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Essence of the Frame

Essence of the Frame





For four years we are taught about the glory of architecture. We study the best buildings ever constructed and develop dreams of what we will one day be able to achieve. We think that one day we will be responsible for creating landmarks in the skylines of cities around the world but in reality we are stuck renovating what has already been built. What is architecture today?

The profession today is not what I once believed it would be. No one is building and no one is designing to the extent of what we strive for in school. Are you to blame, or is there some other reason for the lack of substance across the field?

It is not that architects do not want to do more but the fact that schedules, budgets and clients push for the architect to produce rapidly. This process causes the designer to default to what they know rather than to push the envelope and transform architecture as the movements we study in school once did.

This realization leads to the question,

What are we to do?

Do we settle and fall into the stagnant stream of today’s practice? No. It is our responsibility to act. To change the world however we see fit.

Adolf Loos. Moller House

I enjoy how the plan is not perfectly ordered and creates relationships between the different spaces. The building is constructed as an experience to live in rather than solely programatic masses. I also appreciate how Loos creates smaller built in sitting areas that overlook the activity in the house.

Adolf Loos. Moller House

I am not one to paint you a pretty picture to make it easy to understand.

I will not follow your scripture and produce a pure plan.

I will however challenge you to take me as I am.

Rough around the edges, with a pencil in my hand.


I will sketch you an abstraction and let you perceive

What my mind is thinking for I rarely let you see.

What I have to offer is this trail where I have been

Rough around the edges, with this paper and my pen.


We get what we are given and need to decide.

Take it how it is, or break it open wide.

Changing this world is how I shall spend my time.

Never smoothing out the edges of this building I call mine.


The act of discovery drives me to explore the unknown of what lies around the corner. In architecture I value the building that makes you wander to find your way rather than one that shows itself immediately.



Box on box on box can begin to feel stagnant or isolated but if we begin to cut through them and created visual or physical connections between the boxes we then can create spaces that can be more interesting due to the occupant’s experience.


Light should be used sparingly. We can use it to create visual effects by lighting a wall, lighting a ceiling. We can use it to draw the user closer. We can use it to warm the user sitting by the opening. But it should not be overly complicated for a ‘cool’ effect. It should be functional.


A vertical space should create connections between levels. Sound can be a major factor in this relationship. Occupants of one level will hear those on an upper level and get the impression of the continuation of the space.




I have always been the adventurous type. All through my upbringing in rural Maine I have constantly been exposed to the forest and the different adventures around every turn. There is nothing that excites me more than stumbling on a trail that parts the trees and winds its way through the underbrush disappearing in the distance calling me to follow it. The path directs you through the wildness of the forest directing you in the right direction but not containing you, you can diverge off at any point and delve into a mossy grove of ferns or a sun filled clearing reaching upwards to the sky. Roots act like staircases winding up through the threshold of the tree trunks, the shrubs and fallen branches create walls that spark the imagination to complete the space. The grey interiors accented with green draperies and mossy carpeting make me never want to leave.



Space is more important than form. The overall feeling of a space will create the experiential aspect, not just the form of the building.



The quality of construction should be perfect so as not to distract from the quality of space. If one notices the poor craftsmanship he may disregard the success of the overall space.