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Part Two: Who Inspires You?

When someone inspires you, it can change who you are for the better. Last week, I shared a story about my design influence. This week, I’m going to tell you all about an organization and two individuals who I credit with much of my personal management style.

It all started back in 2001. A very Read More

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Who Inspires You?

Behind every good architect–and perhaps every good businessperson–is someone who inspired them, paved the way or set the bar. This week I’d like to share with you the story about the architect that influenced my vision for my own career, Hugh Newell Jacobsen. Next week I’ll talk about a business figure who did the same. Read More

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Are You Ready for Some Retail?

When it comes to changing the face of a building—or even an entire neighborhood—there’s no denying the power of retail. Lately, Google has made headlines as it searches Soho for a flagship space. Likewise, the recent large-scale retail redevelopment at Brookfield Place at World Financial Center, a project we personally had a hand in as Read More

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The Value of a Team Effort

There are some firms that, simply put, are an absolute pleasure to work with. More often than not, they are the ones with a positive corporate culture, where all of the members of the team take pride in their work, feel invested in their company and are excited about the business.

I try to remember Read More

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Doing Well by Doing Good

“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.”—John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Rockefeller Jr. had the right idea! This week I’m going to talk with you about a topic that is less about best design practices and more about doing the right thing: giving back. Most of us are busy chasing sales milestones, Read More

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Architectural Myths Vs. Reality: Part Three

The design process is daunting and difficult. It’s a notion many believe to be true, but in reality, the role of an architect is to make it the exact opposite of that! That’s why I’ve chosen to discuss this misconception for my final article in this three-part series on architectural myths.

Professional architects are adept Read More

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Architectural Myths Vs Reality: Part Two

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

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Architectural Myths vs. Reality: Part One

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

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Tales from the Field: Pushing Boundaries

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

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Tales From the Field: Up on the Roof

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

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Tales from the Field: Sounding Off on Acoustics

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

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Tales From the Field: Do Your Due Diligence

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

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I’m Fluent in REBNY

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

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New Year, New Marketing Strategy?

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