going dutch

October 29th 2013 Comments: 9

The style’s family tree can be traced back to medieval Holland, Germany, France and Indonesia. In America, though, it’s a design seldom found in the stylistic melting pot of most neighborhoods. With more of our clients exotically traversing the globe, that seems to be changing. We’re seeing a greater number … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Home Architect

outdoors galore

October 22nd 2013 Comments: 3

Using her masterful editing skills, Lisa has combed her issues and distilled the best and most beautiful of outdoor living into the leaves of this lush tome. We’re very honored and proud to be gracing the cover of this new book. The image is from a house we designed in … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Press

Drawing to a Conclusion: The Art of Architecture Part 3

October 15th 2013 Comments: 17

In my last two posts (or soapboxes, I suppose), I discussed the art of hand drawing in architectural sketches and development drawings. This series concludes with the topic of construction drawings. Construction drawings are the technical drawings in the practice of architecture. They’re the documents that convey to the builder … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Architectural Process

drawing to a conclusion: the art of architecture part 2

October 8th 2013 Comments: 1

Last week I began this series of posts discussing the importance of hand drawing in our process of design. I showed you the first step in the process, initial sketches which are the first steps of the journey. Next, we take those sketches and develop them into design drawings which … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Architectural Process

Drawing to a Conclusion: The Art of Architecture Part 1

October 1st 2013 Comments: 4

As an architectural firm, we’re a bit of a dinosaur. That is, we still vitally practice the art of hand drawing. We apply this archaic craft throughout our design process – from initial sketches to the construction drawings. And, we aren’t planning on changing that anytime soon. Most modern architectural … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Architectural Process