Other stories by S. Claire Conroy

  • a glass half full

    One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year is a set of small wine tumblers. Etched across the midpoint of each glass is a white line with the words "ottimista" above and "pessimista" below.

  • the name game

    When journalists observe something unusual, they make a mental note of it. If they see it again, they think they've discovered a trend. Three times, and they'll probably write about it.

  • ready, set, practice

    In this issue, we look at five fresh firms still very much absorbed in finding their way.

  • back to basics

    I've just returned from a stretch in Maine, where I stayed in a bare-bones summer cottage overlooking a peaceful bay. The cottage is in Brooklin—with an "i"—near where E.B. White wrote the trio of children's books that includes Charlotte's Web.

  • staying interested

    What do you do to stay interested in your chosen profession? I'm thinking about anyone who's had the same job or type of work for 10 years or more. Even if you love what you're doing, it's almost inevitable that at some point you'll feel a little stale. Those of us in the creative professions are...

  • painting on fridays

    Jeremiah Eck started his residential practice in Boston with $30 in his pocket and little more than a pencil to draw with. Twenty-eight years later, the firm is thriving and Eck, FAIA, has taken up a paintbrush, retreating to his backyard studio each Friday to work on his landscape canvases.

  • back to school

    At the 2002 Pacific Coast Builders' Conference (PCBC) Gold Nugget awards, a very happy 69-year-old architect kept trotting up to the stage to pick up one Lucite-encased hunk of "gold" after another.

  • where will the loft-lovers live?

    "Name one new modern subdivision. I'll bet you can't." That was the challenge from our cover guy, Rodney Friedman, FAIA, a former leader among cutting-edge merchant-housing designers.

  • this story isn't about you

    Surely, the experienced and talented architect would have no problem succeeding at this fairly basic assignment.

  • identity crisis

    New-home buyers shop by label, too. If they're purchasing a production house, they're choosing a Pulte, Toll Brothers, or Taylor Woodrow. If they're building a custom home, they'll hire an architect by reputation as well. Maybe they're interested in collecting a house by you as they would a...