What this is all about is a good place to start.  There are so many design blogs out there – and don’t get me wrong I do like reading them myself – but there aren’t many written from the perspective of an architect.  Being one, I like to know the nitty-gritty of a project.  I want to see photos of the transformation in progress.  I get a kick out of seeing an interesting construction detail.  I hope to share the realities of construction using real-life examples of my projects; sharing the joy of watching space change and the agony of the dust and upheaval.

But this blog is not going to be all construction and details.  Architecture should be accessible.  It’s not just about monuments and skyscrapers.  It’s about a space that evokes comfort and ease.  Or sometimes it’s about a space that makes you a little uncomfortable, for a reason.  There is no minimum size when it comes to what architecture really is.  I hope one day to flex my architectural muscle on a tree house for my kids and I won’t shy from using the word Architecture, yes with a capital A.  It’s my goal to show how good design and architectural skills can affect your daily life.

And because even I would be bored if I only talked about architecture all the time, I want to share ideas and images of good design.  I’m probably going to through in some really bad design images too.  Sometimes you can learn what NOT to do easier than what to do!  I’ll also share products I’ve come across that strike me as interesting or have a good design sensibility.  It’s not hard to surround yourself with good design, you just have to get into the habit of it.

What I’m all about is the second best place to start.  I have my own architectural practice, inHabit llc (www.inHabitarch.com), in the Philadelphia area.  My work is mostly residential and small scale commercial.  One of the most rewarding parts of my job is connecting with clients and helping them change their life; because to me your physical environment is your life.  I balance my life with an engineer hubby (for anyone who is in the design world you know what a dichotomy our relationship is), two too-cute spawns, and two beige (anyone who knows me knows what I think of beige so I don’t know how that happened) dogs.

Thanks for making me think I have something important to say.

- Jackie

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