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hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall share their thoughts and tips on architecture, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

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hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall share their thoughts and tips on architecture, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

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Thank you Laura!

By TheSamSkiSki - Feb 04 2019
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My first ep. was 62, Never Too Old To Be An Architect. I am 25, separating from the military and eager to start my education even though it may mean I will be a student until I am 32. I am so eager I just had to ask Laura a few questions and she was very encouraging in her replies. Will continue listening and enjoying this podcast while I start my journey!

Muy bueno!!!

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Any new podcasts soon? Looking forward to it, you do a great job at this.

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29 Ratings
Average Ratings
19
6
3
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1

Thank you Laura!

By TheSamSkiSki - Feb 04 2019
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My first ep. was 62, Never Too Old To Be An Architect. I am 25, separating from the military and eager to start my education even though it may mean I will be a student until I am 32. I am so eager I just had to ask Laura a few questions and she was very encouraging in her replies. Will continue listening and enjoying this podcast while I start my journey!

Muy bueno!!!

By kinguitos - Jan 03 2014
Read more
Any new podcasts soon? Looking forward to it, you do a great job at this.

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hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall share their thoughts and tips on architecture, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

62: Never Too Old to Become an Architect

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Laura and Larry discuss a recent listener's e-mail about starting architecture school later in life and navigating both family and career.
See show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh62.
Are you interested in pursuing an education in architecture as an adult? Are you working full-time? Are you married? Do you have kids? How do you navigate both family and career? Is it worth it? Are you too old?

First and foremost, you are NEVER too old to pursue an education!
Follow your heart!
Use your age and maturity to your benefit!
Find your groove.
Network with others.
Keep your eye on the prize!

We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors: www.hpdarch.com
Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/archhappyhour
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Sep 29 2016

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06: Things Your Professor Never Told You About Working in an Architecture Firm

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Laura and Larry talk about what they missed and what to look out for.
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Apr 26 2010

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32: My Degree is Worth What?

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Larry finally gets to vent about the latest study on why you shouldn't get an architecture degree.
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Nov 27 2012

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54: Zaha Hadid 1950-2016

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Iconic architect Zaha Hadid passes unexpectedly, leaving a gap in the architecture world. Laura and Larry discuss the potential impact on role models for future women architects as well as the impact on her own firm.

Apr 10 2016

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03: Architecture Marketing 101 – Part 1

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Laura and Larry start the new year with some marketing tips for small firms and individuals.
We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
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Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/archhappyhour

Feb 10 2010

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36: Can I Be My Own General Contractor?

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Laura and Larry share an e-mail from a potential client about being their own general contractor and discuss what to consider when asking yourself that question. Do I know enough to shepherd a project through from start to finish?
We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
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Apr 01 2013

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29: Who’s your…Architect?!?!

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Who's your favorite architect? Laura and Larry get down to figuring out just who their favorite really is (not counting themselves).
We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors: www.hpdarch.com
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Jul 31 2012

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78: Property Secrets You Need to Know

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How do you know if a home is going to be easy to renovate? What secrets could your house be hiding from you and how do you find out? Architect and Host, Laura Davis will walk you through how to research a property to reveal potential deal breakers and problems that will make remodeling or adding onto a home difficult or even impossible.

See show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh78.

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In Episode 78 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura shares tips on how to research a property to uncover the secrets it’s hiding. Start by investigating your property on three levels:

  • County Appraisal District
  • City Zoning
  • Property Survey

Watch out for these potential deal breakers:

  • Floodplain
  • Max lot coverage
  • Noncompliant or unpermitted structures

Other information sources to check are:

  • HOA Architectural Review Board
  • Property deed restrictions

resources and links

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

connect with us

We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

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Are you interested in sponsoring The Architecture Happy Hour podcast? We want to connect with companies that are a good match with the interests of our listeners. Please call 214.751.2304 or contact us here to receive a media kit and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Nov 07 2018

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79: Best Gifts for Future Architects

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Looking for the perfect gift for a kid who is creative, shows a curiosity for buildings, and always wants to know how things go together? Dallas Architects Laura Davis and Holly Hall share great ideas for the best gifts for future architects.

See show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh79.

Visit our blog for the 2018 Architectural Gift Guide for All Ages.

In this episode

In Episode 79 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura and Holly are inspired by a video featuring Elton John showing that gifts received as children can often influence who we become as adults. They reminisce about toys from their childhood, and offer ideas for picking that perfect gift for the design and architecture enthusiast in your life, both young and young-at-heart.

Here’s the video:

Notable and Shareable Takeaways

  • New technology and innovation are memorable and make an impression.
  • Give gifts that will help the recipient grow into who they are meant to be.
  • If a toy feeds a passion, it will be loved for a very long time.

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Picking the Perfect Gift

Dive deep into a current interest

Exploring buildings and home design

Making, Designing, and Creating

How do things go together?

Show kids new ideas and new ways of doing things

  • All About book series (Read about the Bathysphere and William Beebe here)
  • Who Was book series (Laura’s son likes these)
  • This Old House and Hometime (premiered on public television in 1986 with Dean Johnson and JoAnne Liebeler)
  • Tangent stories about black and white vs. color TVs

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

connect with us

We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

The Architecture Happy Hour

Learn more about The Architecture Happy Hour Networking Group and Podcast

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hpd architecture + interiors

Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors

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Are you interested in sponsoring The Architecture Happy Hour podcast? We want to connect with companies that are a good match with the interests of our listeners. Please call 214.751.2304 or contact us here to receive a media kit and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Nov 21 2018

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77: How to Get Rid of Your Stuff to Re-Imagine Your Home

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Do you feel like you are drowning in STUFF? Are all your possessions stressing you out more than they bring you joy? It’s time to break down the steps for sorting, purging, donating, and organizing your things so you can sleep at night! Join us on The Architecture Happy Hour podcast as residential architect, Laura Davis shares how to get rid of your stuff to re-imagine your home.

See show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh77.

in this episode

In Episode 77 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, we are talking about your stuff and how it’s taking over your life. Here’s how to get started getting rid of your stuff so you can make room for what’s important.

