A Signature Style 

In some cases architects and designers become known for a signature style and attract clients who desire a project in that style. Frank Gehry is one such example with his curved metal-clad structures...

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Musings on Classic Furniture of the 20th Century

A recent Wall Street Journal article written about the classic Barcelona chair by Mies Van der Rohe led me to think back to my favorite chairs based on design elegance as well as functional comfort. The Barcelona chair scored well for design elegance, but poorly for functional comfort. In defense of Mies, the chair was...

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Understanding And Designing For Dementia

In the past few years I’ve seen a bumper sticker that strikes a bit of truth. To paraphrase, it says, "Treat you children well, they will pick out your nursing home." As our Nation's population ages, the challenge of caring for individuals suffering dementia is increasing at a rapid pace...

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Brain Speed, Architectural Design and Dementia

Architects work with three-dimensional images for our human living environment. Images, much like music, are stored in our implicit memory. Our firm has studied the perception of images and has proposed a theory...

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Our Golden Anniversary Celebration

A pleasant challenge for us this year is deciding how to celebrate our past 50 years of practice as a design and architectural firm. Like many firms our origin was quite modest. Trautman Architects started in off-campus housing in Ann Arbor...

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