Posts by Samantha Pires

Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at

January 20, 2023

5 Valentine’s Day Gift Sets Inspired by Your Partner’s Love Language

The best Valentine’s Day gifts are often ones that show how well you know your partner. That is why we have put together five thoughtful gift sets inspired by the Five Love Languages theorized by Gary Chapman. These “languages” describe five ways in which a person understands affection or how they show affection. The five love languages include: words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, gifts, and physical touch.

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August 21, 2022

The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: 10 Historic Buildings by the Legendary American Architect

The legendary Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most famous architects who ever lived. He left a legacy of over 500 built works, over 1,000 conceptual designs, and a legion of followers who still design according to his principles. He is also arguably the most famous American architect who ever lived and is credited with developing the first-ever American style of architecture—the Prairie style.

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March 26, 2022

Cultural Heritage Museum in China Has a Design Inspired by Ancient Bronze Mask Eyes

The recently released design for the new Sanxingdui Ancient Shu Cultural Heritage Museum is almost as mysterious as the stories within. Proposed by MAD Architects, it's also being called The Eyes of Sanxingdui. Comprising six wooden structures, the design is meant to merge with the landscape of Guanghan City in China’s Sichuan province. The forms of these buildings are inspired by the almond-shaped eyes of bronze and gold masks from a Bronze Age Sanxingdui civilization.

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March 20, 2022

Conceptual ‘Casa Katana’ Is an Angular Abode Inspired by the Japanese Sword

This contemporary home by Konstantinos Stathopoulos of KRAK Architects is as dramatic as the site it is designed for. Rendered in the Greek island of Crete, the Casa Katana mimics the angular forms found on the rocky coast. Its name is inspired by a katana, a curved single-edged Japanese sword that also informed the layout of the building. The architect used aerodynamics to inform the carving of the structure after studying intense northwest winds.

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