Articles

Design in Communities

Live-work spaces inspire creativity and urban revitalization

As demand for artist live-work projects increases, local governments and developers are hiring architects and using these affordable homes and studios to spark urban renewal.

Work with an Architect

How materials selection impacts your project and budget

Some of the most important decisions on a construction or renovation project involve what building materials to use. Several architects explain how to best consider budget and style when selecting materials.

Design at Home

Before adding a sunroom, consult an architect

A sunroom can provide four-season access to nature, but the aesthetics, integration with the rest of the house, and energy conservation issues are best handled by a knowledgeable architect.

Work with an Architect

How to be the best client for your architect

Open communication, meeting payment deadlines, and understanding the project schedule are just a few ways to ensure a successful collaboration between architect and client.

Design at Home

An architect can help your next kitchen and bath remodel be your last

When it comes to aging in place and adapting a home for the future, strategic design efforts can make a big difference.

Design at Home

What’s the best strategy for solar-hungry homeowners?

Integrating solar into a house calls for design knowledge, which means consulting with a residential architect will make your solar decisions that much easier.

Design at Home

Don't think twice about remodeling your basement

Find out how a residential architect can help turn your dingy, dark basement into a beautiful, well-lit living space that flows seamlessly with the other levels of your home.

Design at Work

The hidden ways architects make offices safer

No one wants to feel nervous or uncomfortable at work. Architects are trained to not only design for safety but to imperceptibly weave those elements into the background.

Design at Home

Want a better kitchen? Ask these three questions

When remodeling your kitchen, a residential architect can evaluate trends and provide you with options; you can help him or her by having answers for these three important questions.

Design at Home

Why historic home renovations need an architect’s insight

When renovating your historic home, consult with an architect to determine potential complications, study interior design trends, and preserve the features that matter.

Design in Communities

The art of upcycling: Old materials breathe new life into Omaha’s theater scene

This theatre in Omaha, Nebraska, hired an architecture firm that repurposed materials and relied on local resources; the result was a truly innovative space.

Design in Communities

How modern hospitals recognize the impact of design on health

Designing for health matters most in a hospital. Discover how architects are mastering well-lit, open, well-ventilated spaces that improve outcomes for both patients and doctors.

Design at Work

Attract more clients with a beautifully designed office space

A well-designed office will not only boost employee morale; it will show visiting clients that your business places a high value on efficiency and productivity.

Design in Communities

Five design strategies to improve your children's schools

Architects understand that, to better serve their students, educators and principals need engaging spaces designed with a specific purpose in mind.

Work with an Architect

Negotiating with your architect: Ask the right questions

Before entering into a contract with your architect, be sure to ask these questions and consider your project tasks, schedule requirements, and the approval process.

Design at Home

Every home needs an architect: Renovating the HGTV Urban Oasis 2017

When Open Door Architecture was hired to renovate a historic home for HGTV Urban Oasis 2017, they found a unique opportunity to amplify their mantra: "No house is too humble for an architect."

Work with an Architect

Selecting your architect: What to explain and expect

These answers to frequently asked questions on choosing an architect will help you narrow down your options and find the perfect architect for your project.

Work with an Architect

Compensating your architect: Understanding payment structures

When it comes to paying your architect, knowing the most commonly used payment methods, schedules, and expenses will help uncomplicate your transactions.

Design in Communities

This New Orleans VA hospital was rebuilt to withstand hurricanes

When the New Orleans VA hospital was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, the architecture firm designing its replacement recognized the value in a resilient hospital that can survive disasters.

Design in Communities

A blueprint for better: Turning liquor stores into community health centers

Through adaptive reuse, architects can not only sustainably improve a community but reinforce the power of design by strategically reshaping a detrimental structure.

Design in Communities

Good design takes restaurant dining to another level

These days, restaurants are recognized for their look and feel almost as much as for their food. Anyone opening a restaurant in a unique location should consult with a design professional first.

Design at Work

Multipurpose spaces can strengthen seasonal businesses

Not every business or building sees year-round use, but with the right amount of creative planning an architect can design your space to be seasonally flexible.

Design in Communities

How colleges and universities are investing in energy efficiency

At the intersection of academia and innovation, colleges may be the perfect place to build sustainable ecosystems. But a college's energy-saving strategy is only as valuable as its most efficient building.

Design at Work

Transforming everyday structures into unique workspaces

Sometimes the best design strategy is to think unconventionally about reusing an existing structure. An architect can turn those dreams into reality.

Design in Communities

Infusing contemporary design thinking into historic libraries

Many older libraries offer historical design brilliance but lack updated amenities. A local architect can help community leaders renovate accordingly.

Chat support