Fall 2010 - AIA Dallas Columns

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By Diane Collier, AIA

Charles D. Smith, AIA

HOMEOWNERS AND ARCHITECTS A UNIQUE COLLABORATION What is it like for homeowners to work with architects? When the driveway is clear of trucks, the drywall dust is no longer on the windows, and final invoices are settled, daily life happens to our clients. Recently we asked four of Dallas’ revered residential architects to let us speak with their clients to get their reactions to the collaborative process of building a home. Each client was asked the same questions, but they answered in wildly different ways. Here’s what they had to say:

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Shapiro-Bradshaw Residence Architect: Bernbaum Magadini Architects Clients: Fred A. Shapiro and Dr. Karen Bradshaw Location: Old Preston Hollow Story: Fred had been living in a Mid-century Modern home in the Preston Hollow area. As a widower, he had the organization and all the room he needed. Then he met Karen who is a busy gynecologist at UT Southwestern, with a large home of her own. They knew they wanted to be together, a decision Fred said was easy. Both enjoy bicycling. Before building their home, Sundays were spent pedaling, looking, weighing decisions, and exploring ideas on how and where to live. They had not built a house with


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