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A succinct post with a hefty question to address- Is there a difference between a house designed by a builder and one by an architect? Rather than a long diatribe, I submit two images:

 

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What is The Best House for you? Still not sure of which is best? Tally the votes, counting visible ‘digits’ I see a 5:2 lead, hmm… Talk to an architect and begin the journey, it’ll be a great experience!

 

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* Originally posted May 9, 2012, edited/revised per date above.

In my previous post, Crickets, I addressed my frustration with potential clients being unresponsive. As an architect I’m always looking to solve the problem at hand and make my client’s responsibilities as easy and efficient as possible. As such, I’ve created the [un]Response Form that can be left with potential clients to review and choose their response. I’ll even go so far as to provide a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the [un]Response Form. Hopefully, this will elicit a few more responses. I present the latest in my library of forms:

 

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Download a PDF for your own use -> [un]Response Form

 

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* Originally posted December 9, 2013, edited/revised per date above… the form is provided free of charge, and you assume all liability and comical consequences- however, at any point in the future I can decide to charge $79.99 for a one time use of the form… enjoy!

Architects tend to speak and ask questions in a circuitous manner. Sometimes, what you may hear from an architect isn’t what’s actually going through the architect’s mind- these are known as Architect Realities. In case you missed our previous post on these realities, the link is provided below. Keep in mind, clients can be just as bad. Below are a few examples of what you may hear from a client, as well as what’s actually going through the client’s mind.

 

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Architects, be sure to keep these in mind for your next meeting with your client; be sure you hear what your client is really saying!

Clients, be sure to review these Architect Realities, and keep them in mind for your next meeting with your architect; be sure you hear what your architect is really saying!

 

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* Originally posted February 26 2013, edited/revised per date above… My clients don’t do this; it’s just what I hear other clients do.

Architects tend to speak and ask questions in a circuitous manner. In our never-ending quest to demystify the process of an architect, we’re once again lifting the veil of secrecy. Below are a few examples of what you may hear from an architect, as well as what’s actually going through the architects mind.

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Keep these in mind for your next meeting with your architect; be sure you hear what the architect is really saying!

 

Design On,

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* Originally posted January 21 2013, edited/revised per date above… I don’t do this, it’s just what I hear other architects do.

 

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* Please don’t attempt to apply to a history course, ARE, IDP, etc. you’ll fail! I’ve been careless on properly referencing the images to their source… meaning I haven’t and just copied from googles’ image search engine. Inform me if I’ve used any copywritten images and I’ll remove them and feel a bit remorse


A lot of other professions use the title ‘Architect,’ for many its sacrilegious. I have mixed opinions on the ‘title issue’ as there are more pressing matters facing the profession. However, I’m pretty good at turning situations about face. I’m going to start pilfering other professions titles and terminology and get in the game. As the kids say, “Don’t hate the playa, hate da game!” They still say that, right… right?

 

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Keith Palma, NCARB, LEED AP, MBA, MD, DDS, JD, IT Specialist, PHD, CPA, Sc. D., Architect (the kind that designs the buildings that the other ‘Architects’ work/live in)

* Originally posted July 31 2013 + February 04 2015, edited/revised per date above- we’ve added more humor! Photos from photostream on FLICKR and have been used under the creative commons license, in order erik ERXON , Herry Lawford, and remainder from Matthew Burpee

Occasionally I’ll receive phone inquiries that go something like this:

Me “Hello, cogitate design, how can I help you” (keep in mind I do my best Isaac Hayes impression on the phone)

Potential Client “I got your name somewhere, I have a lot and I want to build a (insert building type here)”

Me “Wow, that sounds like an interesting project, would you like to meet and discuss further?”

Potential Client “No, I just need plans”

Me “Yeah, that, um, that’s not something we just ‘have’”

Potential Client “I don’t need much, can you just sell me some plans you’ve already done?”

Me “No, not really, we craft buildings per the client’s needs and specific site…”

Potential Client “Can’t you just sell me some plans from your cad machines?”

Me “No, it doesn’t really work like that…”

Potential Client “Jackassarchitect…”

Me “I’m sorry, what was that?”

Potential Client “Oh, I said Jackson Browne’s car is next…”

Me “That doesn’t even make sense…”

Potential Client “Does to…”

Me “Does not…”

Potential Client “Jackson Browne’s car is next…”

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Me “Bueller… Bueller… Bueller… Bueller…”

So than it hit me, an opportunity! We architects are resourceful; why not make it as easy as possible for others to profit. I can do that. Then an apparition of Ray Kroc appeared. I can make it even easier; I’ll offer a drive-thru service and a value menu! So introducing the all new Cogitate Design value menu:

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* Originally posted August 02 2010, edited/revised per date above- we’ve eliminated trans-fats and have gluten free options!