Archive for the 'Architecture Practice' Category

13
Jan
12

nuts and bolts architecture

One of the really simple statements I can make with delight is that as an architect, I provide service to people.  This family in the photo above is smiling and full of hope for a new restaurant I designed for them some years back.  I love these photos because they are tactile reminders of what I do and inspire me throughout the process of getting to this photo opp moment.

I love the craft of architecture and want to take a moment to expand on what that means to me by using this project as an example.

If you are a sole practitioner architect like me, the project types you take on can be quite small or pretty good sized. When we come out of architecture school, most of us have visions of changing some part of the world at the scale of designing the next Notre Dame Cathedral or the next Guggenheim Museum.  Some of us do that and some of us eventually shape a career around a life view that balances the daily work environment with project types and all the nice parts of non work life.  For me the independence and freedom of working alone is a powerful force.

Small projects are a great pleasure for me.  I embrace the idea of the total architect, having the skill and vision to step along a path that includes

marketing

client engagement

measuring and drawing the existing conditions (bare ground site, building, or empty spaces in a building)

studying and visioning the new design

working with client on the new design

creating the construction drawings to be built from

permit review with the government agency

working with contractor and client to build the project

seeing the client in their new building; a dream fulfilled.

Architecture is about the art of making places.  What many outside the profession do not realize is that once the vision is shaped and focused during the design phase, the work has only just begun.  There is a tremendously technical process that must be embraced to achieve the smiling faces of your client in a memorable photo.

This is the presentation (pretty) version of the floor plan intended to show where things are but not a document to construct from.

Here is part of that same floor plan as a construction drawing showing the contractor some of the information needed to build the restaurant.

Here is that same partial plan with all the “digital layers” of information turned on.  I will go into the layers topic in another post, but the short explanation  is that these layers are turned on and off as we create a series of 3-6 floor plans that convey different types of information such as finishes, wall locations and ceiling design.  Yousa!  This is hard to look at right?  Too much info in one place.  We architects, artists that we are, love digging into the fine grained detail of this information and are constantly sharpening our professional (and digital) chops towards making drawings and specifications that get our clients and their projects something to smile about.  It took about thirty one sheets of drawings to get this job done including all the engineering work too.

Here is a photo of the interior on opening day when the chefs were cooking up a storm and I got to sit down to a tasty meal.

There is, with any project, a fair amount of work and even a little bit of struggle to pull it off.  That effort applied over time drills down into a person in a good way and comes back out as a pretty deep feeling of making a difference when I walk into a project and see a lovely finished product like this.

This then is a little sample of the nuts and bolts of architecture.

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02
Mar
11

New website design is complete

Now with my nifty new website design by Asmble.com, it is time to kickoff my regular blogging activity.

One of  my current activities is my annual teaching of a high school architecture class.  Here is a draft of the curruiculum Sacramento Waldorf Architecture 3 10 2010 This class is taught at the Sacramento Waldorf School  the photo here is of our field trip to San Francisco and Oakland.  The students are using their non verbal communication skills to indicate the symbol for a monumental building.

03
Feb
11

Fair Oaks Project Is Complete

Fair Oaks Residence Front Entry

This is my most recently completed house project for a family of five in Fair Oaks, California.  Both of these views are of the front.  A deeply satisfying experience to have this finished and get to see the home lived in.  They are busy making memories.  You can see more about it here.

Fair Oaks Residence Front Entry

23
Jan
11

A Blog Beginning For This Sacramento Architect

Greetings, this is going to be the blog I use to update what is new for me in my architectural practice along with my writings and teaching in the big beautiful world of making places for people. You can access this blog directly at saxonsangles.wordpress.com or through my soon to be reinvented website at sigersonarchitects.com