Andy Byrnes put himself through architecture school by building houses, and he enjoyed every minute of it. When he moved to Phoenix after graduation, his priorities were to get his contractor's license and track adown fellow Tulane alumnus Richard Fairbourn.
Architect Jim Zack got his first taste of construction when he was 16. He liked it so much he continued to work as a carpenter for five years before heading off to the University of California at Berkeley. “Architecture was a natural extension of what I had been doing,” he says.
Several months ago, I was invited by a local civic association to take part in a lecture series titled "Designing Within Historic Districts." Because this is the sort of presentation I had made many times before, I assumed it would be simply a showing of my firm's work. Several days before my talk...