At an Architect’s Desk

 7 years or 10,000 hours – the time in which it takes someone to be good at something after lots of practice.

I did the following sketches two years ago during a cold January. So, here is what is at the desk of an architect ~All in a Month ~

I drew the above space for Tony’s Spa in Triadelphia WV. These interior elevations were to help dictate art and the placement of it. I need to make it to Tony’s with a camera in tow to take pictures of the final product.

I began January working on a Stained Glass Country Church in West Virginia and in one and a half months took a church in need of renovation and additions into a set of construction documents. I  developed 3 color scheme boards for them to choose an interior color scheme from as well.

The 30 x 30 inch finish boards.

Construction Documents included coordinating with a MEP consultant to conceal a horizontal duct.

Here, my firm and I developed a unique solution to incorporate duct work into the simple space of the existing sanctuary.  Solution: develop a horizontal bulkhead, pulled from the ceiling plane, to allow the existing tin ceiling to continue without interruption. The new low bulkhead is detailed with new crown molding and held up with decorative brackets.

Next, I began working on a large addition to a technical college. The first step, to develop finish material schemes.

I’ll leave you with a few architecture thoughts as well:

I’ve been thinking lately that architecture is about the master plan. It seems there are qualified product distributors that have an easier time selling cabinets than I do designing them. An architect’s work has become the arrangement of many systems. I no longer hire a craftsman to make my building space work, I specify instead, pieces that fit in a large space puzzle. I hope they all fit! I find that trying to understand all of the pieces thoroughly becomes a task in itself.

I came across an article in Architect Magazine, that seemed to be thinking along the same lines.

An article written by Kiel Moe titled Do more with Less, Double glazing Vs. Masonry. (about monolithic building structures) Read it here.

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