  • Where does your house feel congested? Where does stuff go and never leaves?
    • Closets
    • Kitchen pantries, drawers, and cabinets
    • Bathroom cabinets
    • Garage
  • Sort and Organize
    • Call a professional organizer if you need help
    • Consolidate items together – clothing, hair accessories, desk supplies
    • Purge broken, duplicates, or outdated items
  • Questions to ask yourself when decluttering:
    • Do I use this frequently?
    • Is this item in the most convenient location?
    • Does it bring me joy?

notable and shareable takeaways

  • Items to Donate:
    • Eyeglasses with the wrong prescription
    • Old cell phones
    • Shoes you don’t wear
    • Clothing that no longer fits or you haven’t worn in a year
    • Old towels and bedding you haven’t used in years (elastic fails, stains won’t come out) – animal shelter will take these
    • Utensils and appliances you don’t use
  • Sell these things:
    • Collections you no longer love
    • Furniture in good condition
    • Clothes and handbags with designer labels or price tags still on them
    • Kids’ clothing and baby stuff
    • Tools
    • Sports equipment
  • What items should you put in storage:
    • Holiday items
    • Temporary move – furniture, household things you can live without during renovation
    • Documents and files you have to keep for a business or for tax records
    • College student’s possessions who is going to study abroad or relocating temporarily for an internship.
    • **Do Not Store items because you don’t want to deal with – or give yourself a deadline otherwise you’ll never go through it.
  • Things that should be tossed or recycled:
    • Expired pantry items
    • Miss-matched food storage containers
    • Magazines and newspapers
    • Kids school work, daily assignments
    • Old technology – cordless landline phones, old tube tv’s, remote controls and cables for equipment you don’t have any more

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

connect with us

We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

The Architecture Happy Hour

Learn more about The Architecture Happy Hour Networking Group and Podcast

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Twitter

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hpd architecture + interiors

Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors

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sponsor

Are you interested in sponsoring The Architecture Happy Hour podcast? We want to connect with companies that are a good match with the interests of our listeners. Please call 214.751.2304 or contact us here to receive a media kit and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Oct 24 2018

32mins

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21: Interview with an Intern Pt. 1

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Laura and Larry grill their student intern Chris about his experience working in an architecture firm, his expectations, and his future.
We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
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Oct 16 2011

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18: Tips for Interns and the Architects Who Hire Them

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It's June, and as Larry and Laura prep to speak at the Texas Society of Architects convention in October, they share some tips for both interns and the architects who hire them.
We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors: www.hpdarch.com
Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/archhappyhour

Jun 28 2011

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Gays and Architecture

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It's Gay Pride in Dallas. Is Larry the only gay architect in Dallas?

We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us

Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors: www.hpdarch.com

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/archhappyhour

Sep 24 2010

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80: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: Expectations vs. Reality

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Can home owners (who lack organizing superpowers) realistically be expected to manage the Tidying Up process? What does decluttering really look like in reality? How is the process different if you work with a professional organizer? In this episode of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Architects and hosts Laura Davis and Holly Hall review the Netflix series called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and get candid feedback and helpful tips from professional organizer, Traci Olivares of Totally Organized.

See show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh80.

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The Tidying Up Movement

By now you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo and her #1 New York Times best-selling book called, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Her second book published in 2016, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up continued her popularity in the tidying up and organization arenas.

In January 2019, perfectly timed with the dawn of New Year’s resolutions everywhere, Netflix released the television series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In HGTV style, each of the 8 episodes featured different families, couples, or single home owners struggling with their own decluttering challenges. We binged watched every episode eager to glean valuable tips and methods for transforming our own homes.

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Marie Kondo’s tidying up process centers on the KonMari Method™. Followers of the method are instructed to sort through their belongings in categories rather than by location — but it’s an overwhelming process. Often her clients take weeks and months to declutter, and some take it on as a full-time project. How realistic is this really? We chat with professional organizer, Traci Olivares of Totally Organized who joined us to discuss how to manage all the stuff.

Links

Totally Organized, Professional Organizing Services in the Dallas, Texas area by Traci Olivares

Container Store Elfa storage systems (Holly’s favorite)

Before & After

Who doesn’t love some before and after photo inspiration? Photos provided by Traci Olivares.

Are you ready to get started Tidying Up?

about Traci Olivares

Traci Olivares, specializes in helping residential and business clients create streamlined and organized spaces. Her background is in the corporate aviation industry, and she holds a pilot’s license and a flight instructor certificate. This highly procedural career helped Traci hone her skills for creating systems and processes. It also increased her patience for teaching others new skills in highly stressful situations.

When Traci became a mom, she wanted to start a business where she could control her own schedule. After spending time with other young mothers, she noticed that most of them were disorganized, stressed out, and overwhelmed. Knowing that being organized was part of their solution, Traci started Totally Organized, and set out to coach others to make choices that will positively impact their lives by decreasing physical and mental clutter. Over a decade later, she has spent thousands of hours in her clients’ homes and offices, and enjoys seeing lives transformed every day.

Traci serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, 12 year old daughter, and 10 year old twins.

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

connect with us

We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

the architecture happy hour

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Are you interested in sponsoring The Architecture Happy Hour podcast? We want to connect with companies that are a good match with the interests of our listeners. Please call 214.751.2304 or contact us here to receive a media kit and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Jan 30 2019

53mins

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16: Architects & Architecture in Movies

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Laura and Larry skip their scheduled podcast topic to recap Larry's trip to Atlanta and discuss how architect's are portrayed and how architecture impacts movies.
We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
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Apr 23 2011

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52: Is Getting Your Architect License Worth It?

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Is getting your architecture license really worth it? Larry's niece wants to know the good and the bad of having a license, as well as what you can and cannot do with or without one. Plus Laura and Larry talk a little about upcoming changes to the Intern Development Program.

Mar 06 2016

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75: When Do I REALLY Need an Architect?

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If you are about to start a home renovation project, how do you know who to call? Do you REALLY need an Architect? Laura and Holly present a useful checklist of questions to help you decide whether you need a contractor, an interior designer, an architect, or all three.

