From the Government Studio, General

If you are a Duck…

By Jim Nielson, AIA, LEED® AP. Jim is a Senior Principal at CRSA and a member of the Utah House of Representatives.

A Northrup Grumman official once explained the firm’s award-winning initiative to provide employment for disabled veterans this way:

“If you are a duck, you tend to hire ducks.”

True. As an Oregon Duck myself, I am partial to U of O graduates. But I agree, we should not hire only ducks.

In architecture, we know intuitively how different backgrounds and points of view combine to help us see beyond our own perspective and build something better. Continue reading

From the Government Studio

Welcoming ALL to This Place: Universal Design

sketch of people

By Debbie Adams, AIADebbie is an architect and project manager in CRSA’s Government Studio.

“Traditional” design of buildings has long been oriented towards one “average” physical type: a young, adult male.   As children, as older adults, or as people with physical disabilities—temporary or permanent—none of us are always “average” and many of us are never “average.”

Buildings are built for people, but for which people?  Continue reading

From the Government Studio

First, Do No Harm (Part 4)

Unintended Consequences

Utah Capitol and FlagJim Nielson, AIA, is a Senior Principal with CRSA and a Utah State Representative. First, Do No Harm is a series of posts about how what happens on Utah’s Capitol Hill affects public, business, and personal budgets. This final post reviews the difficulty of tracing the outcome of decisions accurately and emphasizes the need to be aware of the consequences.


Missed a Part?

Whenever governments or other groups set out as a group to accomplish something, the challenge usually is not so much putting a policy in place and mobilizing resources as it is ensuring that what we do actually accomplishes the objective.

We work together in government and organized groups to accomplish what no one could do individually. What I’ve noticed as a participant in government Continue reading