I spent a weekend in Sequoia National Park recently, experiencing a broad spectrum of weather in 48 hours. The first day transitioned from hiking in deep snow to dry sunshine, followed by an afternoon hailstorm. The second day we hiked in dense fog. The majestic wildness affected me deeply.Read More
Each year for the past ten years, designers from across the globe have converged on Los Angeles’s renowned La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ) to partake in its annual LEGENDS event. This year the LCDQ celebrated bygone design legends and added a new luminary to this illustrious list: Renaissance Design Studio’s co-founder and our longtime collaborator, Al Wiener.Read More
Before contractors build our designs, we must first present them to our clients for their approval. The methods architects use to do this have changed over time, but our goal remains the same: to demonstrate to our clients the “Firmness, commodity, and delight” of our work. Originally identified as essential elements of all architecture by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the first century BCE, these three qualities are still vital to successful architectural design. However, we also want our owners to fall in love with their home. A design’s approval is often contingent on its presentation.Read More
Building Information Modeling — or BIM as it is more commonly known — is a series of powerful tools used in the architecture industry to combine digital design with all the information needed to complete a project, such as costs, siting, and materials. It allows both designers and their clients to visualize a design long before it is built and fosters collaboration with architects, consultants, and builders.Read More
In creative circles, some artists and particularly, authors categorize themselves into one of two schools of creative processes: “the architects” and “the gardeners”.
“The architects plan everything ahead of time,” novelist George R.R. Martin once explained. “They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up.” Conversely, Martin continued, “Gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is… But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have; they find out as it grows.”Read More