Category: Business of Design

Designing in the Public Realm

Providing architecture, engineering, and interior design services for governmental projects requires a high level of coordination between competing program requirements.  Providing design solutions for public sector projects is a delicate balance of not only satisfying the programmatic or missional requirements of the project, but also a wide range of other tangible and intangible factors which […]

Written by on March 15, 2021

The Time Between Times

We are in the middle of the ‘time between times’.  This is not ‘throw away time’.  Every time, including the ‘time between times’ is important.  The question that has probably come to most of our minds is, “when can we get back to normal?” or “are we there yet?”.  I am not sure there really […]

Written by on October 28, 2020

Building Condition Surveys Post-Pandemic and What They Mean for Our Schools’ Future

Leveraging Building Condition Surveys to Address the “New Normal” in Our Schools We all understand the importance of regular, comprehensive assessments of your existing facilities, but now more than ever, an understanding of how your current assets may be affected in the “new age of pandemics” is vital for the safe and reliable operations of […]

Written by on May 21, 2020

Designing at the Speed of Light

At the beginning of my career, more than 37 years ago, when fax machines were just introduced to the business world, my first employer in the design profession mentioned to me that the facsimile machine would be the downfall of architecture and engineering if we were not careful.  In my inexperienced way, I questioned how […]

Written by on April 20, 2020

Professionalism: Thorough, Accountable & Reliable – Part 2

Being accountable means being able to answer for your actions, but not necessarily being responsible for them. Similarly, accountability is something you hold a person to only AFTER a task is or isn’t done. Responsibility occurs before and/or after a task, and is ongoing. Responsibility can also be shared while accountability cannot. The many experiences throughout […]

Written by on August 16, 2016

There’s No Such Thing as Business Ethics

One of the current buzz words in the business world is “business ethics” or “corporate ethics”.  My assertion is that there is no such thing as business ethics or corporate ethics.  The term business ethics implies that there are ethics in the business world and ethics outside the business world, assuming that people act one way […]

Written by on March 8, 2016

Professionalism: Thorough, Accountable & Reliable – Part 1

When in need of a licensed professional, you seek out those on whom you can implicitly rely, that have the requisite experience and expertise, as well as references, to help you resolve your current challenge. Looking for a “subject matter” expert means searching for someone who is at the top of their game. Through a […]

Written by on November 15, 2015

What is Quality Anyway?

I am an architect. I have risen through the ranks, worked for various firms, own my firm and through my career have developed my own parameter for quality in the field of architecture and that is: Quality is defined by the client not self-proclaimed by the design professional. When most people consider Quality, they think of a […]

Written by on October 15, 2015