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Mastering the Business of Architecture: Why Design Firms Fail

Authored by: Jim Kimball, AIA

Seventy-five percent of all design firm startups fail within three years and only thirty percent of all firms are still in business after ten years. The rate of failure is detrimental to the design industry.

There are three reasons that firms fail.

1) The firm does not have a business plan.

Business plans are critical to the success of any business and it’s especially...

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Why Interning Before College Prepared Me For My Interior Design Career

Being an eighteen-year-old intern is uncommon, but being an intern at the age of eighteen with no prior experience is rare.  Many people and companies would not take the risk of taking someone so young and inexperienced under their wing.

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The Importance of Mechanical Drafting for Emerging Architects

One of the biggest obstacles with the architectural profession is the disconnection between academia and reality. I feel as if architectural students are not prepared to reach their full potential early on. One of the key skills that emerging professionals are lacking in this trade is mechanical drafting; not in an artistic view, but more in a practical matter. There are many talented intern...

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The Comprehensive Guide to the Urban Retail Design Process [Infographic]

When designing retail projects in urban markets, whether developing a store in a new building or going into an existing building, having a thorough understanding of the urban design process and how it pertains to your specific project will set you and your design team up for success.

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Mastering the Business of Architecture

Authored by: Jim Kimball, AIA

There are two amazing statistics regarding architectural practice that are remarkable. The first is that only 25% of all architecture startups are still in business after three years. The second statistic is that one third of all firms were started within the last ten years. So what does this mean?

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Chartwells Symposium: How Do We Feed Generation Z?

Authored by: Matt Wittmer, AIA, LEED-AP

I had the pleasure of spending two days last week with the Chartwells team in Charlotte, NC at a focused symposium structured around the question, “How do we feed Generation Z?”   The question was posed by Chartwells, a division of the global food conglomerate The Compass Group, who specializes in food services for colleges...

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3 Questions to Help Define Your Retail Design Experience Strategy

In designing retail spaces, our choices are consistently driven by the same set of factors: location, tenant mix, budget, and schedule.  While these critical elements are always taken into consideration, understanding what the retailers want their customers to experience is an important component that is frequently overlooked in the design for the built environment.

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Yankee Dental Congress 2016: Successful Projects Start with the Design Team

Authored by: Julie Nelligan, NCIDQ

The Yankee Dental Congress is the largest meeting for dental professionals in New England and the fifth largest dental meeting in the country, drawing in nearly 27,000 dental professionals from around the United States.  At the 2016 Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, the conference floor featured over 450 exhibitors demonstrating the...

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