More stories about PRACTICE

  • winner takes all

    Having your design skills validated by other distinguished architects is no small thing.

  • relationship building

    All across the country, builders and architects are longing for that quality that's next to godliness, and almost as difficult to achieve: a clean set of drawings and a cleanly executed design, respectively.

  • teach your clients well

    Architect Scott Guyon, AIA, thinks of his clients as heroes. Of the new homes built in central Kentucky last year, only about 10 percent were designed by architects. So, he figures, the relatively few brave souls who request his services are not ordinary people. They have a higher threshold for...

  • beyond the glass door

    When Kem Hinton, FAIA, and Seab Tuck, FAIA, decided to design new offices for their staff of 15, they wanted something out of the ordinary. So the owners of Tuck Hinton Architects, Nashville, Tenn., bought the Civil War-era Elm Street Methodist Church and transformed the interior with such cool...

  • gentle landings

    James Cutler, FAIA, recalls a well-known client who wanted to build a Spanish-style house in the woods overlooking Puget Sound. As they walked the property, Cutler asked the client why he felt Spanish architecture would be appropriate. The man replied that he simply liked the look, and that the way...

  • plans for the future

    is your archive ready for a repeat client, a lawsuit, or posterity?

  • shades of gray

    In Naples, Fla., WCI Communities recently completed a beachfront tower that targets well-heeled buyers in their 50s. Its penthouse is priced at $12 million. In Atlanta, James, Harwick + Partners is designing a subsidized apartment building for low-income retirees that includes a surround-sound...

  • corps values

    Whether they were in North Africa or the South Seas, architects say Peace Corps work has changed their lives. Although the program still recruits architects, the largest group participated in the 1960s and '70s, when newly independent countries were undergoing ambitious development programs and...

  • away from home

    residential architects needn't stay in the house all day.

  • The Big Leagues

    Architects and real estate developers have traditionally formed an uneasy alliance. That's because they exist on opposite ends of the disciplinary spectrum.