Architect’s Trace

Architect’s by nature like to change things, we like to call them revisions. After a few years (I know, they haven’t forced us to leave the internet yet, wow!) it was time to update our professional web site cogitatedesign– seemed like the ideal time to integrate the blog and web site to reside at one domain. When I first started the blog, the name was cogitate design blog. Pretty obvious right? Obvious, but not engaging or any indication of the blogs goal- let’s say that was the ‘concept title.’ Next came Real Architect Ramblings… let’s be honest, that sounded like a drunken architect in the corner going on and on and on;

“Datum? I got your datum right here… buy me a beer and I’ll tell you about the time I kicked Frank Lloyd Wright’s butt for some comment about good architecture having leaking roofs…and that’s when I told the engineer, steel, we don’t need no stinking steel… excuse me, I don’t feel so good… I’m going to go design something- it’s been somewhat nice talking at you.”

That title quickly became the ‘rejected schematic option 1a title.’


If you haven’t guessed by now, the blog’s title is “Architect’s Trace.” Huh? Sure there is the reference to actual trace that architects draw on, but it goes deeper. The blog’s title implies what it is we architects do, aspire to do, how we do it, etc. The blog is an attempt to trace my experiences as an architect- how it a/effects me, my design ideologies, the built environ, and all I encounter. Hopefully, others along a similar path, or those just curious about architects/architecture, can benefit from my trace(s). My posts will be for architects and non-architects; ideally they will be informative and educational for both. I’ll also be continuing my lighthearted, comical, sometimes sarcastic, posts- it’s just who I am.

n. (trace)

1. A visible mark, such as a footprint, made or left by the passage of a person, animal, or thing.
2. Evidence or an indication of the former presence or existence of something; a vestige.
3. A barely perceivable indication; a touch.
4. An extremely small amount.
5. A path or trail that has been beaten out by the passage of animals or people.
6. A way or route followed.
7. A line drawn by a recording instrument.

v. (traced, tracing, traces)

1. To follow the course or trail of.
2. To ascertain the successive stages in the development or progress of.
3. To locate or discover by searching or researching evidence.
4. To draw (a line or figure); sketch; delineate.
5. To copy by following lines seen through a sheet of transparent paper.
6. To follow closely (a prescribed pattern).
7. To imprint (a design) by pressure with an instrument on a superimposed pattern.
8. To make a design or series of markings on (a surface) by such pressure on a pattern.
9. To record (a variable), as on a graph.
10. To make one’s way along a trail or course.
11. To have origins; be traceable.

Over the next few months I’ll be editing/revising posts from the previous blog site and posting here on the new forum. If you’ve been following Architect’s Trace, thanks and please be sure to note/subscribe to the blogs new address. If you’re new to Architect’s Trace, welcome and I hope you find it of value… or at least an inspiration of what not to do!

Given the definitions, it’s easy to see that Trace means more to me as an architect than just yellow bumwad (or for the traditional architects, white). Inevitably at the end of a meeting it’s always left behind, thankfully someone picks it up and inquires what it is and the reply is always, “the Architect’s Trace… better hold on to that, we might need it!”

Design On,

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*  Originally posted Jul 11 2012, edited/revised per date above

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