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Spark Architecture: Just Cause

Or better every day, sums up our “just cause”. But what comprises “Everyday (life)” ? And what makes it better? Given that our work is…

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Fierce Listening?

How are you listening? For Gist, Rebuttal, Logic, Emotions, or Point of View? The latter aims for a deep understanding the other person’s world…

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What happened in Vegas..

… should not stay in Vegas. As 2019 President of AIA Montana I had the pleasure to represent our state at our National Conference. This…

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Site SWAT & SWAG

Have you ever attempted to do a SWAT analysis of your site? We’re not talking about special weapons, but this is definitely entering the…

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Spark Value #4: Learning

Learning: This one started out under the label “Evolution”, in the sense of we learn and change based on those experiences. However I found myself…

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Spark Value #5: Excellence

Excellence To clarify, this is not perfection. Rather the ability to synthesize many factors, finding an elegant simplicity and clarity out of complexity. An aspiration…

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Spark Value #2: Clarity

Clarity (and what it means for Authenticity, Simplicity, and Transparency) When I first described this value it was labeled “authenticity”. But something kept nagging me…

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Spark Value #3: Responsibility

3. Responsibility A delivery principle in projects: It is an incredible honor and responsibility to be trusted with a project, and we take that seriously…

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Spark Value #1: Health

1. Health A design principle in projects. Health promoting  spaces, supporting the health of their users, their organizations, and the environment.   A driving force…

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Spark Values

After finishing Ray Dalio’s “Principles” for the second time, I felt compelled to summarize my own principles for Spark. Call it a work in…

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Solar or not?

During a recent Q&A session on Facebook we were asked about our opinion on solar. We love renewable energy sources, but can we…

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Paradigms of today's college classrooms

While a basic specification of a classroom still includes maximum occupancy counts and available technology, teaching and learning methods have moved away from a strict…

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Great Falls - Historic Walking Tours

We pass these buildings many times, wondering what stories they hold. Next time you’re downtown, on River Edge Trail, or the Railroad district, check…

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Grants (a.k.a. money) for your ideas

Always wanted to build a playground, school garden, add to your neighborhood park, or library? The MSU extension office painstakingly lists  available grant programs…

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It smells... delicious: Applied Phenomenology

Architects study objective and subjective aspects of the built environment. Objective subjects are easily observed and quantified. A bridge structure collapses when subjected to a…

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Tax credits for historic buidings in Montana

IRS, National Parks, and State Historic Preservation office (SHPO) collaborate in the administration of federal historic tax credits. Current offerings include a federal tax credit…

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Shiny Spec's and Artifacts

Special finishes, elegant lighting and sleek graphic design can support your business, but may still be replicable anywhere in the world. Your food and your…

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