Peter H. Miller, Hon. AIA, is President and Publisher of Active Interest Media’s Traditional Building, Period-Homes.com, Old House Journal and New Old House magazines and producer of the Traditional Building Conference Series. Read his full bio here.
What I Learned at the American Institute of Architects Annual Convention in Chicago June 22-24, 2022
Walk down almost any street in the “Windy City” and you’ll see why Chicago has an architectural legacy as proud as any city in America, a fitting location for this year’s annual American Institute of Architects annual convention.
The 2021 Acanthus Awards
Winners of the 2021 Acanthus Awards were announced at a ceremony hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Chicago-Midwest Chapter recently. There were nine awards given for excellence in classical design plus nine more recipients of the Chapter’s “Special Awards.”
Classicism Celebrated with John Russell Pope Awards
Introducing the 2021 John Russell Pope Awards.
The State of Things June 2021
In the residential housing market, we have strong demand, weak supply, and chaotic work schedules due to the improvisations required by COVID-19 and supply chain disruption. How do you explain to a client that their new sofa cushions are on backorder due to the oil refinery hackers?
A New Reality
Virtual trade shows, conferences and online education are a new reality for old-time traditionalists in the traditional building practice. Most of us prefer the engagement and intimacy of in-person events but I haven’t been to one in over a year. Like the school kids attending virtual classes, our on-screen attention spans are getting short. Screen fatigue is a new occupational hazard.
The Future Vision of the American Institute of Architects
AIA’s 2020 policy platform.
My Old House Attic
With no place to go but home, I've attended to several projects around the house and yard, which I'd not gotten around to. These projects include: reading back issues of our Home Group magazines; sorting through the junk mail; planting new trees and shrubs in my garden; power washing the back porch and cleaning out the attic.
My Healthy Home
“Wellness” is the design solution de jour. Not long ago, our “design matters” solutions were energy efficiency, community, sense of place and identity, resilience, safety, security, convenience, much of it aided and abetted by new technology. When we roll all these benefits together in the buildings we design, it makes us feel relevant. Design does matter and so do we.
What I Learned at the Traditional Building Conference in Winston-Salem
"Materials and Methods: Windows & Exteriors," the third Traditional Building Conference of 2019 took place at Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Historic Preservation's Response to Climate Change
Disaster repair is a $27 billion dollar business. And it's making us all anxious.