…it wasn’t until the last decade that virtual reality has become widely available to the common man.Read More
If you are confused (or terrified) by the information about the costs of steel tariffs, perhaps we can help.Read More
As we said in our last post, Architecture can take your breath away. Sometimes architecture steals your breath with bold curves, color and crazy concepts. Sometimes, however, architecture gently coaxes our breath from our lungs with simple lines, clean design and calming concepts.Read More
Architecture can be breathtaking. Today we want to share centuries of amazing architectural art with you and perhaps it will take your breath away.Read More
The first thing I learned was that Architects (in general) are normal people. My experience in this industry, 4 years later, is certainly not vast and is limited to small town Kansas. But, being an un-educated citizen, I put Architects in a category with Doctors and Lawyers…Read More
On May 8th 2017, the contract between Merrill K. Gordon of Gordon and Associates and the Owners of Agora Architecture was signed. A new generation of Architects and business people began! This company has successfully transitioned between Owners since 1924, which is 94 years. As Agora, we are looking forward to another 94 years in our favorite community, county and region!
Happy First and ninety-fourth anniversary, Agora!Read More
What is the point of an Architect? Do you need one? What are the phases of a project? Can the Architect just provide me drawings? The relationship between the Architect and the Client is broken into phases. The phasing changes depend on the product delivery method.
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As Architects, we have the privilege of seeing many wonderful buildings. Sometimes, however, we observe buildings in distress due to neglect. This disturbing sight always brings up the question: “Why did this happen?” - Our featured project is Rodger Steffen's Edward Jones. Rodger has a fantastic preventative maintenance plan that allowed him to restore the exterior of his facility.Read More
What constitutes a great building for your business needs? This question can have several answers depending on the functions of your business. When contemplating an answer to this question, consider the saying, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.”Read More
It was late 1992, and the firm had just settled in its new space at 800 Main Place. One day, the phone rang and we found that a German plastic toy company, BIG Toy Company, was interested in building at least one warehouse at Strother Field, outside of Winfield. We were excited about the thought of a potential international client.Read More
How does one choose an Architect? This process is similar to how one would select a lawyer, doctor, or other professional. The most important factor is picking someone that you feel comfortable with and can easily communicate with.Read More
Budgeting for design and construction is certainly not an interesting aspect of dreaming up a building project. Although it is not an aspect of the project you enjoy, it is, arguably, the most important part of a building project.Read More
Building codes, including ADA Requirements, are like traffic laws. Most we live with, but some we ignore, some we never knew existed, some we relatively respect, and the rest we tend to forget about. The problem is that, on occasion, the code requirements, like traffic ordnances, can bite us if we don’t complyRead More
So, you want to renovate a building in the Central Business District? Firstly, congratulations on your new adventure. We want to help you experience building renovation with proper planning. Our first recommendation is to...Read More