Learning From Louis Henry Gibson, Architect

First I found by accident the ”Convenient Houses : With Fifty Plans for the Housekeeper” by Louis Henry Gibson, Architect – 1889. Then I searched for more! He also wrote ”Beautiful houses: a study in house-building” in 1895. Gibson starts his text with a pledge for the convenient house, a house that is best fit…

The 20th Salon of Architecture in Novi Sad

OAR (Order of Architects in Romania) sent the open call for submissions at the 20th Salon of Architecture in Novi Sad, Serbia. The Novi Sad architects organization is DANS. I am impressed how our Serbian colleagues, the architects from Novi Sad, opened their salon to international participation. The international exposure and the open competition will only help to…

Someone Has Built It Before

I feel frustrated to find stuff online that I feel I had to read it much earlier than I do. „Someone Has Built It Before” is such a website. If you are an architect you should follow this blog. If you are not, you also should follow it! What should you see on “Someone Has…

A Home Design In Bucharest, Romania (Pics)

My colleague, Costin, who is also an architect, has shoot these awesome images of this home we designed back in 2013. I am very pleased to finally show a set of pictures of this house that I designed in 2013 and that was built last year. This is a small home, no larger than 1900…

The Death of (Modern?) #Architecture

Justin Shubow wrote in Forbes ”Architecture Continues To Implode: More Insiders Admit The Profession Is Failing”. This gentleman thinks that architects lost their contact with common people and this happens mostly with modernist architects. Starchitecture Is Not Modern Architecture The contemporary architecture that bothers Mr. Shubow is not Modernism. More, it is rather something similar to what Mannerism…

My Articles On Linkedin

Walking The Architect Shoes is my second post on Linkedin. Well, it is about being an architect nowdays. Nothing fancy, just like the shoes I used to wear that day. I also wrote an article about the chances on a competitive market for young architects to get a job. I receive many CVs both from…

The Fear of The Young Architects

I wrote a few time ago an article about the condition of the young architects on Linkedin. Young Architects – Not Good Enough to Design? In many countries, including mine, a graduated student with a bachelor or master degree in architecture is not allowed to design and sign his/her own architectural projects. This right is…

Why The Architecture Is Not an Art

The Greeks tried to find the perfect beauty in architecture. They searched and studied and finally design sets of rules of how to design beauty. Their architecture is beautiful. Later the Romans took the classical Greek architecture and used their forms and rules to go further. They built beautiful buildings too and for centuries Europe…

Architectural Design Requirements in Romania

Romanian Construction Quality law sets a a few architectural requirements for the building design, named: Design Requirements These requirements are not solely for the design, they target the building from the design boards, the construction phases and the use of the buildings. The developer of any building is responsible for all these tasks solidary with…

My First Architecture Project: A House Design

I am still wondering if my parents really wanted to build a house or they just were too proud to have a son studying architecture. My first architectural project was a house for my parents on a plot of land in Carpathian Mountains.   I found by chance two pictures with the first house that…

Houses Projects on Video

I posted two videos on my Architecture Company Youtube Channel: My company launched two series of house projects since 2004, being one of the first type houses projects. At least they are some of the few usable type projects, adapted to the Romanian building conditions. In Romania, the plot of lands in cities and towns…

An Architect Inspiration

As an architect, Lee Calisti is asking himself where the creativity and inspiration comes from in his blog. He first describe a system that is very similar to the Gestalt theory about human mind: a system that accumulates images and experiences that is used to solve new problems and face more challenges. It has an…

Dialogues: Architecture Is Big

I used to post comments to this article that I found on ThinkArchitect. Lee Calisti wrote: “My question is can we give to the profession while serving our clients? Or is our duty solely to the client paying our check? Do we have a duty to the local community, the larger environment and to architecture…

Architecture Lessons: Ancient Rome

Any visitor of the ancient ruins of Rome sees that many of our contemporary understanding of the buildings are ancient: they built stadiums, public spaces, courts of judges, public facilities such aqueducts, sewerages, public baths and even seven story malls. We invented less, but we consider ourselves more sophisticated than ever. I felt humble under…