Dan Maginn

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Handling a Breakup With Your Business Partner

Architects, business consultants, and attorneys provide tips for firm leaders who... More

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How to Structure Your Firm

The keys to writing an effective position statement and figuring out what kind of firm you want to be. More

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ra50: el dorado

el dorado has built a following in Kansas City., Mo., and beyond. More

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Risk vs. Reward

To get new business, firms are devoting more resources to upfront design work. It's a calculated gamble that doesn't always pay off. More

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Architects Need to Learn to Work With Clients' More Stringent Budgets

In recessionary times, architects have to exercise their creativity and do more with less. More

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Oak Street Garage Signage

A new wayfinding and signage system cools heads at a city government parking garage. More

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National Center for Drug Free Sport

El Dorado injects a sense of whimsy into a sober program: a drug-testing center for athletes. More

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El Dorado Architects

We travel to Kansas City to profile the funny, smart, and practical architecture firm El Dorado Architects. More

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el dorado verbatim

additional thoughts from el dorado's principals. More

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thinking & making

It's not easy for an outsider to catch the folks at el dorado in an entirely serious moment. The Kansas City, Mo., firm's five partners recently used the 1980s hair band Def Leppard as a reference point in an architectural lecture. The group's offbeat, deadpan sense of humor harmonizes with their pronounced aversion to the idea of the heroic, Howard Roark-style architect. More

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