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  • married on the job

    A business partnership is like a marriage. So goes the cliched metaphor. What happens, though, when that's not just a metaphor but a reality?

  • steering them right

    In the 1980s, when architect Leslie Moldow, AIA, was mulling over a job offer from another Boston firm, she knew where to turn for trusted advice—a senior member of the firm where she worked who had taken an interest in her career.

  • flying solo

    what you need to know to start your own firm.

  • the right stuff

    What magic ingredient turns an architect into a success? The answer is talent, certainly, but also the ability to keep up with the ever-evolving world of products and materials, and to use familiar ones inventively.

  • playing the stock-plans market

    The next best thing to cloning yourself is to clone your plans, tweaking the design to make it appealing to a variety of clients and sites.

  • Busting the Builders

    Like most architects in this time of booming home sales, Ann Capron is busy--too busy, she says, to chase builders who are copying her plans without her permission.

  • Going Local

    For big builders, the party is over. The days when they could churn out the same five plans from the home office and sprawl them across the country are on the wane.

  • diplomatic design

    Designing for 120-degree heat, calculating the costs of building in a city without electricity, and making fortresses seem friendly dare all in a day's work for Sorg Associates, of Washington, D.C. There's a lot to investigate when you're designing embassy housing for the U.S. State Department, as...

  • going global

    Doing architecture abroad raises many issues, though, only one of which is the spoken language. Will the architectural terms translate? How about the building technology? Local builders often use a completely different set of materials and construction techniques, and you don't want them learning...

  • smart growth

    The receptionist at a well-known architectural office in Chicago answers the phone with a friendly “Nagle Hartray.” But the proper name—Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects—rolls off the tongue like that of a corporate law firm, offering a clue to its size and ambitions. The...