american architects


Good wood - more delectable dwellings in New York state. The ‘Polygon Studio’ can be found on the shores of Lake George. By American architect Jeffery Poss who worked with Chicago-based WORKUS Studio.


The Schaffer Residence, 1949 by American architect John Lautner. Hidden in a wooded valley at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains, the redwood, concrete and glass residence opens to the oak forest that influenced the form and orientation of the design. The property was used as the home of the title character in Tom Ford’s ‘A Single Man’.

The housing typologies of American cities

Yesterday the Washington Post published a great chart showing the housing types of the 40 largest cities, by population, in the US. The list is ordered from lowest to highest according to the percentage of single-family houses in the city (green bar).

Here’s the chart:

Not surprisingly, many of the cities at the top of this list (meaning they have the lowest percentage of single-family houses) are in the older east coast cities. 

It’s also interesting to see just how much the rowhouse dominates the urban landscape in Philadelphia and Baltimore. In Philadelphia, almost 60% of the housing stock is an attached rowhouse.

Housing is the backdrop for such a big portion of our lives. And when you live in a particular kind of home, it impacts your life whether or not you realize it. The dense rowhouses of Philadelphia and the single-family houses of Oklahoma City are the result of two very different kinds of urban landscapes.

In Toronto, that backdrop is in the midst of a dramatic change. More and more of us are now living in high-rise condos. That hasn’t always been the case, of course. It’s a recent shift. But it looks like it’ll be a big part of our future.


Yesterday I had the great pleasure of visiting the Unitarian Universalist Church on the corner of Elmwood Ave. and W. Ferry St. here in Buffalo, NY.

It was constructed in 1907, and designed by Buffalo native, Edward Austin Kent.
There are several other buildings which were designed by him but this one houses a plaque of significance: it is a memorial to Kent who perished on the morning of April 15, 1912 when the RMS Titanic plunged to the bottom of the Atlantic.

Kent’s body was recovered and laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The plaque reads:

In memory of
Edward Austin Kent
Bangor Maine February 19, 1854
S.S. Titanic April 15, 1912
This tablet placed by
the Buffalo chapter of
The American Institute
Of Architects MCMXIV

The art is a reduction drawing of Kent by one of the Church’s members for the 100 year anniversary of the sinking.

I was very pleased to know that my current city has ties to the lost ship.
I’ve been wanting to visit this church for some time and my good friend Kevin was kind enough to oblige me by meeting me there and introducing me to the Manager (a friend of his) who gave us a quick tour.

If you’re ever in Buffalo, it’s a beautiful building and their doors are open to all.

is the Blacklist too subtle?

 let us see:

1.01  Ranko Zamani : Red introduces himself to Liz. The case involves a girl named Beth who is in danger because of the actions of his father as part of his job as a peacemaker. Elizabeth Keen is in danger because of the actions of both her parents in service of their countries.

1.02  The Freelancer: Red uses the Freelancer to get Floriana, and then the FBI  to get The Freelancer. Fitch used Berlin to get to Red.  Red despises Floriana for being a devil disguised as an angel. I think he is just the opposite.

1.03  Wujing : A Chinese-American architect is recruited by the CIA to spy on China,  because he had access to a Chinese government building.  Rostov, a man of Russian origin and who has access to both the Soviet Union and the US recalled being a honest business before meeting Red. This is at the time of Perestroika that opened up joint West and Soviet government ventures in the USSR. I suspect Rostov was recruited by Red to spy on the USSR 

1.04  The StewMaker: a man that loses his first family rebuilds his life, but he is a twisted man. He helps a young woman to get away from her father, fake her death.  He ends up in an acid vat. Kate Kaplan helps a young woman get away from her father by faking her death. She gets a shot in the face.

1.05  The Courier: A man who cannot feel pain becomes the ideal go-between. like a concierge.

1.06 Gina Zanetakos: the former lover of an undercover spy who fell for his mark, she wastes no time in trying to kill Liz with a knife. I do wonder who was Katarina’s former lover? Considering the level of hate Peter Kotsiopolus had for Liz and Red, I vote for Peter.

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The Little Free Library Design Competition

You’re probably seen them: popping up in an unexplored neighborhood, embedded in a tree, peeking over a fence. They’re Little Free Libraries, and while they may be small, they have a big impact.

Last year we designed and gave away two libraries to two excited book lovers, and this year we want you to get in on the fun.

We’re partnering with Little Free Library—the nonprofit that organizes over 40,000 LFLs (as those in the know call them) currently registered around the world—and the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter (AIASF) to invite designers, architects, doodlers, and book folks of all stripes to rethink this unique structure, and solve some of the challenges identified by the neighborhood heroes that care for them.

What kind of problems you ask? Things like weatherproofing, having the design of the library suit the community in which it lives, book visibility, space for odd-shaped books, serving small children and tall adults alike, and more.

You could win one of 3 awards:

  • Stewards Choice: chosen by the Little Free Library community
  • Chronicle Books Choice: chosen by the Chronicle Books team and considered for large-scale production if certain guidelines are met
  • Judges Choice: chosen by our team of esteemed judges

Judges include Todd H. Bol of Little Free Library, Kevin Lippert of Princeton Architectural Press, Dan Cohen of Gramming for Good, Brett Randall Jones of David Baker Architects, Christina Jenkins of Project H, and the team at Snøhetta, the award-winning design firm that just completed the SFMOMA expansion project. These folks know their stuff.

Visit the site to enter and email with any questions—the deadline is Friday, November 11. Good luck!