Since 2004, Little’s DC office has held an annual Virginia Wine Tasting and Open House to celebrate with our clients and consultants, and to thank everyone for the wonderful year we’ve had working with them. It’s an awesome way to catch up in a non-meeting setting, and allows us to showcase the work we’re doing across our practice groups. Personally, I also think it’s an excellent way to make connections between projects and people, ’cause design-don’t-happen-in-no-vacuum, and great relationships and good communication are key to the success of any undertaking.
I stumbled into architecture from a checkered (and stupendously nerdy) past in anthropology, art and marketing, and as a total glutton for punishment, I’ve been working on gaining an architecture degree for the last few years as well as marketing-monkeying. It’s been a little strange, largely because as every intern probably figures out during their first summer job, Architecture as discussed in the context of studio and school is wildly different from architecture in practice.
As a result, it’s hard not to feel as though my architectural education has a split personality, or a disconnect between brain and hands. Design and methodology happen on both sides, but if you were only doing one at a time, as most do, I don’t doubt that it would be difficult to not come out a little skewed. After all, in studio, we’re predominantly arguing about concepts: entry sequence and the intrinsic properties associated with space types, and how space makes you feeeeeeeeeeel. No budgets, few parameters, no clients waiting for meetings…design in a vacuum is awesome, but only works in real life if you’re an architect and also a billionaire playboy. READ MORE