Episode 028

How Does an Architect Design And Build with David Doucette

Enoch SearsOct 10, 2013

How Does an Architect Design and BuildHow does an architect design and build? In this episode, California architect David Doucette talks about the challenges of running a design build firm. If you've ever had the thought that contractors make all the money, you'll want to listen in to this episode as David discusses the costs and risks that come with being a design build firm. David says you might want to think twice if you are planning on wearing both the architect and contractors hats. But if you are determined, he also gives a couple of key ingredients for success.

Some topics we discuss:

  • Competing with contractors who cut bids very low
  • The one key ingredient for running a successful project
  • How hiring the wrong people caused David a lot of pain, and a lot of money

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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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