Let me introduce myself.
|Vivian Volz, AIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP|
But I'm a specifier. I thought I'd try writing specifications, partly because there was a need in the San Francisco office of Gensler at the time, and partly because I was expecting a child. Very reasonably, I thought specification work would be more flexible than job site visits and submittal reviews and drawing coordination. I'd just try it for a couple of years, to round out my practice, while my child was small. But that child is a fifth-grader now, and I'm still writing specifications.
I truly enjoy being a specifier. It's a daily puzzle, with research and architecture and the most diverse collection of colleagues anyone could hope for. There's an element of haiku about a good specification: there's a formula for how the words go together, and the goal is to communicate the essential in a streamlined way. It helps that I like architects and engineers and building product representatives; it also helps that I enjoy writing.
What's this blog about?This blog is for my colleagues - my clients, my peers, my golden product reps, those just getting started in our field, and those from whom I learn. Here are some of the things I plan to write about:
- Holistic design: Specifying, in relationship with other design activities. It's more than just coordination when we all design together toward a common vision of a project.
- Learning: The state of architectural and design education, in and out of school.
- How stuff works: Occasional observations on materials, products and systems, gleaned from the constant research that everyday specifying entails.
- Greening: The moving target that is sustainable design and sustainable construction.
- MasterFormat DIY: What happens when specifiers get their hands dirty on the weekends.