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
The most common complaint I hear from architects is that architecture school did not teach them enough about the business of architecture. Although most students take a professional practice course in architecture school, most will begin their careers knowing very little about business.
In this chapter I will talk about:
• Lump Sum Fee vs Hourly Fee (The Architecture Firm’s Money)
• The Client’s Budget (The Client’s Money)
• 4 Business Mistakes Architects Should Avoid
I wish that architecture firms gave robust annual pay increases but that is not how the world works. Many firms are just struggling to get by and rely heavily on cheap intern architect labor. If you want a raise then you have to ask for a raise. In this blog I share 4 tips for asking for a raise.
The question you should be asking is not: “how much will I make as an Architect, but how can I make more money as an architect?” In this article I share 5 ways to increase your income as an Architect.Read More
Money plays a tiny role in Architecture School and plays a giant role in the real world of Architecture. With the lack of proper business training, many architects struggle to run financially successful businesses. The failure of firm owners to run profitable businesses trickles down to the emerging professionals in the form of sub-standard pay.
So how much will you make as an Architect? In this chapter I discuss the Big Three Factors that will help you predict your earning potential and I show what you can expect for your first ten years as an Architect.Read More
This chapter will only be available in the final published book. I know! That is messed up!Read More
Choosing an Architecture Firm based on firm culture is a complex topic. Firm culture is much more challenging to discuss, as it is less tangible and quantifiable than the previous parts of this chapter. For example firm size, firm location and project expertise is something that most architecture firms list on their website. However you will not find a Culture Tab on any firm’s website.Read More
If you are looking for a job at an Architecture Firm then the size of the firm is something that you need to carefully consider. For example did you know that a project manager at a large architecture firm makes on average $29,000 more than a project manager at a small firm? Size does matter. Income disparity is just one of the many differentiators covered in this blog.Read More
Choosing the Architecture Firm that is right for you can be a difficult choice. One very important factor to consider is the type of work that a firm does. While many firms design a variety of different building types there are others that choose to specialize. And how about style and design excellence? Is that important to you?Read More
Whether you are a soon-to-be graduate or a seasoned pro, you should always be thinking: What is the right Architecture Firm for me? In certain work environments we may flourish and in others we may flounder. For an Architect, choosing the ideal firm is a big deal. In this chapter I discuss 4 key factors that differentiate Architecture Firms: Location, Type of Work, Firm Size and Culture. These differentiators can help you choose the best firm for you.Read More
A career in Architecture is extremely challenging. While in Architecture School I had a hint that it would be difficult but I could have never been prepared for what it would take to be an Architect. This final part of Chapter 2 talks about those challenges and I also share a story about a famous architect who made an impact on me.Read More
Architecture School is an individual Sport. The profession of Architecture is a team sport. Making this adjustment is a challenge. In this blog I share how soft skills and being a team player will help you as an Architect.Read More
Architects have clients. Students in Architecture School have fake clients. It is not surprising that architects are not prepared for working with clients. Yet strong client relationships are essential to success as an architect.Read More