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    A Shrunken Economy Leaves Architects Struggling to Juggle More Small Jobs

    Smaller projects mean more client interviews, thinner profit margins, and more jobs starting and stopping.

     
  • 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...

     
  • partnering with allied professions to bring new ideas to market

    This panel discussion, "Partnering With Allied Professions to Bring New Ideas to Market," brought together three building industry professionals who have accomplished significant things by combining the forces of diverse fields.

     
  • 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.

     
  • field maneuvers

    When Richard Williams, AIA, designed his own house five years ago, he decided to forgo a general contractor and manage the fieldwork himself. He spent nights and early mornings coordinating the various trades before heading to his Washington, D.C., office.

     
  • on thin ice?

    It's been a little over a year since the housing market hit the skids. The U.S. Census Bureau marked November 2005 as the beginning of the slide, and throughout 2006 new-home sales steadily lost ground, dropping about 20 percent nationwide.

     
  • diversity how?

    Donald King, FAIA, a black architect in Seattle, founded his firm in 1989, but he never wanted it to carry the “minority-owned business” banner. Like everyone else, he wanted his work to speak for itself.

     
  • breaking away

    Many architecture firms find subtle, creative ways to inject energy into their off-site meetings.

     
  • the 10-year itch

    For most architectural firms, it seems that 10-year anniversaries come and go without much ado. If the date's significance registers at all, it's treated as just another day in the routine. And yet, if you look back, there are plenty of reasons for self-c

     
 
 
 
 
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