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Five Paths to Savings and Success

Savings and success: these are the top two objectives of every client we work with. After all, who wouldn’t like more of either one…or both for that matter? Below are five of the best ways to enhance a design so that it looks its very best, while keeping the budget at bay:

1. Get real: Read More

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Listen Up!

Someone recently asked me what skill every architect should have today and when I gave them my answer, they were a bit surprised by its simplicity. “They need to know how to listen,” I said, with a brief pause before adding the next two words. “Really listen.”

In a market flooded with creative, talented professionals, Read More

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Get Back to Business!

The age-old debate over how much time to spend working in your business (i.e. servicing clients and performing the work you get paid to do), versus working on your business (i.e. building it to the next level and innovating), is a topic that is often discussed in business media. However, for an owner or principal Read More

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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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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