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October 25, 2010

Last summer, my family and I traveled east to Washington D.C. so that my son could participate in the Junior National Youth Leadership Conference. While he was off spending the week with other youth leaders my dad, my husband and my daughter went off to explore D.C. and all the history it had to offer. On part of the visit we headed out to Mt. Vernon the home of George Washington. The tour of the property can take you all day and it is best to plan on that as there is so much to see. When we visited the new museum had just opened and gave such a great look at the history of this country that it is one area of Mt. Vernon that could be a visit in itself.

What really interests me about visiting historic locations is the understanding that the early settlers of this country had of architecture and design. George Washington was a surveyor and a farmer first and foremost and then the designer of his homestead. The word architect as we know it today did not actually exist until the late 18th century, so anyone designing and building during those days would have had a special understanding of how structures went together and how artisans could work together to create such a location.

It is such a marvel to me that this was the beginning of what we now know as architecture and design. Sometimes I think in this day and age of computers our designers and architects could use a reminder that drawing and creating came from a collaboration of different trades all helping one another reach a goal. It is that basis of design that interested me in this path that I now lead as a designer of the 21st century.

What historic sites in the US or around the world make you marvel at their understanding of design? I’d love to know…….

design a-z for the month of October is a photographic look at design through the letters of the alphabet and my reflections on those photographs

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