Practice

  • after hours

    An intern who is halfway through the licensing exams, Dan Nicely, Fargo, N.D., is experienced in the dark side of architecture. He graduated in 1998 and soon found his way to an architecture firm that does primarily retail work.

     
  • the architecture track

    Four years ago, Marc Swackhamer, a 1997 graduate of Rice University's master of architecture program, reached a milestone in his fledgling architecture career: He finished all 700 training units of the Intern Development Program (IDP) and was ready to sit for the exam. But then his road to...

     
  • searching for a safety net

    Throughout the recent economic downturn, residential construction has been a bright spot, a boom that overshot all predictions. As low interest rates fueled the speculative housing market, condominium projects have dominated the construction scene in thriving metropolitan areas.

     
  • on site and in mind

    Construction observation, also known as contract administration, is a phase of architecture that's clearly spelled out in AIA contracts. And yet it's a minefield, fraught with missteps by architects, interference from contractors, and nuances clients often fail to understand.

     
  • peripheral vision

    An increasing number of architects, it seems, are getting paid to design Web sites and product packaging and to invent brand identities.

     
  • r is for architect

    Heidi Machul, an architecture intern who graduated from Ball State University four years ago, has her eye on the prize—a professional license. Most people in her position are still racking up internship hours. But by industry standards she's ahead of schedule, having already taken and passed three...

     
  • gilding the cage

    A 47-year-old architect who owns a six-person firm in the Midwest is worried that her second-in-command is going to leave and start his own business. Her 15-year practice, which she incorporated five years ago, specializes in high-end residential remodeling, so she spends a lot of time training...

     
  • adding value

    The act of design is an intangible concept that eludes most people. They might know good design when they see it, when they get something they can lay their hands on or walk through.

     
  • dotting the i's

    When a partner leaves, the most contentious issue may be the potential loss of clients and employees.

     
  • breaking the circle

    With partner-level turnover increasingly common, smart firms have devised exit agreements that make things easier for everyone.

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
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