Conceiving Architectural Design as a User Interface | Part 1

As we move towards a future where digital interfaces, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality begin to infiltrate our architectural world, architects…


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Conceiving Architectural Design as a User Interface | Part 2

If we are to imagine architecture as a user interface, designers should have strategies to feature the occupant perspective as an integral part of the design…


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The Architecture Client Matrix: The Economics of Balancing Multiple Stakeholders

Most professional service trades have clear client relationships. A barber cuts a person’s hair or a financial advisor invests a client’s money. Architecture,…


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Is Architecture an Art Form? Navigating Between Aesthetics and Purpose

What inspires us when we see art? What makes something visually appealing? How does a viewer perceive an object’s significance? I’ve been trying to discover…


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Densification Without Displacement; Incentivizing Adoption of Self-Driving Vehicles to Solve Urban Issues

While we observe a lack of housing supply in many American cities, there is a solution to our housing woes already woven into the urban fabric, especially in…


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Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture

The Architect’s Brain, by Harry Francis Mallgrave, is primarily concerned with explaining the process by which we humans categorize our spatial environment,…


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Defending LACMA

Perhaps the word “controversial” is an understatement to describe LACMA’s reconstruction plans over the next decade. The museum Director, Michael Govan, has…


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The Architecture of Our Self-Driving Future

This is a preliminary study of how, in the future, self-driving electric cars, aka Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), will affect the existing architecture and urban…


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Utilizing Architectural Diagrams to Create Geometric Forms that Anticipate User Responses

The Diagram is an architectural design tool that operates between conceptual ideas and resultant geometry, between design intent and a building’s shape. What…


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Diagramming the Big Idea: Methods for Architectural Composition

In my search for precedent publications that discuss how to utilize diagramming in architecture, a professor friend of mine suggested I read Diagramming the…


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Niche Tactics: Relationships Between Architecture and Site

The primary goal of this book is to relay an analogy about ecological “bubbles,” or niches, to that of architecture, allowing contextual links to be absorbed…


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The New Petersen Museum: A Mistaken Metaphor

The newly reinvented Petersen Automotive Museum is an eyesore on many levels. This misanthropic contribution to the Los Angeles landscape is emblematic of two…


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Why LA Should Embrace Autonomous EVs as a Transit Solution

The history of Los Angeles as a metropolis is based on the development of two concurrent phenomena: mobility systems and real estate speculation. These two…


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Learning from the ‘Five Architects’

The viewpoint of design for the Five Architects - seemingly ancient viewpoints - come from an unadulterated moment of theory, when simple modernist thoughts…


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Top 10 Architectural Memes in Home Design

Designing a home is often a proposition of multiple choice among iconic expressions. Architects will not typically divulge this fact, but most have a penchant…


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The Broad: Synergy of Architectural Diagram and Art

The Architect's strategy to create the form of the building is to interpret the programmatic requirements into a visible diagram, combined with an exceptional…


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SCI-Arc Right Now Conference: Observations and Extrapolations

SCI-Arc preaches a dogmatic search for “difference” in their design work, which to my viewpoint tends to ignore the humans who would eventually occupy…


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Frank Gehry at LACMA: The Possibilities and Limitations of Assemblage

Frank Gehry’s impact on the general public is perhaps more evident than that of other Architects.  The general public is fascinated by his work, and his…


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Reckoning with Reckoning with Colin Rowe

After particular positive feedback from my article published in ArchDaily, I began a personal research project to rediscover the pedagogy through which I was…


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Google’s ‘Plex’ vs. Apple’s ‘Ring’: Linking Corporate Architecture and Digital Platforms

The two biggest names in technology, Apple and Google (rechristened Alphabet), each introduced compelling designs for their future corporate headquarters in…


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Defining a More Purposeful Architecture: A Guide to Current Architectural Trends

The current state of architectural design incorporates many contemporary ideas of what defines unique geometry. With the advent of strong computer software at…


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