If you ever wanted to hear about hospitality design and the business of architecture, you can get the story straight from the horse's mouth. Our friend Alexis Zotos interviewed Space Captain Tom Niemeier (not really a horse) for her Meet St. Louis Podcast, where they chatted about his start in architecture, and how he juggles creative work with managing a business. Alexis was a gracious host, and we think you'll enjoy the show. Here's the

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SPACE is pleased to announce that architect John Pitman has joined the board of directors for The St. Louis Art Place Initiative, an effort to create affordable home ownership opportunities for low- to middle-income artists. The first development will be in St. Louis's Gravois Park neighborhood, which is roughly the area within Jefferson Avenue, Chippewa Street, Grand Boulevard, and Cherokee Street. St. Louis Art Place endeavors to create affordable housing by renovating vacant and deteriorating

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In architecture and construction, there are good surprises and bad surprises. Good surprises: a glorious rendering of a meticulously detailed space that is within (or below!) budget. Bad surprises: the floor not looking the way you thought it would, or not having enough lighting above a crucial work area. As much as we relish a good design meeting with a few well-timed theatrics, we never want you to experience a bad surprise when everything is

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