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Workshop Intern Farewell Note

A farewell…

I had an amazing time working as an intern at [au]workshop this summer!  It was such a marvelous experience full of exceptionable people who were all too happy to pass on their knowledge.  I learned invaluable things over the course of the past few months, and I cannot wait to take that experience into the next chapter of my life. 

The size of this firm was perfect.  There were enough people to get a variety of tasks, yet small enough where I got to know everyone and feel like I got to be a part of something special.  This was my second internship, and I can say that without a doubt that this was the better fit for me.  This is the kind of firm that I can envision myself spending a lifetime with.  I wish the best of luck to the people at [au]workshop, and I cannot thank them enough for welcoming me with open arms. 

Thanks for everything, and I hope our paths cross again,

Kat

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new workshop intern!

Kat is currently a student at the University of Notre Dame, where she is working on her Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch).  She is joining us this summer before she heads off to Rome to study abroad for this upcoming year.  In her own words, "I am fascinated with how hand-drafting and classical architecture relate to the modern world and cannot wait to study this in more depth over the following years."

We are thrilled to have Kat be a part of the workshop this summer! 

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Happy 5th Birthday [au]workshop!

[au]workshop turns 5 today! We can't believe how quickly the time has passed! We began as a three-person team in a shared office space back in 2013, and as our holiday party dinner table shows, we have grown ever since. 

To celebrate, we 3d printed some custom commemorative fidget spinners to keep our hands busy during our frequent intra-office collaborations.

A big Thank You! to all of the wonderful clients and collaborators who have helped us succeed so far. We're excited for the next five!

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Holiday Dinner 2017!

Every year, it seems like our table gets a little longer! This year, continuing our tradition of supporting local businesses, [au]workshop (and family) enjoyed good company and a great meal at the newly opened Cache at Ginger and Baker. 

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We also wanted to take the opportunity to wish Happy Holidays to our many wonderful collaborators and clients. See you next year!

Special Guest: Johnny West

Whoops! Occasionally, things like the blog get away from us as we focus on the architecture. Like this post that we just found in the "drafts" folder:

We were pleasantly surprised the other day to get a visit from a Mr. Johnny West, who, besides having a pretty fantastic name, used to live at 405 Linden Street, in the old house that is now our office space. 
We've been fortunate enough to meet a number of the folks who used to call the building home, lots of whom lived here when the building was owned by the Fort Collins housing authority. Mr. West's story was especially intriguing, as he lived in the house earlier than anyone else we've met, back in 1945, when he was 12 years old. 
He regaled us with stories of nearly dying of diphtheria in the back bedroom and of attending school with Jesse Godinez, the proprietor of El Burrito. He also filled us in on some missing history; apparently, before it was a slaughterhouse, 401 Linden (the future site of Confluence) was a private residence that raised chickens commercially. 

Thanks for chatting with us, Mr. West!! Sorry to take so long to get you published. 

 Mr. Johnny West at 405 Linden Street, where he lived as a boy. 

Mr. Johnny West at 405 Linden Street, where he lived as a boy. 

Stephanie has been appointed to the NCARBARECSTF:PMG

Nope, it's not a typo; we're proud to laud the professional service of our newest employee, Stephanie Bedinghaus, who has been appointed to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' Architectural Registration Exam Case Study Task Force: Project Management Group! In case, like us, you have acronym-induced sleepiness (AIS, for short), Stephanie has kindly explained it thusly:

Basically, I help write the questions for the Architectural Registration Exam. 

In all seriousness, this is a highly important position, as the ARE is something all architects must pass in order to become licensed. Because what we do as architects varies from designing safe, accessible, and beautiful buildings to writing and administering contracts,  it's a very difficult set of skills to properly assess, and a lot of effort goes into the writing the test. It's also probably a job for which the hardworking folks who volunteer their time probably don't get thanked enough, so we wanted to take the opportunity to say "Thanks Stephanie!"

Confluence on the Cover...
 

Confluence has been featured on the cover of the Spring 2017 issue of Colorado Construction & Design. The AIA Colorado North spotlight lists the project alongside the Ginger and Baker rehabilitation of the Feeder Supply building (another River District redevelopment project), the Windsor Mill Redevelopment, and Bohn Farm Cohousing in Longmont. 

You can visit their website here or read the full issue here; the article is on page 33. For more information on Confluence, be sure to take a look at our project page and confluencefc.com.

 
[au]workshop featured for AIA Colorado Architecture Month

April is Colorado Architecture Month, an as part of the festivities, we were asked by AIA Colorado to put together something to demonstrate what a day in the life of an architect in Fort Collins is like. After a good deal of head-scratching, Spencer through together a .gif (below) documenting the most important aspects of architecture life: coffee, mouse-clicks, and custom desktop backgrounds. 

 

A day in the life of [au]workshop.

 

Spencer also provided a few slightly verbose answers to some of AIA Colorado's questions, which they understandably didn't have room for, so we've reproduced them here:

What do you enjoy most about being an architect? An architect in Northern Colorado?

I love lots of aspects of my job (drawing all day, working with great people, a sense of play in the things we do) but I think the thing I enjoy most is the chance to think about and directly affect part of the world that is so important but so hidden in plain sight.

Architecture and the urban environment have a huge impact on where and how we live and work and play and gather and discuss; they form perhaps our largest collective experiences and endeavors. But a big part of their power is that they exist in the background, silently keeping us warm and dry, shaping space and activity while we go on about our days.

I find it really rewarding to be able to help shape that background, and I feel privileged to get a view into a part of the world that goes largely unnoticed.

Northern Colorado is an interesting example of this. As Fort Collins continues to grow, I think the quality of urban space and architectural design is becoming more frequently discussed and more highly valued, both in the form of traditional downtown urbanism and in new architectures unique to our context. This is of course a boon for us as architects, as it allows a greater public investment in and engagement with our work. That said, I think architecture and urban design will always remain somewhere below the surface of the public consciousness, which I think is appropriate.

What has been your favorite project to work on? (It would be great to have a photo to go with this!)

I’ve really enjoyed working on our smaller, more local projects (405 Linden, Confluence, Block One) as it’s incredibly rewarding to see the real-world results of your work.

My favorite project, though, might be 1500 Kapiolani, in Honolulu. Honolulu is a super interesting context for the extremity of the relationship between the ocean, mountains, and city, which is highly pertinent to Northern Colorado as well. I’m also quite infatuated with the mirrored relationship between the two towers, both as a massing and an experience.

The part I’ve really enjoyed about working on it has been the development of the very simple, elegant diagram into this very messy and complicated series of functional requirements and front and back of house relationships; developing a sketch into a working building while keeping the essence of the sketch. To me, that’s what architecture is about, so I’m thrilled to get a chance to put it into practice. 

We're thrilled to be able to contribute to Architecture Month again, and we look forward to participating again next year!

New Workshop Architect!

[au]workshop is excited to announce the hire of our newest team member: Ms. Stephanie Bedinghaus, AIA.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Stephanie is a licensed architect and has several years of design experience in a variety of project scales, primarily commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential. Her organizational, problem-solving and communication skills, as well as her attention to detail and drive to create the best solutions for her clients, make project management her forte.  Having worked on several historic renovation re-development and multi-family housing projects, Stephanie’s particular design interest is in revitalizing abandoned or underutilized buildings and creating quality design for all those occupying a space.

She received the 2015 Rosebud Award for Southwest Missouri’s Outstanding Woman in Construction.  Her community involvement includes memberships ranging from a Crisis Maternity Home Committee to a High School Career Advisory Board and she genuinely values civic involvement.

We are thrilled to have her expertise and insight as we embark on a host of exciting projects.