My First Day in Architecture

Before the glorious Florida sun rises on Monday morning, I am out of bed, getting ready for my first day at a new job. Let it be known that I am by no means a morning person, but a four-day work week is totally worth it. As I brush my teeth, I wonder about all of the interesting things I will learn while working for an Architect. Maybe I will learn to draw, maybe I will get to help with interior design! Will I get my very own hard hat? Architecture is an exciting new career path for me. Even as an Executive Assistant, I expect to learn a lot about the field.

I arrive at the firm at 7:45am (my gracious boss Larry let me come in a little late on my first day). The building is situated in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, a dream work location for me. Right away I take note of Larry’s passion for architecture and art – the office is a loft, vibrantly painted, with large windows overlooking 8th Street. Art is sporadically placed throughout – sculptures and paintings of different colors and textures. It smells like freshly brewed coffee. My eyes are immediately drawn to the large iMac computer on my desk. My inner self does a happy dance – yes, I am an Apple nerd.

The first few hours are a whirlwind of nervous excitement and… filling. Boy is there a lot of paperwork involved in the process of creating an infrastructure! Although filing isn’t very glamorous, I know it is a good way to pick up on some of the lingo used in the industry. Words like “RFI”, “CCCR” and “shop drawings” are quickly stored into my brain. These are important, and there are a TON of them!

My first day is going by quickly, and the piles of paperwork are starting to disappear. Larry and I discuss other things I will be doing for the company, like social media and other marketing endeavors. As far as first days go – this was the best one I have ever had! I think I am going to enjoy working for an Architect…

A How To Guide For Architectural Consumers In The Tampa Bay Area

By Grayson Silver

The purpose of this blog is to provide strategies to the architectural and construction consumers of the Tampa Bay area with an emphasis on architectural practice in              St. Petersburg, Florida.  Within the following posts and links, we will discuss how to find an architect, the role of an architect, when to hire a contractor, what contractor is right for you, various building code requirements and how each of these concepts affect your next construction project.

First, some introductions are in order.  My name is Grayson Silver and I am a designer and project manager for a local architectural firm, Architect Larry LaDelfa.  I have been in this position for the past 10 years and over that time I have provided design concepts, construction documents, and construction oversight on over 100 projects in Pinellas County.  In addition to my time as a designer, I have spent 5 years in the construction industry working in the fields of construction scheduling, carpentry, electrician, and landscaping.  To say the least, I have seen both sides of the isle between architecture and construction.  I grew up in a family of contractors with my father, step-father, and uncle each owning their own construction company (summer jobs were not in short order and these years are independent of my professional construction history).  I attended Clemson University where I attained a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree and I am currently enrolled at the University of Florida’s Advanced Masters of Architecture Program – CityLab Orlando.  You can feel free to further explore my background by visiting my offices website at

Over time we will explore concepts you, the consumer, need to be aware of prior to starting, during, and after your design efforts have been completed.  I will make efforts to answer your questions, with the help of my office’s design professionals, engineering consultants, and local contractors.  This blog is meant to be interactive.  Post a question and check back to see how our firm has dealt with similar issues.

– Grayson T. Silver, Project Manager/Designer – Architect Larry LaDelfa