Business of Architecture Podcast

Business of Architecture Podcast

Discover strategies, tips and secrets for running a fun, flexible and profitable architecture practice. The focus here is simple: discussion of ways for architects to create a dream architecture practice: design what you want, when you want, and get paid well for it.... Show More

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August 10, 2020

Today, I speak with Jerónimo van Schendel. Jerónimo van Schendel is a Harvard-trained architect who is currently the Director of the Master's degree program in Business For Architecture and Design at the IE University in Spain.

In today's episode, Jerónimo shares the three qualities he feels are most important in the intersection of architecture and business, and he also shares about this new program that IE University has ...

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Today is the second half of my interview with former HOK CEO Patrick MacLeamy.

In this episode of the Business of Architecture podcast, you'll discover how to lead through crises and challenges, as well as the essential building blocks for a long-lived company culture.

MacLeamy spent 50 years at HOK, which grew into one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the world during his time there.

MacLeamy rose from Juni...

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Today's guest should need no introduction, but you may not have heard of him because the firm he led as CEO from 2003 to 2017, one of the largest and most successful architecture firms in the world, doesn't revolve around the fame of one individual.

Our guest is Patrick MacLeamy, former CEO of the firm HOK. MacLeamy just released a book on his experience in leadership and business through his time at HOK titled: Designin...

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Today we have the privilege of hearing from one of the icons of architecture - the man who co-founded one of the largest architecture firms in the world, Kohn Pedersen Fox or KPF.

Now In its 46th year, KPF spans the world with offices in 8 countries and with projects in more than 40. KPF founder Gene Kohn has, with his two partners, built an architecture business that flourishes because when it comes to good business he practice...

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Today, we speak with the co-founder of the architecture firm Wingate Hughes, based out of Washington DC. The firm Wingate Hughes has made a big splash since they came on the scene and were founded over a decade ago in the year 2010.

In this episode, co-founder Gavin Daniels shares how he and his partner have been able to win work from more established firms, how they’ve grown their firm to a team of over 20 employees, and how they’...

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Today we speak with Darguin Fortuna, a young architect and co-founder of Flow Design Studio based out of Salem, MA.

Darguin has been a long-time listener of the podcast, and said that this show helped him make the jump into entrepreneurship as a firm owner.

Listen in as Darguin Fortuna shares the story of how he started his firm, and grew it to a team of seven in just a few years.

 

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Today is the second half of my interview with interior designer Michelle Lynne of ML Interiors Group.

Tony Robbins is famous for saying that success is 20% mechanics and 80% psychology. When I first heard that, I wondered, what is he talking about?

I understand the mechanics of business, but what does he mean by psychology?

Well, that's what you'll discover today - how your psychology influences your results - whether you a...

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Today you'll hear from accomplished Interior Designer Michelle Lynne. I enjoyed this conversation because Michelle isn't just a designer, she's built the business so it suits her life.

She also runs an online course teaching other interior designers how to structure their firm for maximum freedom and profit.

In this interview you'll discover how to use processes in your business to free you up.

To know more about Mi...

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If you listened to episode 201 that I did back in 2018, you'll remember I spoke with Alex Gore and Lance Cayko, founders of the architecture firm F9 Productions, about a multi-unit, mixed use project they were planning on developing.

Well, they recently sold the last unit on that project and they reached out to me so they could share the update on how the project turned out.

In today's episode, I include the original audio ...

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Have you ever been frustrated that you saw potential in a project but were constrained by your client? What if you could fire the client and be your own client?

Today's guest has done just that.

Joining us is architect Cady Chintis, co-founder of WC Studio based out of Tacoma, Washington.

Just out of school Cady and her partner John Wolters bought a building in Chicago that they rehabbed and sold at a profit. They used the proc...

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Today's guest has a remarkable story. He grew up with a father who ran a successful and well-known architecture firm in St. Louis Missouri.

Following in his father's footsteps, he went to Cornell University to study architecture. That's where we actually met, back in our college days.

Today's guest is Thomas Wall, an owner of Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design based in St. Louis, Mo.

The firm's work has been ...

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Let's face it - right now we're facing some unprecedented circumstances.

Schools are shutting down, gatherings are cancelled - there's no question that this will have a real economic impact for many of us.

So what should we do? How will this impact architects and the architecture industry?

With all that's going on, it's far too easy to slip into worry, anxiety and fear. I'm struggling with this myself.

We mo...

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Today’s guest is a U.K.-based award-winning architect, educator, and television personality.

A true innovator and inspiration, his work has been published extensively and is known for his resourcefulness in pushing the boundaries of architecture in terms of materials, cost and technology.

Listen in as Business of Architecture UK’s Rion Willard speaks with the renowned Piers Taylor, founder of Mitchell Taylor Workshop and Invisible ...

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Today's guest has won some of architecture's highest honors, including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture in 2008; the Academy Award in Architecture from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007; and many others.

He has also received eleven National American Institute of Architects awards.

In 2011, he was included in The Wallpaper* 150, Wallpaper (magazine)’s list of the 150 people w...

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This week you'll hear as Rion Willard, director of our London-based office, responds to a recent micro poll, which he conducted on social media that asked architects what they thought the biggest challenge facing the industry is. The results came in showing that the ‘Low fees’ were considered the biggest challenge followed by climate change, with many commenting that our ability to influence climate change is related to our abi...

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Today you'll hear the story of how a small, London-based architectural practice won a game-changing commission for their practice and how they've continued to win landmark commissions building on that early success.

Listen in as Rion Willard speaks with Tarek Merlin. Rion is director of the UK office of the Architect Business Institute, the company that produces the Business of Architecture podcast. Architects Tarek Merlin ...

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Today you'll hear the remarkable story of a relatively new firm that has exploded from 2 people to over 20 people in short order.

Right off the bat, they started with a $500M 800 room hotel and convention center in Ft. Lauderdale, with no staff. They had to grow quickly, but they had to do it the RIGHT way.

Nunzio Marc Desantis Architects is a firm that focuses exclusively on hotel and resort design. When I say design, I mean d...

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Today, we meet entrepreneur and commercial real estate developer, Tanya Ragan, President of Wildcat Management.

In today’s episode, Tanya shares with us her experience in real estate development, the synergy between community history and urban development, and her quest to rebuild, restore and revitalize Downtown Dallas.

For more news on her projects, follow Tanya Ragan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyaaragan

 

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With so may architecture firms in the market, how do you stand out from the crowd? Mastering this skill is key to winning the right projects you want.

On this episode we discuss how to communicate your firm's unique difference with communications expert Iva Kravitz.

 

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Developing new business is an essential part of a successful architecture firm. In fact, it could be said that the caliber of projects you win is directly applicable to your ability to develop new business.

On today's episode, we're joined by Amy Franko, a professional business development trainer.

On this podcast, Amy outlines a four-step process for successful business development.

 

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