Architects + Artisans is a sophisticated, well-informed source of content and images that document the development of architecture, artisanship and sustainability for the 21st century. It ‘s not just about designers – but about the people and products that make a well-designed place ring true.

It’s written and edited by J. Michael Welton, whose work on architecture, art and design has appeared in a number of national publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Dwell, Interior Design, and New York magazine.  He is the architecture critic for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and also publishes a design column in The Huffington Post.

Links to his  writing can be found at:



http://www.dwell.com/articles/on-the-waterfront.html (Cover Story, Oct. 2011)





And here’s an interview:

Mavens & Storytellers: J Michael Welton

In May 2015, Routledge Press published his book on architects who draw by hand. Drawing from Practice explores and illuminates the ways that 26 diverse and reputable architects, including Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind and Laurinda Spear, use freehand drawing to shape our built environment. To see what editors are saying about it, click on “Reviews” here:


With A+A, Mike strives to chronicle, in narrative as well as brief online formats, the zeitgeist associated with a particular design, whether related to social situations, economic forces, cultural shifts, or historical precedents. In A+A, he’s stepping out beyond print into a online magazine of his own – where good design and those who create it can be illuminated and discussed.

A + A seeks to wire itself into the coolest design trends on the planet. It links itself to and honors the opinions of those who wish to do the same. Ultimately, this is an online magazine dedicated to the concept of creating a community where thoughtful design for a sustainable world is not a phrase, but a way of living and working.

It was created with the help and support of art director Ann Rudy and web navigator Tola Oguntoyinbo.

14 Responses to “About”

  1. This looks really cool, Michael. Good luck!

  2. russell jones 09. Jan, 2010 at 1:06 am

    very nice

  3. Very nice. Please include your new reviews of the works of Palladio, Bernini, and Brunelleschi!

  4. We look forward to a tour of Bernini’s Rome, Hank.

  5. Great! I’ll be following.

  6. Triangle Modernist Houses will feature Mike’s blog starting Monday. Thanks, Mike, for bringing this needed perspective to the community!

  7. Hi, Mike! I sent the link for your website and Triangle Modernist Homes site to Hank’s sisters who live in the Triangle area. Hopefully they can see in person some of these wonderful homes!!! Keep it up!!!

  8. I want a treehouse. Its been my dream since I was a child.

  9. Kennon Williams 31. Jan, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Nice site Mike,
    Enjoyed a number of the articles. The year in the Rotunda –quite beautiful, esp. as it framed, a new , a place so familiar to me, showing its power and multifaceted character .
    Best Regards

  10. Great collection, Mike. It is wonderful to have such interesting articles in one site. Beautiful design, Ann.

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  12. I’m glad I happened along to you blog. I was actually following a story from a FaceBook Fan Page and it took me here. The web needs more in the way of Design sites that put out worthwhile topics that stimulate the mind. Hats off to your style of information and the stories you choose to put live.

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  13. Great site Mike. A&A is well designed and has great writing. I just applied to help out with writing. I submitted my ScentTrail articles about meeting Robert Rauschenberg, Annie Liebovitz and How Damien Hirst Changed The Art World via Talent Call. I couldn’t figure out how to add pitches too, but would be glad to send pitches if needed. I blog for Technorati and usually write about business but art and architecture is my passion. Would love to help.


  14. Great Site Mike!!!
    Minimalistic, yet precise, you site covers all facets of the field.

    Sadly I cannot find your post from the 16th of June, 2013 which landed me on your site in the first place.