Las Vegas Blvd Under Pressure

The most famous street in the world—Las Vegas Blvd—is under pressure. In The Past The strip was a street where the grand signature resorts were located. These resorts were designed on a grand scale and most featured very suburban oasis types of landscaping and design. Steve Wynn really cares about the strip and he created […]

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Suzanne’s Graduation

On Friday, May 11th, 2012, my daughter, Suzanne, graduated with a master’s degree in architecture from my alma mater, Clemson University in South Carolina.  I could not have been more proud on that day.   Suzanne has decided to live the architectural life as I have. It is a great tribute to me and my father; […]

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The Green Roof

I have had the pleasure of donating some funds to my alma mater, Clemson University, which they used to build a green roof on the new architectural building, Lee III. It is an incredible building designed by Tom Phifer (another Clemson Graduate) and Jon Jacques (one of my professors) of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture. It […]

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Stephen Steelman’s Superbowl Ad

I am very proud of my son Stephen (an actor) for his commercial debut in a SUPERBOWL ADVERTISEMENT (he has previously acted in movies, TV and a web series)! The ad is called BUD LIGHT HOUSE OF THE DOGS. It’s a pretty amazing Superbowl commercial. http://www.spike.com/video/bud-light-dogs-in/3517854 Both his mother and I are very, very proud […]

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Architecture and Studying Abroad

American architects need to study abroad. Even in today’s age, with the advent of everything in the world being available on the web… It’s not nearly the same as being there; living the architecture, taking part in the 3D environment, understanding scale and respecting space, light and your neighbor. In many European cities, architecture was […]

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The Architecture of Politics

The Railway Station in Hanoi is a great example of how politics can destroy and deface the beauty of a significant city: The politicians who permitted this design should be convicted of a serious crime. They have affected the life of its citizens by defacing one of the 7 great architectural buildings left in Hanoi. […]

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$9,308,000 Not Available for Growth

Architect in the USA wants to hire 130 new employees in 2011, but cannot. Here’s why: Banking Obama and the FDIC fixed our banking system with new rules and regulations that say my business ($25 mil to $50 mil in Worldwide Revenues) does not qualify for any credit (receivables, unencumbered real estate, etc). Even with […]

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Smoking in Casinos?

In America 20% of the population smokes and out of those 20%, 93% want to quit! In Casino design we go to extraordinary measures to keep smoking as a part of the experience; a very bad part of the experience. We, as architects, assist our clients with political and architectural solutions to keep the casino […]

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Energy: Conserving Our Resources

Energy used to be cheap and abundant in America, but our natural resources are being used at a rate greater than any time in the planets’ history. These resources create a country’s economy and their standing in the world. Simply stated, countries that are blessed with natural resources have more power, more influence and more […]

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Natural Lighting in Casinos

The question was recently presented to me as to whether the Aria and Encore are setting a trend in casino lighting. The first naturally lit casino was Harrah’s Laughlin. We designed the Sands Macau with a very large east facing window that creates a golden intoxicating natural light in the casino. Everyone looks better, feels […]

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