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  • I was 8 years old. My parents had always had friends who were architects and when I was 8 we returned to Southern Pines, NC where I was born and we visited the home of Calvin Howell who's firm was a well known in North Carolina. His home was unlike...

  • It was the late seventies when my engineer father steered me toward architecture. I thought of pursuing a career as a writer or artist, but am glad I completed a five-year professional degree at the University of Kentucky College of Architecture ...

  • In Chicago, after high school, I entered training and got my cosmetology license. I was hired as an apprentice at the Vidal Sassoon salon there in 1974. The seeds of architecture were actually planted by Vidal himself. He was a design enthusiast...

  • (I believe I'm the first female to respond thus far.) I knew nothing about architecture and took the plunge when I started a Master of Architecture program after getting a bachelor's degree in mathematics. I was almost a music major as well in...

  • I don't remember deciding until I was looking at colleges, but looking back, it seems inevitable. As a toddler, my parents say I was prone to shriek in odd places with no apparent reason. Once, dad turned as I did it and saw me cock my head and realized...

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  • I wanted to make you all aware of Fast Company's coverage of the Small Project Practitioners Farmers Market Pop-Up Project Design Competition. Jean Dufresne served as a great spokesperson for the program: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3032462/4-designs-that-reimagine-the-farmers-market...

  • By Chayanne Husar Emailing is of course a part of everyone's life and is a fast, effective way to keep a record of communication of a project. Using email to clarify meetings, understandings, and schedules helps to keep a project on task and moving...

  • By Jean Dufresne Most of us know that a big part of our time is spent educating our clients about architecture, construction, government processes and the like. It is our way of showcasing our value to the project, illustrating our passion for...

  • By Jean Dufresne We are a small boutique firm, but we are growing quickly. And with growth comes more projects and larger, more complex projects. My role is changing day by day, away from the traditional architect and more of the business owner...

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  • SPP Tip: Give back to the community by Liza Hausman, VP of Community for Houzz Social media and other technology tools changing the way homeowners get information and work with building and remodeling design professionals. You can expect...