Architects are inspired by many things. Sometimes it is easy to see a direct correlation in our designs; other times the specific inspiration is not so readily apparent. Recently I had the pleasure of being on a retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico – close to the area that inspired Georgia O’Keefe and her magnificent landscapes. The famous Flat topped Pedernal Mountain in the Jemez Mountains was always in view, but it was the surrounding sandstone cliffs and canyons that inspired me morning and night. The transformative qualities from the rising and setting sun, against the backdrop of the deep blue cloudless sky, were mesmerizing. READ MORE
About twice a year, my friend Ron Gulledge and I will do what we call “Playing Hooky.” Like when you were in high school and skipped a day, we will take a day off on a Friday to take a hike and get back to nature.
This past Friday, we went to Kings Mountain National Park. In this day and age of the high pressure workplace and being overwhelmed by technology, these hooky days have had a recharging affect. Nature has a way to bring peace and calm to you through its wonders, simplicity, beauty, and solitude. We learn, reflect, observe, exercise, and remind ourselves there is a whole world out there that is often ignored. READ MORE