leadership ahoy

November 12th 2013 Comments: 1

The DLN is an invited members-only group which brings together top leaders in the construction design world. As its website aptly states: CARE: Connectivity, Advocacy, Research, and Education is the foundation of the Design Leadership Network, a community of interior designers, architects, landscape designers, construction managers, members of the media, … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel


July 23rd 2013 Comments: 5

I polled Bobby McAlpine and Ray Booth and asked them what beautiful Gotham spaces haunted their memories.  Expectedly, their choices mirrored some of my own.  In no particular order, here are our top ten: The Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art The combination of … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel

italian morningside

June 11th 2013 Comments: 4

Italian Morningside May’s End Far from Alabama And close to home Here on Italian shore My heart envelopes me And uses its eyes to see Things strange and familiar Things it had told me all along I was not crazy to imagine Emotional landscape crashing into sea The difficult beauty … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Garden Design

balcony scenes

June 4th 2013 Comments: 0

It’s as if the buildings are making a teasing offering to an awaiting scene below, holding out promise of something magical yet to emerge.  Romantic perches, these shallow aeries seem to demand witness.  How magnificent it must be to have a golden ticket to these prime box seats, poised to peruse … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Design Inspiration

Staff Postcards

May 14th 2013 Comments: 1

On his sojourn this year, Charlie’s painterly eye was caught by some of Rome’s more deceitful architectural masterpieces. Here are a few of his correspondences: 18 April 2013 Good Morning! “Virtual Reality” One of the most intriguing aspects of Roman architecture is it’s theatricality. The line between reality and illusion … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel

versammlung (assembly)

April 10th 2013 Comments: 5

The LDC is an organization that regularly brings together the world’s top architects, interior designers and media representatives to discuss issues in the professional design community. The theme of this year’s conference was “Unity”.  Together, we can strengthen our profession and, in turn, be able to serve our clients better. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel

czech up

April 2nd 2013 Comments: 1

Prior to this convergence of 150 Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects and Industry Leaders from across the globe, I’m having a “pre-trip” with a small group of designer friends who gather every year prior to the Summit (pictured above, L-R Tish Mills, Greg Tankersley, Beth Webb, Judy Talley, Magd Riad, … [read more]

cuba libre

March 12th 2013 Comments: 11

Therefore, I jumped at the chance when a friend of mine told me he was putting together a group of architects and designers to visit our long-snubbed neighbor. Though only 90 miles away from the US, it’s like visiting another faraway planet. Some preconceptions I had of Havana were true, … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel

marrakech expressions

April 18th 2012 Comments: 3

No these aren’t scenes from HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones”. These are scenes I witnessed within the first thirty minutes of entering the souk (market) in the medina (city) in Marrakech last week. This ancient Moroccan city is claustrophobically compressed with indescribable textures, colors, odors and exoticisms. Being lost … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel

cabana, boy

February 10th 2012 Comments: 5

To begin with, let me say that we love designing cabanas. In the midst of the everyday task of juggling complex programs, all the while trying to make things look simple and elegant, the lone pool cabana asks for little.  Sure, they must house the occasional fireplace or bathroom or … [read more]

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