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May 2011

Some Thoughts on AIA

As is the case most years, I attended the American Institute of Architects’ Annual Convention, in New Orleans two weeks ago, and saw a number of trends, some good and some worrisome. Specifically: 1.  The number of practicing architects seemed significantly lower than in previous years. Our stand, which is listed under our sister publication the Architect’s Guide to Glass magazine, was visited by many in the “architecture” field—students, professors, academicians, suppliers and consultants, but not very many pen-to-paper architects.  The economy has something to do with this, for sure, (because if you have no projects to design you have no money to spend on travel), but I think there… Read More »

Too Bad

Let’s clarify a couple things about the glass that was to go in the podium wall at One World Trade Center. First, there isn’t anything wrong with it. Despite all the protestations by various architects, the building’s owner and other nebulous pundits out there, the glass that was manufactured did not have any problems. And though PPG is too professional to say otherwise itself, the implication that the glass was some how defective is a disservice to its primary manufacturer. Second, I have been told that the problems lie in the complex way in which the glass was to be fabricated – complex not only technically but logistically as well…. Read More »

Make Someone Happy

My good friend and ace promulgator of business wisdom, Jerry Wright of AAA Glass in Fort Worth, Texas (jingle: Triple-A-Glass Gets-There-Fast), is a very wise businessperson. He combines commonsense with an incredibly high dose of business acumen to produce mantras such as “Hire Slow, Fire Fast.” Think about it for a minute and you’ll see he’s right. A lot of problems would be avoided if we took more time to make the right hire and got rid of the wrong ones faster than most of us do. Jerry’s “Ten Commandments of Keeping Your Job” is a classic. Jerry also says that he makes sure his employees understand that they want… Read More »

Grandma’s Feather Bed er … Chair

When I was a young girl, I used to love riding my bicycle the 2½ miles over to my paternal grandmother’s house. Nana, as we called her, lived in the oldest house in town, which she and my grandfather had bought and painstakingly restored and resurrected into a beautiful farmhouse. Its expansive acreage had been subdivided long before and it was a bit out of place in a suburban Long Island town, but it was beautiful. Nana loved all things 100-or-more years old and spent her weekends at garage and estate sales so she could furnish the house in exquisite antiques of many eras. I can still remember spending hours… Read More »

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