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the Monterey Design Conference (MDC)

 

Last month I attended the Monterey Design Conference (MDC), an AIA event which occurs every odd-numbered year at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.  Asilomar, roughly translated, means “Refuge by the Sea” and what a refuge it is.  George Bissell is known as the “Father of the MDC” which kicked off in 1979.  Bissell appointed three co-chairs: Ray Kappe, Timothy Vreeland and one of my professors at Cal Poly Pomona, the late Bernard Zimmerman. Continue reading

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WHA’s Color Studio offers integrated, architectural color and material design services. With over 25 years of experience, this highly skilled team of professionals has provided color and material services for a wide variety of project types in diverse geographic regions. Join us as we sit down with Donna Aldrich, the head of WHA’s Color Studio to ask her about her journey. Continue reading

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Well, it’s that time of year again.  You know, that time we spend running around setting our watches, microwaves, clocks in our cars and all other timepieces one hour earlier.  The reason for this – Daylight Saving Time has come to an end.  Yeah!  We can fall back in beds and snooze for a little while longer.

Daylight Saving Time for 2017 began Sunday, March 12th and ends Sunday, November 5th.  It is observed in many locations around the world.  In the United States alone, most states observe Daylight Saving Time—except the state of Hawaii and most of Arizona.

So remember to ‘fall back’ and set your clocks one hour earlier and hit that snooze button.

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October 31st is the one day of the year where good neighborhood design especially impacts the decisions of many young and old…. Where should we go trick-or-treating?

What makes a neighborhood a popular haunt to spend All Hallows’ Eve? Continue reading

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Architecture provides a backdrop, a setting, for the events of life, establishing boundaries to designate and define space. The setting of a story deeply influences the events, the mood, and the people involved. Think of The Phantom of the Opera without the opera house, or Gladiator without the Coliseum, or even Friends without Central Perk cafe and you will know what I mean. Continue reading

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On the boards…

WHA is currently designing a new custom home in Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, Ca.

Here is an article that appeared earlier this year in Options magazine (an offshoot of Builder Developer magazine) which focuses on high-end custom homes. Continue reading

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CPH Shelter, Entrance. Copenhagen’s First Shipping Container Housing Prototype

Shipping container architecture has been around for decades. I remember having a conversation last year with one of my architecture professors when I told her I was going to Copenhagen, Denmark, to research affordable student housing made out of shipping containers. She chuckled in a way that immediately undermined my unknowingly uneducated notions that shipping containers were “new and innovative.” Continue reading

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