Showing posts from May, 2008


Here is an overhang detail at a brick wall. The weathered brick is meant to imitate brick from 250 years ago. You can see a metal drip around the top of the wood. Where the overhang juts out from the wall, there is metal flashing as well.


I detailed this gate. The project was "Harbor Lofts" for the CIM Group. It is located in Anaheim, California. Sales began in 2008.

Made with paper & light cardboard

Architecture is not always building with sticks and bricks. Sometimes it is working with surfaces. Here is a collection of surfaces made to look like a flaming dagger. It was part of a costume for a medieval themed awards dinner (Rancho Del Mar District of the Orange County Boy Scouts of America

Photography by CJ Ganiere


Happy Mothers' Day.
To every mother, past, present and future. Thank you.

History of Accessibility

Sometime it helps to learn about the past before pressing into the future. Accessibility is presently considered a civil right in the United States of America. I received the e-mail below from one of the most knowledgeable people in California on the subject.
From: Mankin, Michael []
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 9:51 AM
Well, no online history – just the Attorney General's site:

CA has little institutional memory, yet archives exist in various agency records where the law requires retention.  One of the best timelines is online at DREDF:

DSA had a ANSI standard applied to new state funded buildings from 1969 until 1982, but no path of travel for existing buildings until after that. Local enforcement followed suit in 1970.

I find that every administration develops its own version of history according to the current political agend…

Photo Editing

While studying at USC (, I discovered Adobe's Photoshop 3.0. It came during my 4th year of architecture school. I was experimenting with CAD and rendering. At the time AutoCad was its eleventh version and the rendering was very primitive. My instructor suggested using Photoshop to enhance the images of my glorified boxes. You could add trees, cars, people or add the appearance of glass (without having to render glass which at the time took multiple hours).

Photoshop improved year over year and left my price range to stay current with the updates.

One freebie I found is Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). After using GIMP at work for nearly a year, I find it suitable for most of my work with images.

Another freebie is Picasa2 by Google. Picasa2 cannot draw or paint, but it can organize and add effects.

Newport Beach Temple

Attached is a photo of the Newport Beach Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The architect described the structure as a steel with some concrete. It is clad with a stone that is supposed to leech it's pinkish color over time to become whiter and whiter.

Buy My Stuff


As an architect I am always looking for the best way to express my design ideas. We use many tools. Pencil, pen, paper, plotter, computer, software. One bit of software that I use regularly is Revit Architecture 2008 by Autodesk. It is not a simple tool, but it is a powerful tool.

Selling something

Many blogs have advertising or advertise. Well who am I to break the trend?