Tuesday, October 27, 2015

home sweet home design

having written about diana's skyscraper project, i realized that i never did get around to describing her first experience at architectural design back in the spring.

this class was the first one of its kind offered at compass. registration for the class was in such demand that they made it possible for another section to open. signing up on a wait list has its advantages - she got in.

the teacher served as the client, requesting a 30' x 60' "footprint" single-person, one-story home with ocean and mountain views (a person can dream, you know) with a gourmet kitchen for entertaining and plenty of storage for outdoor sports equipment. the rest of the design decisions were up to the individual students.


floor plan
bird's-eye roof view - this was a big challenge for her

colors & kitchen design

other details

more details
her presentation style is clear, unapologetic, and enthusiastic. you can definitely see her in her design for others.

the architect teacher with a happy student
to be clear, diana said she does not intend on pursuing architecture as a career. she really wanted to learn how she could design her own home as an adult rather than rely on someone else's interpretation of what she wanted. after taking this class, it's clearer in her mind what can be done in a safe and solid way and and how to translate her dream into construction documents to follow. who knows where this knowledge and experience will lead her?

oh, and she commented months later, whilst playing minecraft, that the best thing about the class is that she finally learned how to design a proper roof. so there you go. wins all around.


  1. very cool — and i love diana’s goal. we designed our home (with an architect drawing up our ideas and suggesting improvements) and it was a fantastic experience!

    LOVE the comment re: minecraft. :)

  2. And my mom was the architect of the design of her and my dad's dream home. It's great Diana had this opportunity to learn so many skills in a practical fashion. What's all-too-often missing in a test-driven curriculum.