stressful reviews and countless models and drawings – just kidding. I am, however, going to attempt to explain a way of thinking about your life “architecturally.” This idea is one I became aware of in my first year…

A Theory on “Theory”

The study of Architecture is, perhaps, one of the most interesting “ideas” to consider at the level of undergraduate education, and even into larger discourse of what the true roll of education is in the career of an Architect. There is a somewhat naive understanding of what Architecture is before one attends school. I myself…

BIG’s National Library in Astana

With the constantly developing technological world we live in, the design process of all related fields has changed significantly. We know more about how our structures will perform with respect to energy consumption, and because of that we are able to make informed design decisions to maximize efficiency while still producing beautifully orchestrated spaces. Danish…

Vagelos Education Center – DS+R

Universities across the world are tasked with the role of allowing young minds to engage in rigorous study in an atmosphere that inspires them. Thus, University campuses offer an incredible opportunity for Architects to design an experience for students and faculty alike. Columbia University has long been known as one of the top schools worldwide, with…

The Architectural Track

Many people have approached me saying they were interested in pursuing Architecture as a career, and I thought I’d write a post about what it means to study Architecture, how Architecture school works and what becoming an Architect does for you as a fresh graduate from High School coming to their own in the big…

“Instalife”-style. More about Modern

Since posting Norway’s “Holiday Cabins”, I have received a lot of interest from people in the “instalife”-style. Many people have approached me asking me to elaborate further, and rightfully so. I think it is a young phenomenon that started picking up only in the last couple of years, and so a lot of my writing on…

New York’s High Line

Throughout history, many structures are built. Many prevail, while others deteriorate or are torn down. In today’s world we live a life threatened by climate change and concern for sustainable life practices. As architects, we design more than just buildings, we design experiences, we design lifestyles, we design interactions and activities, and it is also…

Thick Facade

Having had my final review of first year yesterday, I wanted to write a post about the most recent project I completed. The project assignment was an exploration of facade design, or otherwise referred to as the “Thick Facade.” The assignment pushed us to explore the relationship between structure and skin, allowing us to learn…

Norway’s “Holiday Cabins”

In my post about the Jesolo Lido Pool Villa, I introduced a concept that I called the “instalife”-style, and while the response to the post itself was positive, I received many comments about what this style really was. Today’s post will hopefully further that explanation using a beautiful little project on the coast of Norway’s…

Jesolo Lido Pool Villa

When designing homes, it is incredibly important to design not only for shelter, but to design for all the emotions and emotional implications that a “home” has. What mood does the client want the house to make them feel? Different Architects achieve this in their own ways, and today I wanted to share a project…