American Istitute For Architecture

Interview with an Architect: Thad Reeves Seeks Transcendent Quality of Architecture

By Leah Shafer / July 24, 2015 / 1 Comment

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here). Thad Reeves, AIA, is a co-founder of A.GRUPPO Architects, an office positioned as a vehicle for collaboration […]

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Interview with an Architect: Robert Raymond Advocates Appropriate, Sustainable Design

By Leah Shafer / June 1, 2015 / 0 Comments

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here). Robert W. Raymond, AIA, moved to Dallas in 1981 after completing his Masters in Architecture […]

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Interview with an Architect: Ross Conway Champions Urban Revitalization

By Leah Shafer / May 15, 2015 / 1 Comment

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here). Ross Conway, AIA, LEED AP, is Senior Associate and Design Director in the Lifestyle […]

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Interview with an Architect: Modernist Cliff Welch Featured in White Rock Home Tour

By Leah Shafer / April 17, 2015 / 1 Comment

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the first one here and the second one here). Cliff Welch, AIA, is a Dallas-based architect who champions modern […]

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Ask an Architect: The Story on Second Stories — How to Decide Between Building on or Moving Off?

By Joanna England / August 20, 2013 / 2 Comments

Two families in my neighborhood, Casa View Haven, recently announced that they’d be selling their modest post war-traditional homes and heading for the ‘burbs. Sure, that’s an option, but sometimes families choose to invest in an addition to accommodate growing families rather than packing up and moving.

Of course, there are pros and cons for both choices. Sometimes the investment in building onto a home isn’t recouped. And sometimes you can’t sell your existing home in time and end up carrying two mortgage payments. And sometimes, too, Homeowners Associations and deed restrictions can keep you from adding more space.

Michael Staten, a Dallas architect and senior project manager at CBRE, considered adding on to his Lake Highlands home. Instead, Staten and his family of four moved to Richardson. Why?

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