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
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
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
Architecture School will not adequately prepare you for navigating AXP and the ARE. And to make matters worse, the Architecture Profession does little to foster this development.
Your path to licensure will be determined by you and only you!Read More
The role of money in Architecture is one of the themes of this book and an element that will stifle you throughout your entire career as an Architect. Upon graduating architecture school, you will be most underprepared for these 4 roles of money in Architecture: A Client's Budget, The Business of Architecture, an Architect's Income and the Economy.Read More
In Part 3, I introduced you to the most important thing that you will learn in Architecture School: The Design Process. Part 4 dives deeper into the Design Process and describes the mechanics of how you will be taught design in Architecture School. Some of the items covered in Part 4 include: an introduction to the studio and energy drinks, the types of fake projects you will design and your new best friend: deadlines.Read More
This is part 3 of the chapter In Architecture School you will learn ________. This part covers the most important part of architecture school.....Read More
Architecture school is the foundation for your career in architecture. There was a time when you could become a licensed architect without an accredited degree from an architecture school but those times have passed.Read More