Author Archive for: ‘Joel Van Dyke’

Power of Collaboration

Design Thinking Workshop Demonstrates Power of Collaboration March 13, 2014 Are you responsible for transforming your organization? Are you a Change Agent? Are you leading innovation in your company? This workshop will arm you with tools to apply directly to drive change from the team level up. “Think Like a Startup” helps you see your organization through a new lens …

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Mark A. Lawrence Joins Freeman & Major

Mark Lawrence has joined Freeman & Major Architects as a project manager and architectural intern.  Though a native of Alabama having worked in Montgomery, Alabama as project manager for nearly six years, Mark relocated to Greenville to be closer to family and the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.  Mark, who is presently pursuing licensure and is a LEED Accredited Professional, …

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Homes of Hope Ribbon Cutting

One of the things that makes my career fulfilling is seeing the impact that good design can have on people’s lives. This impact happens in many ways, but one clear example was celebrated this morning at the ribbon cutting for the first Homes of Hope LoCAL homes (see our last blog post “Homes of Hope: Breaking down Barriers in Affordable …

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Homes of Hope: Breaking Down Barriers in Affordable Housing

Don Oglesby, president and CEO of Homes of Hope, has long recognized the difficult issues embedded in providing affordable housing for poverty-level families. These families have had few options available to them. Mobile homes are the least expensive housing option but they depreciate in value and are very expensive to heat and cool.  Rental homes do not provide these families …

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Design Brings Value to Business

Artist… Creative… Designer? I have been referred to by all three of these descriptions and, to be honest, I am not sure that I fully understood the distinction when I was young. I expressed my creativity through visual art. Being gifted in visual art was a real leg up when I went to architecture school. My skills allowed me to communicate …

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Developing Your Creative Genius

In his article “Promoting Human Creativity,” David S. Walonick, Ph.D. looks at what constitutes human creativity. Though all people are capable of creativity in different ways at different times, according to Walonick, those who excel in innovative creativity demonstrate ten common traits. The first four come from Joyce Wycoff: 1.  Willingness to take risks and have the courage to be …

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The Design Mystery

If design is a creative problem solving process, as I asserted in my last post, then there must be a methodology to the process. It is a mystery to most people how design really comes about. I have had people ask me if my design ideas turned out the way I had imagined, as if there were there should be …

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