Scott & Scott Architects live above the shop, and what a shop it is

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The practice of architecture has changed so much in the computer age, making this possible; when I opened my architectural practice in Toronto I had big drafting tables, filing cabinets and storage; I needed staff, a book-keeper and receptionist. There were zoning laws prohibiting me from working out of my house and clients thought it was unprofessional. Now David Scott tells me:

Our decision to embrace being small and the mobile nature of our discipline ( the use of laptops and smartphones) has allowed us to spend more time in our home eliminating a commute to another building which would be used for only 8-10 hrs.[per day] . Much of our work is either out of the city or within a bike ride of our house so it has worked out really well for us.