As a 15-year-old kid in Pittsburgh, I was fortunate enough to intern in a four-person architecture firm on the north side of the city.
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This is something I know I want to leave behind for our children and grandchildren.
This is sad, the scrape-off of a solar church we designed 32 years ago in Lafayette, CO.
After 20 years as Barrett Studio’s office, the decision to evolve the building into two side-by-side residences was inspired by my family’s recent trips to Morocco and southern Spain.
It’s good to have this vision right in front of me, because now we are faced with downsizing the 2,200 square foot Studio into our new temporary office space. For the next year we will run the business from 600 square feet. That’s a 73% reduction in space.
It’s a rare of opportunity for an architect to be invited back to review a completed project 28 years after it was conceived and built. In this case we are talking about the Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colorado.
I’ve taken both the high road and the low road in these musings on modernism. For a bit of humor, watch this 5-minute video that is my somewhat tongue-in-cheek late night rant at the Month of Modern Wrap Party. Depending on your political orientation, it’ll give you a chuckle. On a more serious note, I have done quite a bit of thinking recently about what modernism is and isn’t and it comes down to this:
Maybe it should be considered one of those bucket list experiences. However it is categorized, I was definitely honored to give the commencement address for the University of Colorado’s College of Environmental Design at the historic Macky Auditorium recently.
Do you hold images of heaven…those descriptions and utopian paintings fed to us in Catholic school and museums? I reflect on these while sitting in the morning light within our garden in Bali.
As architects we are usually in a relationship with our clients from the get go to make their dreams come true. Seldom do we design, build the dream, and then hope that the dream attracts the dreamer.
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