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New Book: Tornado!

  Robert Bissett
Graduate Architect
WSU, 1975, Summa Cum Laude
Artist, Author, Teacher

Designer of Light-filled, health-promoting
Livable, Beautiful and Enduring Homes

Design Philosophy

"The Client is the visionary, not the designer."


Education and a varied work history, combined with artistic and technical abilities, have been significant in bringing me to where I am today. With the digital technology available to designers like myself, the creative possibilities are considerable.  Architecture has been advanced and facilitated by the latest 3D modeling and rendering software.  I will continue to employ these powerful tools to the fullest and hopefully contribute in some small way.

Design Statement

Exciting things are happening in the building industry. Recently my interest has been in exploring the design possibilities of reinforced concrete construction, the healthy house concept, and economical, low maintenance homes built with innovative or non-traditional construction materials. A home should be a place of comfort and healing in tune with the forces of nature; a place to return to for the daily renewing of mind, body and spirit. I enjoy helping people make their vision a reality.

I am also interested the small and medium size, unusual project.

208 267 0685

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and This New House

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Real Working Drawings
DIY House Plans Using Free Software

#15 on Amazon!!!

....in the Architecture department
as of 4:30 pm PDT , Jun 27th


Paperback, color front and back
interior black and white
Over 240 Illustrations
148 pages

Start with your pencil floor plan
Build a scale model in Google SketchUp
Use DraftSight to layout your sheets,
add dimensions, fills, drafting, details, etc.
Work with the engineer, plan reviewer, contractor
Handle shop drawings and addendums

Companion Site

Newest design...

Middle Eastern Concept

Top view, 500' diameter.


Front elevation.


Building Section


An earlier version.

Desert living at it's finest!



A spacious floor plan that flows to the
out of doors during mild weather in Arizona.

Tridipanel walls with 5" of insulation board
and 1.5" of concrete on each side
and Lite-Deck for the roof,
also insulation and concrete.

The Blue Moon

Summer Beach House




The second floor curved wall is a double layer of  fabric
inflated like a green house covering, but opaque and reflective.




Enduring Elegance

Tornado Resistant House

Designed to survive a tornado and yet
preserve a high quality of life.

1. Inner Courtyard and Loggia
2. Roof Garden
3. Outer Courtyard
4. Protecting Berm
5. Two Car Garage
6. Parking Area
7. Entry Tower
8. Stair Tower

The clay tile roofs are actually structural concrete insulated panels
stamped with a tile pattern and stained.
Walls are SCIPs, 8" thick.
Over 6800 sqft of living area plus the courtyards.


See my listing on Thumbtack.com