Archinect - Features 2017-01-20T03:14:34-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/149979720/small-studio-snapshots-peter-zellner-of-zellnerandcompany Small Studio Snapshots: Peter Zellner of ZELLNERandCompany Nicholas Korody 2017-01-16T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T01:12:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rn/rn5579geqgiahe0y.jpg" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chances are, when you first considered pursuing architecture, you imagined forging your own path. But, of course, the realities of practicing architecture in the 21st century make that easier said than done. Starting your own small practice is no small feat. We&rsquo;re interviewing a variety of different, small-scale practices about the difficulties they&rsquo;ve encountered and the rewards they&rsquo;ve reaped. For this installment, we talk with <a href="http://archinect.com/ZNcArchitects_PeterZellner" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/ZELLNERandCompany" target="_blank">ZELLNERandCompany</a>, an award-winning design firm based out of Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149986212/brexit-diaries-chris-williamson-13-january-2017 Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 13 January 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-01-13T03:28:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T01:19:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sn/snphhruiavjepi76.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With 2 months to go before Article 50 is enacted we are no nearer knowing what Brexit means.</p><p>Obviously the Government is not likely to reveal details which might undermine their negotiating position but it would be well advised to outline its objectives and strategy. A statement has been promised but is now well overdue.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149983715/director-of-global-diversity-at-perkins-will-work-life-balance-isn-t-just-a-health-issue-it-s-about-talent-retention Director of Global Diversity at Perkins+Will: Work-Life Balance Isn't Just a Health Issue – It's About Talent Retention Archinect 2016-12-23T12:25:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T09:42:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u9/u9swi9626wksfkma.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Managing a healthful work-life balance for any profession is difficult, but too often, architecture takes pride in an unhealthy one. Long hours and slow professional development can keep practitioners neck-deep in work, with the hopes that it will all pay off in the end, when most likely, it back-fires. Ultimately, it's in an employer's best interest to foster their employees' work-life balance &ndash; such that the employee consistently delivers stellar work, and is more likely to stick around. We asked Gabrielle Bullock,&nbsp;director of global diversity at Perkins+Will, about their outlook on work-life balance, and why it's so vital to talent retention.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149983549/brexit-diaries-keith-brewis-of-grimshaw-22-december-2016 Brexit Diaries: Keith Brewis of Grimshaw, 22 December 2016 Keith Brewis 2016-12-22T05:08:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:34:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ux/ux1a532r91qct8u9.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I don't like the finality of the term, "Brexit", or how it seems to be playing out right now, both socially and politically. Within the basic world of business, connections and relationships sit as the primary foundation, and therefore national borders work in opposition to this platform. I hope that as Britain withdraws from its association with the European Parliament (which is possibly all that the referendum actually proposed), that our connectedness and hospitality transcends other predominantly self-centred responses or craving.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149979052/growing-up-by-scaling-down Growing Up by Scaling Down Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T11:53:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:37:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/76/760lwz6jba9vusn4.jpg" width="650" height="619" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While working in a large, hundred-plus person firm certainly has its benefits, boutique practices offer the partners the chance to create their own designs in their own way.&nbsp;I spoke to two firms: <a href="http://archinect.com/rdstudio" target="_blank">r+d studio</a>, a firm started by a married couple who used to work for Frank Gehry, and <a href="http://archinect.com/studiohillier" target="_blank">Studio Hillier</a>, a practice that was initially started in 1966 by J. Robert Hillier, merged with the enormous U.K.-based firm <a href="http://archinect.com/rmjm" target="_blank">RMJM</a>, and then was purposefully relaunched by the founding partners as a small studio in 2011. I asked each set of partners about the challenges of scaling down after having worked in the big leagues.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149978821/how-to-get-a-job-at-jerde How To Get A Job At: JERDE Archinect 2016-12-12T12:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T21:13:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uw/uwwet4hvfpnlq5f4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical. Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list in their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/802122/how-to-get-a-job-at-______" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149979717/brexit-diaries-chris-williamson-23-november-2016 Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 23 November 2016 Chris Williamson 2016-11-23T04:20:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T19:43:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6p/6p8hung9u1dnvdhn.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When I started to write this monthly update about the impact of the referendum result I thought we would all soon run out of things to say and the 2-3 year process would be tedious. Far from it. This month there have for me been four standout issues.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149973599/does-teaching-architecture-enhance-architectural-practice Does Teaching Architecture Enhance Architectural Practice? Julia Ingalls 2016-10-24T12:08:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T00:31:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iu/ium77cwowt85ll4k.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As if running a practice wasn&rsquo;t challenging enough, numerous <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149958873/deborah-berke-shares-her-vision-as-incoming-dean-at-the-yale-school-of-architecture" target="_blank">architects and designers also engage regularly in teaching</a>, whether it&rsquo;s giving one-off lectures around the world or teaching full studios and courses at universities. So how does teaching influence the practice of architecture, and vice versa?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149973238/working-out-of-the-box-emily-hunt-turner Working Out of The Box: Emily Hunt Turner Archinect 2016-10-14T11:20:00-04:00 >2017-01-17T05:33:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gu/gu53t9mjzdo5yl74.jpg" width="650" height="639" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.emilyhuntturner.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Emily Hunt Turner</strong></a>, a Twin Cities-based architect, turned lawyer, turned restaurateur with an admirable social mission.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149965799/how-to-get-a-job-at-fxfowle How to Get a Job at: FXFOWLE Archinect 2016-09-28T11:58:00-04:00 >2017-01-10T16:34:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rn/rnfipdtqycodn691.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience.&nbsp;When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical.&nbsp;Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/802122/how-to-get-a-job-at-______" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149965798/how-to-get-a-job-at-studio-link-arc How to Get a Job at: Studio Link-Arc Archinect 2016-09-19T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T00:21:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u1/u164vusq4n2tbknn.jpg" width="650" height="609" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Navigating the unpredictable landscape of job hunting is an arduous task that demands unrelenting patience.&nbsp;When you're at your wit's end, it's tempting to throw caution to the wind and send the same exact resume to multiple design firms. But no two firms are identical. Although certain technical skills are required across the industry,&nbsp;there are particular essential qualities &mdash; and red flags &mdash; that aren't always listed on a firm's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" target="_blank">job ad</a>. In Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/802122/how-to-get-a-job-at-______" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149966553/they-offered-you-the-job-now-here-s-how-to-negotiate-for-the-position-you-actually-want They offered you the job! Now here's how to negotiate for the position you actually want Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T11:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T17:38:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hu/hu96h6wnjnx2x5bn.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From salary to benefits to title, what are some specific guidelines to getting the best working conditions you can in the process of being hired? Distilled from Archinect's research, here's a starter-kit to negotiating with employers.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149965755/3d-printing-a-better-skeleton-for-concrete-structures-with-platt-boyd-of-branch-technology 3D-printing a better skeleton for concrete structures, with Platt Boyd of Branch Technology Aaron Willette 2016-08-30T11:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:16:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e5/e5i3iom9l689paro.jpg" width="650" height="649" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Platt Boyd is the Founder and CEO of Branch Technology, a start-up in Chattanooga, Tennessee that is actively pursuing the intersection of technology and construction. Their Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab) system combines industrial robotics and material science to 3D print a large-scale, optimized lattice system for concrete structures.</p><p>In order to source the design for the first full-scale application of their system, Branch recently held the <a href="http://bustler.net/competitions/latest/4282/freeform-home-design-challenge" target="_blank">Freeform Home Design Challenge</a>&mdash;the winning entry by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6776862/watg" target="_blank">WATG Urban Architecture Studio</a> will start production in early 2017.