Uncover what is unique

The “U” element in my alphabetic mnemonic list for successfully practicing design is: Uncover What Is Unique. Look beyond the common denominator to find and express qualities of uniqueness. If our…


Value others' space

The “V” element in my alphabetic mnemonic list for successfully practicing design is: Value Others’ Space. Architects’ value in shaping space shouldn’t end with the physical environment. As designers…


Woo Wonder

The “W” element in my alphabetic mnemonic list for successfully practicing design is: Woo Wonder. Sometimes it’s best to turn off the amplifiers and simply listen. “Unplugging” is a wonderful tool.…


X means here

The “X” element in my alphabetic mnemonic list for successfully practicing design is: X Means Here. While we all have memories and dreams, only here are we fully present. As an elemental form of…


Yearning isn't enough

The “Y” element in my alphabetic mnemonic list for successfully practicing design is: Yearning Isn’t Enough. Yearning for the perfect design opportunity is like waiting for the perfect lover. A…


Zip it

The “Z” element in my alphabetic mnemonic list for successfully practicing design is: Zip It. What do good designers and good bartenders have in common? A good designer or bartender knows when to zip…