Stealth Modern: Injecting modern aesthetics into a traditional neighborhood

Stealth Modern: Injecting modern aesthetics into a traditional neighborhood

The Day Residence in Leawood, Kansas is designed in a style that we like to think of it as "stealth modern."  Viewed from the street, the home fits into the neighborhood fabric without calling too much attention to itself. Though, as you enter the front door, it's clear that the experience of the house is more dynamic than its first impression would have you believe.

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...)