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Why are architects and contractors separate entities?

Arick Dyrdal, February 23 2023

On February 23, 1857, 13 architects met in Richard Upjohn’s office to form what would become the American Institute of Architects. The history of architecture and construction is a long and complex one, with many changes and shifts in the roles and responsibilities of architects and contractors. In the past, architects were often responsible for...

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A Look at the Pioneering Designs and Lasting Influence of the Top 10 Most Celebrated Architects in Contemporary Architecture

Arick Dyrdal, February 3 2023

Architecture has the power to shape the world around us, creating spaces that inspire, function, and endure. Throughout history, there have been many architects who have left their mark on the world with their innovative and influential designs. In this list, we will explore the work of the top 10 most celebrated architects in contemporary...

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Will Passive House Ever Rule the World?

Arick Dyrdal, January 31 2023

Passive houses are a type of building that are designed to be highly energy-efficient and comfortable to live in. They are characterized by a number of features that help to reduce their energy consumption, including thick insulation, high-quality windows, and airtight construction. Passive houses are designed to use minimal energy for heating...

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Architect: Expectations vs. Reality

Arick Dyrdal, January 29 2023

When most people think of architects, they probably have a certain image in mind: someone who spends their days sketching elaborate blueprints, working with clients to bring their dream homes to life, and overseeing the construction of grand buildings. While this may be true to some extent, it is important to remember that there is often a...

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What does the term architect mean?

Arick Dyrdal, January 27 2023

The word "architect" comes from the Latin word "architectus," which means "chief builder." This word was originally used to describe a person who was responsible for the design and construction of public works, such as temples, amphitheaters, and other large structures. The first known use of the word "architect" in its modern sense dates back to...

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Massachusetts Zero Carbon Renovation Fund: A Game-Changer for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Sustainable Building Standards

Arick Dyrdal, January 26 2023

The Zero Carbon Renovation Fund Act is an exciting new development for architects, builders, and homeowners in Massachusetts. This act establishes a fund that will be used to pay for the costs associated with renovating existing buildings, including affordable housing, public housing, homes rented or owned by low and moderate-income households,...

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Can architects be contractors?

Arick Dyrdal, January 25 2023

Architects are trained professionals who are responsible for designing buildings and other structures. They work closely with clients to understand their needs and develop plans that meet those needs, while also adhering to building codes and other regulations. In many cases, architects work as consultants, providing their expertise and guidance...

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You don't need an architect.

Arick Dyrdal, January 23 2023

I understand that the topic of whether or not an architect is necessary for residential construction projects can be controversial, and it's important to approach this topic with an open mind and consider all of the potential arguments and perspectives. Photo by Cytonn Photography on

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4 Reason why you might need an architect?

Arick Dyrdal, January 21 2023

An architect is a professional who is trained in the design and planning of buildings and other structures. Architects are responsible for creating detailed drawings and plans for construction projects, and they also play a key role in the overall design and aesthetics of a

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Custom Home Building

5 tips on finding a custom home builder?

Arick Dyrdal, January 19 2023

If you are considering building a custom home, finding the right custom home builder is an important step in the process. Custom home builders are contractors who specialize in building homes to the specific design and specifications of their clients. Working with a reputable and experienced custom home builder can help ensure that your custom...

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