Residential Design

VOL1 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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There are a lot of skills they don't teach you in college; chief among them is how to run a business. This is especial- ly true of architecture school, where the emphasis is on design thinking and not profits and pro formas. Lucky for design/builder Rob Carlton, AIA, that his postgraduate training was at the entrepreneurial architecture firm, Looney Ricks Kiss in Memphis. LRK has always led the way among firms that work with developers, with one eye on design rigor and the other eye on market forces. They design real world proj- ects for real people, and it was a solid education for a young designer right out of school. "Working for Carson Looney taught me a great deal about the housing mar- ket from the perspective of commerce," says Rob. "The homebuilding industry was a foreign thing to me before I got there. And it was exciting to be a part of their developing architecture for new urban communities." Ultimately, though, the interlude was a cul-de-sac on Rob's path to a career in custom res- idential design and construction—albeit an important one. Not only did he ac- quire a few of those skills not taught in school, but he made significant profes- sional contacts that pay dividends to this day (and some personals ones, too). It was a time of great opportunity and bounty in the early 2000s, so Rob Rendering: Carlton Edwards Photo: Bren Photography Life Lessons ROB CARLTON, AIA, CARLTON EDWARDS ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Rob Carlton, AIA 22 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 PRO-FILE BUILD

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