Episode 494

Architect as Developer

Jackie SageDec 12, 2023

In this intriguing episode, host Rion Willard takes us to Manhattan for a live round table event. The discussion revolves around a highly sought-after role in the architectural world: becoming an architect developer. This concept is alluring, promising freedom, creativity, and ongoing financial benefits from self-initiated projects. The episode features a diverse group of speakers, each bringing their unique experiences and insights into architect development.

The conversation delves into various facets of this role, including the challenges and rewards, and how it allows architects to express their ideologies while contributing to society. The speakers, a mix of seasoned professionals and innovative thinkers, share their journeys, revealing the complexities and triumphs of architect developers. They discuss their projects, strategies, and the impact of their work on communities and the architectural landscape.

  • Discover how a Philadelphia architect transitioned from traditional projects to a groundbreaking self-initiated development.
  • Learn about a trailblazing architect's journey, including challenging zoning laws and creating award-winning modular homes.
  • Hear from an architect who expertly navigated the COVID-19 pandemic to support local businesses, marking a significant impact on the architectural community.
  • Uncover the story of an architect who combines real estate development with design, shaping the New York City skyline.

This episode is not just a discussion; it's a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration for anyone interested in the intersection of architecture and development.

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Enoch Bartlett Sears is the founder of the Architect Business Institute, Business of Architecture and co-founder of the Architect Marketing Institute. He helps architects become category leaders in their market. Enoch hosts the #1 rated interview podcast for architects, the Business of Architecture Show where prominent guests like M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. and Thom Mayne share tips and strategies for success in architecture.


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