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Practice of Architecture | 2017/12/12

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As Designers, Where Do We Find Purpose?

2016/03/02 |

With the Great Recession behind us, design professionals find themselves in an interesting state of change within the economy. The billings indexes for architecture and interior design firms are surpassing previous landmark months in 2007. Unemployment is extremely low, and there has been a clear shift to an employee-driven marketplace in which hiring those with 10 to 15 years of experience often requires a negotiation. Clients’ interest in sustainability grows in the midst of crises, including the California drought and other market pressures. And, we have seen a huge jump in interest in what is known as public interest design, or design for impact.

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Retaining the Next Generation of Leaders

2015/10/27 |

The repetitive nature of conversations surrounding the future of the design and architecture professions can be frustrating. For my peers with roughly 10 to 15 years of experience, a regular topic of conversation is their struggle to find a firm … Read More

Structuring the Stakeholder Engagement Process to Drive Better Design

2015/10/07 |

As a designer, engaging with all key stakeholders on a given project—the client; the client’s key decision makers, such as facilities and human resources leadership; and real estate professionals involved with a project—may be viewed either as cumbersome and time consuming or as an opportunity to create better outcomes. Embracing the latter in a strategic way often achieves greater consensus for a project throughout the design process. However, in order to make it meaningful to the participants, the client, and the design team, you have to ask the right questions, distinguish definite needs from wants, and ensure that everyone—not just the one with the loudest voice—has an opportunity to participate in the discussion.

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Going Beyond BIM, Let’s Talk Big Data

2015/09/23 |

I often struggle with the fact that all talk of technology in architecture and design practice is BIM centric, and focused purely on how we can increase productivity. The result is a response to the question that surrounds most commodity products, “How do we do it quicker, better and cheaper,” which in turn tends to commoditize the primary services we provide. Read More

Implementing Data in Practice: A Profit Opportunity

2015/06/01 |

Initial client meetings often set the stage for the remainder of a project. What are the client’s vision, mission, and goals? What do they hope to accomplish with this project? More importantly, how did they develop the initial program that … Read More

Moving Beyond BIM: Why Data is Integral in the Technology Discussion

2015/05/18 |

Design professionals often like to think that we are at the leading edge when it comes to technology. We each have our own opinions about the aesthetics and operation system of the latest iPhone, and the environments we design reflect a contemporary … Read More

Moving Practice Beyond Analog

2015/01/30 |

The practice of architecture is stuck in a rut, running in circles similar to the hands of an analog clock. Some would argue that this reoccurrence is not our fault. Rather, it is the result of the economy in which … Read More

$10,000 to Boost Your New Practice

2015/01/18 |

How would you like $10,000 to bolster your new practice? The Charette Venture Group is holding their second annual Architecture Business Plan Competition. The competition is open to all registered architects in United States and Canada (excluding Quebec where it … Read More

The Evolution of the Practice of Architecture

2014/12/13 |

I believe the architecture profession is ripe for disruption, which makes me excited about the future of practice.

In 2013 I was giving my presentation as the Vice President of Communication and Public Affairs to the American Institute of Architects … Read More

Simple Acts to Expand Your Leadership Potential

2014/11/05 |

Architects have inherent traits that can make them better leaders. The question is whether or not we are humble enough to use them properly. Gwen Moran recently published an article on Fast Company’s website titled, Simple Acts that Build Your … Read More