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Rady. A project I had a small part in designing along with @jkrueger on the UCSD campus. The pointyness aligns with the centerline of the Salk Institute’s courtyard down the hill. This is today’s monumental #architecture photo.

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A very good friend of mine and I ride mountain bikes together. At least we did until I started studying again this year to pass my Architect Registration Exams. He has not only continued to ride bikes without me, but now he’s leveling-up and riding for a cause, and I hope you’ll help him and Jason out:

Robert Young and Jason Cochran are architects working, living and bike commuting in Southern California. After biking to HMC Architects for the past four years, they decided to plan their big ride from San Francisco to Malibu—a five-day, 450-mile journey down the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. They’re dedicating this ride to the folks in Lamas, Peru who suffered a catastrophic earthquake. With the help of Architecture For Humanity, LALESA Inc is working with the community in Lamas to rebuild a cultural center.

This is a no-brainer. Please donate and help them achieve their goal. It’s a great cause.

#ridinghouse2house

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I’m Batman. Geisel Library by William Pereira. Today’s monumental #architecture photo. (at UCSD Geisel Library)

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Khan. #architecture (at Salk Institute for Biological Studies)

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Come get to know the Archispeak hosts a bit better as we talk about what we do when we’re not doing architecture. Work life integration, or balance, or whatever you call it is a good thing.

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Scooping light. Neurosciences Institute by TWBTA. #architecture

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A bas relief in a wall at the Neurosciences Institute. #architecture

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More monumental architecture: Tsein & Williams Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla. It’s a “monastery for scientists.” Please close my gaping mouth. #architecture

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Next Limit:

As of August 2014, Maxwell Render is offering FREE licenses to academic institutions and the students enrolled in their courses. 

This is great news for those of you either in school or working at one to start using Maxwell Render. It can be used for anything non-commercial.

Read more about it on the Maxwell Render site.

Source: maxwellrender.com
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This is the second post in the ArchiTalks series where a bunch of internet-friends (no, we did not meet on match.com) post on the same topic that has to do with our chosen profession - architecture. Bob Borson over at Life of an Architect started this whole thing last month and it went really well, so we’re continuing until it doesn’t go really well.

As if.

At the end of my post I’ll link to the other articles posted today by my friends so you can see what all of their “This is Exciting” posts are about, so hang on until the end.


For the second installment in the ArchiTalks series, I’m going to write about probably the most exciting part of my job. After all, the topic is called “This is Exciting” and I had to pick something to write about. Naturally it’s going to be something incredibly exciting, to me at least. I have to say that without a doubt, it’s when one of “my” project starts getting built. The point when it goes from drawings to reality. When it gets out of the ground.

I say “my” project (in air-quotes) because it’s never really just mine… I am but one person on an incredible team that worked really hard to create the plans and do all the behind-the-scenes work to get this thing to a point where it could be built. It takes years and thousands of hours to accomplish. It’s huge.

But I digress back to the point.

Typically when a project “breaks ground” it’s the ceremony for the uninvolved. This is not what I’m talking about. I’m not talking about a bunch of people standing around with a golden shovel who didn’t do much on the project, posing for PR shots. What I am talking about is when backhoes dig trenches. When steel goes up. When concrete gets poured. The sound of a saw ripping some wood on the job site. Yes, I’m talking about the sights and sounds of a building becoming a real thing.

A project I had a part in is now under construction near Los Angeles, and it’s a community center for a very deserving community. It will, no doubt, be their pride and joy. They will love it for many, many years and I have no doubt they will take care of it like a newborn baby.

I had the opportunity to visit it the other day and field any possible questions that might arise from the County Supervisor, and I probably spent more time ogling over the space than most of the other tourists. I tweeted this:


When walking through a project under construction that I worked on for 3 years, I don’t want to leave.

— Evan Troxel (@etroxel)

August 14, 2014


It’s true. I have a bit of romance with projects I work on, and I didn’t want our first date to end. I’ve been working on this project for years now and much like a child being born, it’s an amazing thing to see it for real the first time. This isn’t only true for this project. It’s true for all of them. I actually prefer them when they’re under construction because they’re just so damn cool.

Here are a few shots I posted on Instagram: The first one here is of the street-side entry and memorial wall for the local Veteran community:



This is a shot of an interior open-office with plenty of natural daylight streaming in through some clerestory windows, which make the space just wonderful:



And here’s a shot of the main lobby roof. It’s just floating away…



It’s just unreal to me that I get to work on and eventually walk through projects that actually get built. They are an unbelievable amount of work to get to this point, and I can’t still can’t believe they are actually building this thing. 

As I was walking the site with my friend/mentor/boss Mark, he said that it feels like we got away with something on this project. I couldn’t agree more. There are some amazing details, spaces, materials and so much more that will start showing up very soon here. The bones are there and it’s developing at an incredible rate.

You should have seen it. The Construction Superintendent on site was talking about how the roof material flows from outdoor to inside the lobby through the main curtain wall as he led the tour on site. When a freaking construction supervisor is excited about a project, you know you did something right! If he’s excited, this is going to turn out to be a great building because he can’t wait to see how it finishes.

Seeing one of our projects in person is by far the most exciting part of my job. It’s unbeatable.


Click here to see other posts on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchiTalks.

Check out what others wrote about the topic “This is Exciting”:

Enoch Sears - Business of Architecture
@businessofarch
This Is Exciting: Marketing For Architects That Works

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect
@bobborson
This Is Exciting - The Beginning of the End

Matthew Stanfield - Field 9 Architecture
@FIELD9arch
This Is Exciting

Marica McKeel - Studio MM
@ArchitectMM
From Dreams to Reality - THIS is Exciting

Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet
@Jeff_Echols
This is Exciting: 5 ‘RE’s’ to Change the Future of Architecture

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect
@LeeCalisti
This Is Exciting :: Start + Finish

Oscia Wilson - Boiled Architecture
@Oscia_Wilson
This Is Exciting: They’re Fighting It Out

Mark R. LePage - Entrepreneur Architect
@EntreArchitect
This Is Exciting - Making A Difference At Entrepreneur Architect