An email with the subject “Are architecture grads prepared for the real world?” arrived in my inbox this past autumn. Intrigued and also a bit skeptical, I opened it and read about a forthcoming book entitled Design for an Empathic World by Sim Van der Ryn. I wasn’t familiar with Mr. Van der Ryn so, naturally, I Googled his name and saw that he had a rich history in California’s architecture scene, including teaching at UC Berkeley, serving as California State Architect, and working extensively on ecological design. Seeing that a lot of his work aligned with my interests, I responded with, “I’d love to read the book and write a review.”Continue Reading
It’s that time of year when goals, resolutions, and intentions are set in place. Hopes, dreams, needs, and wants spin together to fill a bright tunnel for the upcoming year–the best year EVER!
This is my guilty pleasure. Planning and organizing events–from our wedding to a new project to a vacation–are my comfortable domains and elevate me to an increased sense of clarity and foresight. And planning for a whole year? Sign me up.Continue Reading