To successfully complete a project, an architect is responsible for making thousands of critical decisions. To complete the development of a standard residential additions and alterations project, it takes several months of focus and dedication. Many of us work long hours, long into the night, through weekends and holidays.
The innovative ideas and concepts we create can often only be born after hours (sometimes days) of intense thought and several dozen layers of sketch paper. The personal emotion, attachment and dedication that each project receives is unequaled in any other profession.The time and effort required to properly develop a design and complete a thorough set of construction documents is difficult for most anyone outside the profession to understand.
As a requirement for licensure, registered architects are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of every occupant in every project we design. Like any small business, architects must pay the typical operating expenses required to remain buoyant, such as utilities, professional service fees, consultants’ fees, insurances and several other overhead expenditures. But wait… for architects, there’s more. To protect us from the liabilities inherent in our responsibilities as licensed professionals, most architects also purchase an additional Professional Liability insurance policy costing several thousand dollars each year.
Then, there’s that little thing called profit. Every business, including architecture firms (yes, its true!), must earn a profit. It’s one of the rules to “the game”. In order to continue pursuing our success as architects, we must not only cover our expenses and take home a salary, we must make enough to reinvest into the business.
Most sole proprietors and small firms I know, struggle to meet the minimum requirements of operation. Forget about profit.
Simply stated… Architects just don’t make enough money.
We deserve to earn more. So, in the spirit of pursuing our passion and attaining the success we dream of, I have compiled the following ten ways architects can make more money.
Every architectural services agreement should include a section on Additional Services. These are services available to your client, but are NOT included in your basic architectural services.
Are you giving away services that you should be compensated additionally for? Many architects are doing just that.
In our Agreement for Architectural Services at Fivecat Studio we clearly identify several Additional Services. Services such as Existing Conditions Surveys, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, 3-D Modeling, Illustration, Rendering and Estimating are all offered to our clients as additional services.
Since we launched our firm in 1999, most every prospective client I meet asks if Fivecat Studio offers construction services. Many people have the perception that architects build buildings and many others wished they would. So, in 2007 we stopped saying no and launched our Construction Management Services. In doing so, we more than doubled the revenue we collect from each project for which we perform these services.
Through the years we have learned that not every project and not every client is a good fit for these services though.
If we feel that the project and the client are compatible, we offer Construction Management Services as an Advisor, not as Constructor. It is important to differentiate the difference between the two services. I will publish a more thorough post on this topic in the future, but the basic difference is in the agreements between the owner and the multiple contractors. As an Advisor, the contracts are direct between the owner and contractor. The architect is responsible for managing costs, sequencing, scheduling and payments. The full liability for the construction falls upon the contractors. The architect is simply an agent to the client with no liability for the construction.
As a Constructor, the owner contracts directly with the architect for construction services. The architect is then responsible for constructing the building, hires the contractors directly and inherits the associated liability. More liability means more liability insurance, which increases your firm’s expenses and your firm’s exposure to legal action. Until the volume and revenue from our CM Services allow for more investment in growth, we will stick with offering Construction Management Services as an Advisor.
Selection of Fixtures and Finishes
During the Design Development Phase of each project, we provide our clients with a “shopping list” and contact information to suppliers and sales people we know, like and trust. While our clients shop, we develop the design. We are always available to support them, answer any questions and guide them in selecting items appropriate for our proposed design.
In the case where a client would rather not be responsible for this task, we offer the selection of fixtures and finishes as an Additional Service and take on the full responsibility for the choosing these items.
Each client is different and their desired involvement in the process varies. Offering multiple ways for this process to occur keeps each client happy and allows for the firm to be properly compensated for the additional work required to perform the task.
Purchasing and Delivery
Once all the fixtures and finishes are identified, we then document the selections and include their specifications in our Construction Documents. During construction, the purchasing of these items is the responsibility of the contractor, or the owner purchases the items themselves prior and furnishes them at the appropriate time.
