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Architect Mark R. LePage explores the business of architecture, firm leadership and the everyday life of an architect. From Gābl Media, EntreArchitect Podcast features weekly interviews with inspiring, passionate people who share their knowledge and expertise… all to help you build a better business as a small firm entrepreneur architect. Proven business strategies for architects, including financial management, profit, marketing, sales, productivity, and planning.
 
Build Your Brand is a story-based podcast focused on branding, culture, and storytelling for small firm architects and creative professionals. The host, architectural professional and marketing specialist, Jeff Echols, will tell the fascinating stories behind the best brands in the world, analyzing their journey to the top and repackaging lessons learned as effective strategies for small firm architects and creative professionals on their way to becoming the best!
 
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Kyrah Williams and America’s Hidden Gem As design professionals, it’s important to create space for the experiences of black architects and designers. How can we engage black architects to elevate and uncover their stories and works? This week on EntreArchitect Podcast, Kyrah Williams and America’s Hidden Gem. Connect with Kyrah online at the Ameri…
 
Expectations are a two-way street. Your client expect you to meet a certain schedule and you probably have to manage the workload to meet their schedule plus the schedules of your other clients as well. How are you going to meet their schedule and manage the work load? Maybe a better question is, are you actively working to set their schedule and m…
 
Architecture is not a perfect profession. There's plenty to love, but from starchitects, to McMansions, to developers, to the HGTV effect, there are plenty of complaints being voiced as well. Do you remember how we got here? More importantly, do you know how we can change the course of the future of the profession?…
 
Is Twitter a useful tool for architects? Are you on Twitter? If you're there are you actually tweeting anything out? Is posting there even the best use of the platform? Here are two things you can do on Twitter that may be even more useful for architects than posting a link to your latest project or article.…
 
We all need to have boundaries, if for no other reason than to protect your relationship with your client. Are your clients calling, or emailing, or even texting all hours of the day and night? Do they expect you to pick up or provide an immediate response? How do you handle a client that gets upset if you aren't available 24/7? When do you set you…
 
Context & Clarity LIVE - Change your business, feat. Mike Michalowicz What's the most important change you need to make right now? That's the question we'll start with today on Context & Clarity LIVE. Today, Katharine White MacPhail and I will welcome Mike Michalowicz, author of "Profit First," "Fix This Next," and a number of other business books …
 
Have you ever ended up in a bind because you didn't get explicit approval from your client to move forward to the next phase of work? On one hand, that idea sounds odd because you're the professional and you should be directing the work, but how are you tying your invoicing, maybe even additional services to your phases of design services? Do you h…
 
Charles Duff and Cities of Friendship and Love What can we learn from the North Atlantic cities? Modern townhouse design allows the right balance of density to live a good life without a car, be able to have enough space for your family, and to have some neighbors but not too many. How can you, as a small firm architect, take an active role in the …
 
Have you ever said, “My clients aren’t on LinkedIn”? Is that really true? Are they really not on LinkedIn or do you just think they’re not on LinkedIn? Are you actually trying to reach clients or are you trying to connect with consultants, or maybe even people that influence your clients? Whatever your goal, if there's someone on LinkedIn that woul…
 
Lack of repeatable systems is a real threat to any architecture firm, but if you don’t know you have a problem, or what the problem is, you can’t have a system to solve it. I don’t care if you don’t have a certain system in place today. What I care about is that when you realize you have a problem, when you realize that you need a system, that’s wh…
 
I believe that you’ll be most successful if you develop a niche and keep digging deeper. I realize that there are times, like the time that we’re in right now, that you can get burned. If your niche is hospitality or entertainment industry projects, the last 11 months have probably been very hard for you and the next few years may be too. You may f…
 
I’ve run across a number of projects over the years that I didn’t want to take for one reason or another. Maybe they were too small or outside of my comfort zone. There have been some where something didn’t feel right, maybe the client didn’t feel like the right fit. Some of those, despite everything in front of me I took anyway, usually because I …
 
Context & Clarity LIVE - Your first year owning your own firm What are the things you need to know in your first year of business on your own? That's the question we'll start with today on Context & Clarity LIVE. My Co-host, Katharine White MacPhail, and I welcome Rion Willard, Host of the Business of Architecture UK podcast, to talk about his expe…
 
How do you know what kind of architect you want to be? It’s an interesting question. From my own experience I know that despite what we hope or dream, many architects start with a job in a firm that may not relate to what we really want to do, what we really want to work on, the kind of architect we want to be. Have you had a singular, unwavering f…
 
Position Yourself as a Trusted Advisor for More Sales As small firm architects, often sales is one of our greatest weaknesses. We can resist installing a sales process, sometimes we’re afraid of asking for the sale, and we may not even know we’re missing the sales piece! How can you build your sales acumen to win new work and grow your practice? Th…
 
Have you set up your business page? Whether you have or not, there’s most likely an entry on Google for your business. Fleshing out your business profile is one of the easiest, cheapest, it’s free by the way, quickest ways for your business to show up in search results and I think it’s one of the most over-looked must-do’s on the list. Do you have …
 
Your first year in business may be your most critical year? It's a time when the old adage that the entrepreneur wears 17 hats was never more true. How do you balance all of those hats? How do you develop the systems and processes necessary to set out on the right foot and set you and your firm up for success? Even if you don't want to own your own…
 
