Thursday, January 07, 2010

DeForest Architects







6 Comments:

Anonymous chris said...

for someone who graduated from yale and harvard, this work is really pretty terrible.

but the guy is also a bit of a prick, there are numerous stories about him stringing along potential employers for months.

10:22 AM  
Blogger eric said...

Chris,
Please don't take this the wrong way -- I value any and all feedback:

I take it from your comentary that you know this guy personally or is this just heresay?

...also I'd love to be enlightened as to what a the design work of someone who attended yale and harvard should look like.

Thanks for reading,
Eric

6:56 PM  
Blogger Mr. Anderson said...

Our group has been "stringing along" John and his team for about a year now, and he's been nothing but patient, advocating for our vision even when it means he doesn't get paid yet. Tons of "off the clock" time put into helping us, for barely a nickel. Great vision, great guy.

As far as the architecture: if you're looking for monolithic statement-making design, this is not your firm. If you're looking for shelter that enhances your actual lived experience through innovative design and materials, you've found your man.

2:58 AM  
Blogger eric said...

Mr. Anderson,
Thank you for your feedback and commentary. It sounds as though your architects are performing as well as you had hoped when you commisioned them!
I'd love to see the finished project someday (assuming in this economy you get to a finished product that you and your team are still proud of...).
Whishing you a blessed holiday season,
Eric

11:50 AM  
Blogger jd4st said...

I just came across this post and was saddened and perplexed by Chris' comments. He is welcome to think what he wants about our work but we have many happy clients who think otherwise.

As for the comment about 'stringing along' potential employees, I am really not sure where that comes from. I make a point of trying to answer every inquiry in my inbox, even the 'to whom it may concerns.' the ones that seem like a possible fit, I encourage to check back. Maybe that sends the wrong message. The truth is that these days work comes and goes so it is hard to predict.

All in all, I think jumping to the conclusion that I am 'a bit of a prick' is a reflection of what happens when we hide behind the anonymity of the web. I may be many things, but I don't think anyone who knows me would say that.

Chris is very welcome to contact me directly and maybe we can both learn something.

Sincerely, John DeForest

9:33 PM  
Blogger eric said...

Mr. DeFrorest,

Thank you for responding to Chris' critique/attack. I had reservations about posting it at all but was hoping that he would respond to my post.

If it helps at all I believe his comment was published around this time last year...

As for the quality of your work - I quite like what I saw when I posted this and I'd be honored to feature a project of yours in the future.

Cheers,
Eric

8:57 AM  

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