How to wear head to toe design?


I have been pretty lucky with random networking meetings recently…It is not usually expected to meet a person at random events, and make connections. However,  for some reasons (maybe it has to do with the temperature finally rising above minuses, and me going out for more networking events :)), I met many designers from various industries; fashion, interior design, and then most recently the jewelry design. It’s always fascinating to learn about how they work, where their inspirations come from, as well as about  the designers themselves. In addition, using their design skills to build their businesses is an intriguing story, I never get tired of hearing about.  As a designer /entrepreneur myself,  the final point about  “building their business”, I am incessantly curious how they are bringing these two roles to their work and life.

Jewelry Designer, Laurie Fleming is such a person who is building her business using her design skills.  Please check out her beautiful website for all her creations and make sure to pick up a few pieces!  And also to ask her all the questions you have about all things’ jewelry design!

As you already know, I’m always curious about how all of us designers work and where their ideas come from, whether it is creating a beautiful jewelry piece, or trying to make sense of organizing the building floor plans in my case.   

Check out her views on her work, design, life, etc. in her own words.

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Why you need to have Hat Attitude!


Design is Design!

I have always believed in the sentiment above…. Well, more correctly design processes work the same in all design fields;  start from the ideas, and then those get translated into visual images of sketches, physical models, etc. and then finally seeing the physical outcome of your idea.  They work the same in whether designing a building, dress, or a hat!

I have also enjoyed meeting various designers, and learned about how their thinking process started and eventually arriving at the final product. I met such a designer, Amparo Findlay (, and poked her thoughts on all things related to hat design, hat attitude, hatitude.  Here is Amparo’s story on building the hat empire….   Continue reading

Deep Freeze: What is your winter uniform?


It has been exactly 43 days since the last blog entry!  Can I blame this on the weather?  Especially the many days of  -20’s weather in the month of February!  Here is  the story of why I just did not have the courage to face the outdoor last month….

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Ready for Accessibility?

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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