How to be a Good Citizen Architect

By on October 12, 2015. Posted in , .

Did you know that there is a wine cellar in the “anchorage” of the Brooklyn Bridge?

Or that the very first White House was also located at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge?

BrooklynBridge - Celebrating Architecture

Our theme for this month’s ArchiTalks – a series in which a group of architects post about the same subject on the same day, headed up as usual by Bob Borson of Life of an Architect – is “Citizen Architect.” Quite a pertinent topic for discussion here in NYC during the month of Archtober… We’ve got so much happening in our architecture community this month that it’s easy to be a Good Citizen Architect!

How to be a Good Citizen Architect

I looked up “How to be a good citizen” and listed the common answers below:

Be nice.
Be informed about current events.
Respect your community.
Speak out.
Participate in activities around your community. 

How to be a good Citizen Architect?
Well…. more of the same!

Participate in your community

As you all probably know by now (link here) Archtober is an entire month of celebrating architecture, and there are SO MANY architectural events and festivities every day of the month. Last week we went on a Hidden History walking tour of the Brooklyn Bridge where we learned about the wine cellar and White House, along with many other fun facts about the bridge’s history. Did you know that young Mrs. Roebling had a larger part in the Brooklyn Bridge’s completion than her husband did?

This week we may or may not participate in the “Design Crawl” around the Flatiron District – in and out of design showrooms serving festive “architectural cocktails” at each. And Friday is the one I am most looking forward to: Bricks + Beverages – Professionals Play with LEGO. Yep, we have formed a team of 5 and will be competing with other architects to build the best buildings out of LEGO. Wish us luck!!

I think we’ve got the “Participate” part down…

Architecture of the Day

Be Informed

It is actually a lot of work keeping up with all of the activities going on – especially around Archtober. But I have to admit it’s also a lot of fun.

For the daily Instagram #ArchitectureoftheDay posts I have to actively seek out great architecture (no, in NYC that’s not too hard) so that I’m sharing new, amazing or “off the beaten path” architecture, and hopefully teaching my followers about the architect or a little more about the architecture. Keeping up with current architecture is like a breath of fresh inspiration for my day to day work. Most certainly one of the benefits of being a small business. I get to be a part of all of it!

I’ve also recruited some friends to join in on the #ArchitectureoftheDay posts so we’re getting the architecture word out there from all directions! Check out my friend Nick’s Instagram for more Architecture of the Day.

Speak out

I don’t think anyone would accuse me of not speaking out!

Celebrating Residential Architecture: House of the Day

3 Ways Your Small Business can make a Big Impression

Working with an Architect: how does the whole process work? #architecture

…That’s what this blog is all about!

Respect your community

I am a residential architect, and I like to share the work of other residential architects as well on my blog and throughout our social media platforms. A few architects have asked why I would ever consider sharing what could be considered “competition.” I don’t see it that way at all – in fact, someone said it perfectly in a comment on our blog post last week: “When one rises, we all rise.” Promoting architecture – specifically residential architecture – makes us all better. Similar to what I would guess is Bob’s intention with these ArchiTalks posts… the more we talk about architecture, the more the public is aware of how awesome we are!

Be nice

…I’m always nice! 🙂


See, it’s not hard to do and actually a lot of fun to get out there and be a good citizen. How are you a good citizen??


For others’ takes on our theme of Citizen Architect please peruse the links below… this topic is bound to be an interesting mix of stories!


Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
Citizen Architect … Seems Redundant

Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
What Does it Mean to be a Citizen Architect?

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
small town citizen architect

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
#ArchiTalks: The everyday citizen architect

Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
Citizen Architect: #architalks

Jes Stafford – Modus Operandi Design (@modarchitect)
Architect as Citizen

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
My Hero – Citizen Architect

Rosa Sheng – Equity by Design (@EquityxDesign)
We are the Champions – Citizen Architects

Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Meet Jane Doe, Citizen Architect

Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
Help with South Carolina’s Recovery Efforts

brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Senior Citizen, Architect

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Citizen Architect

Tara Imani – Tara Imani Designs, LLC (@Parthenon1)
Citizen Starchitect’ is not an Oxymoron

Sharon George – Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
Citizen Architect #ArchiTalks

Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice AIA (@egraia)
Citizen of Architecture

Daniel Beck – The Architect’s Checklist (@archchecklist)
Protecting the Client – 3 Ways to be a Citizen Architect

Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
Citizen Developer??

Greg Croft – Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
Citizen Architect

Courtney Casburn Brett – Casburn Brett (@CasburnBrett)
“Citizen Architect” + Four Other Practice Models Changing Architecture

Jeffrey A Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
How Architects Can Be Model Citizens

Aaron Bowman – Product & Process (@PP_Podcast)
Citizen Architect: The Last Responder

Samantha Raburn – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
Inspiring a Citizen Architect

Amy Kalar – ArchiMom (@AmyKalar)
Architalks #13: How Can I Be But Just What I Am?

Eric Wittman – intern[life] (@rico_w)
[cake decorating] to [citizen architect]

Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
Citizinen Architect

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)

Jonathan Brown – Proto-Architecture (@mondo_tiki_man)
Citizen Architect – Form out of Time


  1. Thanks for being such a terrific advocate and spokesperson for the profession! I am extremely comfortable in admitting that I wish there were more people (architects) like you involved in our communities.

    Keep up the good work on behalf of all architects.

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