More stories about PRACTICE

  • Employee Benefits Often Are in Danger When Firm Revenues Erode

    Some firms are struggling to keep offering perks to employees in the down economy.

  • How architects are tweaking fee structures in a touch-and-go economy

    To sustain their businesses during the economic recovery, some firms are getting creative with their pricing.

  • Architects Need to Learn to Work With Clients' More Stringent Budgets

    In recessionary times, architects have to exercise their creativity and do more with less.

  • How Architects and Their Clients Deal with Obstructionist Neighbors

    While not everyone shares the same aesthetic, there are strategic, peaceful ways to handle design differences among neighbors.

  • More Architects Are Working From Home to Save Money

    If you've considered abandoning your commercial digs for the comfort and low overhead of home, you're not alone. The number of home-based entrepreneurs is likely to boom over the next few years.

  • off the beaten path

    Think of architectural hot spots, and you think of big cities: Boston, Chicago, New York. Major metropolitan areas thrive on diversity and innovation, but they're also known for pollution, traffic, and expensive real estate, and not every architect wants to live in one. Small towns have trade-offs...

  • reaching out

    Good professional advice is often elusive. It might come from a trusted mentor, a members-only round table, or an informal group of savvy peers, but you have to make the effort to go out and find it.

  • paid in full

    Midway through year two of the grimmest recession in decades, many architects are wondering where their next projects are coming from.

  • the new networking

    There's a lot of hype around online schmoozing, to be sure, and some see it as a trendy Internet time drain. But there's evidence that it can be a powerful professional ally—especially for small firms and independent practitioners.

  • an unsentimental education

    As an undergraduate at Auburn University in 1994, Jonathan Tate, a white suburban kid from Huntsville, Ala., signed up for Rural Studio, where he helped to design one-of-a-kind “charity houses” on a shoestring budget.