In the early 2000s, Allan Kehrt, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a founding partner of the architecture firm KSS Architects, began writing down ideas about architecture. These were short notes, quick studies on a single idea, the literary equivalent of an architect's sketch. In the days before email was common, each week he would put a note on a new topic in his employees' physical inboxes or mention that week's idea at Monday morning meetings. The notes, each formatted in a small square of text, with just a single-word title, quickly became known around the office as his Monday Morning Musings.
Over time, the notes sometimes strayed from architecture to other ideas—language, leadership, even the life of dogs. But ultimately, each entry connects back to design and to the extraordinary reach and responsibility an architect has in shaping— quite literally—the world around us.
This book is a collection of those Monday Morning Musings, which Kehrt continued to write every week for nearly a decade. Taken together, they are a view into the philosophy behind a practice, and a moving meditation on what it means and why it matters to push for design that makes the world a more beautiful, more equitable, and more human place.