What are your best tips for passing the ARE? The architect’s registration exam. Depending on which of the ever-evolving versions you take, there’s section upon section to pass. You’ll probably schedule your test taking efforts out over a number of months. Of course COVID-19 may have thrown a wrench into your schedule… will the test-taking sites be …
 
Should you get licensed? Do you need to be licensed? That can be a contentious topic, but what are the pros and cons to licensure? There are roles you can play and project types that you can work on that don't require a license and there are plenty of things outside of the realm of traditional architecture practice that your skills, and experience,…
 
Today, we welcome Evan Troxel, Host of the TRXL podcast, and Co-Host of Archispeak podcast, to talk about how technology is changing the profession and ask, who's driving the change. Technology is evolving at an ever-increasing pace and it's changing the way architects practice architecture. • How much of that is technology evolving in our offices …
 
If now is the time for you to start your own firm, what are the first steps that you need to take in order to set yourself and your firm up for success? Getting started is the hardest part, so you can take the 'just start' advice to heart, but how do you know that you're doing it right? How do you set up your legal entity? What type of insurance do…
 
Serve Your Builder for a Better Project As small firm architects, we work with builders on a day-to-day basis. How can you engage with builders in different ways to make your projects even more successful? This week on EntreArchitect Podcast, Serve Your Builder for a Better Project with Adam Steiner. Connect with Adam online at Birnam Design Co., c…
 
A few years ago, studies started to spring up warning that lack of available talent was the biggest, most immediate threat to the A/E/C industry. As wild and crazy as the past 10 or 11 months have been with a roller coaster economy, massive layoffs and unemployment numbers, and yet somehow, many firms continuing to be very busy, recruiting new tale…
 
Technology is evolving at an ever-increasing pace and it's changing the way architects practice architecture, but how much of that is technology evolving in our offices and how much is technology evolving our offices? How has technology changed how you practice? And, who's actually driving that change?…
 
Do you have a YouTube channel? It's important to understand that YouTube is the second largest search engine on the internet and it's owned by Google. When it comes to visibility, search, and building a brand, YouTube can be a great place to invest time and resources, but what are the best ways for architects to use YouTube?…
 
You shouldn't do any work for your clients without an agreement in place, but how do you make sure your contracts cover all your liability and risk, have you compensated fairly, and simply keep you out of trouble? Do you have your attorney review your contracts? How much will that cost? Do you have your insurance carrier review them? Is that enough…
 
EntreArchitect s Context & Clarity is a daily podcast co-hosted with Jeff Echols and Katharine MacPhail. It’s designed to help you find clarity around the things that matter most to you as a practicing architect. Listen and subscribe to the podcast at Gābl Media. Join in at the Context & Clarity Conversation live on Facebook every weekday at 4:00 P…
 
What do you do when you’re the employee of a firm and you go to meet with someone, let’s say a client or a contractor, and that person tells you that they want to hire you, not your firm. They want to you, specifically, to work on their project, on your own. A question of ethics can be the hardest to answer, but they're the foundation of profession…
 
Redesigning Home Ownership As small firm architects, it’s important to create a client experience that’s simple and straightforward without intimidation. How can we creatively restructure the design process to make it more attractive for home owners? This week on EntreArchitect Podcast, Redesigning Home Ownership with Brian Gaudio of Module. Connec…
 
Unearthing a New Aesthetic for Black Architecture The people who live around the built environment affect the built environment, and, likewise, the built environment effects the people who live around it. How can we as small firm architects design for dignity in every community? This week on EntreArchitect Podcast, Unearthing a New Aesthetic for Bl…
 
Practice Disrupted Podcast, Season 2 starts on January 21, 2021. Listen and subscribe at gablmedia.com The post Practice Disrupted Podcast with Evelyn Lee and Je’Nen Chastain, Season 2 appeared first on EntreArchitect // Entrepreneurship, Leadership and the Business of Architecture.By Mark R. LePage
 
How Smart Architects Leverage Innovation to Launch New Firms Innovative ideas can easily be pursued by others who aren’t architects. If we don’t adapt, become more innovative, and expand the definition of what architects do, we could become obsolete. How can we talk about new ways of practicing as architects? This week on EntreArchitect Podcast, Ho…
 
Recycling Shipping Containers for Homes and Schools There are endless possibilities when using recycled shipping containers for design and construction. How do you take a shipping container and turn it into a multifamily, affordable housing unit? This week on EntreArchitect Podcast, Recycling Shipping Containers for Homes and Schools with Amanda Ga…
 
Simplifying Sustainable Buildings with Dominique Davison, Managing Principal of DRAW and Founder of PlanIT Impact We all know that time and cost are common barriers to designing sustainably. How can you make it easier to design for sustainability on every project your small architecture firm takes on? This week on EntreArchitect Podcast, Simplifyin…
 
Disrupting Education and the Construction Industry Success is the intersection of what you’re good at, what you love, and what the market needs. What does it look like use that success to disrupt two incredibly broken industries: the education industry and the construction industry? This week on EntreArchitect Podcast, Disrupting Education and the …
 
Modular Homes with Developer Design/Build Architect Chris Krager Many small firm architects dream of starting from scratch as an architect design builder, but very few of us take the steps to do it. What’s the first step to start designing and building affordable, sustainable developments on your own? How do you know if you’re cut out for this kind…
 
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