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David Balber
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considerations for light vs. shadow in architecture

Most people like light spaces.  People tend to feel happier with natural light illuminating a space.  Studies have shown that workers in spaces that are proximal to a window are more content which usually equates to better production.  As an architect I…
light vs. shadow
light vs. shadow
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Ever hear someone say, “I’m going to design my own house…”?  Well, most times it is said with great excitement and enthusiasm.  Unfortunately in most cases, when you ask the same person how it’s going 4 months later their enthusiasm seems to have waned. …
Designing a building
Designing a building
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At the beginning of any project despite size and scope, I would highly urge you to contact an architect (preferably me of course!) to guide you.  I receive an average of one call per week that deals with things that don’t require an architect, but alas I…
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Many times over the years I’ve had conversations with people that aren’t quite sure what differentiates a draftsman from an architect.   I will attempt to clear this up: In the most basic terms, a draftsman works under an architect.  Many architects and…
Draftsman vs. architect...
Draftsman vs. architect...
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As soon as the word “architecture” was recognized there has always been a constant search and understanding of how to make buildings more than just buildings.  Some of the ancients such as Vitruvius, referred to buildings as requiring 3 components to be…
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There are many things that go into designing a building:  form, function, aesthetics, etc.  This post will focus on the aesthetics of a building.  There is a term architects like to throw around called building “massing”.  What is massing you ask?  Well…
What is building massing?
What is building massing?
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A lot of people think that architects “draw buildings”.  I know it sounds funny…even looks funny to see it in type, but it is true.  When I tell people I’m an architect some typical responses I hear are things like, “oh so you draw buildings right?” “do…
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Ahh the age-old question concerning the process of designing a building.  How is it done?  With a pencil and paper?  With a special computer program that allows you to hit “create” and then viola…a building appears on the screen?  Architects go about the…
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When a client comes to me and asks to design a building, the first thing I ask is, “what’s going in it?”  In order to design a building the first thing architects need to understand is the program, which is an architectural way of saying, “what is your…
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