Diamond in the Rough
by Ken Avery
Moving to Portland, Oregon in 2007 was the beginning of a new
life rich with opportunities for discovery and growth. St. Johns suspension bridgePeninsula Park, Portland’s original rose gardenOn east side of the river in Portland lies a vast network of
very pedestrian friendly, tree lined residential streets. Throug...
Cedar, that's a wrap!
by Joe Carline
In our office, we get excited about cedar. There is no better material to blend a building into its landscape. Whether for a grand estate or humble barn, cedar can adapt to the occasion. Not only are cedar shingles beautiful and versatile, they are simple to produce, naturally rot and insect resistant, requir...
by Mia Jung
On a recent visit to a Seattle job site, I found
a few spare hours to explore the city. Per numerous suggestions, I went
downtown, to the Pike Place Market. Historic photo, North on
Pike Place Historic photo The Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously
operating farmers’ markets in the countr...
Relocating to NYC
by Laura Smiros
I recently had to decide where to live in NYC after living
on Long Island my whole life. There are
so many wonderful neighborhoods in NYC and all have a different vibe. We had a pied-à-terre on Central Park South for a few years, and
despite the pedigree, it wasn’t a comfortable neighborhood. It just never felt like a...
A House in the Country
by Molly Denver
began as a lark. Every
weekend, my husband Brewster and I would pack the dog into our car and head out
wherever our whims took us within a few hours of the city. The idea morphed, and
we decided to focus these weekend jaunts to find a second home. Historic photo of our new farm, 1930.Historic photo of our n...
Architecture and Animals: A trip to South Africa
I recently took an incredible trip to visit the amazing
country of South Africa. We started our adventure with 4 days in Cape Town,
followed by 4 days in the Winelands, and ended with a 5-day safari in and
around Kruger National Park. Cape Town – A view from the trek up to the Cape of Good Hope
Parma's Teatro Farnese
My recent trip to
Italy led me to the city of Parma, as I retraced portions of Sir
John Soane’s Grand Tour (1778-80)... He had two years to do it- I barely had two months! While I was in Parma, I came upon a massive and looming building at the edge of the Parma River. Nothing on its exterior prepared me for what la...
A Parisian Hidden Gem: The Sainte-Chapelle
In the heart of Paris, France stands a small Gothic chapel
with a humble exterior but a truly breathtaking interior. The Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) was built in the 13th
century by Pierre de Montreuil for Louis IX to use as his royal chapel and to
house relics of the Passion. The Lower Chapel served pa...
A Litany of Firsts
In an age of such great opportunity and advancement in the
field of architecture, it’s easy to forget those who blazed the trails and
cleared the path for us. So during Black History Month, I’d like to take a
moment to highlight the bold career of Norma Merrick Sklarek.San
Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, CABor...
Sheila Hicks: dedicated to experimentation
If you attended The Salon at the Park Avenue Armory this
past November, it was hard to miss the works of Sheila Hicks brought to you by
Demisch Danant Gallery. The Salon at the Park Avenue Armory, Sheila Hicks.Textile Fresco, c. 1969Five panels formed from twisted skeins of linen, silk, cotton118.11 H x 133.86 i...
Le Corbusier Pilgrimage
by Doug Crisp
late summer of 2016 I took an architectural pilgrimage of sorts, tracing some
of the pivotal works of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. 15th century chateau in Trélissac.Noted as one of the founding fathers of Modernist architecture, Corbusier’s works were in startling opposition to the popular ...
A Tribute to Paul Revere Williams
honor of Black History Month, I wanted to pay a special tribute to architect
Paul Revere Williams. Beverly Hills Hotel ExteriorHis granddaughter Karen E. Hudson wrote Paul R. Williams, Architect; A Legacy of Style – a biography and survey of his work, and a favorite in our IKB library. Best...