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Architecture and Music

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The great 19th century poet Goethe once compared Architecture and Music, with the following (translated) quote, “Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.” I’ve long been fascinated by the relationship between my two favorite art forms. Since this is an architecture blog, it’s no surprise that I’m passionate about our built environment. You may not know however that I’m also an accomplished amateur piano player, starting lessons when I was only 7 years old. There’s a funny story about how I got my first piano that I’ll share sometime if you want to hear it.

On the surface architecture and music seem so different: one is useful, lasting and solid, the other is fanciful, ephemeral and  Continue reading

What I Love about being an Architect (Part 1)

One of the nice things about going to a party is meeting new people. Early in the conversation someone usually asks “what do you do?” and I get to answer “I’m an Architect.” Everyone loves to speak with an Architect: many will share their childhood dreams about becoming an Architect, others will share a story about a past remodel and still others will want to share opinions about the new local building. Whatever the conversation, there’s always an interesting point of connection – and who doesn’t like being popular at a party?

An old Polaroid shot of me climbing the temple
An old Polaroid shot of me climbing the temple

There are lots of things I love about being an Architect, from the artistic creativity to the technological challenges – it embraces so many areas of human endeavor. Ever since I was a boy, I had a fascination with archaeology. I could sit for hours pouring through picture books of Egyptian and Mayan ruins, imagining the people who lived there and what the cities might have looked like when they were still new. I’m grateful that life has given me the chance to wander the streets and touch the building of a few of these ancient cities. I’m also grateful that this antiquarian interest can offer valuable insights in my professional life. Continue reading