As a courtesy to our clients, we offer a Purchasing and Delivery Service which makes the acquisition of these items our responsibility. The additional attention assures our clients that the items ordered will be correct and delivered on time.
This process takes lots of time and effort. It is not typically the responsibility of the architect to perform this service and if you take on the additional work, you should get paid for it. Although, that does not necessarily mean that it should cost the client much more.
Fivecat Studio is compensated for this service as a percentage of the cost of the items we are handling. We then forward all our trade discounts to the client, which will often equal the amount that we are being compensated for the service. The client has less responsibility, the order is properly handled, we make more money and the client pays little or no more than they would have without our involvement. It’s the classic “win-win” scenario.
There is an alternative approach to the Purchase and Delivery Service described above. You can purchase the products at the your discounted trade price, mark up the price to cover your time and effort to handle the transaction, include an amount for profit and offer the products selected by your clients at their full retail price.
Most every project includes lighting, plumbing fixtures, furnishings, accessories and finishes such as tile and stone. Who better to sell those products to your client than you?
Most architectural service agreements identify out-of-pocket expenses that will be reimbursed to the architect, separate from and in addition to compensation. Many architects though do not keep a record of these expenses and therefore, do not properly collect the amounts owed to them for the project-related expenditure.
Quantify your reimbursable expenses and collect.
This one may be the easiest way to make more money. It does not require performing any additional work and there’s no waiting for clients to pay you.
Prepare a thorough evaluation of all the money your firm spends. Categorize the list into “required”, “not required” and “waste”. Spend only what you need to grow, eliminate waste and end up with more money each month.
Monetize Your Website
Most architects have websites to market our firms. If you don’t… you should. We built Fivecat Studio from the ground up, with no money and no clients, using our first website. There is no way that we would be where we are today without fivecat.com.
Most firm websites includes basic contact information, a bio describing the firm and a portfolio of select projects. With any amount of traffic, you can add features to your site and start making some additional money to supplement the services your provide as an architect. As an expert, you can offer e-books for sale. Prepare a Resources page with affiliate links to items or services for sale that people visiting your site will find useful. You can also sign up for Google AdSense and make money through advertising on your site. If designed well and presented properly, your site can become a source of additional income for your firm.
The more traffic visiting your website, the more money you can make. Continuously updating your site with new work and additional information can help attract visitors. Adding a blog and consistently writing on a topic interesting to a niche market (say maybe “custom residential additions and alterations”) can help to create a following and build trust. Trust will help you sell more through your site and maybe even convert a prospect into a paying architectural services client.
Recently, due to the slow down in the economy, many architects have reduced their fees in order to be more competitive. This may work to win the project, but if your fee is not high enough to cover expenses, overhead and profit, you will not be in business for very long.
If you choose to reduce your fees, you must also increase volume and complete your projects quickly. The smaller fees made on each project must add up to provide enough revenue to cover expenses and make a profit each month.
Raise Your Fees
The alternative to increasing volume is to raise your fees. Provide value by spending more time on design, more thoroughly developing your documents and serving your clients well throughout the entire process. This business model allows you to take on less work and spend more time on each project.
As mentioned above, most of us are already devoting the time and extra effort to our projects. We are passionate about what we do and we want our designs to reflect our true talents as architects.
The problem most of us have though, is that our fees do not reflect the dedication and investment we bring to each project.
Calculate your expenses, quantify your time and effort, add an appropriate profit margin and get paid what you are truly worth. You are a licensed professional and your services are worth a higher fee. Raise your fees. You are an architect… and you deserve to earn more.
Question: Do YOU make enough money? There are other ways architects can make more. What are some ways you have found? Please share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.
David Clayton, AIA says
Thank you for this list. I hope I can implement this and start improving the bottom line.
Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP says
Keep me posted.
Joshua Lloyd says
I am surprised you mentioned advertising on the website as a way to generate additional income. I would assume you would suggest to limit this to the blog area if you have one or I guess a recommended reading section for affiliate links to amazon.
Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP says
Each situation is different Joshua. Your marketing and branding message should determine how you apply these strategies. I don’t have advertising on my firm’s site, but I do plan to eventually have relevant advertisers (who have items or services that would benefit my readers – not random junk) on my blogs.
Femi Ogunyankin says
What a mentor you are..definitely i have learned.
Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP says
Thank you Femi.
Collier Ward says
I’m testing the “Monetize Your Website” idea – if I break the code, I’ll be sure to share the secrets with the rest of you.
Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP says
Yes. Please do keep us posted Collier. I also saw your comment on the Linkedin Group suggesting architects write a book. That is an excellent suggestion… one I hope to implement in the future.
Chad Conrad says
Great blog post Mark! Some of these things are typical practice items and some are things that we just do not think about. I will have to focus my time on a few of these to enhance revenue. Keep up the good work on the blog and LinkedIn group .
Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP says
Chad, many should be typical practice, but unfortunately so many of us fail to enforce our own contracts and don’t collect what is rightfully ours.
Dustin Bopp, AIA says
This is a topic I think a lot about. I’ve been offering Additional Services in the way you suggest since beginning my own practice five years ago. Our proposals are very thorough and descriptive and almost never do our clients ask that we change anything — including price. I have found that people like to have a menu of choices. It makes it easier to understand what they are paying for and (seemingly) more willing to at least opt for the most basic of services. Unfortunately, my overall experience is that the Additional Services (as you describe) are mostly the very things almost everyone thinks they can do themselves to save on fees and to keep the project moving we wind up doing many of them anyway and not getting compensated — or at the very least — making recommendations that still take time and expertise we should be compensated for.
Personally, I am the worst for getting paid for my time. I should be better at tracking every email, phone call, etc. that is outside the agreed upon scope and invoicing for it. Sometimes (thought it all adds up) it doesn’t seem woth my time, but mostly, I don’t want my clients to feel they are being nickeled and dimed. I wish I had the confidence to charge like an attorney. They have it down.
Much of our work these days is renovations and additions so I am not sure how an “Existing Conditions Survey” can be an additional service. We’ve had clients hand us scribbled notes or some basic house design software generated drawings and expect that to lower the fee because they have measured it and in some cases “designed” it. What they don’t know is I have an invisible bump of at least 10% for those clients because I know they will be more difficult to deal with.
I know much of it comes down to picking your clients (and your niche) but, like so many, we still struggle to keep our head above water. There are good months, great months, and really bad months so — for the most part — we take what we can get.
We’ve been noodling with the construction management idea (having dismissed general contracting) but our current clients (mistakenly) think they can save money by doing it themselves.
We don’t do a ton of selections since, again, many think they can do it themselves but I think it’s an interesting idea to source it for them and profit from the trade discount. Interior designers and decorators have always profited this way. We should too.
I was recently elected President of the St. Louis AIA Chapter. In my inaugural speech I emphasized the importance of entrepreneurism to the future of our profession in addition to developing new streams of income and methods of delivery and collaboration. It’s vital. I didn’t quote Mies or Corbu or FLLW but Richard Branson: “Entrepreneurship is a businesses beating heart. Entrepreneurship isn’t about capital, it’s about ideas. A great deal of entrepreneurism can be taught and we desperately need to teach it as we confront the huge global challenges of the 21st century.”
Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP says
Dustin, Our projects are residential additions and alterations as well. Existing Conditions are an additional service because that is how we write our proposals. Every proposal calls out existing conditions as a separate item and we get paid by the area measured (.75/SF). We do give them a choice, but we require accurate CAD documents and if provided by the owner, we are not responsible for the accuracy.
Dustin, I want to thank you for this epistle. Every of your mentioned experiences are exactly mine and I have found Mark’s blog so insightful and helpful this morning. I plan to carefully start some implementations of lessons learnt.
trying out our best here in Nigeria. thanks Mark. thanks Dustin
John Jones says
Mark, Thank you for this much needed, candid discussion to help our profession. I’ve been coming to grips these past few months with how much valuable service I’ve given away (and started a dialog about this on the CORA forum). You are a blessing.
