An Architecture or Design trend you wish would go away
This is not a new trend, rather centuries old, but it still gives me the creeps. Living close to some semi-suburban sprawl areas, I keep seeing houses being built and sold in large numbers that have brick or stone facades on their front and vinyl or aluminum siding on their sides and rear. Seems like a very obvious architectural version of “lipstick on a pig” to me, but apparently, large portions of the populace keep falling for it.
A New (or new-er) A&D trend you love or see coming
Some institutional clients require their construction projects to be carbon-neutral these days. That is a mindset that hasn’t really settled in for the majority of the construction industry, but the technology exists to calculate and track the environmental impacts quite precisely. 20 years after LEED, it would be good if a new, better standard would become common.
What’s your dream project?
Ever since I first dreamt of becoming an architect, the vision of a house in and on a bluff over a mountain lake or river has been haunting me. I have been thinking about the interior stair in that double-high living room for decades now…
What’s your pandemic hobby?
I have been following my kids along with the games they have been trying out. But more meaningfully, I have really caught onto breathwork meditation, which my wife is training to become a facilitator for.
Describe your style in 3 words (can be personal or design aesthetic)
Crafted Modern? Elegant but unpolished simplicity.
Your favorite building or room of all time
I could embrace the cliché and say that I was very moved when visiting both Wright’s Fallingwater and Mies’s Barcelona Pavilion, which would be true. In the present day, I admire almost every single work by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. I visited the little Stone Museum in Nasu years ago, and am always thrilled when I learn about new projects of his.