See photos and full show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh75.
in this episode
In Episode 75 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, here's what we learned:
Check if you need a building permit

Different communities have different requirements for when you need a building permit.
Check with your city to see what is required to get a permit. Often they will want drawings (floor plans, elevations, sections, site plan, framing and foundation plans, etc.). They may stipulate if there needs to be an architect or structural engineer involved.
Search on your city’s official website under “building inspection” or “building permit”.  There will be lists that tell you when a permit is required and what is needed.

When you need a Contractor

Is the work a repair to existing plumbing, electrical, water heater, replacing a roof, changing out a garage door, etc.?
Are you replacing cabinets but keeping all the light fixtures, appliances, electrical outlets in the same place?
Do you want to pick out all your own cabinets, flooring, tile, appliances, paint colors, plumbing fixtures, etc?
Are you creating something that is not going to aesthetically affect the value of the house?

Don’t take a chance on the appearance of your house if you are not sure your contractor has design chops. Some contractors are good with building, but terrible at designing.
Are you working with an experienced contractor who has access to an architect or draftsman and you know their work?

 When you need an Interior Designer

Are you just wanting to freshen and update your interior? New furniture, paint colors, flooring, carpet, tile, fixtures, cabinets?
Are you tired of the lighting in your home and want to make improvements?
Are you ready to remodel your master bathroom and need help picking tile and plumbing fixtures?
If you start a project with just finishes in mind and then it grows to involve removing walls, adding an addition, moving windows (needing exterior elevations) etc. you might need to consult an architect to make more detailed plans.

When you need an Architect

Does the project involve moving or removing walls, adding on an addition, raising the roof (which can mean coordinating with a structural engineer)?
In general if the exterior of your house is being touched (adding a porch, moving windows or doors, building an outdoor kitchen, etc) you will need accurate measured drawings.
Are you working in a historic district, conservation district, or area that requires review at the city or state level?
Will you be moving plumbing, electrical, or major HVAC that will require inspections by the city building inspector?
Are you making changes that are intended to increase the value of the home for resale or to improve your personal lifestyle and enjoyment of the home?
Do you know what bothers you about your home but have no idea how to fix it? You need the design experience of an architect. Not just someone who can build you something.
Is the budget more that 10% of the value of the house? Example: $400,000 house, a remodel of more than $40,000… you should probably consult an architect. It’s enough at stake that you want someone who’s got your back.
notable and shareable take aways
When we’ve received calls from home owners who regretted the decision to not call an architect... a.k.a. Rescue Architecture
Problems we've seen arise out of homeowners trying to take shortcuts:

Asking an unskilled draftsman to design a new house.

The stairs didn’t go all the way to the 2nd floor
The first and second floor didn't stack on top of each other
The bathrooms didn’t function

Oct 05 2018

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04: Architecture Marketing 101 – Part 2

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Laura and Larry finish up with marketing tips for small firms and individuals.
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Feb 16 2010

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61: Listener Mail: How Custom Home Design Works

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Laura and Larry respond to a listener's questions about how designing a custom home in the US works.

Aug 05 2016

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66: A Chat with Architects Felderman Keatinge

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Laura and Larry speak with Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge of Felderman Keatinge in California about office culture, human-centric design, and how working together as husband and wife continues to drive their creativity and passion for architecture.
Learn more about Felderman Keatinge at
www.fkastudio.com

We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
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Feb 24 2017

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85: Home Design Inside, Outside, and Upside Down

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What makes a home look the way it looks? How do you approach designing a home based on where you are designing it and what style to you like? In Episode 85 of The Architecture Happy Hour podcast, co-hosts and architects, Laura Davis and Holly Hall talk about influences that shape home design.

In this episode

  • How we are enjoying our new office
  • What does a vacation to Hawaii have to do with home design?
  • Designing from the inside out vs. from the outside in
  • Classical architectural styles vs. site responsive design
  • Geeking out over vernacular architecture
  • How a San Franciscan deals with a hot car ride vs. a Texan
  • Home Design Tips on Choosing Windows: available materials and choices in operation

Designing from the inside out

The shape and layout of this home on the island of Kauai in Hawaii is driven by the rooms on the inside and how they relate to the view of the ocean. The tropical house has large sliding doors to capture the view and ocean breezes. Deep cantilevered roof eaves serve as floating patio covers with no posts to obstruct the panoramic view. Photo from realtor.com

 

No upper cabinets to get in the way of the ocean view. Unusual cabinet configuration allows for interaction with guests and enjoyment of the scenic location. Photo from realtor.com

 

Orienting the house to take in the mountain view and maxing out the windows is common in custom  homes in Park City, Utah. Photo from realtor.com

Designing from the outside in

A classical revival style is designed from the outside in and is absolutely dependent on symmetry. This home in Highland Park, Texas was built in 1928. Photo from realtor.com

Vernacular homes respond to the climate and culture of where they are built

 

In desert climates such as in New Mexico, adobe homes were the vernacular style developed by the native Americans to keep their homes cool in the heat of the day and warm at night. Photo from realtor.com

 

Large windows, deep wrap around porches, and raised foundations are characteristic of historic homes in hot, humid climates. This classic style house is in Savannah, Georgia and was built in 1894 when natural ventilation was a key. Photo from realtor.com

 

Designed from the outside in… In classical architecture homes the style, proportion and placement of windows take priority over what is inside.  This bathroom in an 1893 home in Savannah, Georgia has two large windows. Photo from realtor.com

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If you are viewing this in a podcast app, these show notes and episode can be found at www.hpdarch.com/ahh85.

About your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

Connect with us

We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

the architecture happy hour

Learn more about The Architecture Happy Hour Networking Group and Podcast

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Twitter

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hpd architecture + interiors

Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors

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Sponsor

Are you interested in sponsoring The Architecture Happy Hour podcast? We want to connect with companies that are a good match with the interests of our listeners. Please call 214.751.2304 or contact us here to receive a media kit and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Oct 01 2019

30mins

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84: Fun Trends in Home Decor

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It’s spring time and we are ready to freshen up our homes. In Episode 84 of The Architecture Happy Hour podcast, host and architect, Laura Davis shares her favorite trends in home decor.

