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Architect’s by nature like to change things, we like to call them revisions. After a few years (I know, they haven’t forced us to leave the internet yet, wow!) it was time to update our professional web site cogitatedesign– seemed like the ideal time to integrate the blog and web site to reside at one domain. The location of Architect’s Trace has moved to here –> Architect’s Trace  Over the next few months I’ll be editing/revising posts from this blog site and posting to the new forum… as well as posting new content.

If you’ve been following Architect’s Trace, thanks and please be sure to note/subscribe to the blogs new address. If you’re new to Architect’s Trace, welcome and I hope you find it of value.

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My goal at the beginning of 2014 was to gain more exposure for Architect’s Trace and reduce time spent on social media. Seems like a contradictory goal, but I know it can be done… I just took it to an extreme the second half of 2014. There were 23 new posts and 72 images uploaded on Architect’s Trace in 2014. In 2013 there were 41 new posts and 145 images uploaded. While the posts/ images are down for 2014, I attribute that to those being so awesome that I had to re-post them in 2014 as well as more quality posts!

I no longer look at myself as The Poster, I consider myself a blogger now. However, I’m still not sure what that means. Do I offer T-Shirts? Do I ‘sell’ something? Do I create a podcast? I’m not sure. A major benefit of writing this blog is the dialogue with peers and friendships that have come about as such. I’ve even done some consulting work with those ‘met’ online. However, it’s the dialogue fostered and conversations had that are far more valuable to me than the actual post that sparked such. I use this blog as a creative outlet for myself and to educate as to what it is we architect’s do and how we do it- hopefully for 2015 I will continue such.

2015-01-05_blog image_2014 year in review

The friendly stats helper interns (yes you’re still an intern no matter what AIA/ NCARB say and that’s okay… deal with it) at WordPress prepared a 2014 annual report for Architect’s Trace blog. I’ll admit that I don’t pay much attention to the stats of my blog, but it’s clear that I’ve out-performed last year’s.

An excerpt from the interns report:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

I think they could pack twice as many people into the opera house if Frank Gehry did a spoken word performance comprised of “98%… modern architecture… shit” and flipped off the audience over and over. The number of performances could then be cut to 6 to equal the number of my 2014 blog viewers. I’m good with Architect’s Trace headlining the Sydney Opera house…however, I’d like to go on prior to Frank pissing everyone off… wait, what… okay I got off on a tangent there. Compared to the 30,000 views in 2013, that’s a 200% increase- I’m proud of that number!

 

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Click the link to learn more about the Sydney Opera House

A few more intern provided facts about Architect’s Trace:

Busiest Day was January 16th with 2,975 views. The most popular post that day was SketchUp 101 Wait, 2,975 views? That’s about 10% of my total views for the year, not sure how that happened but I’ll take it! While awesome, it boggles me and I need to figure out how to re-create and maintain such viewership… perhaps I should consider more ‘how to’ SketchUp posts.

Visitors came from 162 different countries, up 31 countries from 2013, BOOM! This was the year I cracked into Papua New Guinea, Iceland heard me last year and I’ve got 4 followers from there as well! Most visitors came from The United States. India and the U.K. were not far behind… must’ve been all the business cards I ‘lost’ while travelling in London last year. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, seems I have 611 people I can ask lodging from, someone’s got to yes.

Top 5 Posts of 2014 were 1) SketchUp 101 2) Dear Architects, I am sick of your shit 3) ArchitecTypes- what kind of architect are you? part 1 of 4 4) What an Architect Does 5) Design Process 103- Design Development. There were some good posts in 2014 and the most read posts discussed how and what we architects do. These posts have been read by both potential clients and fellow architects. I’d like to think that I’m educating others on the architecture profession and not just taking up bandwidth.

1280px-Gehry_House_-_Image01Click the link to learn more about Frank Gehry

I don’t ask anything from my readers, however, for 2015 I’d ask that if you don’t already write a blog, write one. Write about your passions, your personal life, anything that interests you. The people you’ll engage with and discussions that follow will far outweigh any fears you may have about writing a blog. Don’t wait start a blog, in the words of Dr. Seuss:

“You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…”

I’d like to specifically thank Lee Calisti, author of think | architect, Marica McKeel, author of The Architect’s Notebook, and Mark LePage of Entrepreneur Architect, they were my top referring sites for 2014, thank you! If you’re not already following Lee, Marica, and Mark you should be, they each have great blogs! In fact, I re-blog many of Lee’s posts, he’s smarter than me and can explain things much clearer than I. Architect’s Trace was also found by people searching for ‘B-Vent,’ I’m not sure what to think of that so that’s all I’ll say.

