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  • splitting hairs

    If architects get 25 percent of the work they go after, that's a good percentage, but that also means that for 75 percent of the work, someone is calling to say they didn't get it,” says David Hollenberg, AIA. Since June 2006, when he became university ar

     
  • report from the front

    Susan Maxman, FAIA, started her architectural practice in 1980—an era she calls the Dark Ages for women. On one project for a Dayton, Ohio, couple, the husband refused to believe she was an architect until he saw the registration credentials in her office.

     
  • reinvention recalled

    At ra's winter Reinvention Symposium, held in San Diego, we dipped into some of the entrepreneurial endeavors architects are plumbing: design/build, development, landscape design, product design, and more.

     
  • beyond quotas

    Shalom Baranes, FAIA, first crossed paths with Shaun Benson-Frazier on an American Red Cross project about four years ago. Benson-Frazier, an architecture-trained black woman, was managing the design and construction of the organization's new headquarters

     
  • 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.

     
  • the pitfalls of selling process, continued

    Are you best friends with the people you work with? It can happen, and it can be just great.

     
  • for senior staff only

    Employee retreats can serve all kinds of purposes, but when a firm's guiding lights get together each year, their tasks are fairly clear-cut.

     
  • the decade ahead

    A 10-year anniversary is a good time not only to look back and appreciate the progress you've made but also to do a reality check on where you're headed and then make the necessary course corrections.

     
  • 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

     
  • at the bargaining tab

     
 
 
 
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