Podcasts (an episodic digital series of audio or video files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device) are a great way to learn the lessons about business that many of us lacked during architecture school. Below are my 5 current favorites: EntreLeadership | Dave Ramsey w/ Host Chris LoCurto One of the most […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
From OptimaWeb.com: Faced with the natural constraints of client-based business, architects often dream of the freedom that could arise from developing their own building projects. A look at some AIA Chicago chapter members who have taken the leap to become architect/ developers can act as an inspiration and provide insights to success in this risky, […]
What is it that separates us entrepreneurs from other business people? From e-myth.com: “MEN WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS.” According to legend, this is the ad placed in a London newspaper in August 1914 by […]
Fear. I think there’s lots of this stuff floating around lately. Personally, I feel that most of our current economic woes can be tied directly to “fear of the unknown” and “fear of the different”. When the politicians in Washington want the economy to recover, they’ll delay making changes that will forever alter society as […]
I started at least a dozen business plans for Fivecat Studio, before I finally finished one. The task is overwhelming. Executive Statement? Financial Reports? Fun stuff… The trick? Keep it fun, follow your passion and start with one simple page. Below are five questions. Answer each question with three sentences (no more – no less). […]
Last week, Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, invited me to join her at WVOX 1460AM in New Rochelle, NY. I enjoyed speaking with her about Fivecat Studio, the business of architecture and our annual campaign to support local animal shelters, Pillows of Puppies. [soundcloud url=”http://soundcloud.com/fivecat/wvox020110″]
Becky Shankle (@ecomod) is thinking out of the box… the IKEA box to be more specific. Becky is the founder and lead designer at eco-modernism. In addition to designing and installing custom kitchens and baths in the Raleigh, NC region, she has launched an innovative IKEA kitchen services. By promoting her firm as IKEA specialists, […]
With an intent to start building a strong supportive network of Entrepreneur Architects, I have created a new Entrepreneur Architects Group on LinkedIn. If you are interested in business success and the practice of architecture, architect or not, I invite you to join.
Check out the press release posted over on Living Well in Westchester.