My main goal of this blog is to trace my experiences as an architect- how it a/effects me, my design ideologies, the built environ, and all I encounter. Hopefully, others along a similar path, or those just curious about architects/architecture, can benefit from my trace(s). Along the way this blog as become more than me being an architect and architecture. It’s been a vehicle to ‘meet’ others and be part of a larger conversation. It’s been about my trial and tribulations as the best dad ever, trying to be the best husband ever, and well, just being part of the human race. Judging those goals I consider my blog a success!

So what now, a grand re-vamp to the blog? I don’t think so, I’m happy with the blog as it currently stands. Sure, I’d like more exposure and I’ll work on that. This year will be a challenge, I want to gain exposure of Architect’s Trace at the same time I want to reduce time spent on social media- [Dis]Connect. Perhaps a follow up post to clarify my intentions. A new web site is in the works for my firm and how I’ll integrate this blog into the site is yet unknown but a task that will be accomplished.

Of course like all architects, I’d like more work in 2015, but I’d also like to just be happy and content with where I am and how I got here. To my readers, thanks for being part of the journey and if you’re not already following Architect’s Trace, I hope that you do and become part of this Trace, cheers and here’s to a great 2015 and this thing we call Architecture, I mean LIFE!

Design On,

 

My goal at the beginning of 2013 was to become a consistent blogger. I no longer look at myself as The Poster. There were 41 new posts and 145 images uploaded here on Architect’s Trace in 2013. In 2012 there were 47 new posts and 150 images uploaded. While the posts/ images are slightly down for 2013, I attribute that to those being so awesome that I had to re-post them in 2013. While I consider myself a blogger now, I’m still not sure what that means. Do I now offer T-Shirts? Do I ‘sell’ something? Do I create a podcast? I’m not sure. I use this blog as a creative outlet for myself and to educate as to what it is we architect’s do and how we do it- hopefully for 2014 I can continue such.

The friendly stats helper minions at WordPress prepared a 2013 annual report for Architect’s Trace blog. I’ll admit that I don’t pay much attention to the stats of my blog, but it’s clear that I’ve out-performed last year’s.

2014-01-06_blog_image_2013 review

An excerpt from the minions report:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

I think they could pack twice as many people into the opera house if Miley and Robin performed ‘Blurred Lines’ over and over. The number of performances could then be cut to 3 to equal the number of my 2013 blog viewers. I’m good with Architect’s Trace headlining the Sydney Opera house and having Miley and Robin open up for me… wait, what… okay I got off on a tangent there. Compared to the 6,500 views in 2012, that’s a 231% increase- I’m proud of that number!

A few more minion provided facts about Architect’s Trace:

Busiest Day was October 8th with 337 views. The most popular post that day was What an Architect Does. The post was mostly a graphic post, graphic in a good way. I really enjoy creating the graphics for the blog and creating postings that are mostly visual… perhaps I should consider more of those posts.

Visitors came from 131 different countries, up 26 countries from 2012, BOOM! This was the year I cracked into Angola, Iceland you’re next! Most visitors came from The United States. Canada and Australia were not far behind. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, seems I have 487 people I can
ask lodging from, someone’s got to yes.

Top 5 Posts of 2013 were 1) What an Architect Does 2) Hiring an Architect: Part 1- The Search 3) Architect, it does CA good! 4) Drawing Baths and Architecture 5) Dear Architects, I am sick of your shit. There were some good posts in 2013 and the most read posts discussed how and what we architects do. These posts have been read by both potential clients and fellow architects. I’d like to think that I’m educating others on the architecture profession and not just taking up bandwidth.

I don’t ask anything from my readers, so this is a first for me. For 2014 I’d ask that if you don’t already write a blog, write one. Write about your passions, your personal life, anything that interests you. The people you’ll engage with and discussions that follow will far outweigh any fears you may have about writing a blog. Don’t wait start a blog, in the words of Dr. Seuss:

“You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…”

I’d like to specifically thank Lee Calisti, author of think | architect and Mark LePage of Entrepreneur Architect, they were two of my top referring sites for 2013, thank you! If you’re not already following Lee and Mark you should be, they each have great blogs! I should also mention that Architect’s Trace blog was also found by people searching for ‘B-Vent,’ I’m not sure what to think of that so that’s all I’ll say.

My main goal of this blog is to trace my experiences as an architect- how it a/effects me, my design ideologies, the built environ, and all I encounter. Hopefully, others along a similar path, or those just curious about architects/architecture, can benefit from my trace(s). Along the way this blog as become more than me being an architect and architecture. It’s been a vehicle to ‘meet’ others and be part of a larger conversation. It’s been about my trial and tribulations as the best dad ever, trying to be the best husband ever, and well, just being part of the human race. Judging those goals I consider my blog a success!

So what now, a grand re-vamp to the blog? I don’t think so, I’m happy with the blog as it currently stands. Sure, I’d like more exposure and I’ll work on that. The next year will be a challenge, I want to gain exposure of Architect’s Trace at the same time I want to reduce time spent on social media- a future post on that.

