We have been given the task of designing a mixed use building in Montgomery Al, right next to the new baseball field. The challenge is not the program, but rather the fact that we have been put into teams of four. Two designers and two building science students.
Playing the role of the architects, we have had to learn how to collaboratively design, and make room for two cooks in this kitchen. Sometimes we click, but more often than not, we do not share similar feelings on the designs. Designing this building is easy, if you do it alone. Designing with a partner who doesn't share your taste is nearly impossible. It's all about picking your battles, and learning to compromise. The building science students are the best! They all come into our studio and take one look at our projects and scratch their heads thinking, "Is that crazy mess supposed to be your building?"! Their idea of a good design is a brick and stucco building with a cornice piece and keystones above the (square) windows.
LOL, I'm going to miss being in school.
Attached is a fairly tame interior image of our unit.