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Practice of Architecture | 2018/02/20

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Practice of Architecture

Why Architects/Designers Should Never Lower Their Fees

2017/07/25 |

While attending the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Philadelphia in May 2016, I had an interesting conversation with several peers regarding the pricing of our professional services.

As a strategist for the firm MKThink, I noted that … Read More

Building Existing Client Relationships

2017/07/10 |

Many principals of design firms of all sizes have told me that at least 80 to 90 percent of their current project portfolio is repeat clients. While this is obviously an enviable position to be in, I believe that firms … Read More

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

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

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

How to Rebuild Architecture

2014/12/16 |

Steven Bingler and Martin C. Pedersen have the answer to Rebuild(ing) Architecture (Practice). In an opinion piece published yesterday in the New York Times they call-out the current state of affairs between the architect’s and the public:

Architecture’s disconnect is both … Read More

Tune into these Top Rated Architecture Podcasts

2014/10/10 |


I have to be honest. I rarely pay attention to NCARB’s blog now that I am a licensed professional, but I’ve also found myself sitting in front of my computer again at all hours of the day with my … Read More

Phil Bernstein: New Values in Design Practice

2013/05/21 |

It is time for architects to sharpen their pencils and look at the value our practices bring to the new economy as service professionals. Who better to look at the future, than current graduate architecture students and their professional practice … Read More