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Brick Architect has been updated to make the website more secure.

We added a security certificate and are encrypting communications between your device and our server. You will be automatically redirected to the secure version of this website located at https://brickarchitect.com (The “s” stands for secure.)

Benefits of secure websites:

  • Ensures the content you read and text you enter on the site remains private.
  • Instills confidence that you are accessing the genuine Brick Architect site.
  • Signals to new users that Brick Architect is a top quality website that is willing to invest in the latest technologies.

When visiting the Brick Architect website using most web browsers, you should see a small “lock” icon to the left of the address bar indicating that the page is secure. If you find a page which shows an “!” icon instead, please let me know by emailing me at tom@tomalphin.com. (Links to each image need to be updated manually to display the lock icon; I’m sure that I missed a few.)

Jonathan Jonas

Please help me in welcoming Jonathan Jonas to the Brick Architect team! Jonathan is a lifelong LEGO devotee, joining us from nearby Portland, Oregon.

In addition to a lifetime collecting and building LEGO, Jonathan has collected a diverse set of skills and interests which include a degree in Architecture and a degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu. He is involved in a local LEGO User’s Group, and organizes the Architecture theme at Bricks Cascade, Portland’s annual LEGO convention which takes place in March.

I’ve made some improvements to the Brick Architect website. Let us know if anything looks bad on your PC, Tablet or Phone!

Brick Architect runs on WordPress, which can be customized using themes. Because there are so many different devices and web browsers out there, I can’t test every possible configuration.

Noteworthy improvements:

  • Support for short articles (asides), which are displayed in their entirety on the homepage rather than requiring you to click to see the whole article. (This post is an aside.)
  • Updated header image, which is now indented correctly on small screens.
  • Improved Author byline, with photo of author shown on both homepage and articles.
  • Categories are now shown on homepage and articles, but only on large screens.
  • Font sizes scale more predictably to larger and smaller screen sizes.

If something looks wrong, please send a screenshot and description of the issue to tom@tomalphin.com. Thanks!

Amy Alphin

Please help me in thanking my ever-patient wife for supporting my LEGO hobby!

Amy Alphin is an elementary school teacher who has built the occasional LEGO set over the years, and keeps a large bag of LEGO bricks in her classroom to help her students survive rainy day recess (which is pretty common in rainy Seattle.) She loves to travel to see natural beauty and visit historic landmarks, and is slowly learning to appreciate architecture too.

Alexander Holroyd

Please help me in welcoming Alexander Holroyd to the Brick Architect team! He is our fifth writer.

Alexander is a Seattle-based mathematician and a life-long Technic freak. He is fascinated by mechanisms in all their complexity and simplicity, especially when applied to kinetic art and mechanical computation, and of course, especially when implemented in LEGO.

Christine Coste

Please help me in welcoming Christine Coste to the Brick Architect team! She is our third writer, joining us from New Zealand.

Christine was re-introduced to LEGO through her two daughters, whose fondness for LEGO Elves, Friends, and Disney Princess sets has brightened her LEGO color palette considerably. She works as a town planner and with her husband’s background in Architecture and a shared interest in history she has had the opportunity to visit many of the world’s greatest landmarks.

Lydia Nelson

Please help me in welcoming Lydia Nelson to the Brick Architect team! She is our second new writer and I’m excited to have her joining us.

Lydia is the mother of 5 kids, and she enjoys building models from the LEGO Creator and Architecture themes. Her creative focus is to re-create LDS Temples using LEGO bricks, a project that has grown to include over 50 models! We’re excited to help her get started with blogging by writing articles for Brick Architect.

Michael Kindness

Please help me in welcoming Michael Kindness to the Brick Architect team! He is the first of several new writers that will be introduced in the coming weeks.

Michael is the father of two boys that love LEGO almost as much as he does. A sales rep for the publishing industry by day, in the evenings his focus shifts between Classic Space (his childhood favorite), Star Wars, and Architecture. While he finds sorting really satisfying, joining his local LUG has inspired him to create more MOC’s.