I recently completed the course "The Architectural Imagination" created for online learning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The instructor is Michael Hays, who is the Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory and Harvard.
This course was excellent and really exceeded my expectations. I did not go to architecture school. I chose the builder path but always loved architecture and spent 7 years working for architects early in my career learning all that I could so I could incorporate the philosophy into my design-build business which I have run since 2004. I focus mainly on residential projects where licensing is not an issue. But I respect the structure that is set up to train and license architects in the our country. I am a licensed general contractor and understand the value of education and continuous learning and training.
This course exposed me to some of the things I missed like the awesome history and philosophy associated with architecture. We learned about architectural typology and evolution of architecture from the classical era to the modern. There were great lectures by Michael Hayes and you really got a feel of what it might be like to sit with other students and learn about architecture. I would recommend this course to anyone in the design-build industry. Maybe if enough of we contractors did this, the great divide might be eliminated.
I thought I would share theses drawigs as a sample of some of our construction drawings.
If you don't follow me on Instagram, you may not know after a minor midlife crisis I moved to the woods and built a temporary tiny shack. My ultimate plan is to build a tiny cabin and I have struggled with the design ever since moving into the temporary tiny shack a few months ago. I have built many and love the original log cabin but to build one for me is to give into the easy way out regarding design. I want to challenge myself and see if I can build something that brings a different kind of melancholy.
The plan is very simple and mainly consists of a shop (my whole purpose in life) a kitchen, bath and sleeping room. The bedroom is small as I see this as a room of necessity and not for living. Like the bear sees the cave before he enters it for winter. It is an instinct but I am sure he dreads the long sleep. The kitchen is really jut part of the office as this is where the magi happens. The design before the storm :)
The elevations are an attempt to pay homage to the modern architecture of the 50's I often tell my customers that not contemporary humans are brave enough or have the budget to replicate or should even try because of the sacrilege but I digress, I am going to try it because I turn 60 this year and time is running out to create that great masterpiece :). I don't imagine I'll be remembered for much. I was kind of hoping the buildings I have built would stand for something but say la vie :)