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149957963/brexit-exposed-a-britain-divided-and-architects-must-now-redouble-our-efforts-to-be-at-the-forefront-of-quality-and-innovation-op-ed-by-chris-williamson-of-weston-williamson-partners Brexit exposed a Britain divided, and architects must now "redouble our efforts to be at the forefront of quality and innovation." – op-ed by Chris Williamson of Weston Williamson + Partners Chris Williamson 2016-07-15T01:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-23T00:42:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nf/nf34i263kwu9s4y9.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I was in New York at the time of the Brexit vote. I found out the result at two in the morning and was incredibly disappointed, but not surprised.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149956313/deciding-how-to-bill-clients-is-complicated-what-are-the-basic-fee-structures-behind-residential-projects Deciding how to bill clients is complicated. What are the basic fee structures behind residential projects? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T10:03:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T11:54:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bi/birz7w52h6zle160.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the same way that no two designers have the exact same aesthetic sensibility, architectural billing is tailored to the demands of a specific project. Nonetheless, certain industry-wide guidelines do apply. Here, Archinect breaks down common architectural fee structures in the U.S. as they relate to residential construction projects.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149956426/brexit-a-chance-to-roll-back-the-interventionist-state-and-unleash-entrepreneurial-creativity-op-ed-by-patrik-schumacher Brexit: a chance to roll back the interventionist state and unleash entrepreneurial creativity – op-ed by Patrik Schumacher Patrik Schumacher 2016-07-08T04:02:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T07:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mp/mpjjh1pjzzk9w42w.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I have very little in common with the arguments of the Leave Campaign, and in particular reject the anti-immigration thrust of the Campaign. However, I welcome Brexit as offering an enhanced ability and chance to experiment with new policies that dare more economic freedom.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149940944/the-gimp-room-the-padded-cell-the-medical-office-inside-the-world-of-kink-com The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of Kink.com Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T10:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T15:26:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/ec1au9dt3fv1xfr6.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;If you do your job right then no one will notice,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s been said. There may be no better exemplar of this truism than the work that goes on behind the scenes of a porn film. In the heat of an onanistic moment, the last thing you want to think about is bad design. Yet, an adult film is very much a designed object &ndash; particularly when it comes to the elaborate structural and fantasy elements involved in BDSM and kink.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all The internship test or: why even become an architect at all? Nicholas Korody 2016-04-06T09:11:00-04:00 >2016-06-23T00:40:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2y/2yfo9ubiqoglyutn.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The question of internships frames something of a litmus test in architecture &ndash; although they tend to indicate more about the hiring firm than the hire. Exploited labor or necessary rite-of-passage? It&rsquo;s a debate that&rsquo;s been raging for decades almost exclusively through this binary, even as the context in which it&rsquo;s been waged has transformed considerably. While certain practices have moved to institute fair compensation into their intern programs, life for many architecture interns today remains a struggle.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149936854/glasgow-s-collective-architecture-finds-success-and-freedom-in-employee-ownership Glasgow's Collective Architecture finds success and freedom in employee ownership Robert Urquhart 2016-03-29T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:28:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bx/bxypv11vbuv81csd.jpg" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Glasgow-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/53302/collective-architecture" target="_blank">Collective Architecture</a> was founded in 2007. In what can now be heralded as a great strategic move, former owner Chris Stewart decided to transfer company ownership from himself &ndash; after a successful ten year run as Chris Stewart Architects &ndash; to an employee-owned trust. Now operating with 34 staff, all pulling together, the trust is not just that of finance but of principle and practice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148987999/when-designing-for-money-breaks-the-bank-architecture-mold When designing for money breaks the bank architecture mold Julia Ingalls 2016-03-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-07-16T12:31:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hs/hs6ruluyd15zpoqf.jpg" width="650" height="967" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Think bank architecture and its associated headquarters and you may find yourself stultified by visions of doric columns, artless atriums, and bland corporate highrises. However, these six structures by prominent practitioners are a survey of the unusual and intriguing. Here&rsquo;s what each financial institution says about its social/historical context, as well as the role of money at that time.