How architects can better manage the risk associated with California’s increased code requirements

Although the pandemic has had the greatest impact on humanity in quite some time, in the building industry, we were already facing numerous challenges before the quarantine started. 2020 has also been a year for some rather stringent code changes in both residential and nonresidential construction, particularly in California. With new code requirements, including the … Continue reading How architects can better manage the risk associated with California’s increased code requirements

What is the Future of Architecture as a Profession?

In 2010, the Royal Institute of British Architects think tank, Building Futures, published a report addressing some of the following questions: “...who will design our buildings in 2025; what roles will those trained in architecture be doing then and how will architectural practice have changed as a result?” In April of 2013, Steve Mouzon offered … Continue reading What is the Future of Architecture as a Profession?

The Declining Role of Architects in Representing Ownership Interests

Melissa Brumback is a North Carolina construction lawyer and specializes in representing design professionals. Her blog, Construction Law in North Carolina is on my short list of must-read blogs pertaining to the built environment. A recent post of hers triggered some interesting discussion because of an inadvertent mis-wording. Originally titled, Construction Administration, she quickly revised … Continue reading The Declining Role of Architects in Representing Ownership Interests

Summer Networking

There's still time and plenty of opportunities to network in the design and building industry. Some professional organizations continue to have local and regional meetings throughout the summer months, and there are conferences going on around the coun...