Matthew Brewster says
I look forward to reading more about your Construction Management Services.
Big Ditto!!! Forms and contracts, etc. also when do you bring it up? Many clients want a ballpark figure right there. I have been telling them if they want a price right then and there, it will be inflated or under-priced depending on the trustworthiness of the person giving the price. Wait for an estimate with clear scope of work and quality. HOW CAN WE DO BALLPARK ESTIMATING without scaring off the clients? Thanks in advance!
Yes, every client asks the same questions and they all want to know what their project will cost. The way I handle this is to know some basic rules of thumb costs per square foot in my market. In Westchester County, NY, for the projects typically represented on our website, non-kitchen spaces cost between $250 and $300 per square foot. Our typical kitchen space costs about $425 per square foot.
When clients ask the question, I provide them with the “rules of thumb” and leave them to do the math on their own.
I find that it is important to talk money right up front though. You need to know what their budget for the project is. One of the rules of sales is to qualify your prospect. If they have an unrealistic idea of what their project will cost, you may be wasting your time pursuing the project.
This is the first Blog, first Architect, first Open Business Practice Sharing I have ever seen for architects. CONGRATULATIONS, and Thanks! As a PM with 18 yrs commercial experience, the residential clients I have taken on have vastly different expectations than commercial clients. Your laying out the HOW you serve residential clients was a God-Send. These open and honest and industry building discussions between architects MUST occur for us all to grow the expectations and status of the profession in the eyes of the public and prospective clients. AIA-MN has a small firm practice committee. Your blog will be a regular topic at any meeting I attend. Have you thought about how to apply to our profession what the medical profession does post “event” evaluations? A safe, closed post-mortum process on what can be improved. We are a process type group of folks. If we all share best practices instead of pretending our way is the (secret) path to personal success, our businesses and industry market share will continue to grow. Thanks again, best in 2013.
Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement… and thanks for spreading the word.
A sister site to this one, is my Entrepreneur Architect Linkedin Group at http://goo.gl/Y4Gn1. That group is “closed” (not open to the public to view) specifically for the reason you described above. Only architects, engineers, construction and design pros are admitted to membership. Lot’s of open honest “behind the scenes” discussion happening there. Any member may post a discussion topic. I would love for you to join and start some of the “post-mortum” discussions you describe.
Welcome to Entrepreneur Architect. I look forward to your continued participation.
christian fekete says
i recently started my second job as architect/construction manager. My services included building permit and general contractor for a combined fee. Interestingly the total fee reached 30%, 10+20 for both services. After a few months of work and a very happy raport with the client, he suddenly realized that the fee was too high and severed the relationship, keeping my subs and saving substantial costs for my services. Part of the issue was related to the unknowns from securing the badly delapitated structure that we had to consolidate (old “charming” cottage piece mealed by previous owner). Two mistakes I would like to share here
1) unknowns are expensive and it is very important to be on top of Cash Flow previsions and not let expenses get out of hand.
2) Adding the total fee in a lump % can be scary for the clients even if the marked up costs on materials and labor end up at retail level.
My take on this experience is overall a positive one although in the short term I lost the job. Not great as far as referal even if the client offered to use the final product for my portfolio.
Construction management is great but you need to be clear about separation of duties and fees.
Thanks for this valuable discussion forum
Great article! I am in the field of interior design and so many of these same issues apply in my field as well. Thank-you for helping to break this down as I have also found it difficult to know exactly the best way to charge my clients and keep them happy in the end. Can you shed some light on how you charge for these additional services? Is it by room, or by foot, or is this just a flat rate amount that you determine by project? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated! Thank-you!
Typically our additional services are compensated at an hourly rate. Compensation for our Existing Conditions Survey (ECS) is by the square foot of measured space.
Some services may be compensated by other methods upon request.
I am curious that you listed the selection of Fixtures and Finishes as an additional service. As the architect/ designer of the structure, isn’t this part of our “default” scope of work?
If not, up to what extent of material specification do you do, given that the additional service of fixture and finishes selection is not included?
