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    07, 2024

    Working abroad as an architect
    Working abroad as an architect

    Wednesday, July 10, 2024

    How to work abroad as an Architect?  Working abroad is a great way to grow your architecture career. Experience with design in other countries has many positives. From improving empathy skills and broadening your mind to diversifying your portfolio and expanding your professional network, working abroad can be a bold […]

  • 11

    06, 2024

    Tuesday, June 11, 2024

    Being a recent transplant from the cool and wet climate of Seattle to the hot and dry climate of Las Vegas, the Architizer article by Ema Bakalova caught my attention.  In her article, she writes about the challenges and the solutions for designing in the desert. The Desert Climate: The […]

  • 14

    05, 2024

    Career Growth
    Career Growth

    Tuesday, May 14, 2024

    Career growth in architecture is about skill, experience, and timing. In today’s market, moving your career forward is not as much about paying your dues and showing your loyalty, now you have to demonstrate value to your firm. Here are some tips on how to move your career forward in […]

  • 23

    04, 2024

    Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    Chicago in January.  If we have not experienced it we must all at least understand how bone-chilling cold it must be.  We rush in from the street and a hit with a warm wall of air, it is the most wonderful thing in the world at that moment. But how […]

  • 16

    04, 2024

    Hiring
    Hiring

    Tuesday, April 16, 2024

    Hiring the right people can be challenging during rapid company growth. The firm feels pressured to meet all sorts of other demands during this time. Breaking the hiring habits that have worked for decades can be difficult, but the truth is that hiring processes are doomed to fail when they […]

  • 9

    04, 2024

    Tuesday, April 9, 2024

    I recently read an article published in Architizer called “6 Way Residential Architecture Can Impact Your Health”.  It is a fascinating architect about how architects and designers can create with health and wellness as their north star. But what about the rest of us already nested in our homes of […]

  • 2

    04, 2024

    Tuesday, April 2, 2024

    I read a recent article in Fast Company (Architects Started Caring About What Their Buildings are Made From. That’s a Good Thing) and was excited to hear a voice talking about the importance of the architect’s influence beyond design. The current model* of the general architectural process is design (technical […]

  • 26

    03, 2024

    Tuesday, March 26, 2024

    I have been looking back over some of the content I created during the height of the pandemic.  I have been curious to better understand this time because, one, it feels like and long time ago, and two, I find it hard to have any exact memories of being locked […]

  • 5

    03, 2024

    Tuesday, March 5, 2024

    In an article published in Building Design, 41% of UK architects are using AI.  Most architects surveyed are using AI occasionally, but this RIBA AI report is the first I have seen giving any numbers on how much AI is gaining ground in the Architecture industry. As part of this […]

  • 20

    02, 2024

    Tuesday, February 20, 2024

    Social media can be a powerful tool for architecture firms, yet many firms don’t take advantage of TikTok, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Social media can help you establish your identity, attract talent, gain new clients, and increase firm awareness. The Benefits of Social Media Social media is a fast and cost-effective […]

  • 13

    02, 2024

    Tuesday, February 13, 2024

    New Your City is getting new subway cars.  Why?  Well, according to Bloomberg, MTA needs to replace 3,900 cars over the next 20 years.  In fact, 1,500 of the MTA’s cars are past their FORTY YEAR LIMIT!!!!  If you have been on the MTA, these new cars come as great […]

  • 6

    02, 2024

    Tuesday, February 6, 2024

    As I have been sharing since the first of the year, your firm WILL hire this year.  It is slow now and that makes it the best time for you to get your hiring process tuned up. Today I am sharing the three most comment mistakes I have seen firms […]

  • 30

    01, 2024

    Tuesday, January 30, 2024

    One of the best ways to improve the quality of your architecture or design firm’s talent is to prioritize culture fit during your hiring process. The best candidates are looking for a firm that shares their values and goals, so creating a work culture that reflects what professionals want is […]

  • 23

    01, 2024

    Tuesday, January 23, 2024

    The architecture and design industry, all industries for that matter, are in a new paradigm.   From full-time in the office to hybrid and full work-from-home, unlimited PTO, and hot desks, organizations are rethinking culture from the ground up. Part of the cultural redefinition is how to retain employees.  Firms are […]

  • 16

    01, 2024

    Tuesday, January 16, 2024

    Sharing feedback with a candidate after the interview is critically important. This process does two things.  First, gathering feedback on the candidate from your interview team helps you decide if the candidate is the right fit for the position. Second, it allows the candidate to better understand how their skills […]

  • 9

    01, 2024

    Tuesday, January 9, 2024

    Job Offers that get accepted are easy to create and are not all about base salary!  As we enter 2024 DBI is already seeing new jobs opening and firms of all sizes in need of staff.  Competition is slowly creeping back into hiring for the Architecture and Interior Design industries. […]

  • 2

    01, 2024

    Tuesday, January 2, 2024

    My last Design and Dialogue post from last year, Happy New Year, I Quit (you can also see my video here) I talk about the best practices your firm should lean on when an employee quits. One of the best practices is for a firm to call upon their bush […]

  • 12

    12, 2023

    Tuesday, December 12, 2023

    Happy New Year!  I Quit! I hear this story all the time. It is the first Friday morning of the year and things are going well. The weekend is close, and your project is on track. You have the right budget, the right timeline, and the right team in place. […]

  • 28

    11, 2023

    Tuesday, November 28, 2023

    Leaders, those that stand out, use very specific qualities in each of their interactions. Take Sir Richard Branson for example, the self-proclaimed rule-breaker owns one of the world’s most recognized brands and has authored several books on important leadership principles. Instead of relying on traditional business strategies, he suggests that […]

  • 23

    11, 2023

    architect resume
    architect resume

    Thursday, November 23, 2023

    Are you an architect looking to make a strong impression with your resume? You must effectively showcase your skills and experience in a competitive industry that values innovation. For example, instead of simply listing your skills, highlight your relevant skills, demonstrating your unique design approach. Additionally, don’t just talk about […]