Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Advice for clients

Tuesday, 9 May 2017
I honestly feel that this post should have been titled " so are you telling me how to do my job ?".  But I'll hold on the angst for now. I've heard a lot of clients say can you just give me the construction drawings and I'll build it myself. It's all fun and games until they start building and realise that things are not exactly working on the project. What most clients fail to realise is that architectural documentation is merely an illustration or representation of how a building should be built and an architectural project requires the continued involvement of an architect or an architectural profession.

In my opinion, I think that trust and communication make up the most important part of a client architect relationship. But most of the time this is not there and the relationship is mostly based on the fact that the relationship equates money. A sad reality of this industry. I believe it's time that we start rethinking what an Architect means to this current society and how we move forward from here.

Lastly I leave you with an illustration by Leewardist one of my favourite architectural illustrators opinion of what he thinks an Architect should be.









This post is part of the ArchiTalks series pioneered by Bob Borson of Life of an Architect. This year, we are trying to do something different and instead of Bob suggesting the topics this month we have a topic suggested by Jeffery Pelletier who has recommended the theme of Advice for clients.

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks: Advice for Working with an Architect
Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Advice for ALL Clients
Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
advice to clients
Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
ArchiTalks: Advice for Clients
Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Trust Your Architect
Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Advice List -- From K thru Architect
Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
advice for clients
Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
A Few Reminders
Eric Wittman - intern[life] (@rico_w)
[tattoos] and [architecture]
Emily Grandstaff-Rice - Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Changing the World
Drew Paul Bell - Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Advice for Clients
Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Questions to Ask an Architect in an Interview: Advice for Clients
Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
Dear Client,
Kyu Young Kim - J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Advice for Clients
Rusty Long - Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
Advice for Clients
Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Advice 4 Building
Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Advice for Clients
Gabriela Baierle-Atwood - Gabriela Baierle-Atwood (@gabrielabaierle)
What I wish clients knew

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Life of an Architect Playhouse competition 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017
Recently, I entered the Life of an Architect playhouse competition. It was a good opportunity to be creative. Even though I did not win anything, I enjoyed my experience .It made me realized that I should make entering competitions a regular basis as it made me aware that I had much more room for improvement. I also realized that I had to find a style of presentation that was truely my own.

Here is the entry that I submitted that was based around the theme of recycling.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Art of "Architecture of Change"

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Recently, there have been alot of articles that focus on "showing and telling"  the Millennial Architect how they should design. One that particularly caught my attention was the article written by JoAnn Hindmarsh and Kurt Haapala about redesigning school restrooms (see link). This article was especially interesting to me since lately I've been working on the documentation of educational facilities. It demonstrated that the current architect should start considering the needs of the the people rather than  just using the "cut ,copy paste" method of designing a building. In my opinion a lot of the buildings designed in this day and age are not context specific nor do they suit the current user groups.

Since entering the industry, the comment I've heard the most was "when I was starting out the one thing I designed was toilet blocks!". I don't know what it was, but I felt that I should have expressed my opinions by saying, "that's not designing that's copy and pasting if you were designing toilet blocks we'd have plenty of different solutions by now". Time and time again, I've seen designers so reluctant to change their design just because a that design they were using has won an award or is cheap to build. I think it's time the Architect starts actually designing and not copying and pasting.

My angst aside, this article (see link) offers insight to how a school toilet block should be designed and if anything I strongly recommend you read it. In my opinion I believe that the Millennial Architect should embrace the art of " architecture of change" and start changing the way they think when designing, or we would just be proving Frank Lloyd right  when he said that today Architecture is shity! (see link).

 I've also included a list of Articles that talk about the Millennial Architect.

This Is How You Design a School for the Post-Millennial Generation in China

Hiring Millennial architects & designers & what is important to them
http://archinect.com/c4ablog/hiring-millennial-architects-designers-what-is-important-to-them

5 Architecture Career success tips for Millennials
https://www.thearchitectsguide.com/blog/architecture-career-tips-millennials

Culture is key for millennial in architecture,enginnering
http://www.lvb.com/article/20151116/LVB01/311069988/culture-is-key-for-millennials-in-architecture-engineering

This post is part of the ArchiTalks series pioneered by Bob Borson of Life of an Architect. This year, we are trying to do something different and instead of Bob suggesting the topics this month we have a topic suggested by Lora Teagarden who has recommended the theme of Architecture of Change. I talk about the changes in their design process that the Millennial Architect faces.

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks : Architecture of Change

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
architecture for change

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Architect(ure) of Change

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Architecture of Change

Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
architecture of change: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Change -- The Document Evolution

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
architecture of change

brady ernst - Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
The Architecture of Change: R/UDAT

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Architecture = Change

Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
My Architecture of Change / Hitting Pause to Redesign My Life

Brinn Miracle - Architangent (@architangent)
Architecture of Change: Building a Legacy

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Imagining the Future of Architecture

Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
3 Things I Hope Change in Architecture

Rusty Long - Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
Architecture of Change

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Changes

Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
The Architecture of Change

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Dwelling on a Macro scale

Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Map of  my suburb
During my 'research' of the street that I stay on, I came across a plethora of interesting articles both from the local government and newspaper. What better way to discuss the difference between what makes a house and a home than to canvas the little quirks of my local suburb that I stay in my home.

Sure I could spend time talking about the difference between a house and a home on a micro scale but it seemed more interesting on a macro scale. After all isn't life about the big picture ?

