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SubjectDate AskedExpert
Wallpaper fixing in commercial aircrafts.2/5/2017Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Do you recommend to fix nice wallpaper inside commercial aircraft? Thanks Prashant
  A: Prashant, I do not recommend wallpaper anywhere. Especially within aircraft and where the ...
CCTV System installation in Tunnels.1/18/2017Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Is it feasible and useful to install CCTV system in Road,Rail and Underground Water Tunnels? Thanks ...
  A: Prashant, Considering that I have a few cameras set up to monitor and record activity for my ...
Petrol Pumps stations with Basement.1/14/2017Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Is it feasible and useful to design and construct petrol pumps stations with basement? Thanks ...
  A: Prashant, First we need to overcome a little bit of language barrier because we do not say ...
Fireplace grating12/23/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Mr. Burton, I hope you don't mind what is probably a very elementaryWhat is the purpose of the ...
  A: I am uncertain if you are referring to the protective screen between the fire place and the living ...
Circulation Space Percentage12/7/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: I have a question about circulation space. After doing research I have found many places recommend ...
  A: Quinn, No, there is not a hard and fast rule about circulation space. Theoretically, you could ...
Using prefabricated metal buildings in residential, retail, and office applications10/17/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: I have a two-part question dealing with prefabricated steel buildings. Quick back story, I am a big ...
  A: Quinn, I agree that pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMB) do provide a cost-effective advantage. ...
Using unused space10/5/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: My question is pertaining to the use of a former big box retail property. The said property is about ...
  A: Quinn, It has become a popular concept to make use of a roof top area as an occupied space. From a ...
Bldg. Footprint exceptional8/31/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: If i have an open space site development lot, do the balcony supporting by the strutures at the ...
  A: Thom, I am uncertain if I understand your question without an illustration. All support columns ...
draftstopping8/24/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: I am designing a house with a storage room over a garage. we submitted the plans to the Building ...
  A: Carlos, Most likely the draftstop needs to be located above and in line with the fire-rated wall ...
Skywalk Gates Design.8/23/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Do you feel there will be advantages in implementing Opening and Closing Gates with locks for a ...
  A: Prashant. Yes, there will be advantages after implementing Opening and Closing Gates with locks for ...
Animation college8/22/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: how is career in animation?
  A: Arena, Just two months ago, an animation business located next to my architecture went bankrupt. ...
International airport design.8/15/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: What are the factors/parameters contributing to the number of terminals required in a international ...
  A: Prashant, I am assuming that your use of the word "terminal" describes a long building extension ...
Concert Hall Architecture Design for playing Orchestra.8/10/2016Nazim Nice
  Q: Do you feel concert hall architecture design could be a challenge to the architect from acoustics ...
  A: Acoustic Design is both a challenge and an opportunity to create something unique. It is critical to ...
Concert Hall Architecture Design for playing Orchestra.8/10/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Do you feel Concert Hall Architecture Design could be challenging for the architect from acoustics ...
  A: Prashant, That all depends on what type of architect you are asking about. For the best acoustic ...
Demand for Architects in United States.8/4/2016Nazim Nice
  Q: How much is the demand for Architects to do Business in United States? Thanks Prashant
  A: Good question. I would say that could be answered by looking at the AIA's billing index. Here is ...
Demand for Architects in United States.8/4/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: How much is the demand for doing business in United States for Architects? Thanks Prashant
  A: Prashant, If you were to ask me, "how much is the demand for family doctors and general ...
Stadium Architecture.7/30/2016Nazim Nice
  Q: Why the stadium architecture for playing outdoor games like cricket or football matches is not a ...
  A: Good question. A stadium roof is a very expensive structure to build, because of the long spans. And ...
Stadium Architecture.7/30/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Why the stadium architecture is not a closed structure for outdoor games like football or cricket? ...
  A: Prashant, Two reasons that come to my mind: 1) Building such a large roof is possible but also ...
construction in desert7/25/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: I'm an architecture student. I just wanted to know that what will be the construction techniques and ...
  A: Saumya, The first step would be to read the words of Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew Chapter 7 ...
Room Addition/Extension5/9/2016Thomas Buford
  Q: I need to have a new room built on the sunny side of our 1970 house for my special needs son, who is ...
  A: The extent of overhang needed is determined by the exposure and the latitude the project is in. A ...
new intern at retail architecture firm5/7/2016John Henry Architect
  Q: I graduated from school last May and it was a rough year with losing my mother to cancer and dealing ...
  A: I would hang in there for a few weeks but tell the manager who hired you that if they find you are ...
Isolating Concrete floor from Exposed foundation blocks and outside winter air5/6/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: I have a one and a half year old 30 foot by 30 foot 2x6 stick built garage on 8 inch blocks with 4 ...
  A: Mike, No amount of insulation is going to compensate for the air infiltration around the garage ...
Garage Floor Insulation4/29/2016Thomas Buford
  Q: I have a two year old 2x6 stick built with OSB on the walls plywood on the roof with architectural ...
  A: I can not answer your question in detail without doing full blown energy calculations. I am not ...
Hello sir4/18/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: can u tell Why to become an architect ?
  A: You must become an architect if you have an over-developed sense of responsibility. If you want to ...
Architecture by location4/11/2016John Henry Architect
  Q: I'm trying to locate where this school is. It was used as the exteriors of a school for a TV show in ...
  A: This is very difficult to answer. The brick is normally a northern material and by the look of the ...
Floor Height/Dimensions4/1/2016John Henry Architect
  Q: Is there a standard for all buildings on how far the floor should be from the ceiling? I'm working ...
  A: Sounds like an interesting story! Starter homes are about 8-9 ft. floor to ceiling. Luxury homes we ...
Ceiling assembly3/1/2016Richard Burton AIA
  Q: I am designing a church and I need to find 1 hr rated ceiling assembly for a one hour rated ...
  A: Carlos, Although I am uncertain what your type of construction is (Type IIB), you will likely have ...
Fixer Upper2/27/2016Nazim Nice
  Q: I I live in Philadelphia, PA. but my Contractor lives in Doylestown, PA. can he do work on my House ...
  A: You should call the local building department to verify the requirements in your area. They are ...
Detecting Mansard Renovation12/30/2015Stephen Major
  Q: Referring to an old (1870s), small and modest "second empire" house in the Midwest, are there signs ...
  A: Bill, If the house was actually constructed in the 1870s, then it is possible, even likely, that it ...
Sprinkler12/7/2015Richard Burton AIA
  Q: This is a 11,000 s.f. metal building in Florida, that initially was a warehouse. The owner divided ...
  A: I assume that this is a one story building, Type IIB construction which is the same as Type II(000) ...
Elevation design & prototype design fee12/6/2015Nazim Nice
  Q: What best way can aesthetics be achieved in elevations.? What should be the design fee for a ...
  A: Shadows can help elevations read a lot clearer, by adding a sense of depth. Fees for prototypical ...
Steep Driveway in Boston11/1/2015Stephen Major
  Q: This site came up on a google search, linking to another steep driveway problem in Boston. In ...
  A: Jonathan, Sorry to take so long getting back to you. This is a difficult problem and as I sifted ...
Spray painting for Household and Automobiles10/26/2015Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Spray painting with machine can be done for both Household walls as well as Automobiles?. Thanks ...
  A: Prashant, The brush does not require as much taping and masking that is normally required to ...
Wallpaper materials.10/26/2015Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Which new Wallpaper materials can be experimented for sticking Wallpapers?. Thanks Prashant
  A: Prashant, Although I am uncertain if you are focused on the glue used to stick the paper to the ...
Verteniary Hospital Infrastructure.9/6/2015Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Can you suggest Design model for Verteniary pets Hospital Infrastructure?. Thanks Prashant
  A: Prashant, My father is a retired veterinarian. Although I did not spend a lot of time helping him ...
Escalator Limitations.8/22/2015Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Are there Escalator Limitations regarding it is not recommended above a certain height for Security ...
  A: Prashant, Escalators are typically restricted to only two stories per Chapter 7 of the IBC (Fire ...
Stencils for different languages.8/19/2015Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Can we Design and Construct Stencils for different languages?. Examples - French, German, Spanish, ...
  A: Prashant, Are you asking about creating cut out stencils for each letter of the alphabet and for ...
Tunnel Shape.8/14/2015Richard Burton AIA
  Q: Can we Design tunnels without a circular shape?. Examples - Triangle, Square, Rectangle, Kite, ...
  A: Prashant, With today's technology, anything is possible. But the Romans determined 2,000 years ago ...
Tunnel Shapes.8/14/2015Brendan Cotter
  Q: Can we Design tunnels without a circular shape?. Examples - Triangle, Square, Rectangle, Kite, ...
  A: The circular design is the most responsive to the forces of all the earth/rock around the tunnel, ...
Marble flooring in airports runways.8/7/2015Nazim Nice
  Q: Is marble flooring allowed on Airports runways?. If yes, will you recommend?. Thanks Prashant
  A: Not likely due to how soft marble is and the weight necessary due to plane traffic. Nazim Nice ...

