from the editor

  • the charge brigade

    Many of my correspondents wrote to tell me they could retire now if they made that much per house. That fee is their American dream. No, they told me, their compensation for full architectural services (including construction observation) on a custom home amounts to what a real estate agent makes...


home front

  • on the boards/above the store

    Mixed-use development is perking up urban neighborhoods across the country, and the Hillcrest section of San Diego, Calif., will soon get its own sleek landmark based on the live/work model. The 30,000-square-foot project, designed by local firm Safdie Rabines Architects, will stand on a prominent...

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  • regeneration now

    Two architecture firms joined forces to create a winning entry in the Green Building Design Competition for New York City. The Regenerative Row House, which won first place in the single-family houses category, is the brainchild of Studio 27 Architecture and Inscape Studio, both of Washington, D.C.

  • cora's core group

    The nascent Congress of Residential Architects (CORA) took another step toward developing a full-fledged organization at a recent planning session in Washington, D.C.

  • message doors

    We live in the information age, so why waste space on uncommunicative passage doors? Simpson Door Co.'s new line of doors contains panels made of a magnetic, chalkboard-like material.


k+b studio


  • bath: stone heart

    Renovating a bathroom is somewhat like surgery. First, you must do no harm. Working around existing plumbing, wiring, and venting, architect Alex Harrow skillfully inserted a new, more vigorous heart into this master bath: a custom solid granite tub weighing 2,500 pounds—empty.



  • kitchen: small wonder

    Can you really squeeze a family of four and their Aspen accoutrement into an 1,100-square-foot condominium renovation? No problem, says architect Scott Lindenau. Well, the masonry block construction, low ceilings, and paucity of windows were a conundrum, but you wouldn't know it by the...



  • client commandments

    If I sense that a prospective client has a sense of humor, or is going to be “troublesome,” I'll give them a copy of the attached. I don't know whether it accomplishes anything in their minds, but at least I've deluded myself into thinking that my rear end is covered.



  • smart growth

    The receptionist at a well-known architectural office in Chicago answers the phone with a friendly “Nagle Hartray.” But the proper name—Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects—rolls off the tongue like that of a corporate law firm, offering a clue to its size and ambitions. The...



  • walking the walk

    David Baker, FAIA, doesn't own a car. It's not because he doesn't know how to drive one, and, as the head of an in-demand San Francisco firm, it's not because he can't afford to buy one. No, Baker got rid of all three of his cars a few years ago to make a point.



  • floating in light

    one common drawback to apartments is that views are often unidirectional. This apartment was different. Located in New York City, it had views in three directions, including sightlines to Central Park, but it failed to fully exploit their potential. That's the principal problem the owners sought...

  • paradise loft

    Before Semple Brown Design got to it, this downtown Denver loft in a former saddle factory counted as many minuses as it did plusses. Original exposed-brick walls and cast iron–clad timber pillars defined its 1,530 square feet of space, giving it the lived-in patina that makes lofts such a hot...

  • capital improvement

    Congress avenue in Austin, Texas, leads directly to the towering pink state capitol dome. Lining the shady thoroughfare are a series of mid-19th century storefronts, ripe for live/work renovation. Seizing the opportunity, one owner approached architect Hobson Crow to design a bright and airy...


architects' choice

  • discreet attachments

    Division One Architects: Lutron Electronics Co.'s Satin Colors line of dimmers and wall switch accessories.

  • starck lines

    Division One Architects: Hansgrohe USA's Axor Starck lavatory and bath faucets.

  • heavenly blow

    Division One Architects: Luceplan USA's Blow ceiling fan.


doctor spec

  • quiet time

    It goes without saying that doing an attached multifamily project is a world apart from designing a custom home. After taming site conditions, an architect must tackle such key issues as structure and energy. Less obvious but equally important: noise transmission, a consideration that has become...


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  • folk wisdom

    Hassan Fathy's most famous project didn't turn out to be the utopian success he had envisioned. The government of his native country, Egypt, hired him to design a mixed-use village near Luxor to house 7,000 low-income residents.


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  • ergo sum

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