Please enlighten me. I am an architect in a foreign country and our professional practices may differ.
Many thanks for this article, it has been greatly educational.
Working with residential clients, we provide designs for locations of fixtures and finishes in our base service. In our contract, the actual selections of fixtures and finishes (the actual shopping) is called out as Interior Design Services and we receive additional compensation to provide that service. Purchasing and handling those items are also an additional service.
As independent businesses, our services are whatever we choose to offer them as. If we want to include these selections in the base service (and many do), we should be certain that we are being paid appropriately for the time and energy involved in providing that service.
Having been an institutional architect in a past life, I know that this service is, in fact, part of the services provided in the base contract for projects like public schools.
Chris Lyle says
Mark, have you posted more about construction management as Advisor not Constructor?
I have seen a great deal of demand for this type of service.
I am really interested in your posts and Fivecat.
I just recently posted on CM as Advisor here: http://www.entrearchitect.com/2013/06/02/how-to-more-than-double-your-fee/
There is also course being developed on CM Services for Architects that will be offered in the Entrepreneur Architect Academy launching this summer.
Alex Gore says
I never thought of having affiliate links on my design website, that is a great idea mark!
Alex: If you are interested in learning more about affiliate marketing and how to do it the “smart” way, check out Pat Flynn’s podcast episode #SPI 041 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/affiliate-marketing-the-smart-way/
john mandola says
Great blog, every architect want this type of blog.
Try using an architect and tell me if they deserve more money. Mine doesn’t answer calls (AIA by the way), shows up for payment, stays for a few minutes and I am already thousands in the tank. Why not try and explain to us small minded people out here.
Ramón Perez says
Steven, seems you got yourself a prima donna architect. It should have been easy to detect right from the beginning. He was probably late with his proposal, the design program, late at meetings, etc. Happens to us architects too with doctors, auto mechanics, etc., even some of our consultants. As with any other service you should first test the waters.
Ramón Pérez Gatell says
I’m not sure I would sell stuff to clients. That makes you another kind of business altogether with all sort if extra responsibilities and liabilities.
We started offering simple 3D as part of our services since our CAD software, Vectorworks, already does that. No need to go into SketchUp and back to CAD for CDs. We thought that might give us an edge but frankly most clients don’t care for the extras you’ll include and even less for your additional services at extra cost.
A colleague of ours won’t even sit down to make a proposal if there’s no budget and if the prospect doesn’t accept the 10% fee upfront. She makes a lot of sense.
Malvina Arrarte says
Mark, thank you for this great post.
I have had experience as architect and contractor. Although you can actually see the money by being in charge of the building works, this takes up all your time and energy. Now I would rather stay on the design side but, I have found that results are compromised when the client thinks he can manage without the architect’s supervision. My advice is: convince your client to hire your supervision services, and charge what is worth for them!
Jon Schultz says
Mark, This is a great post with a lot of information.
I am still in a quandary about fees. Here in west Michigan the residential clientele seam to very conservative and value conscious. How do you know if you are competitive with your competition? As I read in another post to this article there is no way I could charge $250+ per square foot for a kitchen remodel and no way a fee of $450/sf for an addition or new house would either. Also there is no way 10-20% of construction cost for a fee will work. I would be lucky to get 5-7%. As for as per square foot costs it would be great to get just $3.00/sf. Is there a way to find out the average fee rate in the area/market. When I was as staff architect at other firms everything seamed secretive. From billing rates to fee amounts. But that is understandable… I wasn’t on the “need to know” list. But know that I own my own firm I wish I had been.
Mark R. LePage says
Jon, Finding your fee is a difficult process as an architect. I recommend finding a fee that does work for the clients you are seeking to serve, even if its lower than you want. Then check the value you are providing and make sure you are providing more value than your competition. Slowly increase your fee with each proposal, while increasing your value. Be prepared to present, clearly and concisely, why your fees may be higher than your competition and show your prospects the value you will provide that others will not. You need to be perceived as “worth more” in their mind. In order to do that you need to provide more.
