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Banned from Playing CLUE

Anne Sciarrone - Sunday, March 01, 2015

Not too long ago my husband suggested that I had missed my calling as a private investigator.

Ive loved playing the classic murder mystery board game Clue since I can remember.  When my children were finally old enough to play, I was so excited to introduce them to the game and to have someone to play it with after many years away.  We had some fun family game nights moving the characters and murder weapons from room to room in that English Country House depicted on the board, collecting clues along the way.  But that was short lived.  It’s not that they no longer enjoy the game, but that I’ve been banned from playing with the family.  You see, I almost always win.  My husband has teased that maybe I missed my calling as a private investigator, but I have come to realize that I do put those investigative skills to good use in the way that I practice architecture.

Architecture isnt exactly a murder mystery - I don’t spend my days trying to decipher if Colonel Mustard did it with the Candlestick in the Conservatory.  What I love the most about what I do is collecting clues and solving problems.  I discover those clues in listening to my clients talk about their frustrations and about all the things that they love.  I hear them in the stories they tell about how they live their lives, work in their offices and even how they play.  I find them in the landscape or in some small detail in an existing building.   They are even found in code books and zoning ordinances.  It’s the reading of the clues - the connecting of the dots and integrating that information into a solution for my clients that underlies everything that I do!  I see life as a big complex puzzle where everything is connected and I’m always looking for that deeper meaning. I didnt miss my calling – Im living it!

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