Category: Design

Designing in the Public Realm: Responsibility & Respect

This is the second installment in a series exploring many factors considered for projects designed for the public sector.  In NKB’s 40+ years of designing buildings and other structures serving the public sector, we have found the following factors to be the top ten project drivers in developing projects designed for governmental clients. The following […]

Written by on September 17, 2021

That’s an Interior Designer’s Job?! From Concept to Completion

This series is a bit of a glimpse ‘behind the curtain’ of what being an Interior Designer is actually like. What if I told you that there are frequently years between designing projects on paper and when they’re built and usable? In this instant gratification world, it may seem absurd how long projects may take […]

Written by on October 21, 2021

So You Want to be a Licensed Architect: Practice Management Exam

Practice Management (PcM) is about understanding the business structure, business development, and asset development and protection. The exam is broken down into the following content areas. Business Operations Finances, Risk & Development of Practice Practice Wide Delivery of Services Practice Methodologies Preparing for the Exam When I was studying for the PcM exam, it was […]

Written by on August 10, 2021

That’s the Interior Designer’s Job?! Construction Administration

Interior Designers’ skills go far beyond making things look pretty.  Successful Interior Designers are also often successful project managers. These skills can then be applied to other areas of projects – like construction period services. When I was a Professional Practice teacher at my alma mater, one of the lessons I would teach my students […]

Written by on June 9, 2021

Flexible Workspace Design

The word of the year is flexibility. As the workplace begins to find its new normal, it is more important than ever for workspaces to be comfortable and adaptable. Office design shapes how employees get their work done – giving them the spaces they need to perform at their best. Space is limited and valuable […]

Written by on June 3, 2021

So You Want to Be a Licensed Architect: Beginning the Process!

Now that we’ve covered the general items (in my previous blogs), it’s time to get into the details of this process! When I first started this adventure, it was a challenge to figure out where to begin. The best advice I could give anyone is to start small! You are going to feel overwhelmed very […]

Written by on April 5, 2021

Designing in the Public Realm

Providing architecture, engineering, and interior design services for governmental projects requires a high level of coordination between competing program requirements.  Providing design solutions for public sector projects is a delicate balance of not only satisfying the programmatic or missional requirements of the project, but also a wide range of other tangible and intangible factors which […]

Written by on March 15, 2021

That’s the Interior Designer’s Job?! Trash Receptacle Detailing

The Interior Designer’s job is to think through every detail of how a user will interact with the interior space. A lot of what we do involves detailing of casework. Detailing is drawing to show small assemblies and how they work with other assemblies in larger finished pieces. Typically, a lot of detailing goes into […]

Written by on March 3, 2021

So You Want to be a Licensed Architect: The ARE Exams

Once you have your education and experience started or completed, you’re ready for the next step: taking the Architecture Registration Exams (ARE). When I first graduated from college and entered the workforce, I felt that the ARE’s were this big, intimidating monster that I didn’t want to think about or look at. I think this […]

Written by on February 4, 2021