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The “No-Vacation Nation” is Still Alive and Well Part II

Back in May of 2014, I had written a blog post on how Americans, as well as many othe...

Jul 29, 2016

Jurassic AutoCad

As a 25 year veteran of AutoCad, it pains me to say it, but it looks as if AutoCad wi...

Jul 27, 2016

Financial Design for People

No matter what business sector you are in – common shared goals include retaining a...

Jul 14, 2016

Bernie Sanders, Tiny Houses, and the Tragedy of the Commons

Egalitarian: “   asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equ...

May 21, 2016

Inside the head of an older millennial for branch design

Our financial clients always ask, “How do we get millennials inside our branches?...

May 14, 2016

Cincinnati Canstruction 2016: Design Trends & Strategies

K4 Architecture has participated in the 19th Annual Cincinnati Canstruction Competiti...

Mar 24, 2016

Using LinkedIn as a Business Development Tool Part II, The “My Network” Tab in the LinkedIn App

In my last blog post, 5 Tips for Using LinkedIn as a Business Development Tool, I tal...

Jan 24, 2016

The Destination Branch, a Blueprint for Successful Branch Transformation

“’Disney World has nothing on you’ is probably my favorite customer reaction so...

Dec 21, 2015

Why I Became an Architect

When I was in high school trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up, an...

Dec 12, 2015

Branch Transformation – Where Do We Start?

As the economy is showing steady signs of the growth, many financial institutions are...

Dec 1, 2015

European Architecture

During several trips to Europe my life has been greatly enriched by enjoying numerous...

Nov 3, 2015

Financial Design for Millennials and College Students

The million dollar questions that every financial customer of ours wants to know is ...

Oct 21, 2015

5 lessons I Have Learned as a Co-op at K4

Before I started my first Co-op with K4 Architecture + Design, I had no idea what to ...

Aug 14, 2015

5 Tips for Using LinkedIn as a Business Development Tool

I am a strong believer in using LinkedIn as a tool to build business relationships, a...

Aug 7, 2015

Designing to Eliminate the Traditional “Line”: Teller Pods Vs. Counters

As branch transactions continue to decline, the thoughts of branch transformation con...

Jul 23, 2015

Enhancing Brand Identity in the Fast Casual Dining Market

In today’s busy world, dining options are constantly evolving.  While companie...

Jul 1, 2015

Vacation Leads to Personal Development and Increased Creativity in Life and Work

Spring is in the air! As the warm weather rolls in and the days get longer, it’s th...

May 1, 2015

Teamwork: An Essential Feature of an Exceptional Building Program

Since the process by which buildings are designed and built entails the efforts of ma...

Mar 25, 2015

Interactive Teller Machines

As teller transactions continue to be on the decline each year, financial institution...

Mar 6, 2015

Building Industry Overdue for Disruptive Innovation

I recently finished reading The Innovators by Walter Isaacson, who also authored the...

Feb 22, 2015

Pantone Color of the Year 2015…Reactions from an Interior Design Perspective.

Whether you look forward to the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year or not,...

Feb 7, 2015

Biking, Architecture, and the Economic Benefits of Wasson Way.

As a mode of transportation and recreation, biking has grown exponentially in popular...

Jan 26, 2015

What Is Interior Design?

My role at K4 is an Interior Designer.  So when someone asks me what I do for a livi...

Jan 20, 2015

Achieving Effective Communication in the Role of the Architect

Effective communication is a necessary component of any high quality service.  Achie...

Dec 8, 2014

5 Lessons Learned from Designing & Building Banks for 25 Years

Starting my career in the Financial Industry as Director of Corporate Architecture at...

Oct 31, 2014

Convention Was Great…Now What? Part II

Part I of this post was written when K4 was on the brink of attending three conventio...

Oct 21, 2014

Implementing Revit into the Architectural Workflow

Embracing change can be difficult.  It doesn’t matter what field you work in today...

Sep 11, 2014

Convention Was Great…Now What? Part I

K4’s trade show season is in full swing!  See our convention and trade show sc...

Sep 3, 2014

Conducting Effective Building Project Kick-off Meetings

It has been said the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  A build...

Jul 28, 2014

Hudepohl’s Smokestack, a Queensgate Architectural Icon

The former Hudepohl Brewing Company building, recently purchased by the Cincinnati Po...

Jul 18, 2014

Local Company Collaboration Explores the Art of Coupling Preservation with Modernization

What do you get when you mix two local companies working on a local historical projec...

Jul 7, 2014

How to Create an Infographic in 5 Easy Steps!

Last month we decided to take on the challenge of creating our first Infographic.  W...

