Today's architect has steadily separated itself from the constructability of a project. By not being involved with the means and methods of construction, the architect loses design intent, quality, and the understanding of materials being put together. Architect derives from the Latin architectus, which derives from the Greek arkhitekton which means Master Builder. My approach is to reconnect the architect and builder into one entity. This evokes large scale understanding and efficiencies in a structure.
"In traditional society, the builder combined the functions of design and construction that are now assumed by separate professionals, and the system of apprenticeship taught people to take these functions on in a way that combined thinking and doing. The word architect, when it was used up to the eighteenth century, usually referred not to an architect in the present-day sense of the word but to someone who assumed overall responsibility for design and construction. Almost invariably, [these masterbuilders] came out of the building trades, and their responsibility lay not only in the production of drawings but also in work on the building site—work that included the organization of trades and the supervision of workers. Their work was in fact an extension of the role of the craftsman." -Howard Davis
Life is busy! Lets design and build a residential space that can bring the constant move of every day life to a comfortable pace at home. One example, convert circulation space into usable space but keeping its traditional function. Circulation space is the largest waste of space in a home (primary function = a path between functional spaces). Creating an axis that runs through the center and bleeds left and right from public to private acts as a buffer that blurs the lines between the functions. This principle is related to an open floor plan. The circulation space is defined within the open layout but not in the sense of a traditional enclosed corridor. By using other methods to define space (ceiling changes, columns, axes) It becomes visually usable space that retains its traditional function.
Conor Gibson was born and raised in Natchez, MS. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art, and Design at Mississippi State University. He moved to New Orleans in 2008 and started working for a large Design Build commercial firm. Met his wife, a local, and decided to plant his roots. After 10 years of commercial architecture and designing and building his personal home, he decided to transition into residential architecture where his newfound passion lies. He is a Registered Architect and Licensed Residential General Contractor.
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