Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Julius Comroe described serendipity this way: to look for a needle in a haystack and get out of it with the farmer's daughter. When I was about to graduate from high school, my grand tour "college visitation" was to drive with my dad to one Texas architecture school, Texas Tech. It was not the school, just a school we thought I might like. I walked around a bit and then my dad said, "what do you think, Steve?" I said, "looks good to me. How do I enroll?" College visitations are not done this way anymore, but neither is the education of an architect.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Our clients highly recommend that we see Bern before leaving Switzerland. We purchase tickets and board the train the next day. We have no idea that we are about to see a model medieval city that incorporates the amenities of modern life and design.
Thursday, March 1st, 2012


For me, insanity is super sanity. Normal is psychotic. Normal is lack of imagination, lack of creativity. Jean Dubuffet

In the second week of February in Switzerland and France, most school children have their "ski holiday." Rental cars are scarce as families pack and leave for a week. As it turns out, this was an unexpected gift for us.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
In the second week of February in Switzerland and France, most school children have their "ski holiday." Rental c
russian church
Friday, February 17th, 2012
Embedded between Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, is the French-speaking city of Geneva. With is humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, it is the European headquarters to the United Nations and the International Red Cross and known as the "capital of peace."
art history museum in Geneva
Monday, February 13th, 2012
On Day Two it is snowing, but less windy than the first day. Our inn, Romantik Hotel Auberge d'Hermance, provides a wonderful breakfast of cafe au lait, croissant, fresh-baked breads, brioche, cheeses, yogurt, jam, and pears.
Thursday, February 9th, 2012

We land at 7:36 a.m. and Captain “Bubba” Ransom drawls over the PA system on our 767 aircraft, “Folks, get on your coats, it's 10 degrees here in Geneva with a 30 mph north wind. Oh, and, you're gonna have to climb down the stairs onto the tarmac and run to the waiting buses to get to the terminal.” Captain Ransom's Texas accent is homey and reassuring; the howling wind and the crawl down the stairs is not. We packed our heavy coats in our checked bags, as did all of the others on the airplane, except the Geneva residents. They know about this unusually cold winter in Europe. We are here to work with a client, document historic residential architecture, and be test subjects for Whole Earth Provisions' latest cold weather gear.

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