Best Practices


Best Practices

  • David Rockwell

    Do Good

    David Rockwell discusses his firm's pro bono bonafides and how firms can best love their neighbors as themselves.

  • Ray Kogan

    Grow Up

    Building up a firm may be the smartest strategy for recovering from the recession—so long as it’s done the right way.

  • Integrating design and construction within a firm can help architects generate expertise, revenue, and credibility. Gregg Pasquarelli, principal at SHoP Architects, says that an in-house construction unit does all these thingsand results in better buildings.

    Do It Yourself

    Bringing design and construction together under one roof.

  • The advice for a graduate looking for a first job is often the same for a professional looking to make a move within the field. Stella Papadopoulos, a practicing designer and assistant professor at Notre Dame, describes the strategies that work best for both.

    Best Practices: Head of the Class

    University of Notre Dame instructor Stella Papadopoulos talks about tips for entering the market.

  • Portrait of Nick Merrick, architectural photographer and principal of Hedrick Blessing Photographers, photographed in his Galisteo, New Mexico studio.

    How Architectural Photographers Work

    Architectural photographer Nick Merrick gives his tips on shooting architectural photography.

  • Commissioning building photography is not a point-and-click decision. Elizabeth Kubany, a publicist for architects and designers, offers advice on how best to select and work with an architectural photographer.

    How To Hire an Architectural Photographer

    PR expert Elizabeth Kubany on how to find the right photographer for your work.

  • Small firms get pigeonholed as small-scale designers. Partner up, says Joel Sanders, founder of Joel Sanders Architect, to get projects that are larger and more diverse in scope.

    Best Practices: Think Big

    Joel Sanders on how his small firm connects with larger partners for big projects.

  • A sour economy may mean ??dwindling opportunities?? for new construction, Griff Davenport, one of DLR Group??s managing principals, says, but some sectors are consistently ripe for capital-improvement work, including healthcare, higher education, and hospitality.

    Rework, Repurpose, Revitalize

    In certain sectors, says DLR Group's Griff Davenport, capital-improvement projects can offer steady work, even in a recession.

  • Before she discovered the joys and benefits of Facebook and Twitter, Clodagh admits, "I was a Luddite, stalled on the information highway."

    The Virtues of Socal Media

    New York designer Clodagh explains why her eponymous firm has ditched traditional marketing methods for Facebook and Twitter.

  • SmithGroup workplace practice leader Angie Lee says that parenthood has been one of the best ways shes learned how to deal with staff conflicts. "You love them all the same way," Lee notes, "but sometimes, you have to play referee."

    Dealing With Workplace Politics

    Egos, generational differences, career goals … there are many reasons team members might not see eye-to-eye.



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