Sketching at Kaldi’s

By: John Berendzen

Sketching continues every Friday morning, 7:00 a.m. at Kaldi’s, CityGarden.  Always a great way begin the day (or the weekend).    I believe sketching is something every architect should do to sharpen their design skills, and was happy to see this post in the AIA St. Louis Friday missive:

“I think my best skill as an architect is the achievement of hand-eye coordination.  I am able to transfer a sketch into a model into the building”

. . . . Frank Gehry

I couldn’t agree more!

2017’s Running Reflections

By: Amanda Sullivan

As we come closer to the end of the year I wanted to reflect back at my first year with the Program, I Run 4 Michael (IR4). I have completed nine 5Ks, one 3K, and one 10K, logging more than 1,775 miles for the year and many workouts for my program “buddy”, Elijah. I have sent two packages over 3,700 miles to him filled with medals, t-shirts, and trinkets from my races to share my experiences with him. It has been a very great first year and I look forward to many more miles and races in 2018 starting with a race on New Year’s Day to start off the year right! #irun4elijah

Nine 5Ks completed for the year!

One 3K and 10K completed for the year!

First package sent for Elijah’s birthday in July.

Second package sent to Elijah for Christmas.

For Christmas I made a homemade medal board for Elijah to display medals I send him.

Looking forward to my first race of 2018!

You can get a “buddy” yourself by signing up on the I Run 4 Michael website choosing from a Special Needs Match, an Unsung Hero Siblings Match, or a Wounded Veterans Match. It’s a long wait list, but definitely worth it in the end!

Will Run for Chocolate

By: Allison Littman

Fox team members Allison Littman and Amanda Sullivan ran the Hot Chocolate 5K in Forest Park on December 10th. Bundled in countless layers, they took to the cold and each completed their races with new personal records. Following the run they enjoyed mugs filled to the brim with chocolate treats including hot chocolate and chocolate fondue. Both would agree that it was well worth the frozen toes! On to the next race!

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Ugly Sweaters and Architects on Ice

By: Allison Littman

Yesterday Fox Architects celebrated the season with an ugly sweater party complete with hot chocolate bar. Awards were divvied out for “Ugliest Sweater”, “Almost as Ugly Sweater”, and “Most Festive Sweater” and this year’s competition winners included Zach Foppe, Adnan Omeragic, and Bob Dunn. We then took our sweaters and hot chocolate on the road to Kiener Plaza for some ice skating at Winterfest at the Arch. The evening ended following lots of laughs, skating tricks, and a few falls! It was a sweet way to end the year. #LoveWhereYouWork

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Fox Participates in Holiday Gift Drive

By: Allison Littman

It’s that time of a year again for the Annual Holiday Gift Drive hosted by the St. Louis Cardinals, American Red Cross, KMOV, Rawlings Sporting Goods, Fontbonne University, Companion Bakery, The Cup, and the St. Louis Blues. The drive provides holiday gifts to area youth in need, as well as children of military families at Scott Air Force Base. Representatives of the firm walked over a collection of toys and books to Busch Stadium this morning. Fox Architects is proud to give back to our community.

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A Tour of the Local Frank Lloyd Wright House

By: Janet Paley

Fox Architects’ Janet Paley and Dani Sheley attended a private tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park. They snagged some fantastic photos of the angular home, and the Fox crew enjoyed learning more about this local treasure. It was an inspiring and informative event!

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Graceland

By: John Berendzen

Last week, in addition to attending the Chicago Architectural Biennial I had the opportunity to visit Graceland Cemetery.  This was my first visit, and I’d highly recommend it to any architect, landscape architect or history buff visiting the Windy City.  Graceland is similar to our Bellefontaine Cemetery, in that they are both representative of the City Beautiful movement of the end of the nineteenth century and are known for the ornate mausoleums and park like setting.

Graceland also happens to be the resting place of several famous architects.  A few are shown below:

An elegant marker for Walter Netsch, architect for the Air Force Academy Chapel and one of my favorite Chicago buildings – Inland Steel

the marker for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Bruce Goff’s marker – unique like the architect.

Louis Sullivan Monument. His simple gravestone is on the opposite side. This monument was erected after his death by friends and colleagues

Daniel Burnham’s marker. Burnham’s grave is on an island, dedicated solely to him and his family. He has been given the most important spot in the cemetery, as befitting his importance to the city.

Fox Named Largest Veteran-Owned Business

By: Bob Dunn

This week the St. Louis Business Journal released their 2017 list of Largest Veteran-Owned Businesses, and Fox Architects made the cut! Congratulations Fox team. The list can be found online and in this week’s printed edition of the Business Journal.

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We Honor Our Veterans

By: Elise Novak

This Veterans Day we would like to honor all those who have served including Fox Architects founder Michael Fox. Thank you Michael and to all other veterans for your time and sacrifice.

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A Very Fox Halloween

By: Allison Littman

This year the Fox Architects team took Halloween to a new level. Chris Montroy, an architect at the firm, celebrates his birthday on October 31st and we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to observe the occasion than by copying his signature look. The Fox team filed in Tuesday morning in their best Chris-themed attire including printed button-down shirts, cardigans, festive socks, fitted pants, and statement glasses. The crew of lookalikes enjoyed a lunch a Sauce on the Side, and quite a few laughs. We hope your Halloween was as festive and enjoyable as ours!

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