Ask the Architect – My First Real Question

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For years I have offered to share my limited wisdom and expertise with you readers, but the response so far has been meager, to put it mildly. Ever since I started the Dynamic Family Home site back in May 2010 I have urged you to find me an intriguing question or two related to architecture, and finally; my First question from a Real Reader has arrived. It is quite thrilling! … Continue reading

Architectural Fees – What is Appropriate?

Norwegian money

I was at a social gathering one night and the conversation turned to prices for architectural services, of all things… An acquaintance told me (slightly upset) that he had paid more than 60,000 NOK (approx. 8000 EUR) in architectural fees even before he put the shovel in the ground! After interrogating him about what kind of services the architect had done I had to disagree that this was an exorbitant … Continue reading

My Wrinkled Résumé

My Wrinkled Résumé

Introduction A CV is a kind of reverse biography, where you start with today’s bravado and work your way backward. Under the presumption that older = less relevant, work related milestones are listed, mixed with a suitable dosage of personal interests and volunteer work. The person as a whole has little to do with it, since we exclusively present the sunny version of ourselves. For example, you would not reveal … Continue reading

One Story Extension With a Twist

Addon with a twist

“We are really satisfied with the result. The living room is lovely, the hallway is large and spacious, and our son loves his new big room.” says Silje and Thorstein to a responsive and happy architect! It is actually the most important thing in my industry, to have users who are satisfied with the result. After a year of planning, getting permits, and hiring contractors, and then a 6 months … Continue reading

Personal or Professional?

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Is it possible to be both personal and professional at the same time? Yes, I believe that it’s possible, and it may even be enriching. Life is not meant to be so darn serious, and with this in mind I embark on a new project, namely to write my blog in Norwegian as well (on my company webpage). Being casual and relaxed is not tantamount to being unprofessional, and the … Continue reading

Aalesund Art Noveau City No. 1

Alesund Art Noveau City no. 1

November has swept by quickly, leaving this blog sorely unattended, but with breaths of several new projects to my architectural practice. Among others one that brought me to the venerable Jugend city on the coast of Norway, called Aalesund (Ålesund). I had time for a short date with my camera, and took some pictures of this fabulous city by the sea. Not the blue skies to which I had grown … Continue reading

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