So here goes. The City of Perth has a history of being the administrative and military hub during the Swan River Colony period because of its strategic location. Along the way, some of the streets gained notoriety.  In my opinion, it is these derelict spaces  that add colour to make a suburb more interesting even more so than history and culture. It adds an identity to a place and dictates the future building typology that use the area has. My apartment complex was the first medium density to be built on my street and soon after an assortment of apartments followed. The new apartments replaced 'iconic' homeless gathering spots and made the area more liveable by increasing the foot traffic along the street. Over the last two years, have seen people staying in the city mostly working professionals or university students attending the schools in neighbouring suburbs.

An example of a noteable street is Stirling street which runs through the City of Perth as well as Highgate. This street is infamous as a red light district and has been a disputed and debated topic for many living close to it. I've been living near this suburb for almost 4 years and I haven't particularly noticed their presence so it doesn't bother me. The one thing I have noticed is that in the City in particular the shopping areas are constantly evolving with  the demographic of its visitors during all times of the day. The cafe strips on Beaufort Street and Barrack street is continuously evolving with all the new redevelopments in the City. I can't wait to see how this city will evolve in the next 5 years.

I've grown to love this suburb and its quirks make it more interesting. What about you, why do you like the suburb you live in? Is there anything you would change about it ? I'd like to hear what you have to say below. And before I leave here is the list of the other talented bloggers



This post is part of the ArchiTalks series pioneered by Bob Borson of  Life of an Architect. This year, we are trying to do something different and instead of Bob suggesting the topics  this month we have  a topic suggested by Keith Palma who has recommended the theme of House or Home. I chose to talk about how the history of a place shapes its' identity and how this identity attracts groups of people to stay in a certain suburb.


Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
The Designation between House and Home

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks: House or Home?

Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
House or Home? The Answer to Everything

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
our house is home

Mark R. LePage - EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Emotional Marketing for Architects: House or Home?

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
House or Home? It's in the story.

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
House or Home? A Choice of Terms

Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
house or home: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
House or Home -- Discover the Difference

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
"house" or "home"?

Meghana Joshi - IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks #24 : House or Home

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
House or Home? - Depends

Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
House or Home? Train for One, Design for Another

Jarod Hall - di'velept (@divelept)
A Rose by Any Other Name...

Greg Croft - Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
House or Home

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Designing a House into a Home

Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
6 Ways to Make your Architecture Studio feel like Home

Kyu Young Kim - J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Making a House a Home

Rusty Long - Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
House or Home

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
I don't design homes

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
House or Home: One's a Place, the Other a Feeling.

Tim Ung - Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
Architalks - A House is not a home

Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
#ArchiTalks #24 House or Home? #RefugeeCrisis @GrainneHassett mentioned

Sunday, 5 March 2017

New blog interface coming soon !!!!

Sunday, 5 March 2017
Hello Readers,

Some of the posts and blog links have stopped working on this blog. I am currently looking into transitioning into a bigger and better blog space. I've decided to keep this blog alive until I've figured out exactly what I am going to do for the new one and that is up an running.

Thank you so being so patient and sticking around. Looking forward to producing bigger and better posts.

Nisha Kandiah

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Regression or Evolution : Style

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


According to the Merriam - Webster dictionary, there are five possible definitions of style. 
For this post,  I'll be looking at style in terms of its ability to elegantly fit into the urban landscape.
If you were asking me to name a style icon, I would instantly answer - Jay Park. Simply because over the years he's evolved and created a style that can be easily identified as his own. However, I find myself at a loss when it comes to picking a single Architectural typology. Sure, there are monumental Starchitects but I'm not quite sure how I feel about seeing similar types of iconic buildings popping up on every city around the world at the expense of erasing the identity of these individual cities.

It might be a bit bold of me to say but, I feel like the current architectural style is regressing and there have been an increasing number of buildings just designed to shock the citizens of a particular city. For me personally, there has never been a single architectural typology but an assortment of "old-school"  typologies that I have found myself drawn to. Rationale dictates that if you were to put a group of architects in a room to discuss style you'd come to realise that style is a controversial topic and everyone has their five cents worth to offer.

Take for instance this years' Pantone Colour of the Year Greenery 15-0343, I'd like to know how many of you would actually incorporate that on your buildings? Personally, I found it slightly disappointing and I would be surprised if I saw every building  owner rushing out to buy a pot of green paint. It almost feels like overkill to have large green feature walls, it would be a different case if it were a green wall with plants.
As an architect in the early stages of her career, I feel like I should have had  a distinctive style evolving. However with my current situation, it feels like I'm regressing and losing my identity as a designer. So I'm using this as a starting point to try and create an Architectural identity for myself. Hopefully in the next few days I will be publishing some content to try and address these issues. Finally, I leave you with a quote to encourage all designers to create a unique style for themselves so that future generations might recognise their work as contributing to the urban fabric.




This post is part of the ArchiTalks series pioneered by Bob Borson of  Life of an Architect. This year we are trying to do something different and instead of Bob suggesting the topics we have topics suggested from the various ArchiTalks bloggers that were approved by Bob.This month, the privilege goes to Brian Paletz  who has recommended the theme of Style. I chose to talk about how difficult it is to pick a particular architectural style, creating an identity as an Architect and the kind of identity I hope to create for the future of my career.


Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
Meghana Joshi - IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
brady ernst - Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
Jarod Hall - di'velept (@divelept)
Greg Croft - Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
Kyu Young Kim - J&K Architects Atelier (@sokokyu)
Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
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