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Rock Whisperers: The Subtle Power of Incan Masonry

Rock Whisperers: The Subtle Power of Incan Masonry

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The Incas of the Andes had a special relationship with rock, which was key to their empire. Even today their masonry inspires awe, and perhaps fear. The Incas thought that rocks were people, with their own volition and personality. Inca stoneworks live on today, as monuments and often as foundations for later buildings.

Monday, September 05, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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Laguna Street Residence: A Victorian Re-envisioned

Laguna Street Residence: A Victorian Re-envisioned

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The Laguna Steet Residence by Mark English Architects is an extensive remodel and addition to an 1890’s Victorian home located in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. The historically significant front facade was retained, and a modern home built within the existing shell

Wednesday, October 14, 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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The Joy of Mentoring a High School student:  The Build San Francisco Institute.

The Joy of Mentoring a High School student: The Build San Francisco Institute.

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The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco has created the Build San Francisco Institute, a half day high school program for students interested in design, construction, engineering and architecture. The Build San Francisco Institute is a unique community educational partnership, involving AFSF, San Francisco Unified School District and more than two dozen major San Francisco firms.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 | | Add a Comment

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Modern on a shoestring: How to spend less than $75,000 and completely change your home.

Modern on a shoestring: How to spend less than $75,000 and completely change your home.

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Last summer, I purchased a home in Napa with my partner, Anne Fougeron. Most of the existing style choices were an abomination to our modernist sensibilities.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | | Add a Comment

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