If you are viewing this in a podcast app, these show notes and episode can be found at www.hpdarch.com/ahh84.

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in this episode

  • Want to share with us which trends you are seeing? Visit us on social media @archhappyhour or send us a message here
  • Trends are a great way to refresh the energy, colors, and textures in your home
  • Blend and combine trends for unique looks
  • Choose elements that are easy to change and less expensive but offer big impact

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

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Apr 26 2019

19mins

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83: Notre Dame Cathedral is Burning

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We are unbelievably saddened by the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019. With so many emotions and questions about the tragedy in Paris, France we wanted to express our support for the Parisians and the millions of people around the world who love this building as we do.

A grave loss like this really brings home the importance of documenting our historic treasures. Not only to record their condition through the years, but for the unimaginable task of having to rebuild and restore a damaged building. We will be keeping an eye on this situation and we are certain to discuss the developments in future podcasts.

If you are viewing these notes in your favorite podcast app, please visit our show notes page for Episode 83 to see photos and additional links.

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In this Episode:

  • Shock and sadness of the devastating fire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
  • Interview with David Sheppe about the restoration efforts at Saint Germain des Pres Church in Paris, Episode 81: Saving the Oldest Church in Paris
  • How does a stone building burn?
  • The treasures lost to the fire and extensive water damage
  • Safety concerns and probably additional building damage during recovery
  • Cataloging the remains and the importance of complete and accurate records of the building and artifacts

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

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We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

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Apr 15 2019

10mins

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82: How to Change Your Bachelor Pad into a Family Home

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Is it time to make room at your bachelor pad for that special someone? Are you getting married and preparing to welcome your new family member(s) into your home? In Episode 82 of The Architecture Happy Hour podcast, hosts and architects, Laura Davis and Holly Hall offer ideas for decorating and remodeling your bachelor pad into a family home.

If you are viewing this in a podcast app, these show notes and episode can be found www.hpdarch.com/ahh82.

In this Episode

  • How to tone down the tell-tale signs that a single guy lives here
  • Discover your own style and translate that to your home
  • Family friendly furniture
  • Upgrades to your bedroom your sweetheart will appreciate
  • What to focus on if you are remodeling
  • Kid-ready areas you should consider

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About Your Hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

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We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

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Mar 29 2019

40mins

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81: Saving the Oldest Church in Paris

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We hope you are as intrigued about this story of Americans working to save the oldest church in Paris as we are. In Episode 81 of The Architecture Happy Hour podcast, host and architect, Laura Davis interviews David Sheppe, President of the American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés Church. This church, which is more than 1,000 years old is the sole focus of this organization’s international preservation efforts.

If you enjoyed your classes in European Architectural History, this episode is for you. If you have a passion for historic preservation, stay tuned. If you just love the romance and beauty of Paris, then stick around as we learn all about this fascinating historic church and the Americans who are helping to save it.

See show notes and photos of the Saint Germain des Prés Church at www.hpdarch.com/ahh81

 

Night view of Saint Germain des Prés Church, Paris, France

In this Episode

  • David Sheppe’s background and how he came to be involved in these preservation efforts in Paris, France
  • A history of the Saint Germain des Prés Church
  • Americans don’t have the vast history of architecture to preserve like Europeans
  • Who are these Americans who have become passionate about preserving a church in Paris?
  • If our listeners have a building worth preserving in their community, how do they get started?
  • Under the guidance of Architect Pierre-Antoine Gatier, a master plan of 7 tranches is being implemented
  • Fundraising takes creativity – Adopt a Saint Germain Star™ Campaign

Photos of the Church’s Interior Restoration

If you are viewing these show notes inside a podcast app, please visit www.hpdarch.com/ahh81 to see photos.

 

Restorer at work, Adopt a Saint Germain Star ceiling

 

Before and After Capitals

 

Conservators at Work

 

Conservators on Scaffolding

 

Monks Choir Before Restoration

 

Monks Choir After Restoration

 

Restoration underway

 

Stone & statuary restoration still needed. From around 1250, this statue is known as the “Vierge souriante”, or “Mary, softly smiling”

Learn More

www.PreserveSaintGermain.org

Adopt a Saint Germain Star™ Fundraising Campaign

Follow American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés on Facebook

David Sheppe, President, American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés Inc., sgpusainfo@gmail.com

Interested in learning more about the Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood where the church is located? Check out this book by John Baxter. (Click on book cover for Amazon affiliate link. If you make a purchase, we may earn a small commission, but there is no additional cost to you.)

Links to The Architecture Happy Hour episodes mentioned on this podcast:

76: Saving the Alexander Mansion

62: Never Too Old to Become an Architect

About David Sheppe

David Sheppe has enjoyed a long career in international banking and now works as a financial and risk management consultant. It was while living in Paris in the 1980s that he first took an interest in the church of Saint Germain des Prés, and he has been a frequent visitor ever since. From 2013 to 2016, he was once again a Paris resident, and it was then that he became acquainted with the work of the “Fonds de Dotation,” the Paris-based fundraising arm for renovating the church.

Following his return to the US in 2016, David did volunteer work for the US-based American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés, before joining its board in 2017. He is now leading the charge on the current Adopt A Saint Germain Star™ Campaign in the United States. David is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell University. He resides in southwest Connecticut.

About Pierre-Antoine Gatier, Architect

Pierre-Antoine Gatier is the architect who is supervising the preservation efforts at Saint Germain des Prés. A student of École du Louvre in 1981 and a graduate of museology in 1983, Gatier became architect DPLG in 1984 in Paris. In 1990, he became Chief Architect of Historical Monuments (Domaine de Chantilly, Theatre Lyrique de l’Opera Comique, Le Corbusier Foundation, Villa Medici and French buildings in Rome). In 2003, he was appointed Inspector General of Historical Monuments in the Rhône-Alpes, Lorraine and DOM regions.

