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  • delivering the goods

    We live in a design economy encompassing everything from the iPod to Ikea. Investment in, awareness of, and appreciation for design are at an all-time high.

  • part of the solution

    Why do I not see more architects involved in the public process? Is it that we do not consider ourselves “political”? How does the act of building not become political? We change cities and manipulate the natural environment. Our work affects the value of property and the daily experience of most...

  • prospecting

    My firm, Hutker Architects, has a multifaceted marketing program. One key ingredient is our Web site. It took a good deal of capital and person-hours to create, and the site continues to require attention to remain fresh.

  • esherick's insights

    Early in my architectural life, while working at the San Francisco firm Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis Architecture, I was assigned to a series of house projects with Joseph Esherick, FAIA. I was acquainted with Joe from architecture school at the University of California, Berkeley, and had spoken...

  • Hands On

    Hidden support systems help keep these two designs simple.

  • Fun with Stairs

    The wonderful thing about designing a stair is the opportunity it presents for playfulness.

  • Production House Proud

    The role of chairperson of the AIA Housing Committee has allowed me to meet and speak with residential architects from across the country about housing design and community-related issues.

  • face the future

    I watched my grandfather mix paint from linseed oil and pigment. I watched my father excavate, frame, plumb, wire, heat, roof, and finish houses.

  • client commandments

    If I sense that a prospective client has a sense of humor, or is going to be “troublesome,” I'll give them a copy of the attached. I don't know whether it accomplishes anything in their minds, but at least I've deluded myself into thinking that my rear end is covered.