Traveling Architect

Traveling Architect: Postcards from Paris

Traveling Architect: Postcards from Paris

For me, Paris is more than just one of the world’s great cities — it’s a source of endless architectural design inspiration. I have been fortunate to spend a significant amount of time there as an architectural student, living with my parents when they were on sabbatical, and visiting friends I’ve made through the years.…

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Traveling Architect—Old Montreal at Night

Old Montreal Lights

A recent weekend trip to Montreal provides an inspiring look at lighting design. Interior and exterior lighting can transform a space or structure like nothing else. Lighting can create an atmosphere of warmth, introduce drama to the unremarkable, help foster a feeling or emotion, or even tell a story. And when you pair phenomenal lighting…

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Traveling Architect – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

A week away provides inspiration, needed rest and brings this traveler back to her ancestral roots… Lunenburg is a coastal town on the south shore of Nova Scotia, West of Halifax, located in Mahone Bay. Established in 1753, its architectural history has been respected, preserved and maintained. In 1995, Lunenburg was named a UNESCO World…

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Traveling Architect: Phoenix in 4 Days

Music, Nature and Architecture As luck would have it, this trip was an amazing convergence of three things I love—nature, music and architecture. The main reason for the trip was to rehearse and perform the American premiere of my father Donald Patriquin’s Songs of Innocence, an adaptation of William Blake’s poems in an 8-movement suite…

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Guadeloupe: A Caribbean Island with French Flair

I had the pleasure of visiting Guadeloupe in April. The weather was beautiful and the islands a delight to all senses! During our vacation, I had time for a little work – fun work, that is! I explored the interesting and eclectic architecture that shapes this Caribbean archipelago.  The architecture tells its own story about the history…

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Washington Walking Tour: Art in the Federal Triangle

Last week, a couple of us from the office  took a train to the AIA Convention, which this year was hosted in Washington, DC. Two and a half days filled with lectures, classes and an architectural materials expo began, for me, with a walking tour of the Federal Triangle.  Armed with a Metro Pass, a…

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Best of 2011

At the close of the year 2011, we want to thank you, our readers, for reading, for commenting, and hopefully, enjoying! We have compiled our top blogs of the year, based on interest from our newsletter readers and visitors to our site (with the help of our trusty ‘Mad Mimi’ and ‘Google Analytics’). TRAVELING ARCHITECT…

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New York High Line

For a very different perspective of Manhattan’s West Side, walk the High Line, a linear park elevated 20 to 30 feet above street level, where freight trains used to run through manufacturing neighborhoods. Currently running from Gansevoort Street in the West Village to 30th Street, it will continue West and North in a loop to the…

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Traveling Architect: Santa Fe

Oh, the colors, the smells and the sounds of Santa Fe! We have visited here a few times now, and every time, there are new discoveries. The landscapes are varied, and explorations to new areas are always rewarded with yet another beautiful view. The city is as old in its design as the art that…

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Santa Fe Opera

A lightning storm on the horizon provides a dramatic backdrop for the evening’s event. Photo,  Angelo Accomando The Santa Fe Opera is located 7 miles (11 km) north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, headquartered on a former guest ranch. John Crosby a New York-based conductor, founded the Santa Fe Opera in 1956. His goal was to give…

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