Bezalel's Compass

August 7, 2020

What my design process looks like



Sustainable architecture

Filed under: Architecture, church architect, Ideas Have Consequences — George McIvers @ 12:41 pm

Its often said, “Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.” With the same sarcasm, so with architecture. Everybody wants to be sustainable, but nobody wants to build for 500 years. We used to.

My work in art and architecture

Filed under: Uncategorized — George McIvers @ 12:29 pm

You know I have rarely posted any of my recent work. I have on LinkedIn but not my own blog. Strange, but no more.



August 1, 2020

Limitations of the profession

Filed under: Architecture — George McIvers @ 3:40 pm

The contract nature of the architectural process can hamstring the ability of the architect to communicate with the owner and the contractor. A fluidity of communications has huge ramifications to project cost and project planning. Perspective sketches that can in detailed specificity denote material, shape, complexity, quality,  scale in reference with other spatial object which in turn defines the quality of craft,,, you get the picture.

May 6, 2020

Interview a Church Architect – The Fee

Filed under: church architect, church building, How to build a church building — George McIvers @ 8:30 pm

The architect’s fee is an important consideration when interviewing an architect for your church, that goes without saying. But equally important is the architect’s average rate of project change orders. Simply put, from the owner’s perspective change order percentage of the total project cost basically equates to the total architectural fee. Why? Because the quality of the contract drawings is directly proportional to the number of change orders. Contractor’s can only price what they can determine from the drawings. An architect’s fee of 8% fee based on the total construction cost that has a 20% cost overrun because of poor documents (i.e. change orders) is really a fee of 28%.

The interview should access the quality of the “contract deliverables”. Not all design documents are of equal quality. Quality is an objective criteria.

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May 5, 2020

Is architecture art?

Filed under: Uncategorized — George McIvers @ 8:00 pm

I practice architecture this way: An architect isn’t an artist that builds: the trendy, spectacular, and novel pet projects, but rather a chief builder who does art by understanding how culture is, Then, as one, we build well. It’s the agreeing to standing under together that separates the former from the latter. IP

A tragic day, when the stone mason’s language became debase and vulgarized, a dim reminder that the brick veneer recalls days when we built with boulders. Strength, community and permanence. Now I know only few mason’s who’ve sustained a master’s wisdom: to abide well on the land. [in process]

February 7, 2020

Thank you God

Filed under: Uncategorized — George McIvers @ 9:46 am

I’m blessed with one of the best jobs a guy could have. I get to build churches for God’s people.

February 5, 2020

Hard knocks and wisdom

Filed under: Uncategorized — George McIvers @ 8:24 pm

Why does life have to be hard? So that we would grow in wisdom by our own free choice, which we would’ve done in the garden hadn’t we fell.

Who is the church and how does it work together? – Part 1

Filed under: Architecture, church architect, church building, How to build a church building — George McIvers @ 1:54 am

Building a church means working together, which means that we, by the mutual in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, are ‘making’ a foundation of mutual trust.

This suggests that any form of  working together, that is inherently by nature  adversarial, works against the example Christ gives in 1 Cor. 12:24-28:

“But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

In the world of construction there are two basic methods of project delivery (how the working relationship’s process is established to construct a building as designed by the architect and within the budget prescribed by the owner). The first is probably the most commonly known method and is called ‘design-bid-build’ contract. The second is a ‘negotiated contract’, a stipulated cost of construction plus a fee.

In the next post I’ll describe both methods in more detail and highlight the salient feature of each project delivery method and finally suggest why one delivery method fulfills the passage above more naturally.

January 31, 2020

The design, the budget, and Nehemiah’s humility

Filed under: Architecture, church architect, church building, Praise, Theology — George McIvers @ 2:36 pm

10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments came forward with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the directions of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord,

“For he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”

And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy, 13 so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.

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