What We’re Thinking About at Blue Ridge Architects

A Superbowl Every Sunday

by Randy Seitz I recently attended one night of Awakening--The Revival at Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Fla. A tremendous night of worship and preaching made truly memorable by the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the talent and technology involved in...

Gathering Spaces and a Goat Herder

Exactly one half of our office loves coffee. Greenberry’s can dole out Randy’s order before he even says it. Dean and Kirsten can drink a whole pot before lunch time. And just to demonstrate that architects have a life outside the office, our newest employee, Jose...

ReIncarnation

by Welby Lehman On Sunday, January 13, Church of the Incarnation will hold its first service in their newly renovated sanctuary on North Liberty Street in Harrisonburg. The former Parts Inc. building, is a great example of adaptive reuse in downtown, giving new life...

Lessons Learned in 2012

by Randy Seitz 2012 has been a good year for Blue Ridge Architects. We’ve got some great new clients and have some exciting opportunities with longstanding clients. Getting busier also means more opportunities for things to go sideways when it comes to quality and...

Collaboration vs. Compromise

by Welby Lehman, Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate I hear about collaboration and compromise a lot these days. Universities are seeking collaborative learning environments. Many wonder if our politicians will compromise.  Both collaboration and compromise imply that...

Management vs. Strategic Vision

Some more thoughts on master-planning. Before you groan and roll your eyes, hear me out. There is probably more suspicion about architects trying sell master-planning services than anything else we do. In a tough economy, where dollars are tight and organizations...

Why (sometimes) I'm Embarrassed to be an Architect

Howard Roark, the architect/protagonist in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, famously says, “I have clients to practice architecture.  I don’t practice architecture to have clients.” The implication is that for many architects, having clients is a means to their own ends....

What to Know Before You Build

If you run a busy organization, the thought of launching a building project might seem overwhelming.  Maybe you’ve heard stories about design and construction projects where costs run amok, schedules drag out and the building doesn’t operate correctly when you move...

Proud to Provide Design Solutions

Architect Audrey Matlock, speaking at a conference on innovation, is quoted, "Today in the U. S. it's no longer 'can-do,'…In other countries, they talk about design ideas.  Here we have 'design solutions.'"[1] At Blue Ridge Architects we talk a lot about “design...

Avoid Costly Surprises

Your building project is going to cost what it costs. The only question is do you want to know early in the project, when you can do something about it, or do you want to wait until the very end when the last invoice and the last application for payment has been...