If you are seeking a market that is only buying on fee, then you need to work to find a different market. That may take time. Make a plan on where you want to be and when you want to be there. Then develop an action plan on how you will accomplish your goals.
I really find value in this blog. It is becoming increasingly difficult to get clients pay for our services as architects. this is a resource worth taking into account. thanks and hope to share more of your experience.
Rick Bynum says
In a nutshell- THANKS ! I have decided to jump into the strange and unknown world of blogging after reading your articles herein. I am learning as I go but hope the 5 different “Archi-” blogs that I have set up will open up other doors for which I have no idea yet. Will I incur additional income? Probably not…but the presence of social media cannot be ignored even though I am a young 50-something sole proprietor. “Adapt or die” as they say. Thank you -your articles gave me the encouragement..and the desire to try something new. And if you are so inclined, here is 1 of the 5 that I have started publishing: http://archi-toons.blogspot.com/ Thanks !
Roland Arriaga says
Amazing article Mark! I dove into architect-led design-build last year. True, the risks and liability exposure is greater but with good project management & sound business planning all architects have a supreme advantage over any contractor. You have to start small and as you gain experience in the construction arena you can plan for growth. It is making a tremendous difference in our revenues after one year. I strongly urge fellow architects to begin taking on the role of “Master Builder” the way history has portrayed us for centuries.
Thanks for sharing ur diffirent exeperience as an Architect!!! I have learnt a lot from this blog. This is an innovative blog for all architects in practice. I will definitely implement all knowledge gathered here
Starting your own firm on your own would be a good idea… yes or no?
Michael Morgenstern says
Great article – thanks for sharing this helpful information.
I wanted to share another side income opportunity for experienced architects – working with law firms on litigation matters as an expert witness.
I think your readers would find this information quite valuable as there isn’t much information available on this niche industry. Full disclosure, I help operate an expert witness platform in NY. Our service is completely free for experts and anyone can apply to join our network.
We have a page dedicated to architecture on our website where you’ll find a variety of helpful resources, case studies and experts – https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/expert-witness/architect/
Any professional with extensive experience in architecture can serve as an expert witness. The length of these opportunities can range from a few months to over a year and with fees paying $300 – $500 per hour on average. It’s a great way to generate extra side income while still pursuing a full-time career.
I’m always available to discuss in more detail. Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions.
Mohd Faisal says
Your suggestions are great, but since situations are different in different parts of the world, experiences and learnings are also different. According to me, Construction Mangement is the secondary part, the primary way I do it to earn separately is by involving in the marketing and sales of the projects we do for Builders and Retailers, we get a certain profit of about 2% of the cost from the owner and sometimes from the buyer also. We also earn a decent amount from Structural Designers and can Save Per sq. ft. fee from that also.
Other services such as plotter, printing and scan copy services are also helpful as many firms don’t have these facilities due to the maintenance. We also provide online printing services to Architects, Engineers and Clients
As far as the extra earnings Construction Management we gave specifications which are available to limited suppliers through which we can recieve a decent profit
Alanna Molloy says
This article is AMAZING! Thank you so much for writing it! I have worked for a number of firms over time and just the concept of breaking individual services down into “additional services” has changed the way I think about our profession. I feel most people feel unless they are doing an extensive renovation or new build they don’t need an architect. After seeing all the additional services broken down it has shown me that there are so many phases of projects where our skill set can jump in and help a client. I am just starting my own company and this article has been a game changer for me. THANK YOU.
Andy Roberts says
We work with an Architect and so far they would steer clear a 100 miles of monetising their website! They see it an unprofessional and confusing to the site visitor, but I could see it working more on a blog format or part of the site
Oh Mark, What a article is EVERYTHING. I am an upcoming architect in Kenya and i would like to thank you so much for writing this. I have found it so enlightening. I have taken notes and i want to try these. I tell you guys how it works out for me.
Chris Hudson says
Thanks for putting together these great tips! I think that social media and email marketing play a big part in customer retention. Tools like GetResponse make it easy to segment the subscriber list, so they get only relevant to them information.
