Having a positive attitude is an invaluable trait for an emerging professional. You can focus on just this one thing and everything else will fall into place. In this post I share how positive folks are the most important members in an office and how you can start right now.Read More
The #1 goal of an emerging professional should be to become indispensable. In the following sections, I will expand on the 3 paths to becoming indispensable. I have listed them from most important to least, so if you only read one section, read #1.Read More
Developing strong interpersonal relationships in your office is key to your success. And it's way more fun. In this article I share tips for building those relationships.Read More
Should architects wear headphones in the office?Read More
You have probably seen a photo of Le Corbusier in his iconic circular frame glasses or Frank Lloyd Wright in his pork pie hat. But how should an architect dress today? In this blog I share a story where I did not dress appropriately. I also offer tips for how to dress for success.Read More
The most simple and important thing you can do to help yourself and your firm is to......Read More
In this chapter, I will share 4 of the Architecture Office Basics
1. The Secret to Success
2. How Should an Architect Dress?
3. The Great Headphone Debate
4. Be SocialRead More
Are you interested in starting your own architecture firm? In this blog I share 4 important questions you should be asking. I also provide a list of resources that are available for architecture firm owners.Read More
In Part 1, I shared that I had only two goals when I graduated from architecture school: become a design architect and start my own firm. I talked about my first two jobs and the path towards becoming a design architect. In this blog, I will talk about Goal #2: Start my own architecture firm.Read More
Most architects will dream about the day that they start their own architecture firm. I was no different. In this blog I share my early entrepreneurial aspirations. I talk about my first gig out of architecture school and my path to becoming a design architect.Read More
After about 15 years of cranking out deadlines in architecture school and in the profession, I have compiled a list of my most effective tips for managing deadlines. With this list you will start crushing deadlines like a pro.Read More
Deadlines play a big role in the profession of architecture. I actually enjoy the pressure and high intensity associated with a deadline. Plus, as a young professional, flexing your muscles on a deadline is a great opportunity for growth. There are 3 constants that you need to be aware of when preparing for a deadline. In this blog I share Murphy's Law, Parkinson's Law and one more constant that thwarts architects.Read More
In parts 1 and 2, I introduced you to the ‘Newbie Angst.’ The newbie angst typically comes in the form of anger, resentment, and depression triggered by the realities of life as an architectural intern and young architect. In this blog I share the various cures for the Newbie Angst.Read More
Architecture is a very difficult career. It is especially challenging in the beginning when everything is new and you are struggling to adjust. During this period you will encounter some serious growing pains which I have named the ‘Newbie Angst.”
Newbie angst is a combination of anger, resentment, and depression triggered by the realities of life as an architectural intern and young architect. To help you cope with the newbie angst I will share the common causes and the cure.Read More
Failure is a big part of personal growth, yet I wish I could erase this blunder. In this blog I share a story of an immature intern architect and highlight the 4 key mistakes he made.Read More
The 2007-2010 Great Recession was brutal to all industries especially the architecture. I had only been working for about 2 years when my colleagues started to get laid off. It was brutal. In this chapter I share stories from those very depressing days.Read More
You did not get into architecture for the money but you should demand fair compensation. Should we acquiesce or demand change?Read More
Architects are their own worst enemy.
There are challenging clients as well as shifty contractors. There are forensic architects and attorneys looking for ways to sue architects.
There are many obstacles in the business world of architecture but by far the #1 threat is architects themselves. We do it to ourselves. These four business blunders hinder architects from creating successful businesses.Read More
When an owner invests in the construction of a building this is likely the largest expenditure they will ever make. An architect must be empathetic to this situation and their client's budget. These are extremely large sums of money and there is a lot of risk involved.
Although every project is different, you will likely encounter these 5 budget challenges on each project.Read More
The two most common fee structures between an Architect and Owner are a lump sum agreement and an hourly agreement. In this section I describe each agreement, provide examples and analyze the pro and cons.Read More