Architecture only exists in humanity. Burrows, hives, nests and anthills are creations of instinct, not design, despite their exquisite beauty. Humanity is distinct from all other life on earth because, for us, instinct is inadequate. So it is with architecture. Outcomes in architecture are twofold. First, like the designs of instinct, any building must protect […]
Storytelling – Your Defining Moment
Story Origins In the first two articles of this series, Architects as Storytellers and Architects’ Claim to Storyteller Status, we looked at the “Story Origins” of Architecture. We saw that the sculpted frieze of ancient Greek temples was used as a narrative device to honor a god or goddess. It told a story. We claimed […]
10 Ways Architects Can Make More Money
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 […]
The 8th A.R.E. Division: Practical Construction Experience
I come from a family of auto mechanics and contractors, so repair and construction are in my blood. Before I was registered as a New York State architect, I worked as a carpenter and mason during summers and school breaks. As a child, I would hear my carpenter uncle speak negatively about architects and I […]
Letter To My Beloved Profession (Guest Post)
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Marie-Claude Soulard, an architect based in the San Diego area and the owner of Soulard Architecture. Last week I posted a new discussion at the Entrepreneur Architect Linkedin Group titled Architecture is Dead: Let’s Reinvent the Profession. The following is Marie-Claude’s response to my challenge to […]
Architectural Interns: Read This Now!
Bob Borson from Life of an Architect blog published a great post today about Architectural Interns. It includes tips, suggestions and requirements from some of Bob’s friends, including me. If you know an architectural intern or a recent grad looking for work, this is a must read.
We Are Architects. We Can Help Them Heal.
I apologize for the lack of development this post may seem to exhibit. Thrown into complete darkness by Hurricane Sandy, I am writing this from my warm bed on a Droid Incredible smart phone. We have not had power since 3PM Monday (October 29). We are blessed to have survived the storm of our lifetimes […]
Michael Gallin: Entrepreneur Architect
While at Carnegie Melon University’s school of architecture in the early 90’s, Michael Gallin developed a passion for finding innovative solutions combining design and technology. Although his primary interest has always been architecture, computer technology has been a close second. Gallin founded his architecture firm just north of New York City in 1999. He recently […]
The Passion Profit Cycle of Success
Prior to starting our own firms, we business-owner architects experienced an “entrepreneurial seizure”, as Michael Gerber so accurately described in his book, The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. It’s the precise moment when a passionate employee commits to starting her own firm. Frustrated by the process […]
Speak to Them in a Language That They Will Better Understand
Residential Architect magazine sent me an email today introducing a new video series, Value of Residential Architecture. Each video will feature an architect discussing his/her thoughts on why residential architecture is important and where residential architecture is headed in the future. If you subscribe to Residential Architect, you may have received the link in your […]
Things I Didn’t Learn at Architecture School (But Need to Know): How do I start and keep a business alive?
No one told me that I needed to know how to run a business. I’m an architect. I just need to tack up my shingle, design great buildings and clients will come knocking. Right? Maybe… but whether clients come knocking or not, its not so simple to keep them knocking. The solution? Write a business […]
Oklahoma State University: Architecture & Entrepreneurship
Oklahoma State is developing a program called Architecture & Entrepreneurship. Every architecture school should be doing the same. Do you know of any other programs teaching entrepreneurship to architects?
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