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August 27th 2015 Comments: 4

I do want to announce that my McAlpine partners and I will be speaking at various design events in New York City this Fall. ┬áThe first one is happening on September 17th at the Dennis Miller showroom and will feature Ray Booth and myself on a panel discussing collaboration in … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Join Us

Dorm Follows Function

August 20th 2015 Comments: 18

Well, this one happened to be my kid. You see, my wife and I just moved our daughter into her very first dorm room at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Of course, prior to this I insisted upon drawing the floor plan of her meager chamber so we could scheme … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Dorm Room

Chimney Effects

August 13th 2015 Comments: 1

Take the elemental act of building a fire – necessary warmth produces unnecessary smoke. A simple pipe or hole in the roof is all that is needed to provide escape for sooty pollutants. Problem solved. Over time, however, the once-humble smokestack has evolved into a lauded architectural element. The chimney … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Chimney Effect

Pre-Writing History

August 6th 2015 Comments: 1

I’d like to expand on that because it’s something we like to call “built-in history”. In other words, we’ll create deliberate situations in our design where it appears a house has been renovated over time or added onto. This immediately gives a spanking brand new building an artificially curated history. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Pre-Writing History