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Is there some number of years before they should stop doing so?
Right up until the remaining partners establish a school named after said principal.
ask Skidmore, Owings and Merrill? SOM
it seems creepy
it would be creepier if they had paintings everywhere of the dead partners?
In fact it is more ethical to use the names of people who have never been involved. Which is why my firm is named "Einstein, Jesus, Wright & Lennon, Architects"
I think Eisenman, Jesus, Wright was the shit until Lennon came on board. Tha Jesus was a detailing pro, walk on water? no problem he had a detail for it.
They (the living) should at least come up with a new name, since the dead person probably did the heavy lifting
It can be mandated by the state that a professional corporation not use the name of deceased partners. YMMV.
HOK. KPF. the trick is to use the initials right? Is Gensler still alive?
But begs the question though, do they become just another corporate firm when the founder's novelty dies off?Case in point: What will become of ZHA when the digital avant-garde is no longer avant-garde?
That doesn't work for Finney, Ungers, Clancy & Kitchell
after ZHA comes the robot overlords
Olaf -- yes, Art Gensler is still alive (and, I hear, he still comes into the office)
YMMV Architects has a nice ring to it.
Neither Lawrence Perkins nor Phillip Will have been alive for quite some time, but Perkins+Will has offices everywhere. My own employer also operates under the name of its long-deceased founder.
I've re-named my firm Greene & Greene- cuz I like the color.
Ren and Stimpy architects.
Anything is better than some of the cutesy names that some architects name their firms. JMHO.
You almost have to if you have built up a reputation where clients come to you.
There's also the DBA workaround: you can be known as Sink & Fawcett Architects (the name we joked about in arch school if I went into practice with one of my classmates) even after both Sink and Fawcett are dead if you are legally registered as SF Architect Corporation, DBA Sink & Fawcett Architects.
^ I think that's how firms like Perkins+Will do it. Donna, you could also form a partnership with these guys and become Kitchen Sink.
(My new favorite firm name: Love Schack. And they actually have some nice-looking projects.)
I have a personal pet peeve with firms that are only known by an alphabet-soup set of initials. Back home in Cincinnati, almost all the major local firms have such names: GBBN, FRCH, MSA, CR, SHP, KZF, the list goes on. And most of their projects are fairly indistinguishable from each other, and they pretty much all share the same local talent pool. I swore that if I ever started a firm in Cincinnati, it would have an actual name and not just a grouping of initials.
Non Sequitur, I would go for Rem and Stimpy architects...
Another tempest in a teapot to keep us arguing among ourselves?