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  • staying interested

    What do you do to stay interested in your chosen profession? I'm thinking about anyone who's had the same job or type of work for 10 years or more. Even if you love what you're doing, it's almost inevitable that at some point you'll feel a little stale. Those of us in the creative professions are...

     
  • round-trip ticket

    Leaving the profession isn't that unusual, but what makes my case different is the fact that I returned.

     
  • The Big Leagues

    Architects and real estate developers have traditionally formed an uneasy alliance. That's because they exist on opposite ends of the disciplinary spectrum.

     
  • hire yourself

    Architects are highly skilled arbiters of good taste. For the most part, they're much more adept than the lay population at designing things we admire.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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 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...

     
  • a question of value

    I've gathered from our scads of e-mails about architectural fees that this downward pressure on prices is happening to residential architects, too. With so many sources for house design, consumers are understandably driven to find the “value equation” in this extremely expensive purchase. Many...

     
  • 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...

     
 
 
 
 
 
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