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I have been in the Landscape Architecture profession for over 20 years now (yikes!), but I still find myself tripping up on some industry words and second-guessing what I am saying-or what others are saying.  This just surfaced again for me while looking at a retaining wall condition on a project today.  I am thinking I am not the only one, but if I am, please don’t share this posting!   So, does it really matter? Is a project going to go wrong if I say one word over the other at a job meeting? Probably not because we all know what we are talking about. But being technically-correct matters, so I just had to put this to rest in my own head once and for all!

Below are the (much abbreviated) definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary  Yes, I know the dictionary’s focus isn't technical applications.  But if its definition DOES include what I’m after, that is good enough for me for this exercise.   

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Biophilic Design

Sustainable green design has become commonplace in our culture.  Many people outside of the design and construction industries understand and embrace these principles.  During my architectural career, sustainability has always seemed the responsible practice, but it always left me with a sense of something missing.    

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During our second year, Arkos Design continued to grow our staff and expand our design services.
Landscape architecture was added to complement architecture and interior design and provide a full 
design team for our projects.  This second year was significant in establishing our identity, with many of 
our core staff members joining us at that time.

The additional staff led to the integration of their skills and personality into the Arkos Design culture.  Also at that time, we instituted many of the social traditions that we enjoy together outside of the workplace. We have a 
passion for these events and believe our working relationships are strengthened by these social interactions.  In 2006, we went on our first camping trip, celebrated with our first Halloween party, and held our first Christmas bowling party. 

Our new client relationships and significant projects that year contributed to our growth and our future success. 
 
 

          

Second Year Highlights

  1. The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series for the 10th time!
  2. Arkos Design continued its growth to 10 employees.
  3. The top song of the year was “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter.
  4. Arkos Design added Landscape Architecture to our services.
  5. “Crash” won the Oscar for Best Picture.
  6. Arkos Design hosted its first corporate retreat.
  7. The world’s population topped 6.5 billion.
  8. Arkos Design provided continuous owner’s representation services.
  9. The Dow Jones hit the 11,000 milestone for the first time since 9/11, five years earlier.
  10. Arkos Design began our first design-build relationship.
 

More Exciting announcements to come!

 

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Have you ever wondered what design professionals in the real world think of all those TV design shows?  This article summarizes some of the benefits and detriments of design on television.

ICON - Winter 2014.

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