8 APR 20 | Sustainable Design in the Rainforest

PERMACULTURE IN COSTA RICA During my recent visit to Costa Rica – a country that prides itself on their eco-tourism – I had to book a stay at Hidden Valley Farm. Tucked into the Monteverde Rainforest, this eco-hotel is a destination of ecological design, renewable energy, and permaculture. I booked myself on the one day […]

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28 OCT 19 | 15SDD OPEN HOUSES

COME SEE BOULDER’S DESIGN DISTRICT! Here at Boulder’s 15th Street Design District, we love to have fun while supporting a great cause. On November 13th, WORKSHOP8 will be joining neighboring studios in opening our doors and welcoming all visitors to check out where all the creative magic happens. Our friends across the street at  HMH […]

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18 JAN 19 | Expect the Unexpected

Ancient Architecture This past Fall, my wife Melanie and I took off for a 2 week trip around Europe, making stops in Bulgaria to visit my parents and then Greece to cross off a lifelong bucket list item. It took me quite some time to organize my photos, but I’m excited share some really cool architecture that […]

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8 DEC 18 | My Trip Around Europe

C’est La Vie! On my first trip to Europe, I managed to pack just about everything possible into two weeks in two countries. Here are some highlights of my trip! La Ville-Lumière To kick off the trip we spent the first 5 days (and nights) wandering the streets of the City of Light, drinking espresso […]

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28 OCT 18 | CONCRETE JUNGLES

Urban Markets I am returning to the office after a long weekend in Chicago and am still on a “city high.” The older I get the more admiration and respect I have for large cities. Amongst the many reasons, here are my top contenders: The close proximity to every place you’d want to be urges one […]

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28 JUN 17 | windy city weekend

Chelsea’s tour of Chicago I just returned from a long weekend in Chicago, which was AWESOME. If you’re looking for a city that is beautiful, clean, easy to navigate, and has amazing architecture around every corner (and great pizza), Chicago should be your next vacation spot. I spent four days with best friends taking in the […]

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8 APR 17 | W8 goes skiing

is that a banana in your pocket?  A couple of weeks ago, Marcel, Emily, and I had the opportunity to attend the Construction Resource Group’s  9th annual ski trip. The CRG is a coalition of different construction trades who come together to network, share industry news, and make business referrals. The event was made possible […]

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28 MAR 17 | grassroots

finding our voices I have had the opportunity over the last year and a half to serve on the Colorado North AIA Board as the Associate Director (2016) and now the President-Elect (2017). Every year, the President-Elect and President of each region travel to Washington, D.C. for the annual Grassroots Conference, an AIA leadership event. […]

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28 AUG 16 | it’s colombia not columbia

Emily Axtman’s 3 month sabbatical When I was leaving Cartagena, Colombia to come back to Colorado, I saw these t-shirts at the airport and thought they were pretty funny. I thought to myself, “Who thinks Colombia is spelled with a “u”??” Today, as I re-read my pre-travel blog-post, 91 days, I realized I am one […]

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18 MAY 16 | 91 days

let the adventure begin “It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe […]

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28 MAR 16 | structures for inclusion

 structures for inclusion Last weekend, I woke up at 5am, stumbled out of my apartment on Broadway and made my way to the Boulder Bus Station to battle US 36 towards DIA, where I took a 2-hour delayed flight in to Raleigh, NC (my hometown!) for the annual Structures for Inclusion conference. Structures for Inclusion […]

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18 JUL 15 | W8 triple bypass. . .

No, we’re not having health problems, nor are we open heart surgeons! But we were sucking wind. . . Last Saturday, five of us from WORKSHOP8 World Headquarters along with two honorary team members—Marcel’s fiance, Monika and W8 client, Morgan Young—did the Triple Bypass Ride 2015. After a Friday night WORKSHOP8 carb-loading party with two birthday cakes […]

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