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A combined total of 25 years experience with construction, architecture, and building code enforcement. Ask me about residential and commercial design. Ask me about design aesthetics, structural methods, and building something that will withstand severe weather conditions. Ask me my opinion about YOUR design ideas and I will tell you the merits of good design and challenge your thinking about practical issues. Ask me how to best find and work with your local architect and approach general contractors to get the most value for the least amount of headaches. You can ask me about improving your energy efficiency and things that are both green and practical. But don't ask me about solar panels and wind turbines unless you are currently paying your utility company 35 cents per Kilowatt. Otherwise the math does not justify the initial cost and return on investment. Ask me any building code question and how to get a building permit from the most difficult enforcement agencies.

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Here in the midwest, we design and build "green" in ways that make sense. My construction methods prioritize weather resistance, ease of maintenance and durability. While a graduate student in San Diego, I taught drafting and history of architecture. After working ten years for other architecture firms, I have started my firm Arrow Architecture in 2008. More than half of my work involves commercial office buildings. But my portfolio of work also includes custom homes, residential additions, home remodels, and second story additions.

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President-Elect of American Institute of Architects - Lincoln, NE

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B.S. Architecture - (Interior Design) University of Nebraska Lincoln 1997 Master of Architecture - (Urban Design and Professional Practice) NewSchool of Architecture - San Diego 2004 Graduated Summa Cum Laude ICC Certified Building Plans Examiner

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AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate

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