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ROBERT C. DEJONGH, AIA, NCARB, co-founded The deJongh Group, Architects and Planners in 1973 As a graduate in 1971 from Howard University School of Architecture and Planning. His expertise and involvement in the areas of planning, design, development and all aspects of architecture gives him solid credentials as an architect and planner and have provided him with a level of wisdom, foresight and understanding of the design process. Under the leadership of Robert deJongh, The deJongh Group, PC, has designed many significant projects most which have earned several awards for the firm. In addition to being a registered architect in the U.S. Virgin Islands, District of Columbia and the state of Georgia, Robert deJongh has served on numerous professional, civic, community and business boards including the President of the VI Chapter American Institute of Architects and also President of the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the AIA National Documents Committee which drafts all of the AIA Contract Documents that the entire industry depends on. As a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the TLC Beatrice International Company for 17 years until its closing, Robert’s experience has afforded him extraordinary insight and Fortune 500 and multi-national level business experience.


 


 


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  Postcard from the collection of Myron Jackson USE THE HISTORY OF THE PAST AS A MODEL FOR FUTURE IN THE REHABILITATION OF CHARLOTTE AMALIE:            This series presents a chronicle of events which led to the deterioration of spirit, vitality and energy of today’s urban Charlotte Amalie and offers a guide on how to reverse that decline and restore those qualities to the Town. This document and its content is the copyright of The deJongh Group - © The deJongh Group 2015. All rights reserved. PART 1 OF A 6 PART SERIES:   WHAT TIME PERIOD TO CHOOSE? Recently, I was asked for my thoughts on how to rehabilitate our Downtown Charlotte Amalie to add life and vitality; to make it more vibrant and inviting to overnight visitors and local residents, and to fuel added economic benefits, with stores staying open late, and nightlife and entertainment after...

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Shingleton Residence The statement: "…WE DESIGN ..." is frequently the answer to the question of "WHAT DO ARCHITECTS DO...?" “DESIGN” is the process of creating and shaping the form, relationship of functions and features of an object, building, civic space, or spaces within a building. It is intended to achieve a functional solution to a specific set of needs and to stimulate an appropriate emotional response from the user or viewer while doing so. By its very nature, Design is a multilayered and complicated process. It considers occupancy, budget, program, functionality, adjacency, geometry, texture, scale, balance, color and light. Influenced by climate, topography, context, laws, traditions, history and culture; Design is almost always the product of fusing an evolving idea with creative persistence. Guided by the architect, the design progression nurtures the strengths and promising portions of positive ideas ─ while whittling away at the flaws of unworkable alternatives. Even the...

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The note simply said: "Hey… I'm moving to India. GOOD LUCK" With those words, the person developing and hosting our website suddenly vanished, abandoning and pulling the plug on the hosting. Our website shuddered, shrugged, exhaled a puff of digital smoke, went dark and disappeared. We could have searched for him and for our website. But in India? Really? And to whom would we have inquired anyway? A thin, Forty-something White guy with short, brush-cut hair, 1 1/2 inch diameter wooden disks inserted into expanded holes in both earlobes, carrying thousands of our dollars and our website in an invisible cyber-briefcase would stand out conspicuously in most Virgin Islands crowds. I could have found him here. But India is a huge country, teeming with more than a billion people and a multitude of cultures. And what would we have done when we captured him anyway? Force him to regurgitate our website?...