Classicism for the Age of the Automobile

July 27th 2017 Comments: 5

Our guest writer today is our friend and colleague Alice Novak, Curator of Education at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.  Alice and I were together recently in France with our large extended family. —  Richard   As Richard Norris and I hopped out of an Uber in Poissy, France … [read more]

Spread Love

July 13th 2017 Comments: 12

“Are you coming back tomorrow?” Even after time has passed it brings me to tears thinking about saying goodbye to the men, women, and children I met in Greece. Recently I dreamed of serving in refugee camps surrounding Athens, Greece. In partnership with my church, Crosspoint, a supportive network of … [read more]

Neigh Sayer

June 22nd 2017 Comments: 5

Earlier this spring, I was privileged to attend the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park with my colleague/brother-in-law, John Sease. This horse show is one of the most prestigious international equestrian events in the sport of three-day eventing. Eventing is akin to an equestrian triathlon where … [read more]

Imaginal Landscapes

June 15th 2017 Comments: 3

A 35 year retrospective of David Keith Braly’s works on paper and canvas now hangs in the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy, Alabama. Oh what a life! My colleagues and I marvel at the life and times of our friend David Braly who embarked on an education and … [read more]

Pace Yourself

June 8th 2017 Comments: 3

School is out, children are home, graduations have passed, dorm boxes arrived. Camp, vacations, summer jobs, reading lists, beach trips, holidays, cookouts, picnics, bar-be-que (yum!), endless possibilities. The sounds, schedules, fragrances, and tastes of a slower pace. Summer has begun. For us at McALPINE, it means our offices are brimming … [read more]

Gaines and Bosses

May 18th 2017 Comments: 6

A few weeks back, several of us in the Montgomery and Atlanta offices traveled to Auburn University, where we joined a goodly number of architecture and interior design alums, present day students and faculty at Dudley Hall; the unintended home away from home for most of us during our college … [read more]

Doodle Brain

May 11th 2017 Comments: 3

Our series on hand drawing continues with Kevin Laferriere: Design can be a messy business. Matters of construction, comfort, climate, economy, emotion, and beauty all vie for precedence as a project progresses. An architectural project is essentially a bridge on which these opposing forces will inevitably collide. A work of … [read more]

en plein air

April 27th 2017 Comments: 7

Our series on hand drawing continues, with McLean Jenkins: “When one travels and works with visual things, one uses one’s eyes and draws, so as to fix deep down in one’s experience what is seen. All this means first to look, and then to observe, and finally perhaps to discover.” … [read more]

Door Theology

April 13th 2017 Comments: 6

A few weeks ago, I attended a performance by the Men & Boys Choir of New College, Oxford, at St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, the final stop on their U.S. tour. The choir was superb, of course. And the venue superb too; resounding acoustics in the 1962 creation designed by … [read more]

Trailblazin’

March 30th 2017 Comments: 7

Garden & Gun magazine, the epitome of life in the South, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The first time I saw Garden & Gun ten years ago, like many others I’m sure, I was struck by the title. As a native southerner I immediately “got it” – and leapt at … [read more]

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