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In this new Millennium remember, good design is timeless
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The graphics on my site will take time to generate
but quality does take time.
Photo made on a recent trip to Peru which started in the rainforests of the Amazon and ended in the mountains of the Andes.
The ancient ruins of Machupicchu
Only with a look back at ancient civilizations, can we realize how far we have removed ourselves from designing and living with nature. In studying the ruins of Machupicchu we can see the spiritual relation of these, so called uncivilized, people with the mountains and their environment. Here they let the contours of the mountains and the plains of the earth determine the orientation of their structures. ..................This philosophy was fundamental in site planning for, Frank Lloyd Wright...........
A Quote from Frank Lloyd Wright:
while it still exists,
New ... Visit the Jungle Harp page. This is a book that my wife and I have been been working on. It is an illustrated book for Children. The story takes place in the heart of the "Amazon Rain Forest." I have shown a few of the many illustrations from the book in this short resume of the story. It is written for children of any age. If you are older and still find Fantasy entertaining then this book will be appealing to both you and your family. The book is 95% complete. A symphony, dedicated to the story, has been written and recorded. For additional information on the composer of the symphony and the recording, see the Jungle Harp page. Note: We are in the process of finding a publisher at his time and will appreciate any inquiries......Email Icon is on this page
Philosophy of architecture:
After spending many years as an active architect, I have decided to take time, at this point in my life, to write and illustrate a book on the Amazon Rainforest and the preservation of it's ecology. I will be doing no new projects while I am writing and illustrating this book. I feel that this is more important than any architecture that I might create. Since I have received many e-mails from people who have complimented me on my site, I wish to express my sincere appreciation regarding their comments. Until this book is completed,
This site shall be regarded as educational only..
One year ago I posted my last entry to this site. It was then that I started work on writing and illustrating a book about the rain forests and ecology of our world. The book I am writing is being written for mature children and anyone who likes a story where there is Fantasy and Adventure..
Update to the site in December 2002.
Since I began writing a book one year ago I have had a chance to look at what has been happening to the field of Architecture. Older architects, in previous years, were, "grand-fathered," when changes were made in professional requirements. We are now told that we must take courses from companies who have teachers with only a fraction of the knowledge that us older architects have assimilated from years of field experience. No one has yet been able to explain to me how paying an exorbitant fee to a company for a field trip to Machupicchu or Tikal is any more valid than doing it on your own time. All of these expensive courses and trips are now required to maintain a license. The older architects who have spent a lifetime in the profession are now giving up their registrations and leaving the field of architecture as a result of these new laws. The cost alone of, so called, educational courses is prohibitive for some architects who are not actively involved in doing architecture. A few of us may only want to retain a license so we can continue to say "I am an architect."
I have never done a home or building without the use of a consulting engineer. Many years ago an old engineer, who was my teacher said, "A house does not know it is a house as far as engineering is concerned." With this in mind I have never had a structural failure, or a problem with my work, during a long career. My design style and individuality in each project indicates my personal involvement in every phase of my work but there is no substitute for a consulting engineer who is familiar with the latest updates in the field of engineering. An architect, like a CEO wears many hats. He is a businessman, a site planner, a visionary, a historian of styles, at times a phychologist, enabling him to see through "words" and find out the real desires of a client. He should also be an artist and a coordinator of all the people that work with him on the job. No course offered by anyone can substitute for the experience gained during a lifetime of work in the field of architecture.
Although I do not believe that the words I am writing here will have any effect on these new educational restrictions, it still seems such a waste, to put to an end the years of experience that older architects have acquired for lack of informational courses in diverse subjects they will never use, for instance, from a mailing I just received; for a total of 20 hours of credit ....... One time only " Approaching French Furniture and Architecture." Think about it....
I have always thought that it was a regrettable oversight on the part of our educational system not to include, in our schools, the study of architecture as it pertains to the home. Owning a home is the desire of most people and it is usually the greatest expense in the life of the average person. When a student leaves the school system to enter the real world he has to learn for himself two things which are usually left out of his education. How to manage his finances, and what to look for when he decides to build or buy his dream home. Without this knowledge there is rarely a favorable outcome for the prospective homeowner. These two areas of education work together and should not be overlooked.
A personal home, has to be considered on a different level apart from any other type of construction. This is a life-long dream for most people, and as such, it cannot be approached in the same manor as a commercial venture. My clients are mostly self-made men. They are successful in business because they know how to delegate responsibility to those who have the talent to give them what they require. I feel fortunate that for the most part, I have had that same consideration extended to me. As the years have gone by, many of my clients have become close friends and their children whom were only labels on a plan, such as Sons' Room or Daughters' Room, have now become the new generation and my new clients.
For the student of architecture:
The Masters of these art forms,
who are still alive, are called "National Art
Treasures" by their respective countries. ( * )
These masters are represented in every phase of design and living, including, paper
making, pottery, the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Feng Shui and T'ai Chi, to
mention only a few. When a designer is sensitive to these teachings it becomes his
life. The western world has produced a rigid style based on mathematical proportions
of moldings and symmetrical placement of elements resembling toy soldiers on a
battlefield. This has never been an option for me in my work. I prefer to
think that my homes reflect basic human values which inspire you to remove your shoes
relax and enjoy your own private world.
like physicians, can influence the health of the world.
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