To my readers, thanks for being part of the journey and if you’re not already following Architect’s Trace, I hope that you do and become part of this Trace, cheers and here’s to a great 2014!

Design On,

 

2012 Review

My initial goal at the beginning 2012 for this blog was to become a more semi-consistent blogger Poster- read this post to see why I considered myself a The Poster. Along the way in 2012 there were 47 new posts and 150 images uploaded. In 2011 there were 5 (yes 5) new posts and 26 images uploaded. I think, for what its worth, I might be a blogger now. I’m not sure what that means… Is there a secret handshake?… Do I now have to offer T-Shirts?

The friendly stats helper monkeys at WordPress prepared a 2012 annual report for Architect’s Trace blog. I never paid attention to this stuff so I’m not quite sure how to interpret or what to base against.

Here’s an excerpt from the monkeys report:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. Architect’s Trace blog got about 6,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed Architect’s Trace blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Considering it would take me 11 years to reach the top of Mt. Everest, those stats don’t seem impressive. However, compared to the 3,900 views of 2011, that’s a 67% increase- that sounds mildly slightly impressive.

A few more monkey provided facts about Architect’s Trace:

Busiest Day was February 16th with 236 views. The most popular post that day was Signs of an Architect. Seems odd that the busiest day was two days after Valentines Day. I guess when love was rejected two days prior, people turned to this blog for some comfort. Perhaps I’m the Chuck Woolery of blogging offering a love connection? In actuality people most likely turned to this blog to mock it and make themselves feel better for being rejected on cupids day.

Visitors came from 105 different countries. Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Canada were not far behind. I’d also like to thank the 2 visitors from Sudan, my bank account information is on it’s way!

Top 5 Posts of 2012 were 1)Signs of an Architect, 2)FLW’s Pope-Leighey House, 3)ArchitecTypes- what kind of architect are you?, 4)Feeling Lightheaded- gas fp’s explained, and 5)WWJD and other architectural abbreviations. WTF? Only two of those were posted in 2012. There were some good posts in 2012. Just wait untill 2015 when you read them, you’ll be kicking yourself!

I didn’t get anywhere near done what I wanted to in 2012, but in the ‘big picture’ I’m okay with that. So what now? I started this blog as an attempt to trace my experiences as an architect- how it a/effects me, my design ideologies, the built environ, and all I encounter. Hopefully, others along a similar path, or those just curious about architects/architecture, can benefit from my trace(s). Along the way this blog as become more than me being an architect and architecture. It’s been a vehicle to ‘meet’ others and be part of a larger conversation. It’s been about my trial and tribulations as the best dad ever, trying to be the best husband ever, and well, just being part of the human race.

To my followers, thanks for being part of the journey and if you’re not already following Architect’s Trace, I hope that you do and become part of this Trace!

Cheers and here’s to a great 2013!

 

Design On,

** Click here to see the complete report.


No little turn on the cat walk, no sexy shirt, no tush shake, and no Right Said Fred- oh yes I did! However, there are some words of advice. If you’re working with an architect and there are no models in the office, slowly drop your gaze and retreat to the exit. Grab some magazines, markers, trace, whatever you can hold, and get out now! Go, Go, Go! How can you trust someone to craft space for you if they cannot themselves craft a representation of it?


I am not referring to virtual models- these inherently have a disconnect with the client and the process. Virtual modeling does have its space place, and we use it as well. However, I am talking about Real, Physical, smellable, Touchable, MODELS! The importance of physically crafting a model is every bit as important to the design process as the idea itself. An architect needs to be able to craft form to the idea. Modeling is important as, dare I type it, sketching!

Our projects typically begin with loose sketches indicating the distribution of the program as it relates to the site. Once those relationships are established, form is developed via models. Clients often participate in the creation/ re-creation/ destruction of the form. Models don’t need to be museum quality, in fact we rarely do a ‘presentation model.’ Rather, we employ many ‘design models’- models that are built, examined, ripped apart, glued back together- models that are tools in the architects’ arsenal.

So stop reading, go build a model- chipboard, #11 blades, bass wood, cuts, glue, bleeding, etc. Seriously… go… build it…who knows, if you build it maybe Ray Liotta will come!

Design On,

** under 18 please consult an adult prior to using a #11 blade, we assume no responsibility for severed pieces

Fresh on the heels of the two previous highly acclaimed posts- Signs of an Architect and More Signs of an Architect. I have decided (due to overunderwhelming requests) to make this a weekly occurence here at RAR. So I present the initial Sign Of The Week post, SOTW no. 34:

Before I’m inundated with emails, you didn’t miss 33 previous SOTW posts- I picked a random number, graphics work better that way! And yes, we will still have the other higly informative filled posts here on RAR.

All requests for signs accepted- except for freebird, no freebird requests!

Design On,

** Trademark pending. Shirts being printed, back off! FYI