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149910526/meow-parlour-is-a-modern-hangout-for-nyc-s-adoptable-cats Meow Parlour is a modern hangout for NYC's adoptable cats Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-14T15:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:20:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vw/vwxflmgvxmtypfm6.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking out inquisitively&nbsp;onto a busy New York City avenue, a white and grey cat perches on a counter that is supported by a base that fittingly reads&nbsp;<em>M E O W </em>in bold<em>. </em>She soaks in warm light that beams through a floor-to-ceiling window, while dozens of other felines play and lounge throughout the rest of their 800sf domain. These cats are temporary residents at&nbsp;<em>Meow Parlour</em>, a modest venue that allows adoptable cats and city-goers a chance to interact within a comfortable &ndash; and refreshingly upbeat &ndash; environment.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148822508/between-art-and-design-rethinking-function-with-hand-job-gallery-store Between art and design: rethinking function with Hand Job Gallery Store Nicholas Korody 2016-02-23T17:55:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T01:23:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cj/cjab3kv23li9k0yl.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google &ldquo;art vs design&rdquo; and you&rsquo;ll find a slew of fairly common sense diagrams and articles. &ldquo;Good art is a talent&rdquo;, stipulates one, while &ldquo;good design is a skill&rdquo;. Or, similarly, &ldquo;good art is interpreted&rdquo;, whereas &ldquo;good design is understood&rdquo;. My favorite includes two identical images of a chair. Beneath one reads the caption, &ldquo;a chair: design&rdquo;, while beneath the second, &ldquo;a tree: conceptual art&rdquo;.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/144981919/working-out-of-the-box-scott-paterson-of-ideo Working Out of the Box: Scott Paterson of IDEO Nam Henderson 2016-01-31T11:11:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T18:31:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lj/ljtu4d678dyo21cn.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a> is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with <strong>Scott Paterson</strong>, project lead at IDEO.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect, <a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146286029/this-augmented-reality-helmet-could-revolutionize-the-construction-site This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site Nicholas Korody 2016-01-26T12:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:08:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dh/dh41mhlrv47w6tr5.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Decades of sci-fi movies have made it hard to imagine a future without <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87089321/spacemaker-vr-lets-designers-walk-through-their-own-3d-creations" target="_blank">augmented reality</a>. Yet besides the largely fizzled-out promise of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39236405/google-glasses-adding-a-virtual-layer-to-the-physical-environment" target="_blank">Google Glass</a>, little headway seems to have been made integrating digitally-enhanced vision into everyday life. That might be about to change, at least according to the folks over at Daqri, a Los Angeles-based &ldquo;human-machine interface company.&rdquo; Their recently-announced &ldquo;Smart Helmet&rdquo; is billed as the the &ldquo;biggest makeover&rdquo; the construction helmet has had in its history.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/145288644/new-year-new-you-how-a-few-uk-firms-are-switching-up-their-game New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game Robert Urquhart 2016-01-14T05:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-16T22:40:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dj/dj3vu7qe3x0y8b5v.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's that time again &ndash; the fresh slate of a new year, the bloat of holidays past and the intent to make good on promises to oneself. Evolution through resolution. Before Christmas, I'd attended a talk organised by London&rsquo;s Museum of Architecture&nbsp;entitled &ldquo;Alternative Careers in Architecture,&rdquo; with guest speakers Chris Romer-Lee, director and co-founder of Studio Octopi&nbsp;and Carl Turner of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/83073930/carl-turner-architects" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a>. The event was a perfect opportunity for reflection on career progress, work-life management and future ambitions &ndash; the main points of which are served up here, in three parts.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/144427542/archinect-s-guide-to-presentations-part-i-the-visuals Archinect's Guide to Presentations, Part I: The Visuals Laura Amaya 2015-12-29T14:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T18:31:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0z/0zxyzf9xjd4f132j.