ARTFUL RE-PURPOSE, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

INTRODUCTION

Those of you that are regular readers will know that one of themes that came through in the blog in my history of the firm was how we were consistently able to gain the opportunity to design new and unusual project types such as the Tropical Rainforest pavilion at the […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Academic|1 Comment

WHAT PARENTING A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD TAUGHT ME ABOUT MANAGEMENT

In my architectural education and experience, there was a minimal amount of management training on the way to running a firm. You have to observe and gradually learn these skills on the job. But there is nothing that prepares you for being the parent of a special needs child. You […]

By |September 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|6 Comments

USING PERCEPTION TO CREATE VALUE IN YOUR HOUSING PROJECTS

I took a perception class in college thinking that understanding how people saw things could be useful in architecture. The class turned out to be a lot about how the eye sees things and had lots of experiments like learning that if you look at a red sheet of paper […]

By |July 29th, 2016|Residential|3 Comments

DELIVERING QUALITY DESIGN THROUGH DESIGN/BUILD

We know that good design is not limited by the project delivery system; it has been delivered under many different scenarios including Design/Bid/Build, CM, CM at Risk, Bridging and Design/Build. Quality design is an iterative process that takes into account the client’s program and desires and then presents solutions that […]

By |May 25th, 2016|Academic, Design|0 Comments

SUSTAINABILITY GETS A PUSH FORWARD

A GUEST POST BY ALISON NASH, SUSTAINABILITY GURU

I feel like I am interrupting an intimate fire-side chat at a party by walking into the conversation that Ed has been having over the past year with his newly-minted blog audience.  When one makes an awkward entrance, it is always best to […]

By |April 22nd, 2016|Sustainability, Uncategorized|2 Comments

DESIGN DISEASE

HOW THE LURE OF WELL-DESIGNED PRODUCTS CAN EMPTY YOUR WALLET

It was just a toaster. Its electronics finally failed and we needed a replacement. I headed off to the closest Bed, Bath, and Beyond and figured they would have a good selection so I could just pick one up. Little did […]

By |March 11th, 2016|Design|5 Comments

MISUNDERSTOOD MODERNISM

THE MAURAN HOUSE, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND 1974

A week ago Sunday, The Boston Globe real estate section Address, featured as “Home of the Week” the Mauran House, an early house designed by Huygens and Tappe’ back in the mid-1970s. Well aware that I had skipped over this house in choosing the […]

By |March 9th, 2016|Residential|1 Comment

A BLOGGER’S EVOLUTION

WHAT I LEARNED IN A YEAR OF BLOGGING

Covering 50 years, writing about 50 buildings, all in 50 weeks. Yes, it was aggressive, but I did it. A couple of friends who had done some blogging challenged me on the inaugural post last January. Are you crazy? Writing every week? My […]

By |February 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

DIVINE RENOVATION

ST. MARY’S HALL, BOSTON COLLEGE, CHESTNUT HILL, MA 2015

It is fitting that this last blog post of the year, the 50th building in 50 weeks relates to renewal. As we approach 2016, St. Mary’s Hall, built in 1917, is ready for its second hundred years after having undergone a top […]

By |December 31st, 2015|Academic|0 Comments

URBAN TRANSFORMATION

929 NORTH WOLFE STREET, EAST BALTIMORE, MD 2012

I first worked in University Park at MIT in 1988 designing a tenant fit-up for a biotech company called Enzytech. Biosurface Technology would follow in 1991, 91 Sidney in 1998, 80 Landsdowne in 2000, 100 Landsdowne and a renovation of the Kennedy Biscuit […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Academic, Residential|0 Comments