Other stories by S. Claire Conroy

  • modern craft

    I'm spending my weekends performing a task all baby boomers dread: I'm clearing out my parents' house. It's a cavernous place packed basement to attic with books, decorative objects, and furniture.

  • a template for the future?

    In our current issue of ra, we check in with the architects who are rebuilding and repopulating the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Many of them were affected directly by the storm's devastation, losing real property, personal property, and professional prosperity. Perhaps some suffered...

  • no singular solutions, please

    Americans are a big-hearted group with a short attention span. Two years after Hurricane Katrina plowed down everything in her path along the Gulf of Mexico coastline, we've moved on to other subjects of sympathy.

  • confessions of a production home buyer

    I've given up my lovely little 1928 bungalow for a production home. My colleague, the editor of CUSTOM HOME magazine, has threatened to out me, so I thought I'd beat her to the punch.

  • real simple

    What is it about those architects in Minnesota? They’re like apostles of an old wisdom most of us have forgotten.

  • evaluating value

    Here at ra, we've long known the secret of the high-design, low-cost house: it belongs to an architect.

  • remodel, c'est moi

    In her latest book, The Not So Big Life (Random House, $24.95), residential architect Sarah Susanka, FAIA, focuses her formidable problem-solving skills not just on our houses but on our very lives.

  • reinvention recalled

    At ra's winter Reinvention Symposium, held in San Diego, we dipped into some of the entrepreneurial endeavors architects are plumbing: design/build, development, landscape design, product design, and more.

  • the 98 percent solution

    Architects need to stop hiding behind the erroneous notion that they design only “2 percent” of all houses built today.

  • america's favorite dwellings

    Just 17 residential buildings earned slots in The American Institute of Architects' top 150 buildings survey, but they're keepers. In honor of its 150th anniversary, the institute commissioned a Harris Interactive poll of more than 1,800 members of the American public, asking them to rank their...