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s 4:30 in the morning, and you are just heading to bed after polishing your latest project. The client meeting starts in three hours and you have yet to go home, change, and come back to whip up a quick presentation. What you don&rsquo;t realize in the wee hours of the day is that excellent design will get you nowhere without a compelling presentation. How do we convey our fa&ccedil;ade intention to a client who has never heard of a detailed wall section? How do we convince government officials to allow the development of air rights above a listed building? How do we demonstrate to our future employer that we are the candidate of their dreams?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/142362067/matters-of-scale-mass-an-interview-with-jim-durham-of-quarra-stone Matters of Scale: Mass – an interview with Jim Durham of Quarra Stone Aaron Willette 2015-12-11T20:58:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T13:38:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xx/xxq8d9yqbor7123e.jpg" width="600" height="902" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Quarra Stone is a great example of the type of practices I&rsquo;ll be talking to as part of the <strong>Matters of Scale</strong> series on Archinect. They&rsquo;re specialty fabricators that are recognized experts in their field, employing many of the tools and technologies being discussed in academia to craft large-scale projects for some of the top architectural practices in the world. And when I say large-scale, I mean it &ndash; the projects that they&rsquo;re involved with are massive and require much more than just milling plywood panels with a CNC router. But because they&rsquo;re often thought of as just fabricators they&rsquo;ve remained largely unknown to the larger architectural community.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/136671537/upstarts-christian-lahoude-studio UpStarts: Christian Lahoude Studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-19T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T13:19:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ej/ej567ta6x3vxtq8p.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When just starting out, firms often struggle to find clients, and beef up their portfolio with small projects for friends and family. It can be difficult to establish a client base strong enough to keep the work flowing and the referrals positive, especially if the firm is hoping to specialize in a specific market. With some luck though, and knowing when to harness some momentum, the leap into a strong client base can be made pretty quick out the gate, as <a href="http://christianlahoude.com/" target="_blank">Christian Lahoude Studio</a>&nbsp;managed in 2012.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/135648933/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers-part-ii The Architecture Job Application Hints & Suggestions from Employers: Part II Julia Ingalls 2015-09-04T11:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T23:14:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0m/0mqp70zti5b3ulf8.jpg" width="650" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the best way to apply for an <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" target="_blank">architecture job</a>? We <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/62511/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers" target="_blank">once again</a> asked <a href="http://archinect.com/employers" target="_blank">employers</a> on Archinect to tell us what they look for in <a href="http://archinect.com/talentfinder" target="_blank">job candidates</a>, including portfolio tips, desired software skills, and the best way to impress during an in-person interview.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Here&rsquo;s what&nbsp;we asked employers:</strong></p><ol><li>How important is it for applicants to grasp/articulate the underlying philosophy of the firm in their cover letter/application materials?</li><li>What software skills do you wish applicants to have?</li><li>How much work should an applicant include in their portfolio? Should that work be tailored to the specific types of projects the firm undertakes, or is it important to see a broad range of what the applicant can do?</li><li>How should an applicant prepare for the in-person interview process?</li><li>How important are references?</li><li>How important is your website, and the applicant's knowledge of your website, to the interview process?</li><li>What are the most common mistakes potential employees make on their applications?</li><li>Can you offer any other ...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/features/article/135268204/greening-piano-s-roof-a-conversation-with-ecologist-paul-kephart Greening Piano’s roof: a conversation with ecologist Paul Kephart Julia Ingalls 2015-08-31T09:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T02:16:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9i/9i7hinjsp3id8mmo.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A masterful work of architecture, like a great symphony, relies not just on the vision of the conductor, but on the imagination of its individual players. Many highly-regarded buildings are the result of collaborations between architects and professionals from other disciplines who, on first glance, would have no business in an architectural studio. Yet it is often the interplay between these professionals' expertise and an architect's sensibility that creates noteworthy work.</p>