Gatier has conducted several expert missions abroad in the United States, Congo, Haiti, Mali and Morocco. He also carried out a special mission in New Orleans as part of the assistance provided by the Ministry of Culture and Communication after Hurricane Katrina.

Gatier is a member of the Academy of Architecture, former president of Icomos France, laureate of the “Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship” (American Architectural Foundation Scholarship and the Friends of VMF, Washington, United States, 1991) and Honorary Fellow of AIA.

About Your Hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

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We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

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Feb 07 2019

47mins

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80: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: Expectations vs. Reality

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Can home owners (who lack organizing superpowers) realistically be expected to manage the Tidying Up process? What does decluttering really look like in reality? How is the process different if you work with a professional organizer? In this episode of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Architects and hosts Laura Davis and Holly Hall review the Netflix series called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and get candid feedback and helpful tips from professional organizer, Traci Olivares of Totally Organized.

See show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh80.

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The Tidying Up Movement

By now you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo and her #1 New York Times best-selling book called, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Her second book published in 2016, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up continued her popularity in the tidying up and organization arenas.

In January 2019, perfectly timed with the dawn of New Year’s resolutions everywhere, Netflix released the television series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In HGTV style, each of the 8 episodes featured different families, couples, or single home owners struggling with their own decluttering challenges. We binged watched every episode eager to glean valuable tips and methods for transforming our own homes.

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Marie Kondo’s tidying up process centers on the KonMari Method™. Followers of the method are instructed to sort through their belongings in categories rather than by location — but it’s an overwhelming process. Often her clients take weeks and months to declutter, and some take it on as a full-time project. How realistic is this really? We chat with professional organizer, Traci Olivares of Totally Organized who joined us to discuss how to manage all the stuff.

Links

Totally Organized, Professional Organizing Services in the Dallas, Texas area by Traci Olivares

Container Store Elfa storage systems (Holly’s favorite)

Before & After

Who doesn’t love some before and after photo inspiration? Photos provided by Traci Olivares.

Are you ready to get started Tidying Up?

about Traci Olivares

Traci Olivares, specializes in helping residential and business clients create streamlined and organized spaces. Her background is in the corporate aviation industry, and she holds a pilot’s license and a flight instructor certificate. This highly procedural career helped Traci hone her skills for creating systems and processes. It also increased her patience for teaching others new skills in highly stressful situations.

When Traci became a mom, she wanted to start a business where she could control her own schedule. After spending time with other young mothers, she noticed that most of them were disorganized, stressed out, and overwhelmed. Knowing that being organized was part of their solution, Traci started Totally Organized, and set out to coach others to make choices that will positively impact their lives by decreasing physical and mental clutter. Over a decade later, she has spent thousands of hours in her clients’ homes and offices, and enjoys seeing lives transformed every day.

Traci serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, 12 year old daughter, and 10 year old twins.

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

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We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

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Jan 30 2019

53mins

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79: Best Gifts for Future Architects

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Looking for the perfect gift for a kid who is creative, shows a curiosity for buildings, and always wants to know how things go together? Dallas Architects Laura Davis and Holly Hall share great ideas for the best gifts for future architects.

See show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh79.

Visit our blog for the 2018 Architectural Gift Guide for All Ages.

In this episode

In Episode 79 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura and Holly are inspired by a video featuring Elton John showing that gifts received as children can often influence who we become as adults. They reminisce about toys from their childhood, and offer ideas for picking that perfect gift for the design and architecture enthusiast in your life, both young and young-at-heart.

Here’s the video:

Notable and Shareable Takeaways

  • New technology and innovation are memorable and make an impression.
  • Give gifts that will help the recipient grow into who they are meant to be.
  • If a toy feeds a passion, it will be loved for a very long time.

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Picking the Perfect Gift

Dive deep into a current interest

Exploring buildings and home design

Making, Designing, and Creating

How do things go together?

Show kids new ideas and new ways of doing things

  • All About book series (Read about the Bathysphere and William Beebe here)
  • Who Was book series (Laura’s son likes these)
  • This Old House and Hometime (premiered on public television in 1986 with Dean Johnson and JoAnne Liebeler)
  • Tangent stories about black and white vs. color TVs

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

connect with us

We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

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Nov 21 2018

25mins

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78: Property Secrets You Need to Know

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How do you know if a home is going to be easy to renovate? What secrets could your house be hiding from you and how do you find out? Architect and Host, Laura Davis will walk you through how to research a property to reveal potential deal breakers and problems that will make remodeling or adding onto a home difficult or even impossible.

See show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh78.

in this episode

In Episode 78 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura shares tips on how to research a property to uncover the secrets it’s hiding. Start by investigating your property on three levels:

  • County Appraisal District
  • City Zoning
  • Property Survey

Watch out for these potential deal breakers:

  • Floodplain
  • Max lot coverage
  • Noncompliant or unpermitted structures

Other information sources to check are:

  • HOA Architectural Review Board
  • Property deed restrictions

resources and links

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

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We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

The Architecture Happy Hour

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Nov 07 2018

25mins

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77: How to Get Rid of Your Stuff to Re-Imagine Your Home

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Do you feel like you are drowning in STUFF? Are all your possessions stressing you out more than they bring you joy? It’s time to break down the steps for sorting, purging, donating, and organizing your things so you can sleep at night! Join us on The Architecture Happy Hour podcast as residential architect, Laura Davis shares how to get rid of your stuff to re-imagine your home.

See show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh77.

in this episode

In Episode 77 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, we are talking about your stuff and how it’s taking over your life. Here’s how to get started getting rid of your stuff so you can make room for what’s important.

