There comes a point in every commercial real estate career where those in the adviser position—I’m talking to you fellow architects, construction managers, attorneys and brokers—need to be the voice of dissent. While we’d all love to say “yes,” to find that “Kumbaya” and compromise whenever possible, it’s important to know when to speak up Read More
By Scott Spector 10/15 12:30pm
“Employers’ rising confidence in the economy and their determination to woo skilled workers with hip office environments fueled increased rents and competition for prime Manhattan space during the third quarter, brokers said.”—The Wall Street Journal
Last week, as third-quarter reports were released, it became clear that the robust commercial real estate market we’ve been experiencing Read More
By Scott Spector 9/29 2:38pm
The weather is getting cooler, leaves are starting to change color and September is about to come to a close, all of which adds up to one thing: the start of Archtober (www.archtober.org). If you know what that is, then you’re probably as excited as I am. For those of you not already in the Read More
By Scott Spector 9/22 2:49pm
The test fit process has always been an important guiding factor for architects, engineers, brokers and landlords … and for good reason. A preliminary budget is drawn up and potential layouts are documented during this phase, giving all of the parties involved a clearer picture of whether or not a tenant and space are an Read More
By Scott Spector 9/10 3:51pm
You could say I grew up in an “art family.” My father has been an avid collector for at least 40 years now and I spent many a day walking around galleries as a child. So, it’s probably not surprising that I appreciate art and its place in design, whether residential or commercial.
Many of Read More
By Scott Spector 8/25 3:00pm
“He who rejects change is the architect of decay,” Harold Wilson
Change is a natural part of today’s work world. Expansion, a new location or a shift in the office environment can be a positive experience for a company, provided the management helps its employees understand what’s about to occur.
Most people are hard Read More
By Scott Spector 8/11 11:24am
Warm temperatures and sun shining through the office windows makes it hard for even the most focused worker to stay on track. Sometimes the mere thought of a summer vacation can keep you on task. However, if you’re like me and have returned from a fun-filled trip (see last week’s column on inspiring travel for Read More
By Scott Spector 8/04 2:30pm
As I write this piece, I’m about to leave for a vacation. Yes, everyone needs a break to recharge!
For those of us in the commercial real estate business, a family trip can prove not only restful, but also inspiring. I feel fortunate to have visited a number of architecturally significant cities over the years. Read More
By Scott Spector 7/28 11:44am
We enjoy designing in landmark spaces for many reasons: retention of history, authenticity, commemorating the past and unbeatable aesthetics among them. There’s a sense of texture, craftsmanship and style that historic buildings evoke that you’d be hard-pressed to replicate.
That’s why when it came time to select Spector’s own office space a Read More
By Scott Spector 7/21 10:41am
“Seventy-nine percent of people work on virtual teams. What’s interesting is that in most organizations there is a preponderance of using yesterday’s tools.” — Rick Puskar, senior vice president of customer experience & services for Unify (Forbes.com)
Using yesterday’s tools to work in today’s world is not only ineffective, it also squanders away time and Read More
By Scott Spector 7/14 5:31pm
Approximately a decade ago, the first adjustable-height desks hit the market. These “sit/stand” alternatives to traditional office seating could be manually adjusted or, with the help of an electric motor and push of a button, shifted according to a worker’s needs and preferences. They were intriguing, but costly, as they were considered specialty items.
Over Read More
By Scott Spector 6/30 10:00am
Architects wear many hats (and not necessarily hard hats). However, our roles and responsibilities are among the most misunderstood in the industry. This week I’d like to shed light on five ways an architect can add value during the scope of a project.
Here are some of the key skills any effective architect should have: Read More
By Scott Spector 6/24 10:40am
New York is one of the most competitive and opportunity-laden cities in the world. So, when it comes time to submit a proposal for a new project, what separates one company from the next? Two recent projects we competed for—and ultimately won—provided insight into this question. After presenting, the decision-makers, one of whom had interviewed Read More
By Scott Spector 6/16 11:30am
Architecture should be an extension of a company’s culture, its brand, its aesthetic. So, when a landlord called me last week to discuss creating a state-of-the-art prebuilt environment for future tech, media and avant-garde tenants in a new property he just purchased, I referred him to go see a recent project of ours: offices for Read More
By Scott Spector 6/09 11:30am
I’m often asked what my favorite building to work in is. For me, there’s no one simple answer and no single building that suits the wide variety of tenants our firm designs for. Each has a personality all its own and a list of positives to go right along with it. That being said, here Read More