Dan Finds Formerly Lost Pencil

Dan Finds Formerly Lost Pencil

For more than three decades, Dan has shared a remarkable relationship with his beloved white Koh-i-noor Rapidomatic 0.5mm #5635 mechanical pencil.  Purchased from the Tulane University Bookstore in 1985, it has accompanied Dan for most of his architectural journey--except for the times he has lost it, which are many.  No matter how long it goes away--two days, two weeks, two months, two years, twelve years--it just keeps coming back.  

Join Us At the DRAWing Board!

Join Us At the DRAWing Board!

DRAW is growing, and we are looking for the right folks to join our design and research-driven team. (more...)

Red & White

Red & White

Dan recently took the office on a thought experiment, which started with a simple observation:  interesting things happen inside the human mind when red meets white.  Using this observation as an organizing lens, he then went on a digital vision quest to shed light on the phenomenon of (red + white). (more...)

DR[awe] #1: Graham is in the Details

DR[awe] #1: Graham is in the Details

The DRAW’ers collected themselves for an afternoon recently in a borrowed conference room at Missouri Bank, in the Crossroads.  Each DRAW’er had been given a challenge in the weeks beforehand:  explore something until it becomes fascinating and fills you with awe, and then share that experience with the rest of the crew. (more...) 

From the DRAWing Board: Designing Brand Identities

From the DRAWing Board: Designing Brand Identities

Our DRAWing Boards are all about design thinking. Sometimes that means we talk about buildings. Other times that means we talk about whiskey. And recently we got to spend an hour exploring the design-centered world of brand identity. Guest presenter, Meghan Still – a designer at Washington, DC-based identity and brand consulting firm, Beveridge Seay – gave us a professional insider’s tour… (more...)

Lessons from My Punk Rock Life: How being a punk rocker made me a better business leader

Lessons from My Punk Rock Life: How being a punk rocker made me a better business leader

My college years were transformational for me. They marked the gateway to my chosen path of architecture. They hosted my awakening to a larger world of varied perspectives and philosophies. They coincided with the rise of the Digital Revolution. And while I’m certainly not alone in any of these experiences, I do differ from most in one noteworthy way: I played in several all-woman, punk rock bands during that time. One of these bands I played in and toured with was a Bay Area-based hardcore punk rock band called Spitboy, and that experience was particularly formative. (more...)