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Six New Year's Resolutions for Architecture Firms to Grow Their Businesses Six New Year's Resolutions for Architecture Firms to Grow Their Businesses

The beginning of the year is an ideal time to reflect on the past and look to the future. For many, that means making some resolutions about how this year will be different from last. Here are some ways to rethink how your architecture firm should function. More

Perkins+Will Hired a Chemist. Should Your Firm?
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Perkins+Will Hired a Chemist. Should Your Firm?

Michael Dedeo, who holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of California,... More

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Second Looks Second Looks

When design-bid-build won't cut it. More

Practice: The Great Exchange
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Practice: The Great Exchange

In the right environment, architects can do better wotk together than by themselves. More

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the sliding scale the sliding scale

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

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teach your clients well teach your clients well

Architect Scott Guyon, AIA, thinks of his clients as heroes. Of the new homes built in central Kentucky last year, only about 10 percent were designed by architects. So, he figures, the relatively few brave souls who request his services are not ordinary people. They have a higher threshold for uncertainty than most, and they've got faith that the reward will be worth the moments of fear and loathing, which are inevitable. Even so, they are utterly human. More

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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 architects, who last year had billings of $4 million, specialize in selective types of multifamily housing. For the past decade, the office roster has held steady at 27 employees. But that's about to change. More

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