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Design and building projects are exciting, but they can also be complicated and overwhelming – especially if it is your first time.  Below are some helpful resources, white papers, blog posts, recommendations to get you started. Of course, if you need to actually talk to someone – we would love to hear about your project.

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WHAT IS AN ARCHITECT? 1432 1000 KDA

WHAT IS AN ARCHITECT?

WHAT IS AN ARCHITECT? An architect is not simply somebody who works in an architecture firm or one who has graduated from architecture school. An architect is a licensed professional deemed by their jurisdictions to have met all criteria required to hold the license. It is a protected professional title. Each state has slightly different…

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DREAM TEAM

ARCHITECTURE IS A TEAM SPORT TADAA recognizes that nobody can do this alone. Projects only come together when the whole team is working together to realize a shared vision, and you are only as strong as your weakest link. While we have great respect and working relationships with many consultants and firms around the city,…

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LIGHT AND MOOD

Light and Mood How Architecture Uses Lighting Styles To Enhance Your Mood The psychological effect that your surroundings have on your mood is fascinating.  Many researchers and psychologists have spent quite a lot of time on researching the effects of different designs, structures, lighting styles and colors on your mind and mood.  During many years…

WHAT IS FAR… AND WHY DO I CARE? 2048 1103 KDA

WHAT IS FAR… AND WHY DO I CARE?

FAR – Floor Area Ratio FAR is a zoning acronym that stands for ‘Floor Area Ratio.’ This number will dictate how much ‘floor area’ you can have in relation to the size of your lot. It is one of the methods used by city zoning regulations to control the overall size of a building. For…

WHAT IS CRI…AND WHY DO I CARE? 1498 1000 KDA

WHAT IS CRI…AND WHY DO I CARE?

CRI (COLOR RENDERING INDEX) CRI is a measure of how accurately a light source can reveal the intrinsic colors of what it is illuminating.  Color is just the brain’s way of interpreting light wave frequency.  When light hits an object, it absorbs some frequencies and reflects others.  A red apple absorbs all the frequencies, except the…

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WHAT IS LEED, AND DO I NEED ONE?

What Is LEED? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy Efficient Design and is a rating system and agency that certifies buildings are sustainable according to their rating system. LEED, unlike PassiveHouse, takes many factors beyond energy usage into account when certifying a project. Indoor air quality, material sourcing, recycled content, and construction techniques are among…

THE 5 PHASES OF DESIGN AND HOW WE CAN HELP 1000 1000 KDA

THE 5 PHASES OF DESIGN AND HOW WE CAN HELP

The 5 Phases Of Design and How We Can HelpSeeing Things From Our Client’s Perspective It is not unusual for somebody to only need an architect once or twice in their life, and many of our clients are working with an architect for the first time. We feel that communication is THE most critical aspect…

WHAT IS THE LPC – AND WHY SHOULD I CARE? 960 960 KDA

WHAT IS THE LPC – AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?

WHAT IS THE LPC – AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?HOW TO DESIGN IN A PROTECTED DISTRICT The LPC, or Landmarks Preservation Commission, is a city organization charged with protecting various historic districts and buildings. If your project falls within a historic district or is an individually landmarked building, you are required to gain approval from…

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THE POWER OF LIGHT

Architecture and Light The psychological effect that your surroundings have on your mood is absolutely fascinating. Many researchers and psychologists have spent quite a lot of time on researching the effects of different designs, structures, lighting styles and colors on your mind and mood. During many years of research, these professionals found that colors and…

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BUDGET

The Hard Truth About Soft Costs When shopping for a bottle of wine, usually the first question the clerk will ask is “how much are you looking to spend?” This is not to try and take advantage of you, but rather not waste everybody’s time describing the qualities of the $300 bottle of cabernet when…

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DO I NEED TO FILE?

Do I Need an Architect? There are many reasons why you should hire an architect. Architects are designers and can typically deliver more creative, useful, and pleasing spaces than contractor’s or engineers (or you;) alone. Architects are trained project-managers and like a symphony conductor can help get all the various consultants, GCs, and sub-contractors to…

9 QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR ARCHITECT 1335 1000 KDA

9 QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR ARCHITECT

The 9 questions you should ask at the start of a project. There are 1000s of things to do when starting a new project. This is why having right professionals on your side is essential. There several questions you are going to need to ask your architect and several more you are going to need…

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DESIGNING PHYSICAL DISTANCE

How to design for a pademic. Our lives have been profoundly affected by the 2020 pandemic – in ways big and small.  As we look forward to the future, we need to be thinking about what the new normal will look like. How does design react to a once in a generation pandemic?  Should it?…

LETS TALK ABOUT MONEY… 1503 1000 KDA

LETS TALK ABOUT MONEY…

What you need to know about Architectural Fees A good architect should ask about your budget in your first interview. Do not dodge this question. While money can be difficult to talk about, you should never be uncomfortable about answering honestly. The Architect works for you, and one of the Architect’s most important responsibilities is…

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THE SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES EVERY PROJECT SHOULD EMPLOY

Sustainable Design Strategies Green design is an idea that most people have heard of, but few understand what it means from on a practical level. Most people when they think of a Green Building think of solar panels, but in reality, there is much more to it. While onsite renewable energy generation like solar panels…

WHAT IS PASSIVE HOUSE AND DO I NEED ONE? 650 433 KDA

WHAT IS PASSIVE HOUSE AND DO I NEED ONE?

UNDERSTANDING PASSIVE HOUSE Passive House design is a strict design standard that limits the energy use of the house. While LEED concerned itself with many different factors, such as indoor air quality and embodied the energy of materials, Passive House only deals with energy usage. In the most basic terms, to achieve a Passive House…