Strong Towns and New Urbanism

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Architecture | No Comments
Strong Towns and New Urbanism

I had never heard of Strong Towns before last year.  In graduate school, while I was preparing to become a licensed architect, I learned of New Urbanism during a site planning class. I summarily rejected it for reasons rooted in my governing principles. I am a liberty first person. I believe that individuals, left to […]

Thoughts on Style

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Architecture | No Comments

As an architect, I frequently get asked the question; “what architectural style do you design?” Well, that’s a loaded question and people are usually surprised by the answer. If they asked; “what is your favorite style of architecture?” they would likely get a shorter answer, but that’s a hugely different question. Architecture is a business. You better be able […]

A Thank You to My Mentor

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Architecture | No Comments

Originally posted on … An unsolicited shout out to Kevin Scholz, Architect There are certain people in your life who help provide direction, education and passion. As I look back on my life it’s easy to recognize those people. There are some I didn’t recognize as a real mentor until years after my interactions with […]

Patterns of Life

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Architecture | No Comments

Have you ever considered your patterns of life? Have you ever arrived at work with little recollection of what you did before you got there? If you think about your average day, from day to day, you will discover that very distinct patters. Patterns in the way you move, eat, sleep and work. In most of […]

“What Do You Think of My House”

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Architecture | No Comments

Have you ever asked your architect friend “what do you think of my house?” Don’t. Or at least don’t if you don’t want them to have to lie to you. Most architects I know have what one might call a “discerning palette.” They are pickier than my 5 year old at dinner time and will […]

Musing on the Mother Art

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Architecture | No Comments

Frank Lloyd Wright said “The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”  It’s an interesting quote.  When I was in design school I used that quote in an argument with my industrial design professor as to why my future career of designing buildings was […]

Value of Design

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Architecture | No Comments

Some time ago I was part of a local business networking group in Brainerd, Minnesota.  It was a group that met once a week and gave professionals an opportunity to mingle with other professionals in the area and build better business relationships.  I was a member of this group for about two years and made […]

Living in a LEED World

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Architecture | No Comments

I don’t know if you have ever heard of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). It is the U.S. Green Building Council’s third party verification system for buildings. It’s been out for some time now. Back in 2010 I wrote a blog post about it on  It’s one of those posts that probably […]

My First Blog Post Ever

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Architecture | No Comments

I was digging through our old blog, and came across this old post from 2006.  I think this might have been my first blog post of any kind…ever.  It made me giggle. Well, this is my first plan review post. Let me just say that I think this is going to be fun. While […]

Designing Homes

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Architecture | No Comments

In 2009 and 2010 Architecture had the highest unemployment of any professional profession.  While I have not technically been unemployed because I am self-employed it feels the same when the phone never rings.  The housing bubble pop drove the cost of homes below the cost of the commodities to build them. And so, for some […]