Jan 9, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions for Architects

New Year’s Resolutions for Architects

Happy New Year!

As architects, we wanted to take a moment to make a few resolutions. You know, something along the lines of  your typical “lose weight” or “get outside more” but geared for the world of design and construction. Then, to help drill these goals into our heads (and vainly promote our lofty goals to the community, hoping to spark some sort of inspiration for others) we taped them up in the windows of our office.


Below is a list of our resolutions, but the best way to view them is by coming by our office. We hope to employ the following goals in every one of our projects this year, or at least plead the case for them when applicable. We resolve to design with integrity in 2012, which must include striving for the following:

  1. Build lean.
  2. Increase density.
  3. Maximize daylight.
  4. Reduce stormwater.
  5. Design for durability.
  6. Improve air quality.
  7. Divert construction waste.
  8. Support alternative transportation.
  9. Increase energy efficiency.
  10. Respect the land.
  11. Use less materials.
  12. Adapt and reuse.


Here’s to the best year yet!

Dec 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Dear Friends,

We wanted to thank you for your visits to our website and blog, as we enjoy sharing our thoughts with you here on our site and other social media outlets.

We look forward to continuing to share our work and other random notes here, and are grateful for your continued interest in our practice.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Dake Wells Architecture!


Dec 9, 2011

Dake Wells Architecture in the news

Dake Wells Architecture in the news

Lately, we have been featured in a few news sources. Andrew Wells was featured in Drury University’s “Alumni Spotlight” last month. Also, he was featured in the “Five Questions” section of December’s Springfield Business Journal.

Congrats Andrew!

Dec 7, 2011

Toys by Designers

Toys by Designers

Springfield’s downtown district features an Art Walk every first Friday of the month. Our small part of participating in this community event, we feature design-themed window displays every month. This month, in honor of holiday gift lists for the little ones, we highlighted toys that were invented by designers (or closely related to the architecture industry).

Take a cue from the following designer’s toy inventions to create your gift list this year!

1. House of Cards by Charles and Ray Eames, Architect

2. Toy Cars by Michael Graves, Architect

3. Legos by Ole Kirk Christiansen, Cabinet Maker

4. Scrabble by Alfred Mosher Butts, Architect

5. Tinkertoy by Charles H. Pajeau, Stone Mason

6. Lincoln Logs by John Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright

7. Wright Blocks by John Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright

8. Architect Barbie by Mattel

9. Rubik’s Cube by Ernö Rubik- Architect, Sculptor, Professor of Architecture & Inventor


Nov 14, 2011

K9 a doghouse

K9 a doghouse




Habitat for Humanity has a fundraising event here in Springfield, Missouri every year called Tool Belts and Bow Ties. This year, they will be auctioning off built doghouses, and Dake Wells Architecture designed one for the cause.

K9 is a doghouse conceived of nine K’s. The modular canine dwelling is versatile in a dog-lover’s home. Left intentionally open-ended, the house can be used as an end table, periodical rack, ottoman, or some as yet undiscovered device that brings joy to its user. Arranging the tripartite object in search of engaging spatial conditions is akin to the mesmerizing game of Jenga. Just imagine what could be built with half a dozen of these. We also self-published a book all about K9.

Toolbelts and Bowties will be held on Friday, November 18th at 6pm. Bid high and bid often at the silent auction to claim the K9 doghouse for your own!


Oct 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy the many alter-egos of the Dake Wells Architecture staff. We encourage you to get in touch with yours, too.

Happy Halloween from the staff of Dake Wells Architecture

Oct 14, 2011

Dake Wells Architecture Studio wins a Merit Award for Interior Architecture

Dake Wells Architecture Studio wins a Merit Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects Central States recognized Dake Wells Architecture Studio with a Merit Award for Interior Architecture at the 2011 Conference.

The AIA Central States Regional Conference brought together a multitude of architecture professionals to the annual conference. This year Wichita, Kansas hosted the event and invited Andrew Wells and Brandon Dake to present at the conference. Andrew Wells was the keynote speaker for the AIA Central States Regional 2011 Conference. Brandon Dake, President of AIA Springfield, also presented at the conference, focusing on the American Institute of Architects Springfield chapter involvement with Joplin’s rebuilding efforts.

Oct 12, 2011

Farewell to Steve

Farewell to Steve

 artwork by Jonathan Mak Long

Dake Wells Architecture is an all Mac office, so the news of Steve’s passing was a huge blow to our office. We will all miss him. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” -Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011


Sep 28, 2011

Reeds Spring High School Addition

Reeds Spring High School Addition

Reeds Spring High School has finished construction of their addition including a practice gym and supporting facilities. This 17,800 sf project is part of a larger construction and renovation project for Reeds Spring Schools, all geared towards revitalizing the campus.

Go check out the project page for plenty more images and information on the project.

Sep 22, 2011

MSU-WP Student Recreation Center

Missouri State University – West Plains just marked the opening of their Student Recreation Center (a FEMA Safe Room) with a ribbon-cutting this week. Below is a time-lapse video put together by the University, which shows the building under construction. As we’ve never had a time-lapse video of one of our projects, we are thrilled about this video as it is such a great way to view a project coming together. Enjoy…

Check out the project page for more construction photos that we uploaded on how the building is coming along!

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