  • Where does your house feel congested? Where does stuff go and never leaves?
    • Closets
    • Kitchen pantries, drawers, and cabinets
    • Bathroom cabinets
    • Garage
  • Sort and Organize
    • Call a professional organizer if you need help
    • Consolidate items together – clothing, hair accessories, desk supplies
    • Purge broken, duplicates, or outdated items
  • Questions to ask yourself when decluttering:
    • Do I use this frequently?
    • Is this item in the most convenient location?
    • Does it bring me joy?

notable and shareable takeaways

  • Items to Donate:
    • Eyeglasses with the wrong prescription
    • Old cell phones
    • Shoes you don’t wear
    • Clothing that no longer fits or you haven’t worn in a year
    • Old towels and bedding you haven’t used in years (elastic fails, stains won’t come out) – animal shelter will take these
    • Utensils and appliances you don’t use
  • Sell these things:
    • Collections you no longer love
    • Furniture in good condition
    • Clothes and handbags with designer labels or price tags still on them
    • Kids’ clothing and baby stuff
    • Tools
    • Sports equipment
  • What items should you put in storage:
    • Holiday items
    • Temporary move – furniture, household things you can live without during renovation
    • Documents and files you have to keep for a business or for tax records
    • College student’s possessions who is going to study abroad or relocating temporarily for an internship.
    • **Do Not Store items because you don’t want to deal with – or give yourself a deadline otherwise you’ll never go through it.
  • Things that should be tossed or recycled:
    • Expired pantry items
    • Miss-matched food storage containers
    • Magazines and newspapers
    • Kids school work, daily assignments
    • Old technology – cordless landline phones, old tube tv’s, remote controls and cables for equipment you don’t have any more

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

connect with us

We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

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Oct 24 2018

32mins

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76: Saving the Alexander Mansion

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Where do you start if you are planning to restore a historic home? Laura and Holly walk you through the steps they are following in the restoration of the Alexander Mansion in association with The Dallas Woman’s Forum. See inside this architectural gem yourself by joining Laura and Holly at several upcoming events at the Alexander Mansion. Links and dates to the events open to the public appear below.

See photos and full show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh76.

in this episode

In Episode 76 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, here’s what we learned:

  • The Alexander Mansion was built by Charles H. Alexander in 1904 and is located at 4607 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas.
  • The Dallas Woman’s Forum purchased the building in 1930.
  • There is a specific order you should follow if you are going to begin a home restoration project.
  • Top priority in a home restoration or in maintenance is to keep water out
  • A historic home is something to be celebrated and appreciated no matter what stage the restoration is at.

Come visit the Alexander Mansion and see why we love it so much!

Alexander Mansion, built in 1904

notable and shareable take aways

Where do you start if you are approaching a home restoration project?

  1. Water intrusion – stop the water from getting in – check the roof, cracks in brick, leaks around windows and doors, and seepage at the foundation and basement
  2. Stabilize the foundation – cracks that will let water in can be caused by foundation movement
  3. Mechanical – air conditioning units, look for condensation, mold, make sure HVAC units are working properly
  4. Plumbing – look for cast iron pipes that could be broken, rusted, or blocked by mineral build up inside the pipes
  5. Electrical – old wiring can be a risk for fire
  6. Interior finishes – only after the home is dry, stable, and safe from flood and fire should you invest in restoring the fine finishes on the interior of the home
Hand carved door surround

 

Cracking brick mortar in basement foundation walls

 

Dining Room at the Alexander Mansion, original mahogany paneling

resources and links

about your hosts

hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

connect with us

We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

The Architecture Happy Hour

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Oct 13 2018

34mins

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75: When Do I REALLY Need an Architect?

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If you are about to start a home renovation project, how do you know who to call? Do you REALLY need an Architect? Laura and Holly present a useful checklist of questions to help you decide whether you need a contractor, an interior designer, an architect, or all three.

See photos and full show notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh75.
in this episode
In Episode 75 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, here's what we learned:
Check if you need a building permit

Different communities have different requirements for when you need a building permit.
Check with your city to see what is required to get a permit. Often they will want drawings (floor plans, elevations, sections, site plan, framing and foundation plans, etc.). They may stipulate if there needs to be an architect or structural engineer involved.
Search on your city’s official website under “building inspection” or “building permit”.  There will be lists that tell you when a permit is required and what is needed.

When you need a Contractor

Is the work a repair to existing plumbing, electrical, water heater, replacing a roof, changing out a garage door, etc.?
Are you replacing cabinets but keeping all the light fixtures, appliances, electrical outlets in the same place?
Do you want to pick out all your own cabinets, flooring, tile, appliances, paint colors, plumbing fixtures, etc?
Are you creating something that is not going to aesthetically affect the value of the house?

Don’t take a chance on the appearance of your house if you are not sure your contractor has design chops. Some contractors are good with building, but terrible at designing.
Are you working with an experienced contractor who has access to an architect or draftsman and you know their work?

 When you need an Interior Designer

Are you just wanting to freshen and update your interior? New furniture, paint colors, flooring, carpet, tile, fixtures, cabinets?
Are you tired of the lighting in your home and want to make improvements?
Are you ready to remodel your master bathroom and need help picking tile and plumbing fixtures?
If you start a project with just finishes in mind and then it grows to involve removing walls, adding an addition, moving windows (needing exterior elevations) etc. you might need to consult an architect to make more detailed plans.

When you need an Architect

Does the project involve moving or removing walls, adding on an addition, raising the roof (which can mean coordinating with a structural engineer)?
In general if the exterior of your house is being touched (adding a porch, moving windows or doors, building an outdoor kitchen, etc) you will need accurate measured drawings.
Are you working in a historic district, conservation district, or area that requires review at the city or state level?
Will you be moving plumbing, electrical, or major HVAC that will require inspections by the city building inspector?
Are you making changes that are intended to increase the value of the home for resale or to improve your personal lifestyle and enjoyment of the home?
Do you know what bothers you about your home but have no idea how to fix it? You need the design experience of an architect. Not just someone who can build you something.
Is the budget more that 10% of the value of the house? Example: $400,000 house, a remodel of more than $40,000… you should probably consult an architect. It’s enough at stake that you want someone who’s got your back.
notable and shareable take aways
When we’ve received calls from home owners who regretted the decision to not call an architect... a.k.a. Rescue Architecture
Problems we've seen arise out of homeowners trying to take shortcuts:

Asking an unskilled draftsman to design a new house.

The stairs didn’t go all the way to the 2nd floor
The first and second floor didn't stack on top of each other
The bathrooms didn’t function

Oct 05 2018

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74: Commercial Architect vs. Residential Architect. Husband vs. Wife.

