Other stories by S. Claire Conroy

  • to have and hold

    I admit I am powerless over my real estate habit. Every weekend is like Christmas to me, but I do work hard for my bounty.

  • checks and balances and checks

    When we had the brilliant idea to do an issue on design/build firms, we thought we'd given ourselves an easy summer assignment. We'd already planned a cover story on multi-talented Marmol Radziner and Associates, so picking a few other like-minded firms for our design portfolio seemed like a...

  • group hug

    At the crest of a multi-year housing boom, it's about time the organization addressed and advanced the architect's role in it.

  • care and feeding

    As a deadline-driven journalist, I am addicted to the buzz of information, the adrenaline rush of last-minute multitasking. Like many busy professionals, I have succumbed to the siren call of productivity. But am I really more productive? Possibly so, but at what cost?

  • shades of green

    Few sensible people dispute the fact that we'll have to pay the piper someday soon for the harm we've wrought upon our environment. And none of us, if we're honest with ourselves, can refute that architecture contributes substantially to the damage done.

  • the enemy within, part 2

    In our last issue, I wrote about the divide between commercial architects and residential practitioners—about how the former sometimes regard the latter as the lesser professionals. Well, I'm afraid there's also a schism within the residential practice itself—between the custom architect and the...

  • the enemy within

    It's time architects of every discipline understand residential architecture for what it really is: everyone's most intimate connection with architecture.

  • both sides now

    I've been talking with residential architects about the difficulty of making services affordable to a wider range of clients. Apparently the excuse that the American public doesn't appreciate what architects do is getting weaker and weaker. More and more architects are turning away work. Why...

  • object lesson

    Roll up your sleeves and take out your digital cameras, I've got an assignment for you. I want you to proceed to your nearest subdivision of new homes, find the ugliest house you can, and photograph it. Then I want you to do a little write-up explaining why it's ugly.

  • where's the architect?

    I'm not sure which is worse, a builder-tweaked plan house or a client's kit-of-parts house, cobbled together by a general contractor's in-house draftsperson. At least with the plan house I can imagine an architect started the whole ball rolling at some point in its history.