Foundational Content is a more personal page about what makes me the architect, author, family man, friend and thinker that I am.
Classical buildings are known for their cornerstones. The cornerstone served a very functional purpose in setting the structure in place and it also served as a monument and marker to identify the building. Every life and work should have a cornerstone. I will display mine – my foundational content – on this page.
I also would be glad to answer any specific questions here as well, to the extent that the correspondence will edify the reader. My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
S. Collier Ward, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
After 20+ years as a registered architect, I have adopted the alliterated moniker Architect / Author / Another follower of Christ. I would be glad to discss any of these, especially my belief in Jesus of Nazareth and His future return to his homeland in the Israel.
Lately (with a restrained poke-in-the-eye to all the title usurpers in the technology fields) I’ve proclaimed myself a “Content Architect.”
The proliferation of positions using the title “architect” is an ongoing source of consternation in my profession, especially as the economy has sidelined so many of my peers.
Rather than cruse this darkness I lit a candle and declared myself a “content architect.” Content is king in this emerging digital age.
Content can be the coordinated technical information that guides the construction of a building. Content can be the composed words and images we use to tell our stories in professional blogs. Content can be the crafted drama and joy of a well-loved work of fiction. I coordinate and compose and craft in all three realms. From the grand master plan to the inter-connected details, I am a Content Architect.
This is a bit of philosophical biography I prepared for the TakeRoot group:
Who I Am:
I am an Architect by training and by profession, and therefore I am a collaborator.
Of all creative endeavors Architecture is the least solitary. It requires a deft meeting-of-minds to reconcile the disparate visions, fixed budgets, too-short schedules and ever increasing regulations. The Architect is the mind in the middle, the mediator, the moderator. From napkin sketching to ribbon cutting, the Architect is always collaborating, cooperating and tirelessly playing well off the strengths and dreams of others.
By chance and by choice I am a collaborator.
What I Do:
I listen well to the client’s words and sync with his expressed need, goal or vision. I employ my experience to shape those expectations. I educate, when it’s needed or desired. I learn from each encounter. I laugh through it all. And I work my heart out to see the client’s expectations through to a beneficial completion.
How I Think:
I’m a WORD man. It’s been said that WORDs frame the world. WORDs judge the guilty and bless the needy. WORDs flow from the abundance of the heart. In life, in work, in any collaborative endeavor – the right WORDs will make the difference.