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What’s better than architecture after school? #ArchiTalks

As I’ve mentioned on #Architalks posts before, kids and architecture are a match made in heaven. After-school activity: Now that everyone is back to school, parents are wondering what their kids are going to do between when school lets out and they get picked up.  What better than a little architectural exploration after school?  Bring a little artistry from the art class, a little knowledge from science class, a little creativity from the heart, give it a good mix, and see what happens. That was the thought that prompted me to offer an architecture afterschool program at my daughter’s...

Glass in Architecture – Summer Wonders #ArchiTalks

Phew! I made it through 2 whole weeks of summer school.  You see, I’ve been busy teaching a class for Summer Wonders at Ace Academy, a local school for gifted kids, called “Architecture Through The Looking Glass“.  Here’s a peek into my class about glass in architecture. The course introduces young kids to a world of architectural studies, where the boundaries between science and art are blurred, just as much as the separation between discovery and imagination.  It’s a space where I believe kids thrive. They effortlessly juggle reality and fantasy.  And that makes for a great architect. Course curriculum summary Over 10 days,...

New Year, New Business

New year, new beginnings. I am excited to announce the launch of my own architecture practice in Austin, Texas.  Watch this webspace – Architecture By George is officially open for business! I have submitted my resignation at work and I am wrapping things up in the chapter of my life titled ’employee architect’.  Over the last 16 years, I’ve had many titles – Intern, Architectural Intern, Intern Architect, Project Manager, Project Architect, Lead Architect, Senior Architect, Director of Architecture, in that order. As fancy as the title “Director of Architecture” sounds and is, and as many opportunities, responsibilities, and authority it has given...

Citizen Architect #ArchiTalks

If you are wondering what “citizen architect” means, and I had to look it up too, below is how the AIA (American Institute of Architects) describes it.  Sounds like a soapbox kind of topic, doesn’t it. The Citizen Architect uses his/her insights, talents, training, and experience to contribute meaningfully, beyond self, to the improvement of the community and human condition. The Citizen Architect stays informed on local, state, and federal issues, and makes time for service to the community. The Citizen Architect advocates for higher living standards, the creation of a sustainable environment, quality of life, and the greater good. The...

Work = 1/3 Life #Architalks

Three-day weekends with no particular plans are the best!  I didn’t clean out the garage like I planned. But I feel refreshed and revived. Burnout averted! Note: The following is how (the-about-to-burnout) I was going to start this post about work/life. Whoever came up with a 40-hour workweek, or particularly an 8-5 work schedule, had no responsibilities other than to one’s self, no kids nor a commute, but was a single-minded workaholic who was cutting the rest of us a lot of slack! There are, after all, 168 hours in a week, and man only needs 8 hours a...

Why I am an Architect, when I could have been a Mathematician #ArchiTalks

The short answer:- I am good at math and I like to draw!* To draw, draw, raw, aw…. Not only do I like to draw, I can draw well, a talent I inherited from my father.  That skill came in handy when I had to draw a still life, to prove that I was worthy of attending the College of Architecture.  I remember sitting at a drawing board in a studio, alongside a batch of other applicants, sketching the objects that were carefully arranged on the table in front of us.  That was 21 years ago, so I don’t...

Summer Break in South Padre #ArchiTalks

This post is my (first) contribution to #ArchiTalks series organized by Architect Bob Borson, who writes Life of an Architect. To see other architect blogger’s musings on “Summer Break”, click on links provided at the end of this post. As it turns out, I am on vacation as I write this post.  Ever since my daughter started school, summer break has elevated from “Woohoo! Less traffic!” to a real phenomenon once again in my life.  If you have kids, you know that a summer vacation is the perfect excuse to rekindle cherished memories from your childhood, make new memories with your children, and...