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Common Misconceptions about Living In Nicer Climates

Is there anything that can make us grumpier than seeing someone who lives in a nice climate post photos of their gorgeous weather when you seem to stuck in the endless winter season? Damn you, social media. The truth is, though, there are a lot of things people don’t realize about living in nicer climates. Until one actually makes the leap and moves to a city or state with this kind of weather, one might not realize some of these untruths, if you will. Wondering what some of these common misconceptions about living in nicer climates are? Read on.

It’s Hot, or At Least Warm, All the Time

One of the funniest things about living in a state like California is people assume there is hot weather here all year long. It’s interesting to watch what people pack when they come for a visit, as they will bring shorts even in the winter. And, while it is possible to get “shorts weather” during these months, it’s more likely going to be “pants and a tee weather”, or something of the sort. And evenings are cool in the Golden State, even in the summertime. Visitors often forget to pack jackets, assuming that balmy days always lead to balmy evenings. Not so! In fact, in California, in particular, there are very few warm evenings—save maybe for the month of August.

ASLA announces 31 new Fellow members

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has elevated 31 members as Fellows for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.

ASLA will formally recognize its 2018 Fellows at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO, October 19–22, in Philadelphia. Additional information about the 2018 Class of Fellows, as well as previous ASLA Fellows, is available on the ASLA Council of Fellows webpage.

Timothy Baird, ASLA | Cornell University | Ithaca, New York
Timothy Baird, of Cornell University, received his nomination, in Knowledge, from the Council of Fellows Executive Committee.

Caron N. Beard, ASLA | Beard Landscape Development (Retired) | Friendsville, Tennessee
Caron Beard received his nomination, in Service, from the Tennessee Chapter. As a lifelong practitioner, mentor and ASLA leader, Beard has made extraordinary contributions to ASLA chapters across the nation as well as to the national society.

Jereck Boss, ASLA | OJB Landscape Architecture | Houston, Texas
Jereck Boss, of OJB Landscape Architecture, received his nomination, in Works, from the Texas Chapter. Boss has brought his considerable skills to bear on a broad range of institutional, corporate campus, mixed-use and large-scale urban design projects, including walkable and innovative streetscapes.

Andrew C.N. Bowden, ASLA | Land Concern | Santa Ana, California
Andrew Bowden, of Land Concern, received his nomination, in Service, from the Southern California Chapter. Bowden has served as an energetic and forceful advocate for ASLA and the profession, playing a prominent role in California and nationwide in defense of licensure;

Spotlight: William Pereira

Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley

Winner of the 1942 Acadamy Award for Best Special Effects, William Pereira (April 25, 1909 – November 13, 1985) also designed some of America's most iconic examples of futurist architecture, with his heavy stripped down functionalism becoming the symbol of many US institutions and cities. Working with his more prolific film-maker brother Hal Pereira, William Pereira's talent as an art director translated into a long and prestigious career creating striking and idiosyncratic buildings across the West Coast of America.

Columbia Square | Los Angeles, CA, USA | Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Rios Clementi Hale Studios, House & Robertson Architects, and GBD Architects, designed Columbia Square as a diverse, mixed-use campus of creative offices, residences, restaurants, and retail establishments, tied together by a landscape drawn from the canyons above the site. Columbia Square answers the need to create great places for gathering, working, and enjoying the spectacular outdoor environment of Southern California. The development’s sustainable plan, which is interconnected with its surroundings, embraces the site’s history to guide the way forward for this area of Hollywood. The new Columbia Square reuses studio spaces as well as storefronts, and creates new bungalow offices, all as part of the broader strategy of supporting a collaborative, creative industry campus. The scope of work for Rios Clementi Hale Studios as design architect includes master planning, existing building renovation, new office building and 200-unit residential tower architectural design, landscape architecture, site furniture, and signage.

Vans headquarters by Rapt Studio nods to California street culture

Vans Office by Rapt Studio

Employees of streetwear brand Vans can skateboard around the company's new Southern California headquarters by US design agency Rapt Studio. Read more

What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2017]

In what has become an annual “must write” post, I present to you THE definitive list of “What to Get an Architect for Christmas.” This is the 8th version of this list and I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to feel a little like Ebenezer Scrooge about the whole thing because I have unknowingly started to come up with some internal rules that govern what sort of gifts do, and do not, make my list. For the most part, I have tried to move away from do-dahs and bric-a-brac … because why? I want these gifts to be something that will live on past this particular holiday season, and that means that I focused more on longevity, purpose, and substance over style … I suppose substance AND style are preferred.

Does that make me a Scrooge? Maybe a little, but the stuff on this list isn’t meant for a 5-year-old, it’s gender-neutral, and I think most of these items your co-workers would want to steal (which, for most people, is really the measure of a desirable gift).

So on Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, and … all the rest of those reindeers. Here are 43 things, one of which will surely make that irritatingly picky architect friend of yours truly happy.

Should You Hire A Property Management Company or DIY? Here’s What To Consider

Renting your property in the hot market of San Diego can be an excellent way to get some extra income. But, maximizing the return on your investment could come with some unforeseen headaches.

To make the most of your investment in the lucrative Southern California rental industry, you’ll need to make sure everything runs smoothly — from advertising and leasing to move out inspections.

A common question property owners have at this point is whether to do these things alone or to hire a property management company. The answer depends on your individual circumstances.

For instance, if you own a single property nearby, it probably makes more sense to take care of it yourself. If you own an apartment community in a different state, hiring a property management company could be a better bet.

When deciding between hiring a property management company or becoming a self-managed landlord, here are some factors to consider: