At the mid-point of their careers, many of my favorite architects left their practices and re-invented themselves.  The most famous (or infamous) of these was Frank Lloyd Wright, who, just over a hundred years ago when divorce was unusual, ran away from his wife and children to Europe with his mistress.  I’m running away with my wife and two daughters for a sabbatical journey around the world in 2012-13.

It’s hard to do, not just because of the logisitcs themselves, but because I love my work and, at the moment, have great projects and great clients (they usually go hand in hand).  But it was a family vision and the window is small for the speed at which children grow up, so we are off and wandering.   I expect that, as a lover of architecture, visiting some of the greatest buildings in human history will be reward enough (on top of spending so much time with my family).  That combined with the “down-time” from work will certainly have my creative juices flowing on the return to Sedona.  Whether I re-invent myself or not, I already am looking forward to coming home to design new buildings.  In Sedona… and elsewhere as well!

Charles Van Block   Architects, Inc.  -  2675 W Hwy 89a #1239  -  Sedona AZ 86336  - Tel: 928-607-6446 -  Email

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