We recently returned from our office retreat in Charleston, SC. An inspiring city, our assignment was to prepare a short talk about the “why” we do what we do. Asking the question “why” is inherently challenging, we are asking ourselves as to “what is the core motivation that drive us.” Charleston was an amazing place to explore this idea because it soon became clear “why” we were there–the history, architecture, food and culture told the story of the relationship between architecture and history–both shaping and reflecting how people lived. Our home-base on the trip was the James Sparrow House. A Charleston Federalist single house, it is on the National Register of historic homes. Sitting on the porch enjoying the breezes and socializing in its…