Monday, February 05, 2007

An Architect with Award-Winning Wit

Phillip Koski, AIA, a recent recipient of the 2007 AIA national Young Architects Award, is kind of a big deal. Recently named Citizen Koski by Linda Mack, he has been building a local reputation for years as a architect about town. Possessing a passion for historic preservation, the profession of architecture and writing, he's become a trusted source for a unique and witty perspective on architecture for the public in Minnesota, notably in articles in Architecture Minnesota like Save the Guthrie! Again (March 2057) in the Jan/Feb 2007 issue.

Anyone care to suggest an idea for a future article for Phillip? Submit below, please.


Anonymous said...

I've always hoped for a series of "onion" awards that are given in other cities like San Diego used to do. We should lighten up and not be afraid of some humorous yet serious poking fun at ourselves (architects that is). Everyone else knows Minnesota nice isn't so nice. Since not another person commented on the awards post after "Boxes 'R Us" we need a good lesson in not thinking ourselves so important as beyond self criticism. It would be good for all.

John Dwyer said...

Next stop, young architect of the world! Congrats, Philip. Much deserved. Your community service resume is longer than the dead sea scrolls. You're a role model for our profession.

Anonymous said...

How to build up your architect reputation?
The answer is simple, to design some buildings which can pick up your reputation greatly. How to make the buildings famous? The famous must be greatly functional, unique, special with new style. The building should hook up the people who visits.
So how could a building like this come out? Actually, one building is a work which need to put the architect, contractor, builder and supplier together. The building will go nowhere if one of which have problem.
But architect is the Key. He can pick up which kind of material the building can use.
For a certain project, the architect need to answer a question, how to design the building to be the best with a cost limitation.
Provided that the abilities of architects are same(one architect is not much better or worse than others). the materials for the building might be the biggest working area for the architect to work on.
An architect need to pick up the doors, windows, the ceilings, the lightings, the floor tile, the wall covering, the solid surfaces, the custom furnitures, the exterior wall on the building. What the people can see is what can improve the architect reputation.
So the problem turns to one issue how to find a good material with low cost.
Take an example, architects was supposed to pick up a wood mantel for a fireplace at cost of $1500. Do some research and find a company who can make marble mantel in the same price. You can find many of these company. For example, a company named Evan’s Home Luxuries, in Boston, New england area. There, some mantel is about the same price.
Another example, for a entrance wood door, some times the price runs to $8000. If you use a cooper door, brass door, bronze door with the same price, definitely it will make the building a better reputation.
Use the granite tile to substitute the ceramic tile. A lot of suppliers can do that.
Use the wrought iron fence to substitute aluminum fences. Many.
You can find it.
It is the architect home work to do the research about all the material which will be used on the building. Do not point on the contracts do your homework if you want to be famous and make your money.
Architects are busy. I know some of Architect Company begins to hire buyer to do the investigation work about the architect material. This will be a fashion.

Anonymous said...

To the post above mine, you have really put your finger on the entire profession. With that kind of insight into this business, I have no doubt that you'll build up your architect reputation and hook up all the people that visits your buildings.