What’s your style? Very few questions elicit the same angst for this architect. Even to write the word sends shivers down my spine.

This month's #architalks topic is “style”. If you didn’t already know, Architalks is a group of coordinated blog posts. There are a bunch of incredibly talented architects that each write their thoughts about a specific topic.  It is amazing to see the variety of thought that exists among architects. Check out the links at the bottom of the post to read some of the other thoughts on this topic.

I have been asked “what is your style?” many times. The honest answer is I don't know. Maybe it is because (in architect years) I am young. Many architects don't really have a personal style until near the end of their career. It also might be because I really don't like to apply labels. Especially self applied labels. Labels have the power to remove all of the nuance from a project. Any they also just tend to be another piece of jargon.

Far and away the most confusing style label is “modern”. Strangely “modern design” was a self determined label from nearly 50+ years ago. But, at the same time, the actual definition of the word is “relates to the present time”. So the more time that passes the less modem “modern architecture” becomes. Really strange. Among the intelligentsia the word used for present architecture is “contemporary”. Hopefully that word always means current and at some time in the future people with the benefits of hindsight can apply a label to early 21st century design, if they must.

When forced to think about style  (like for this post) my definition for style is a group of buildings that have responded to similar context in a similar way. The Native American teepee was what it was because there were thousands of factors that dictated it be exactly that. I love learning about the unique conditions that caused a particular set of design responses to evolve. The origins of style are almost always rooted in the environment where the style originated. From there inevitably culture and fashion coop the aesthetic. Then after the passage of time you are left with a style.

All of this is just a really long (and soapboxy) way to say that when we, at di’velept, place a significantly higher premium on responding to environmental and programmatic factors than on achieving a specific style. There is serious beauty in simply solving the those difficult problems.

Now, take a few minutes to check out some of these other posts on style. I am sure they are going to be great.

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
style...final words

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
The AREsketches Style

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Name That Stile!

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)

brady ernst - Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
What Style Do You Build In?

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
You do you

Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
Defining an Architect's Style

Greg Croft - Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
Architectural Style

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Should You Pick Your Architect Based on Style or Service?

Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
5 Styles of an Aspiring Architect

Kyu Young Kim - J&K Architects Atelier (@sokokyu)
Loaded With Style

Nisha Kandiah - ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Regression or Evolution : Style

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Stylized Hatred

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
What's in a Style?

Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Architectalks 23 - Style