If you follow the prevailing Washington metaphors, the United States sounds like a nation of frustrated drivers. We need a “road map” for everything from the Middle East to Afghanistan to health care. But to the McLean, Virginia, architect Dennis Findley, AIA, we’re actually more like clients with a tricky building project. Instead of a road map, he would like us to consider a napkin sketch.
“It’s that simple description that makes everything make sense,” he says of a quick drawing done on whatever paper is at hand. “It establishes the basis for executing anything from a small home renovation to a $50 million building on a difficult site.”