kitchen staff

December 17th 2013 Comments: 3

On this blog, we show a lot of the work we do for others but today, I’d like to open the doors to some of our staff’s homes – in particular, the kitchen. Here’s what a few of our staff have at home on the stove. During Bobby’s residency in … [read more]

open house: windy city country house

December 3rd 2013 Comments: 5

This English country style inspired home was our first commission located in Hinsdale, a bucolic neighborhood and Chicago bedroom community. The house is situated on a long, narrow corner lot.  Given the difficult nature of the property, the design of the house realized itself as a one-room deep house. This type … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Yeager Home

the importance of beauty

November 19th 2013 Comments: 3

Just over a week ago Greg Tankersley, Ray Booth and I returned from the Design Leadership Network Summit.  Many great minds shared with us the latest and greatest in augmented reality, social media, as well as new ways to think about our businesses and how we live our lives in … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Bedroom Design

open house: lakeside getaway

November 5th 2013 Comments: 3

Nestled in a wooded lot on the shoreline of North Carolina’s Lake Norman lies a grand shingled house we completed almost 15 years ago. A sleepy beast of a house, it almost seems to rise up from a lazy nap to spy who might be trotting up the pier, ready … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Home Architect

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

lesson: the value of change

September 24th 2013 Comments: 4

We’ve been discussing some internal changes in our office, so I wasn’t surprised by this suggestion. Bobby also just moved into a new house in Atlanta, so I know a type of physical metamorphosis has been forefront for him. Change is always necessary to promote growth and without varying from … [read more]

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