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Equity by Design Workshop at the AIA National Convention

Equity by Design Workshop at the AIA National Convention

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At this years AIA Nation Convention to be held in Atlanta, Rosa Sheng and friends will be holding a half-day workshop inspired by the sold-out 2014 symposium, Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 | | Add a Comment

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Process: The Saratoga House

Process: The Saratoga House

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The Saratoga House, one of our current projects at Mark English Architects, first began its design development over two years ago. Understanding that having a new home designed and built is a big commitment, our clients wanted to take some time before making the final decision to move forward with the project.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 | | Add a Comment

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Façade Studies: Atherton House

Façade Studies: Atherton House

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In our previous post, we discussed the importance of the continued practice of hand-making physical models and the role it has in aiding the architectural design process and allowing for a deeper understanding of the project. In this post we discuss the ways in which 3D rendering technology has opened up a world of possibility for design exploration and visual communication.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | | Add a Comment

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Why We Still Build Models

Why We Still Build Models

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It is the very process of actually making something with one’s hands that we believe leaves room for inspiration. Model making allows for “happy mistakes,” breakthroughs that originate in the non-verbal part of the mind. That just doesn’t happen when using a computer.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | | Add a Comment

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Process: The Green Street House

Process: The Green Street House

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Austin’s Green Street Cottage, which Mark English Architects had the privilege of remodeling, was designed in the style of the First Bay Region Tradition.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | | Add a Comment

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Process: The Ridgecrest House

Process: The Ridgecrest House

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The process of design and construction, which results in a custom home, is unknown to many. Every beautiful home is the result of innumerable hours of communication through sketches, models, renderings and conversation. This post records some of the highlights of that process for the Ridgecrest home.

Thursday, December 04, 2014 | | Add a Comment

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Other Voices: The Why, What and How of Social Media by Amanda Walter

Other Voices: The Why, What and How of Social Media by Amanda Walter

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Communications strategist Amanda Walter, who spoke at the AIACC’s Now Next Future Conference in October, discusses the power of using social media to build your professional reputation.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | | Add a Comment

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Process: Standing room for two.

Process: Standing room for two.

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Our clients for our recent Green Street project were seeking a custom-built, large, efficient workstation comprised of two connected but separable desks suitable for sitting or standing work.

Monday, November 03, 2014 | | Add a Comment

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Now Next Future Conference 2014

Now Next Future Conference 2014

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Join your fellow architects for the NOW NEXT FUTURE conference presented by AIACC this October in Santa Monica.

Monday, August 18, 2014 | | Add a Comment

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