James River House - Image by  James Ewing / OTTO

Finding Purpose

Moving towards simplicity is often the hardest task in any creative act be it music or architecture. Is it a primordial human tendency for survival to want more things, and to make them bigger? Some of my favorite architecture strives toward the opposite in a search for clarity. It’s what I admire in the seminal…

Elk Run Ridge

On Lineage

In his 18th century Essay on Architecture, Marc-Antoine Laugier wrote “man is willing to make himself an abode which covers but not buries…Pieces of wood raised perpendicularly, give us the idea of columns. The horizontal pieces that lay upon them afford us the idea of entablatures…branches form an incline that can be covered…and now man…

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Formal Influences

In the Piedmont, large red brick houses have always had a certain kind of monumental grandeur in the landscape. They are Virginia’s architecture—a tall central house, often hyphenated with ancillary spaces to the sides, large and formal, yet quiet and elegant—and were the standard bearer of sophistication in their time.  I admire them most often…

House, Deltaville, Middlesex County, VA.

Richard Dawson’s Photographs

They are hauntingly beautiful, serene, and yet enigmatic.  Richard Dawson’s photographs taken throughout Virginia over a period of years may be the most comprehensive collection of images of our state’s vernacular architecture ever assembled in one place. While searching online for something else, I found myself inadvertently sifting through thousands of images taken by one…

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Studio Mumbai | Inspiration and Process

This summer, vaMODERN was contacted out-of-the-blue by Carla Casu of Moleskine Europe announcing the newest architectural monographs published for their Inspiration and Process in Architecture Collection,with an unique opportunity to select one of the newly published titles and write an article about it. A few days later, a beautifully crafted Moleskine monograph arrived in Virginia…