Jun 1, 2014

The “No-Vacation Nation” is Still Alive and Well

The term “No-Vacation Nation” came out of a Center for Economic and Policy Resear...

May 21, 2014

How to Obtain Permits for Your Building Project

To assure an expeditious process of obtaining permits (zoning, building, electrical, ...

May 9, 2014

Canstruction Cincinnati: A Behind the Scenes Look

As most of the U.S. has been consumed with March Madness;  vigorously filling out br...

Mar 28, 2014

Financial Brand Consistency in the Physical and Digital Space

The financial brand can encompass many components in both the physical and digital sp...

Feb 26, 2014

For the Love of Design…

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, some of us at K4 wanted to share what we love abo...

Feb 10, 2014

3D Printing: Bridging Digital Design with the Physical Environment

If it was unclear from the majority of my blog posts, one of my many passions is comp...

Feb 1, 2014

A Step-by-Step Guide for Procuring Architectural/Engineering Services

A building program is a major effort entailing the investment of much time and money....

Jan 17, 2014

Designing for the Client, not the Designer

Creative designers from all fields, whether you are an industrial designer or an adve...

Jan 3, 2014

Twas’ the Night before the Architectural Registration Exam…

Twas’ the night before the Architectural Registration Exam, when all through my apa...

Dec 20, 2013

Finding Passion, Purpose and Value in the Work You Do

Only 30 percent of American employees feel engaged or inspired at their jobs and the ...

Dec 9, 2013

K4 Gives Thanks!

This year (and every year) K4 is thankful for our clients who allow us to practice ou...

Nov 23, 2013

The Power of Three: In Business, Design and Life

We begin learning about the power of three during childhood with Goldilocks and the T...

Oct 31, 2013

The Feasibility Study – Look Before You Leap

The cost of performing a task can usually be fairly closely estimated, if not precise...

Oct 17, 2013

Trimble Sketchup – Tools for Increased Productivity

From creating simple 3D studies to fully modeled building concepts, Trimble Sketchup ...

Oct 4, 2013

5 Tips for Beating Designer’s Block

As a designer, every day tends to be different.   There are some days where I sit d...

Sep 24, 2013

Making Space for More than Books – Trends in Library Design

The New York Times article, “A Place to Hang Out (Read, too),” explores the redes...

Sep 12, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Turning Crisis into Opportunity

“Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep on doing the same thing...

Aug 26, 2013

Financial Marketing Tips for Attracting Gen Y

Who are Gen Y?  Gen-Y are those born between 1980 and 1992.  They have grown up wit...

Aug 13, 2013

6 Tips for Maximizing the Value of an Industry Conference

You’ve been chosen, or have decided to attend your industry’s annual conference o...

Jul 26, 2013

Environmental Graphics..An Impetus for Change?

Is it possible that something you see every day could inspire you to make a differenc...

Jul 2, 2013

8 Retail Design Tips to Create a Positive Customer Experience

Retail design is a creative endeavor combining the expertise of architecture and inte...

Jun 20, 2013

Master Builders

The ancient masterbuilder is a design-build professional, an artist of the built envi...

Jun 2, 2013

Trade Show Provides Insight on Social Media & Blogging Best Practices for Banks

Shortly after implementing social media to K4’s marketing mix, I began to like &...

May 23, 2013

Design, Discipline & Professional Problem Solving

Each year, as a new DAAPworks exhibition approaches and quickly passes, I can’t hel...

May 3, 2013

The Craft of Architecture

In 2013, it seems out-of-date to discuss architectural practices of hundreds of years...

Apr 5, 2013

K4’s Approach to Website Design for Successful Internet Marketing

K4 recently underwent a website redesign.  The new website has been live since Decem...

Mar 12, 2013

Place Making: Turning Our Communities Into Places We Are Proud Of

“In one of those totally unpredictable shifts in sensibility that occur when least ...

Feb 27, 2013

Total Solutions Branding

When one thinks about the brand of an organization, they typically first think of the...

Feb 8, 2013

Gaining the Confidence to Place Yourself in the Path of Opportunity

In college, I feel like I didn’t come into my own until my third year of scho...

Jan 25, 2013

How to Create Award Winning Design Details

On November 9th the Cincinnati Design Awards celebrated design as a variety of firms ...

Jan 11, 2013

How to Get a Job in Architecture in 2013

Congrats to all recent School of Architecture graduates!  Finding a job, especially ...

Dec 21, 2012

Building Brand

James Archer, CEO of fortyagency in Phoenix Arizona, emphasizes the “Experience of ...

Nov 9, 2012