Form and Functional; Accommodating our New Non-Traditional Lives

by Abeer Sweis
June 28, 2018

Today we’re doing different things with traditional space layouts to accommodate our lives that are becoming anything but traditional. Our desire for space types seem endless. A few of the types being revolutionized are master bedrooms, home offices and living rooms.

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Bold Colors and Natural Materials are Back!

by Abeer Sweis
June 21, 2018

There was a lot I loved about Greece, but what sticks with me most about that trip as a young adult, are the colors. The bright bold colors that always look freshly painted against the alabaster white stucco walls. We’ve all seen the pictures, but in person the colors seem to have life, a heartbeat, breath.   

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‘Tis the Season for Outdoor Living

by Abeer Sweis
June 14, 2018

It is finally that glorious time of year again when there is a remnant of evening daylight at the end of the workday; just enough time to enjoy a meal or a glass of wine on the back patio or at an outdoor café with friends. In Southern California we are fortunate to have more of these days than not and taking advantage of all of them has become a way of life.   

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Open Spaces and Quiet Places

by Abeer Sweis
June 7, 2018

Our architecture evolves along with our lives. As our lives, on a whole, become less formal and less socially structured, so do the spaces in which we work and live. We wear far fewer suits, work far outside 9 to 5, and can work virtually anywhere. We seek out spaces where we are comfortable working on our laptop, in our yoga pants, at 1AM for example and employers have taken note.   

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When Building Sustainably is Simply Building

by Abeer Sweis
May 31, 2018

What seems like long ago I would see for-lease signs on the sides of buildings advertising available space as “fully wired” or “wifi enabled”; these technologies were new and unique amenities at the time. Prior to this by almost 150 years I am sure the lease advertisements listed the brand new lift equipment called the elevator to win tenants over the competition.   

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What I Love To Create

by Adair Seldon
May 24, 2018

When you ask Abeer Sweis what kind of space excites her, she would say one that influences people. Whether it’s a residential home or commercial space—wherever people spend time—she wants to bring out quality interactions in relationships that stimulate ideas, fuels communication, creates intimacy, and allows for growth. From family members chatting in the kitchen while preparing a risotto, to co-workers brainstorming a strategy to win new business, Abeer strives to create fertile built environments.   

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Not All Architects/Designers Are Created Equal

by Adair Seldon
May 17, 2018

When selecting an architecture firm, it’s important to understand the difference between the types of services each one offers so you will know what to expect. A firm that exclusively offers design and drawings means that it creates the design and drawings and then hands them off to the client. A company that offers design through construction administration creates the design and drawings, assists with bidding, reviews shop drawings and submittals, and verifies in the field that the work conforms to the design.


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The Evolution of SweisKloss

by Adair Seldon
May 10, 2018

Abeer Sweis has come a long way in the 20 years since she started her own boutique design firm. She remembers being in business for just three months when she hired one of her Architecture students as her first employee. “I really missed working with a team and quickly realized that the most fruitful results come from collaboration. So, when I met the incredibly talented Olivia, I immediately offered her a part-time job,” she said.


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Abeer's Inspiration

by Adair Seldon
May 2, 2018

What inspires one to become an architect? Ask Abeer Sweis, and she’ll tell you about a time when she was nine years old. On a Sunday afternoon drive with her family through the countryside of her native Amman, Jordan, she noticed a building unlike anything she’d ever seen. Set into the side of a hill with nothing but a glass front looking out at the world, it seemed as though the roof was built into the hill and nature had been undisturbed—as if it were meant to be and belonged.  

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