Recently I attended 2 seminars addressing different aspects of design and the design business that, as usual, led me to examine what I do (and often, WHY I do it)! The first seminar that I was fortunate to attend was in Winter Park, Florida (a post should be dedicated to that terrific city, just because it is amazing all by itself) The Friends of Casa Feliz hosted the 7th annual Colloquium for Historic Preservation and I was back among the environs of my architectural studies. This year the subject was the architecture of James Rogers Gamble and James Rogers Gamble II and the guest speaker was Paul Goldberger, who I have admired since I read his work on skyscrapers and other articles in the NYTimes, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. While we had several interesting discussions as to why preservation was and is important, what constitutes "good" architecture and why it matters, I was most struck by the panel discussion on the work of the two architects. These two men, uncle and nephew, could not have been more different in era and work, yet as son and grandson "Jack" Rogers explained, what makes good architecture great is this sense of place, context,and texture. In residential design, whether it is the exterior or the interior of a building, texture is what elevates the ordinary to something that is meaningful and moving. Something that we respond to on a deeper level.