Labor of Love

Every year for the last 17 years, CASA has raffled off two playhouses through their “Casas for CASA” fundraiser. After last year’s raffle, I saw a great opportunity and offered the design talents of BLDD Architects to now-retired CASA Executive Director Steve Miller, hoping we could help take the fundraising to a new level. He and Julia Livingston (incoming Executive Director) gladly accepted our offer, and so the excitement (and work) began!

Can design make it easier to find God?

Imagine visiting a new city and trying to find anything without the help of Google Maps. Would you feel frustrated? Lost? Wondering how people ever found their way before 2005?! That’s pretty much how church newcomers feel on Sunday mornings. Visitors often arrive at a new church nervous, uncomfortable and a bit lost. They have…

Expanding our network of friends with iSPI

At BLDD, our changing workplace also includes fewer square feet of permanent office space and the opportunity to telecommute.  We’re still together in the office some days, and working remotely other days.

Branding isn’t just for big business

When you think of branding, what comes to mind?  Apple, Target, Pepsi, Volkswagen, McDonald’s, Oprah??  The retail/B2C world is filled with great examples. These B2C giants have been at it for a long time, and there’s lots to be learned.  Most of all, that branding isn’t just for big business anymore.  Due to an increase…

The future of the architecture firm: a mix of human and high tech

How can creative, professional service firms set up a work environment that’s not just a place to shelter employees, but one that’s a strategic tool for productivity, collaboration, and growth? BLDD Architects is answering this question by reimagining where and how they do their best work.  According to President Steve Oliver, both team collaboration and…

‘Making a difference’ gets personal

Last week, we posted about the many talented people of BLDD who created artwork to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s. This week, I wanted to share a personal story behind the artwork that I contributed to the effort, in honor of two very special people…. my maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother. Alzheimer’s…

Making a Difference

Alzheimer’s affects both its victims and those who love them. This disease hit close to home at BLDD when one of our own, Mike Cardinal, was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the young age of 56.  Mike was a principal in our firm, but so much more than that.  He was one of the…

Because Life Deserves Design

In the Mohegan tribe in upper Connecticut, children receive descriptive names when they’re young. As they grow into adolescence, they receive a new name that reflects their experiences. Names may even change several times over a lifetime. “Because Life Deserves Design” is far more than an acronym for our name at BLDD, it’s who we…