Bernardo Menezes says
Thank you for the ideas Mark! I am thinking about opening my own office for a long time but lately more intensely. Apart from studying architecture and working in several offices such as Design International in London, Christian Kerez in Zurich, Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genova and CPU Consultores in Lisbon I have done a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering.
Most people are scared to start their own business because of the idea that architects earn little money or because they think they don´t have enough experience. A month ago I met a person that has a course in product design, she´s not even an architect and does projects and construction supervision for interior refurbishments of apartments and houses. She doesn´t have enough experience for this job and she is earning much more than any architect hired by a company because she has her own business. What makes the difference here is that she has the courage to find clients, developed a project and supervise the construction. In the end of the day the work is done and clients need houses refurbished.
What I see in the architecture world is that people are too focused on the design of buildings while for eaxmple engineers are exposed to several areas of expertise such as Structures, Hydraulics, Geotechnics, transports and infrastructures and even entrepreneurship. Engineers mind is more free to adapt to different types of jobs while architects tend to be stuck in designing buildings and because of that they block any other opportunity that may appear.
For example right now I am doing architecture and Real estate Appraisals. These real estate appraisals can influence you design to make more economically feasible projects.
I think that your idea of joining architecture services with construction services is a great idea to earn more money. Thank you for the advice it was definitely motivation to be more entrepreneur in the business of architecture and construction.
Bello Emmanuel says
A lovely write up. How best do you think I can successfully marry Architecture and engineering? Candid advise please…
I already have HND architectural Technology and I also have a serious interest in Civil/structures
Hi i’m an undergrad student and thinking of getting certified by LEED, and being a LEED AP. do you think i’ll make more money if i’m certified. if yes how much difference can it make
Mark R. LePage says
Being certified will give you knowledge and credibility. What you do with that knowledge and credibility will determine how much money you make. Simply having LEED AP following your name will not equal more money.
I hope after some years.. I could make a profit in the field of architecture
Vipin Kumar says
Very impressive article that I have ever read last 2 years. Hope also I will be make money from your way…Thanks for sharing unique idea!
Peter Paulos says
I came to the same conclusion as a developer. In fact, the issue is: did the aechitect create value by doing abc. One project I am on will create $300,000
By addressing utility costs.
Thanks a lot
Civic Steel Homes says
Ten years later, this is still widely the case in Australian residential architecture, with less than 4% of new home owners appreciating the value of architect designed homes and seeking an architect’s design input. Improvements can certainly be made so that innovative design solutions are an option for a greater majority of Queenslanders, rather than a select few.
Vaani Bhargava says
they can also start their own business and can earn more money.
The architect should be very innovative to increase his clients.He should be able to fullfill the custom designs of his clients.The work should be done in given timeframe.If you are looking for a good architect you can visit our website.
Thanks for sharing..
Thanks am going to put them to work
civil engineer says
Very informative post..!!! You have beautifully explained the difference between the architecture and civil engineering. Reading to your blog , all of the doubts has cleared. Keep posting such article , it will be great help for students out here..!
Erika Berrington says
As a addition to ideas suggested by Mark in this article, I can recommend the following resource helping architects to build effective online portfolio websites. You can see some great examples of portfolio websites created by architects here: https://www.format.com/professions/architecture
A portfolio website can not be limited to image and video galleries, however. It can be combined with service & product pages, blog, and even private pages for sharing specific projects with clients.
Alex Robert says
Well, I’m an undergraduate student, and it’s good to know that there are many ways for architects to earn extra bucks 😛 Thanks for sharing such a motivational post.
Nice post… it is very useful and informative post. Thank you for your sharing this wonderful post.
Villanova La Rosa says
Hey! Additional Services. Services such as Existing Conditions Surveys, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, 3-D Modeling, Illustration, Rendering and Estimating are all offered to our clients as additional services.
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Mark R. LePage says
Thanks and good luck Ashlesha. Keep us posted on your progress.