Architect as Alchemist ~ Reinventing Ourselves in the “Post Architecture World”

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” – Paulo Coelho, From ‘The Alchemist’         At first, I began reading this book without much effort, at bedtime, in the dark- using my booklight– trying not to disturb my husband’s sleep.  Rather than allowing myself to become engrossed in the story, I found my thoughts kept wandering back…

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CSI: Membership Has It’s Privileges

CSI: Where Have You Been All My Life? I learned about the benefits of CSI  (www.csinet.org) only recently, a little over a year ago when engaged in conversation with another practitioner on AIA KnowlegeNet.  In response to a question I’d asked, she explained to me the importance of earning her Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design– besides already being NCARB certified and LEED AP accredited.  Additionally, she shared: “I’m also…

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California’s First Lady Architect – Part 1 in Series of 3 Posts

Julia Morgan, AIA   In an online computer literacy class (fall session 2010) at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I created a Powerpoint Presentation dedicated to the life and work of California’s well-renowned first lady architect (and a civil engineer): Julia Morgan, AIA.   Making the Trek In mid-summer 2010, my family and I toured San Simeon, site of the famous William…

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The Art of Dissection

9th Grade Science Class, circa 1979 Staring at the small pink pig in a glass jar of liquid, placed high upon a dusty wood shelf in my 9th grade science class, I tried to guess how many years it had been there (at least 15, I figured- given the amount of dust on the jar); I wondered why no one…

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Are You LinkedIn?

Accepting An Invitation to Join LinkedIn   A few weeks ago I decided to take the LinkedIn plunge and push the button that would invite everyone from my email list to join me there.  I had held off doing so for months.  Almost immediately, new connections began rolling in.  The process was a snap!      Having received my LinkedIn invitation, a fellow colleague of mine (I’ll call…

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Winning (or Whining) With Bim?

Will Architects Win- ie Regain Relevance- by Adopting BIM? BIM. What exactly is it?  If you’re like me, you may automatically think of a particular software system- a step up from 2D AutoCAD- like Revit, Archicad, Bentley, or any number of other 3D software systems on the market.  After attending a few seminars on BIM over the past 5 years, including the one I’m currently attending- the new 40-hour…

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