When I decided to take on the biggest myths in architecture, I didn’t have to think long or hard to come up with the second notion that I wanted to put to rest: working with an architect means you’ll get locked into their design “style.” In fact, it’ such a common misconception that I’ve decided Read More
By Scott Spector 2/24 11:54am
Every industry has its share of false perceptions. The architecture business is no exception. That’s why I’ve decided to write a three-part article over the next few weeks that will at last dispel some commonly held myths about working with architects.
One of the biggest misconceptions I’ve encountered is that architects have no idea of Read More
By Scott Spector 2/18 1:28pm
Welcome to the final installment of “Tales from the Field,” the five-week series of articles I’ve shared with all of you on lessons I’ve learned while, as the name implies, out in the field. This week, it’s time to talk about faith. Yes, faith. Sometimes believing in what you can’t fully see yet can turn Read More
By Scott Spector 2/10 12:56pm
Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared different “Tales from the Field,” each of which included a lesson I’ve learned while on the job. This week, in the fourth installment of this five-part series, I’m going to use an increasingly popular trend to illustrate a very valuable point: if you’re going to do something, do Read More
By Scott Spector 2/03 1:00pm
By now, if you are a weekly reader of this column, you’ll have read two “Tales from the Field,” intimate stories on lessons I’ve learned while on the job; one discussed a deal-making strategy and the other was a cautionary tale about how to avoid unnecessary costs and stress by thinking through future needs beforehand. Read More
By Scott Spector 1/27 6:00am
Last week I shared a special story with you–the first in a five-part “Tales from the Field” series of lessons I’ve learned while on the job. While last week’s anecdote focused on what to do to make a project successful, this week’s challenge takes the opposite spin, serving as a cautionary tale.
Normally when one Read More
By Scott Spector 1/20 10:11am
Welcome to the first of what will be a five-part series called “Tales from the Field.” Starting this week, and for the four that follow, I’ll share real world scenarios and their solutions, all of which will include a lesson learned—often a transformative one. By that I mean it can make, or break, a deal. Read More
By Scott Spector 1/13 7:00am
All brokers speak REBNY, but for me and many of my architect peers, it’s important to be nothing short of fluent. Since the standards were adopted in 1987, REBNY’s guidelines for measuring the square footage of commercial office spaces have become the standard for every single project in New York City and a critical number Read More
By Scott Spector 1/06 7:00am
I spent much of 2013 talking about change in the workforce and the latest industry trends. As much as I—and my architecture colleagues—enjoy pondering what’s next, many of us in the field are reluctant to take a dose of our own medicine.
Let’s face it: change isn’t always easy. Read More
By Scott Spector 12/16/13 6:00am
Since this is my last column for 2013, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about a hot topic among those of us who run our own businesses or are in client service industries, such as brokers, attorneys and nearly everyone in my inner circle: taking time off.
Sometimes one of the hardest things Read More
By Scott Spector 12/09/13 6:00am
Brokers: Ever show up to a pitch meeting or client walk-through and wonder who’s who from the architect’s office and how each helps bring the project to fruition? Well, wonder no more! Below is a breakdown to introduce you to key members of the team.
Principal: This is a role I know all too well. Read More
By Scott Spector 12/02/13 6:00am
I recently had a meeting with one of my social media clients. He’s considered a global leader in his field—a true forward thinker. He posed a question I always love hearing: What are the next big workplace trends?
You see, most people are concerned with what’s current, and looking at any white paper or manufacturer’s Read More
By Scott Spector 11/25/13 6:00am
I’ve been asked this question many times over the years, and so have members of our project team. While I don’t like “playing favorites,” there are some qualities that effective brokers undoubtedly share. Last week in this column, Read More
By Scott Spector 11/18/13 9:58am
The other day, I was doing some thinking about how much time brokers and architects spend together, and, let me tell you, it’s quite a bit! That’s when I came up with the idea of exploring, this week and next week in this very same column, what brokers need from us, as architects, and what Read More
By Scott Spector 11/11/13 10:53am
What does it take to see a commercial project through from concept to completion?
Many of you already know, but for those who are new to the business or who just want a refresher course, here’s an 11-step pocket guide outlining the relocation process:
1. Preliminary programming and workplace strategy: This is the very first Read More