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Salute to Architectural Clients

Salute to Architectural Clients

This is a salute to those people who choose to create special buildings and homes by serving as architectural clients. Undertaking the custom design and construction of a building is not easy, which is why so many people decide to just buy a “builder special,” – which...

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Buying Architectural & Design Services

Buying Architectural & Design Services

"Why is buying architectural and design services different than buying just about everything else?" When we buy most things we are consuming them relatively quickly. A restaurant meal is gone in an hour, a piece of clothing may last a year and even a vehicle may only...

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Being A Good Client

Being A Good Client

Many people never give even the slightest consideration to “being a good client,” but they are lessening the quality of work they are receiving and probably increasing their cost of service without realizing it. While this is written from the perspective of...

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Architect Fees

Architect Fees

“How much does an architect cost?” This is inevitably one of the first questions that people who have not worked before with an architect will ask. But anyone who asks this question is looking at their situation entirely the wrong way round. A better question you...

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Architectural Quotes

Architectural Quotes

52 Great Architectural Quotes   26 Best Quotes About Design by Non-Architects “Architecture must honor three things: Strength. Function. Beauty.” --Vitruvius “Beauty perishes in life, but is immortal in art.” --Leonardo da Vinci “Architecture is frozen music.”...

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Preserving Newport

Preserving Newport

As the Archi-TEXT column has pointed out many times, Newport is an extraordinary treasure trove of historic architecture, spanning from the early days of the Colonial settlement of New England and continuing right up until the present day. Newport is fortunate to be a...

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Peabody and Stearns

Peabody and Stearns

The Shingle Style, which was described in a previous Archi-TEXT, was an architectural form that developed in the late 19th century in Newport, RI and other New England seaside resort communities. It is often associated with the preeminent firm of the era, McKim Mead...

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Vinland Estate

Vinland Estate

A4 Architecture is in the midst of helping fix McAuley Hall, which was originally designed by the noted Boston architectural firm of Peabody & Stearns in 1882 for Catherine Lorillard Wolfe as "The Vinland Estate." This is one of the "Crown Jewels" in Salve Regina...

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Archi-Tech: Architectural Animation

Archi-Tech: Architectural Animation

Over the last thirty years, there has been a revolution in the way architecture is developed and communicated, both to clients and to contractors. From the 16th century to about 1990, architecture was largely developed using hand drawn orthographic projections. These...

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