Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc. Since 1987

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Business Since 1987
Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc.

Every week I am on a job site somewhere in town, meeting with Contractors or Consultants and reviewing the progress of the construction. It can be an exhilarating experience, sometimes rewarding, when I see a concept develop or sometimes nerve racking when a Framer who has been working on a framing sequence for several hours, asks me to make a snap decision.

I have learned to not pretend I know something as well as a tradesman does, who does it eight hours a day. This patience and humility has to be balanced however, against getting rolled. When I was a young Architect I once visited a project I was doing. It was a Bank remodel in Riverside. The General Contractor met me and we walked the job. This guy was huge! Classic look, framing belt around his hips, a stomach so big I could have fit in it and even the characteristic butt crack. When I questioned why he had framed a soffit the way he did, he slowly turned, looked down at me and yelled. “Listen kid, I have been doing this longer than you have been alive.” As I wiped the spray of his anger off my face, I wondered what I should do.

Running was at the top of the list. With all my courage I stared back at him and said, “If you make one more change without telling me first, I will reject it.” I escaped with my life. Now that was compromise.

Building a Home or a Bank is a team effort and if one person’s ego gets in the way, the project suffers. Communication is the most important part of a construction project, as it is with most things. Over the past 25 years I have been blessed to work with some of the best people in the business. Thank you all! Mark.

Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc.
410 Bird Rock Ave. · 858.459.1171

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