Archinect - News 2016-05-29T11:21:59-04:00 Big Risk for Bigger Reward in Small Architecture Firms Sponsor 2016-04-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-13T12:22:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Are you an architect who always had that special entrepreneurial drive? Were you mentored by another successful architect or by a friend or family member who was successful in their own business endeavor and aspired to be like them? Perhaps you were forced to open your own firm by necessity after getting downsized by a previous employer during the recent recession?</p><p>No matter what your background is, you as an entrepreneur and owner of a small firm comprise a strong portion of the architecture industry. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kermit Baker</a>, chief economist at The American Institute of Architects, 63 percent of all AIA member-owned architecture firms have five or fewer employees.</p><p>Good news, smaller firms have reported a growing share of professional billing. Baker reported that for firms with five or fewer employees, the overall share of professional billing increased from 8 percent in 2005 to 9 percent in 2013. On the other end of the spectrum, firm...</p> Documents Live On in Paperless Architecture Firms Sponsor 2016-03-14T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-03-14T12:45:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Physical paper may have given way to PDFs. Ink pens may have been replaced by stylus pens. What architecture firms don&rsquo;t have to worry about being replaced or disappearing, however, are documents.</p><p>From initial engagement contracts to drawings, specifications, change orders and RFPs when dealing with governmental agencies, architecture firms face a mountain of documents &ndash; and the necessary task of organizing and archiving these documents.</p><p>(Or, at least, a firm should have a policy for organizing and archiving.)</p><p>Here are three reasons why your firm should draft a recordkeeping policy that everyone can get on board with:</p><p><strong>1. Be Prepared to Litigate Lawsuits</strong></p><p>A significant amount of time can pass between the time you accept an engagement, complete the project, and finally receive a letter from a client alleging an impropriety. Because a lawsuit can be filed years after a project has been completed, your firm will want to be prepared to defend its...</p> Turning Down Projects and Tripling Revenue: One Firm’s Story Sponsor 2013-10-01T11:38:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T18:47:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a></em></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" title=""></a></p> <p> <br> How does a firm make the jump from two to twelve employees in just a few years during a recession?</p> <p> How could they possibly triple their revenue between 2005 and 2013? That just doesn&rsquo;t happen. MattParker, Business Manager at Vertical Arts Architecture admits it&rsquo;s unusual and that surviving and thriving during a recession wasn&rsquo;t exactly easy.</p> <p> They started with just 2 employees and a big dream&mdash;to be a premier high-end, multidisciplinary firm, able to provide clients with a full range of services. They wanted to meet and exceed the most discerning clients&rsquo; expectations and have Vertical Arts&rsquo; vision stamped on every aspect of production.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Since Vertical Arts opened its doors in &rsquo;05, they&rsquo;ve been using <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ArchiOffice</a> to handle billing and project management. They had fluctuations like everyone else during the roughest years of the recession, yet they&rsquo;ve more than quadrupled their staff and have plans to expand even more in the coming years...</p>