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AODA clock ticking started on Jan. 1, 2015

The holidays are a distant memory now.

Now I am in the thick of my “work mode” after surviving the holidays;  having too much of everything – food, gifts, and the infamous annual new year’s resolutions which “keep” getting updated.  However, there was one constant topic that was kept popping up at the work since December last year:  AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) implementation starting on the first day of this year.  I had been getting a few different phone calls from my  past, as well as potential clients with this particular question and its implication to their projects:  What is AODA?  Of course, the question always follows with “do I need to consider this AODA thing for my project?”   Continue reading

What does an interior decorator do?

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As an architect, I work with many different consultants such as structural, mechanical engineers, energy consultant, etc. to collaborate on a project.  Recently, I added another consultant to my contact list: Jacqueline Peres.  It is always fascinating to meet a person and learn about his/her business, as well as their expertise.  The knowledge I discover from their “behind the story” on how they ended up in their chosen profession, and how they are working towards being the very best in their field is inspiring.  Recently I met such a person who is in the middle of that exciting journey….Jacqueline Peres is the INTERIOR DESIGNER who shares her background with our readers.  Here is her story….

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Making of an Architect


I remember this scene well.  probably too well…

The year was 1998, and I was sitting at one of those big study tables flipping through stacks of architecture books at the Columbia University Architecture School Library.  I took this photo during my recent trip to New York City, visiting the architecture school and trying to relive the moments I had as a student.  Continue reading

Weekend Purse



It was such a treat to not having to carry my regular work bag during the recent trip to NYC. Well…to be more accurate, it was only for the weekend…more precise only two days out of seven days trip in NYC. Having been the designated tour guide for mom/sister, I was carrying more than usual: work bag that can fit letter sized papers, maps, pens, notes, iPad (pretty much everything I carry around during my typical work days back in Toronto), and then PLUS the big camera bag! Continue reading

Another New York City: travelling without the map



Seeing the NYC in such an intense light (mostly red) from the previous blog entry, all of us desperately needed the rest from lights, crowd, billboards, etc. Essentially we had to be somewhere else other than New York City! It was a sensory overload from our first day in NYC! However the second day started differently…almost like we were somewhere else. Continue reading