Psychology and Architecture: Silent Partners

Between feng shui and fibanacci, there is a deep and enduring psychology to architecture and interior design.  Source: Houzz

Common sense tells us architecture and design have a psychological effect on humans. If it didn't, interior design wouldn't be so popular and that feeling you get when you enter a perfectly proportioned space - such as the Parthenon - wouldn't be so profound. Even so, we how have scientific proof that the psychology of architecture is a real … [Read more...]

From Crafts to Connoisseur, Space for Your Hobby Is Important

If you're passionate about a particular hobby, then there's no reason to hide it from the world. Why not incorporate it into your living space?  Source: Houzz

I can't tell you how many times we have worked on residential remodels, only to open a closet and see a plethora of instruments, hobby tools, crafting materials, etc., tucked into every nook and cranny. It's a shame when these "hobbies" - which typically have more to do with who our clients are than their 9-5 jobs - are tucked away rather than … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Your Fence Be a Barrier to Your Style

While your fence should obviously serve it's function, it should also serve to bolster your overall design.  Source: Houzz

Residential and commercial design doesn't stop at the exterior walls. It continues (or should continue) through your landscape design, which includes fences or property boundaries. Make sure your fences enhance, rather than detract from, your overall design. Use Fence Styles That Complement Your Architectural Design When you're ready to design - or … [Read more...]

Innovation Moves Past Institutionalization in Senior Living Facilities

Because retiring opens up a world of opportunity for a retiree, many senior communities are focusing on fostering the interests and activities of their residents.

Do you equate senior living facilities with institutions? If so, we don't blame you. Until the last decade or so, the majority of senior living facilities were just that - especially for the middle- and lower-middle classes. Now, however, design trends are decidedly moving in an upward and positive direction. 5 Trends That Are Shaping Innovative … [Read more...]

What Makes A Space Sacred?

Sacred spaces are meant to draw out life's larger questions, like "who are we" and "why are we here."

We've written before about important tenets of designing sacred spaces. From sacred geometry to rounded architecture and even lighting design, there are some fundamental architectural features that enhance a structure's feeling of sacredness, and can thereby connect a visitor with the sacred within him or herself. However, we can't help but wonder: what … [Read more...]

Designing Trends Throughout The Decades

Retro designs will always be "in" and many of today's hot trends are built upon previous ones.  Source: Houzz

Architectural trends, like fashion, come and go throughout the ages. Just as skinny jeans and shimmery makeup populate the runway nowadays, modern and mid-century architecture and design was re-popularized last decade and now gold fixtures and finishes (remember the 90s?) are showing up again too. When design trends are recycled, they blend favorite ideas … [Read more...]

Comparing The Similiarities and Differences of a Few Boston Neighborhoods

Back Bay boasts some of Boston's best known landmarks, like Copley Square, the Boston Public Library, the Prudential Center, John Hancock Tower, and many more.  Source: Boston Back Bay via Wikipedia

Even without a tourist pamphlet or the guiding light of a native resident, a walk through Boston neighborhoods tells any first-timer the story of Boston's rich and diverse history. There is Beacon Hill, which began its development in the late-18th century, where the northern slope was built to house former slaves, sailors and artists. Then there is the Back … [Read more...]

Egress: Do You Know How to Safely Exit Your Workplace?

Safety should be a top priority at your workplace, and you should know how to exit your building in the event of a fire or like emergency.  Source: Houzz

Are you one of those people who reads a magazine as the flight attendant gives the safety spiel for the 100th time? Do you even glance at the emergency exit route maps posted on hotel doors? It's easy to keep the "It won't happen to me" attitude, until it's happening. Then, you'll wish with all you're heart you were more prepared. So, do you know how to … [Read more...]

Leslie Saul Guest Blogger – UBLA: What Do Landscape Architect Do?

Botany, horticulture, the fine arts, architecture, industrial design, geology and much much more are incorporated into Landscape Architecture.

When Leslie Saul & Associates invited us to write a guest blog, we jumped at the opportunity. One does not say “no” to a firm whose mission is to “make the world a better place in which to work, play, age, live, and learn!” According to Wikipedia, landscape architecture is “a multi-disciplinary field, incorporating aspects of botany, … [Read more...]

Is There a Correlation Between Office Design and Job Satisfaction?

It's not hard to see that work factors like job satisfaction, cohesion, and general productivity can tied into office design.

An article in the small business section of Chron.com outlines the factors influencing the social environment in an organization:  job satisfaction, teamwork, politics and conflict. What it doesn't mention is that office design can have a significant effect on the way each of those factors plays out. The Undeniable Link Between Work Efficiency and … [Read more...]

Talented Master Craftsman: Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh is a master craftsman who manages to merge art with modern design. Source: JosephWalshStudio.com

Sometimes there are no words to describe feelings conjured by a piece of art or architecture. Such is the case when viewing pieces by master craftsman Joseph Walsh. Perhaps equally stunning is the fact that Walsh is almost entirely self-taught, lending his works an unfettered and unfiltered edge when compared with his contemporaries. Regardless, Walsh's … [Read more...]