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  • j. carson looney, faia

    Memphis, Tenn.-based Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK) is an award-winning 25-year-old firm that had only reduced staff once prior to 2008.

  • the lowdown on the downturn

    Joseph Tanney, AIA, recalls the early 1990s' recession with a hint of nostalgia. "We had just started; we were too dumb to know what was going on," says the co-architect, with partner Robert Luntz, AIA, of the first

  • michael g. imber, faia

    A few years ago, Michael G. Imber, FAIA, was approached about working on a large development. His firm designs primarily high-end custom residential and has since its inception in 1992, so Imber thought carefully before accepting the offer.

  • chuck swartz, aia, leed ap, and beth reader, aia

    Reader & Swartz Architects was founded during a recession. “Beth got laid off and I had the brilliant idea of quitting and starting our own firm,” says Chuck Swartz, AIA, LEED AP.

  • word on the street

    As creeping paralysis makes its way across the U.S. economy, residential architects are beginning to feel parts of their practices go numb.

  • rising star: luis ibarra and teresa rosano, ra, leed ap

    Luis Ibarra just had one of his original music compositions performed by a local high school orchestra.

  • hall of fame: f. cecil baker, aia

    For a young architect in Philadelphia, 1972 was a bad year to be starting a business.

  • el dorado verbatim

    additional thoughts from el dorado's principals.

  • thinking & making

    It's not easy for an outsider to catch the folks at el dorado in an entirely serious moment. The Kansas City, Mo., firm's five partners recently used the 1980s hair band Def Leppard as a reference point in an architectural lecture. The group's offbeat, deadpan sense of humor harmonizes with their...

  • a clear logic

    Eric Cobb's focus is on structure, simplicity, and surprise. His houses respond to the topology of the land while engaging it lightly. They're often thrust over a steep slope or wetland and rotated toward a chosen view—and not always the predictable one. Materials are abstract, durable, readily...