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]

Drawing Class

April 20th 2017 Comments: 2

  Today, Chris Tippett continues our series on hand drawing. David Baker, Mary Catherine Walter and I were fortunate to spend a few days at The University of Notre Dame’s Architectural Career Fair, our third journey to this event. Why Notre Dame? In addition to drawing platforms such as CAD … [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]

Personality in Pencil

April 6th 2017 Comments: 2

If you have read this blog for any time, you know our firm is a proponent of hand drawing.  Over the next several weeks, various members of our firm will be speaking about the topic. Today we happily welcome back Mary Catherine Walter, sharing her thoughts and sketches: +++ The … [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]

bobby pinpoints

March 16th 2017 Comments: 3

Sorry I’ve been absent from our blog the past few months.   As a lame excuse, I’ll offer that I’m a big crossword puzzle junkie but I work them in an obsessive compulsive fashion – I never hop around the grid answering clues I immediately know.  I start at one … [read more]

the digitally printed works: architectural digest, august 2016

September 1st 2016 Comments: 5

The following story, a tour of Bobby McAlpine’s Lake Martin, Alabama home, appeared as an article on Architectural Digest’s newly expanded online content. We are reprinting it with their kind permission. The article was written by Jacqueline Terrebonne and photographed by Erica George Dines. Leave it to an architect to create … [read more]

muse of the night

August 25th 2016 Comments: 7

A few months ago, I discovered something shocking about my young NYC staff members – they had never actually seen the musical Phantom of the Opera. How could this be? I ranted that, in spite of the schmaltzy and melodramatic plot, it was one of the most spectacular set designs … [read more]

a flight of fancy

August 18th 2016 Comments: 4

A few years ago, I wrote a post about Jim Scott’s enraptured garden located at Lake Martin, Alabama. Last week we posted it again.  Now, thanks to modern technology, you can tour this magical property through aerial eyes.  Enjoy this wonderful short film by Orchestrate:

seeing seaside

August 4th 2016 Comments: 9

Today’s guest writer is one of our firm’s newest additions – Mary Catherine Walter. Please welcome a young voice and perspective. Before last weekend, Seaside, Florida was only a familiar fiction to me, a resort town I had heard both praised and criticized, a controversy, the first born of New … [read more]

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