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Practice of Architecture | 2017/09/23

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Five Steps Toward Knowledge Leadership

2017/07/03 |

I was recently at dinner with three friends: a hospitality architect, an interior designer with a portfolio focused on workplace, and a computer scientist. When our non-designer friend asked the designers at the table if we would ever design our … Read More

Implementing a SWOT Analysis for Savvy Decision-Making

2017/06/13 |

Earlier this year, I led a half-day exercise with more than 50 national elected leaders of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at one of the AIA Strategic Council assemblies. The starting point for the day was a strengths, weaknesses, … Read More

Building a Purpose-drive Practice

2016/06/26 |

When analyzing the shortcomings of a design firm’s business model, I often see parallels between designers and artists. In many cases, we tend to undervalue our services to ensure that we are still able to create our craft, or complete … Read More

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

Daniel Libeskind, Not an Architect

2015/07/08 |

Conversations surrounding the topic of the title of Architect and who is and who is not able to call themselves an architect seems to be of great interest these days. Although I realize the debate is often rooted in the … 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