Economics

 

Economics

  • Bargain-Basement Bids: Necessary Evil or Necessary for Survival?

    The second installment of our series on architectural fees finds that increased competition for even the smallest of projects is leading firms to slash rates. But have things gone too far?

     
  • Architectural Fees: What's Your Time Worth?

    In the first article of a three-part series on how much architects should charge for architectural fees, we learn why the fixed-fee model has the most traction—not that it's easy to calculate.

     
  • The Virtues of Being a Midsize Firm

    When it comes to managing firm growth, several practices across the country say that hugging the middle has its benefits, boom or bust.

     
  • Detroit

    Between an engaged younger citizenry and the return of beloved Mayor Dave Bing, there's a renewed sense of purpose all around Detroit.

     
  • New Modesty? Not Really

    If the architecture of the next few years is subdued, it’s not because designers have decreed a new ethic.

     
  • Funds for Lean Times

    A line of credit helps cover your firm’s essential short-term financing needs. (In other words, find another way to pay for that sweet new plotter.)

     
  • Firms Say Federal Stimulus Hasn't Reached Them Yet

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was supposed to help architects climb back from the recession. So far, most firms aren’t seeing any benefits.

     
  • Washington, D.C.

    Although the nation’s capital bought into the “Yes, we can!” mentality, economic pressures have largely stifled private development in Washington, D.C.

     
  • Secrets to One Firm's Success During the Downturn

    For RJC Architects, the past two years have been a time of growth and higher profits. Principal James Robbins credits his firm’s business philosophy.

     
  • What Does 2010 Hold for Architects?

    We ask five experts to predict how their sectors of the AEC industry will fare next year. The upshot: Don't expect a quick turnaround from this recession.

     
 
 
 

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