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Architect Unveiled, Tales of Starting an Architecture Firm: Lee Calisti AIA

In this episode, Lee Calisti, AIA shares what it took for him to leave full-time employment and start his own architecture firm as a sole practitioner in 2003. Lee Calisti is the principal architect and owner of Lee Calisti, Architecture + Design, located 1 hour south-east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Lee is also an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches architecture. In addition to his architectural practice, Lee writes about his life as an architect on his popular blog, ThinkArchitect.Wordpress.com. In this episode, Lee explores the reasons why he left full-time employment to sail the uncharted and often stormy waters of sole proprietorship. And the reason isn't what you may think. He tells us how long it took to replace the salary he left while working for another firm, his most successful marketing channels, and more. Tell us what you think about our conversation in the comments below.

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Show Notes:

  1. To see Lee's work, visit Lee Calisti Architecture + Design.
  2. Read Lee's blog at Think Architect.

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Enoch Sears
 

Enoch Sears AIA is co-founder of the Design Firm Accelerator, a program that helps architects grow their income and impact through smart marketing. He’s famous for helping architects build a business that gives them more freedom and profit. He’s the founder of the Architect Business Institute and co-founder of the Architect Marketing Institute. He also 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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