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 …
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.
Dr. Upali Nanda is a self proclaimed absent minded professor by personality, but her position as Vice President and Director of Research at HKS Inc will have you considering otherwise. In her vital role, Upali makes us reconsider why research is important to the profession.
There is an inherent connection between the skills we are taught in architecture school and the methods UX Researchers use in implementing digital platforms. Naeiri Petrosian helps us draw a connection between the two.
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 …
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.
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.
Vera Shur is redefining the traditional role of the architect, looking at the intersections that happen between the built environment and product design.
Casius is not your average “unlicensed” architect, nor is he your average real estate attorney. In his own way he has contributed and continues to contribute to the more sustainable development of the built environment.
Cristina Garmendia is (re)building community. She crosses architecture with real estate and government policy and is considering dabbling in real estate finance. Hopefully her unique path may inspire you to follow a new one of your own.