DESIGN SHADOW: INTERNATIONAL WORK IN AFRICA – Part Un (one)

Bonjour! I have recently returned from French speaking Cote D’ivoire (Ivory Coast) Africa. I was there to spend a week working to establish relationships with local manufacturers and suppliers and also to inspect the quality of construction for newly completed construction work. This is all for an up and coming building project in the city …

DESIGN SHADOW on RENDERING

Today was a continuation of more time working with the renderers (affectionately labeled “render monkeys”) for a project. This particular client values renderings so much that we spend a lot of time on the front end to show design progression. Previous to today I had given them furniture cut sheets, light fixture designs/drawings and mill-work …

DESIGN SHADOW: TEST FIT

I received a cold call from a potential client the other day. This company’s executive had been referred to me and our company by a number of individuals. He asked if I could meet with him to explore the expansion of his business into a new commercial space – giving them potentially more square footage …

DESIGN SHADOW: LARGE SCALE MOCK-UP

Clients that will be putting a lot of capital towards a project, want to make sure their money is well spent. They are particularly concerned about getting everything they need and want. This is especially true when an Owner is building a large scale project that has many interest groups – or different users or …

DESIGN SHADOW: INTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL SKETCHES

Our team of Architects and Interior Designers recently had the space plan and exterior design for a new project approved by the Owner. Now it’s time to define the interior architecture and designs. We call this establishing the vocabulary of the building. Today I spent time thinking with my pen and fodder (tracing paper). This …

DESIGN SHADOW: ADDITIONAL SCOPE

Often during the construction administration period (“CA“) or after a project is installed and “finished,” the client will often find things that they want to add to the project. This can be because things aren’t working as planned, or there were items they didn’t think they needed, but now do. These might be items that …