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Tune in for our first showdown at the AHH corral. Join us as host Laura Davis interviews her husband architect Bob Davis about the differences and similarities between commercial architecture and residential architecture. This episode will be of special interest to architecture students and interns. Please note: No marriages were harmed in the making of this podcast.

See Show Notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh74.
In this Episode
In Episode 74 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura interviews Bob Davis, Project Architect at HDR Architecture, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Bob specializes in commercial and institutional architecture. He also happens to be our host Laura Davis’ husband. Here's what we learned:

Architects are like athletes in that different specialties and different sports represent and utilize very different temperaments, skill sets, and interests.
Where he lived growing up and what experiences that lead him to choose a career in architecture.
Which mentor at Texas A&M University influenced Bob to study critical regionalism.
How to succeed as an intern in a large office.
What skill sets are good to have in a large commercial office vs. a small residential firm.
Two architects can serve different client types, and each contribute in important ways.
Notable and Shareable Take Aways

Bob has lived in Dayton, Ohio; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Springfield, Virginia, San Antonio, College Station, and Dallas, Texas. All very different areas of the US and all contribute to how he appreciates and thinks about buildings and landscapes.
Critical Regionalism is an approach to architecture that places importance on the geography and local culture of the place.
Bob was introduced to the concept by a professor named Vincent Canizaro, Ph.D. who now has published several works on the subject and teaches at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
Advice to Architectural Interns:

Make an impact and go extra mile to get noticed, you won't get lost as an intern (and be doomed to do toilet plans forever).
Everything is important on a job, do the best of whatever you are asked to do.
The very best interns don't dig themselves into a hole or hide at their desk. They engage.
Every drawing is related to every other drawing. Nothing happens in a vacuum.
The best interns realize they are part of something big.
Even the most minor details can have huge impact on everything else. Every line on a page means something - be thoughtful about your work.
In a residential office you have to do a little of everything, which is also how you learn.
In a small residential firm, your mentor is usually the firm owner. As opposed to in a large commercial office where your mentor might be a project manager in your department.
Keep ear buds out - listen to everything around you, soak in everything you can learn.
Skills of a good architect are universal regardless of specialty: listening, asking thoughtful questions, being resourceful.
It’s the exposure to different design problems, the desire to serve a different client and community, and the scale of the projects that starts to divide those who gravitate towards commercial vs. residential.
If you desire to make an impact on as many people as possible with the public buildings you design, you might be a (future) commercial architect.
If you desire to help a family, couple, or individual home owner live their best life in their home, you might be a (future) residential architect.
Resources and Links

The Architecture Happy Hour podcast episode about softball player's hair mentioned in listener's review
Texas A&M University College of Architecture
Vincent Canizaro, Ph.D. Associate Professor in Architecture – Historic Preservation
Wikipedia article about Critical Regionalism
HDR Architecture, Inc.
About Your Hosts
hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both regi...

Sep 28 2018

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73: Surprising Trends in Millennial Home Decor

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This episode turns our preconceived notion about Millennials and their choices in home decor on its head. In an interview with Susan Morrow (PR specialist by day, antique dealer by night), we are delightfully surprised to learn about the unexpected buying trends of this younger consumer. We also discuss an emerging trend of South African home design.

See Show Notes at www.hpdarch.com/ahh73. By the way, Holly, my co-host, was unavailable for this recording. She will be back on a future episode. :)
Old boxes are popular finds at antique shows

Solid wood tables with versatility and character are a hot commodity at antique shows
In this Episode
In Episode 73 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura interviews Susan Morrow of Morrow & Associates about her experience as a vendor at the Roundtop Antiques Show in Roundtop, Texas. Here's what we learned:

Antique trends mimic what we see in the design industry.
A surprising growing number of Millennials are attending and buying at antique shows.
A taste of nostalgia is driving younger buyers to connect with their memories of growing up.
Millennials are looking for simple, practical pieces that will endure.
Pieces must be useful in everyday living, such as toy boxes or decorative storage.
Buyers at the antique show are not looking for DIY pieces. They must be portable and ready to use.
Hot design trends include:

Architectural pieces for big impact on the wall
Quilts are popular as large, colorful wall hangings
Large signs with character (think restaurants, gas stations, rail yards)
The Tuscany look is still popular, even with trends towards minimalism
Buyers want a unique specimen antique piece to display against a clean, uncluttered space backdrop
South African trend represents a clean wall, less ornamentation, with colorful accessories
Architectural panels offer big impact and texture to large, hard-to-fill walls
Notable and Shareable Take Aways

The hunt and discovery of a special, antique piece of furniture is as much a part of the story as the piece itself
The years of wear on a farmhouse table give it character and invite the new owner to be part of its legacy
In a culture of quick media, digital interactions, and disposable furniture, antiques fill a void for younger buyers who want a connection with something that lasts
The emerging home design trend of South African design combines the restraint of minimalism and the personality of natural materials and color
Quilts and textiles work well as wall hangings (photo credit Roundtop Antiques)
South African design is growing in popularity, combining clean, contemporary architecture with natural materials, and colorful accents
South African design encourages use of light, high ceilings, clean white walls, and interesting accents in metal and wood

Resources and Links

Roundtop, Texas Antiques Fall Show October 1-6, 2018
Southwestern Elegance, Ingram, Texas
For more about the Roundtop Antique Show trends, visit this blog post on hpdarch.com.

https://www.hpdarch.com/decorating-trends-revealed-original-round-top-antiques-fair/

Check out this article showing an example of South African architecture and interior design. Gorgeous!

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/06/02/house-iiia-fold-architects-cape-town-south-africa-pink/?li_source=LI&li_medium=bottom_block_1
About Your Hosts
hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly,

Aug 31 2018

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72: 7 Ways to Update Your Kitchen from Traditional to Contemporary

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In Episode 72 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura and Holly share their tips on how to update your kitchen to a more contemporary style. Learn how to break down a kitchen renovation into parts to make the selections and decisions easier.

