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This site is a resource for my friends and me in the design, architecture, and education communities. It is not primarily financially driven. I'm here to build a community and learn from astute readers. I treat the content here with the convivial spirit of a casual cocktail party for people I enjoy spending time with.
I've gathered helpful information about art, architecture, history, and interior design for decades. I use this information in my consultative work and pursuit of my MA in Architectural History at the Architecture School at the University of Virginia. As an emerging scholar, I use art, photos, and film in my writing and attempt to be courteous about publishing rights. I use the guidelines for fair use published by the College Art Association (CAA), which advance research, practice, and the impact of the visual arts.
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