See show notes and photos at www.hpdarch.com/ahh72.
In this Episode
7 Ways to Update Your Kitchen from Traditional to Contemporary

Open up the Living Room to the Kitchen
New cabinets – to go or not to go with the grain?
Change the Kitchen back splash and counter top
Take advantage of new technology by upgrading your appliances
Select new plumbing fixtures
Change flooring to match in all adjacent rooms
Update your light fixtures
Notable and Shareable Take Aways

Contemporary design comes in different levels - look for examples of warm or soft contemporary, or transitional style to avoid extreme, stark contemporary interiors.
Consult with a structural engineer if you plan to remove walls to go "open concept" with your floor plan.
Vertical or horizontal wood grain on cabinet doors makes beautiful and interesting textures.
Express your personality in a unique counter top or back splash.
Always verify the dimensions of the space available for appliances.
Resources and Links
This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase, it does not increase the cost to you, but we may receive a small commission in return.
Mosaic tile options for a new back splash
Options for refrigerators under 67" tall (necessary if you have older, lower cabinets - check height)
Contemporary stainless steel farmhouse sinks
Wood-look vinyl plank flooring
Surface mount LED light fixture by HALO

About Your Hosts
hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.
Connect with Us
We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

The Architecture Happy Hour
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Connect with The Architecture Happy Hour on Facebook
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hpd architecture + interiors
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Mar 10 2018

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71: A Chat with Shylo Preston at The Kitchen Source

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In Episode 71 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura and Holly recap the recent meetup of The Architecture Happy Hour networking group at the Kohler Signature Store. Laura shares an interview she did at The Kitchen Source with Shylo Preston, a Kitchen & Bath Sales Designer.
Shylo Preston, Designer, The Kitchen Source
In this Episode

Networking in your industry can make you more valuable to your clients
How Shylo Preston became a Kitchen and Bath Designer and found her niche in Dallas
How a family’s three-generation history in the cabinet business turned into a unique customer experience
International kitchen design trends are interesting, but you should pay attention to local customer requests
Older homes tell some of the best stories
Arch vaulted ceiling adds old world style to a traditional kitchen. Photo provided by The Kitchen Source.
Notable and Shareable Take Aways

The path to becoming a Kitchen and Bath Designer can take many turns, but the constant is a love for design and serving clients.
Choose an experienced kitchen designer, a manufacturer with a reputation of quality, and installers with a personal interest in making it right.
There are many opportunities to personalize your kitchen when you begin a remodel. Take time to discover what style resonates with you.
When life gives you an unexpected opportunity to dive into your passion, chances are you won’t regret taking the leap.
Resources and Links
The Architecture Happy Hour Networking Group
Kohler Signature Store
The Kitchen Source
Shylo Preston, Kitchen & Bath Sales Designer at The Kitchen Source
Bob Johns, Owner of The Kitchen Source
Wood Mode cabinets
Granbury, Texas

White cabinets with modern glass tile and lighting make for a personalized transitional kitchen design. Photo provided by The Kitchen Source.
Traditional kitchens have details such as turned columns, stained cabinets, decorative vent hood covers, and raised panel cabinet doors. Photo provided by The Kitchen Source.
About Your Hosts
hpd architecture + interiors principals Laura Davis and Holly Hall are both registered architects and interior designers in Dallas, Texas specializing in residential design. Laura and Holly co-host the popular podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour, where they share their thoughts and tips on architecture and interior design, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.

Each month, Laura and Holly organize the successful, monthly, networking happy hour also called The Architecture Happy Hour. A social networking community in the Dallas, Texas area, the events are hosted by a different business each month. The group is for professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and construction and is focused on creating relationships and offering business referrals to people they know and trust.

Connect with Us
We love to hear from our listeners! Contact Laura and Holly

The Architecture Happy Hour
Learn more about The Architecture Happy Hour Networking Group and Podcast
Connect with The Architecture Happy Hour on Facebook
Follow The Architecture Happy Hour on Twitter
Follow The Architecture Happy Hour on Instagram

hpd architecture + interiors
Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors
Connect with hpd architecture + interiors on Facebook
Follow hpd architecture + interiors on Pinterest
Follow hpd architecture + interiors on Twitter
Follow hpd architecture + interiors on Instagram
 
Sponsor
Are you interested in sponsoring The Architecture Happy Hour podcast? We want to connect with companies that are a good match with the interests of our listeners. Please call 214.751.2304 or contact us here to receive a media kit and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Feb 27 2018

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70: 20 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring

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Laura and Holly share ideas on ways to refresh your home for Spring by making it more happy, healthy, efficient, and beautiful.

Read the blog on this topic here: www.hpdarch.com/refresh-home-spring/

We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us

Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors: www.hpdarch.com

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Feb 21 2018

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69: When Did You Know You Loved Architecture?

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Help us welcome our new co-host, Holly Hall, architect and interior designer at hpd architecture + interiors in Dallas, Texas.

Holly shares stories about growing up around architecture and going from a journalism major in college to being one of only a few women in the architecture program at the University of Texas.

We'll hear about changing technology (you'll be glad you never had to create architectural specifications 50 years ago) and how typing can get you through an all-nighter.
Please send Holly a welcome message on our Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/archhappyhour
We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors: www.hpdarch.com
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Sep 15 2017

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68: Exciting News and a Look Back at Lessons Learned

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Join Laura and Larry for Larry's last happy hour podcast as they look back on what started it all, what they've learned, and the next adventure as Holly Hall joins Laura as co-host.

We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
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Sep 08 2017

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67: The Magic Behind Cruise Ship Architecture

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Larry and Laura discuss recent soccer goals, listening to Michelle Obama speak about life outside the White House, and the architecture of cruise ships.

We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
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May 31 2017

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66: A Chat with Architects Felderman Keatinge

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Laura and Larry speak with Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge of Felderman Keatinge in California about office culture, human-centric design, and how working together as husband and wife continues to drive their creativity and passion for architecture.
Learn more about Felderman Keatinge at
www.fkastudio.com

We love to hear from our listeners. Contact us here: www.hpdarch.com/contact-us
Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors: www.hpdarch.com
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Feb 24 2017

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