Architects as Developers Series

Growth Media is showcasing 12 Architects that have taken the leap to stop building for others and start developing for themselves in a series of articles called, “Architects As Developers.” Real estate is an integral piece of everyone’s life. From the homes we go to every night to the shops we visit...

If You Want Something Done Right…

If You Want Something Done Right. Introducing the new breed of architect-developer. by David Sokol. Originally published in Departures, Fall 2017. Download the article here.

Interview: Jonathan Tate of OJT

In December 2017, I sat down with Architect & Developer Jonathan Tate of OJT in New Orleans, LA. See more information about OJT at their website. Also, listen to Jonathan’s recent interview on the National Real Estate Forum podcast here. Jonathan Tate: Why we ended up doing development work had nothing...

Podcast Interview with Jonathan Tate of OJT

The National Real Estate Forum recently interviewed Architect & Developer Jonathan Tate about his latest project utilizing crowdfunding. See the article on the NREF website and the project information on Small Change. Listen to the interview below.    Jonathan Tate runs a small architectural practice in New Orleans, Louisiana...

Interview: Peter Guthrie of DDG

In October 2017, I sat down with Architect & Developer Peter Guthrie of DDG in New York, New York. See more information about DDG at their website.  Peter Guthrie: So I was in Brooklyn. I knew I couldn’t find the perfect client. They weren’t just popping up. How do you...

Interview: Jared Della Valle of Alloy

In September 2017, I sat down with Architect & Developer Jared Della Valle of Alloy in Brooklyn, New York. See more information about Alloy at their website. Watch Jared lecture in a panel on Architect as Developer at Harvard here. Jared Della Valle: It was my thesis in graduate school,...

Interview: Alex Barrett of Barrett Design

In September 2017, I sat down with Architect & Developer Alex Barrett of Barrett Design in Brooklyn, New York. See more information about Barrett Design at their website. Watch Alex lecture in a panel on Architect as Developer at Harvard here.   Alex Barrett: I realized that there was something...

Interview: The UP Studio

  In August 2017, I sat down with John Patrick Winberry, Adam J. Wanaselja, and Jeffrey Ramierez of the Architect & Developer firm, The Up Studio in Queens, New York. See more information about The UP Studio at their website. Also checkout the website for their first development, West Beech, here....

Interview: WC Studio

In July 2017, I spoke with John Wolters and Cady Chintis of Architect & Developer WC Studio in Tacoma, WA. See more information about DDG at their website.  John Wolters: What we look for are the properties that typical developers and builders are bypassing. We look for properties that prove...

Interview: Kevin Cavenaugh of Guerrilla Development

In July 2017, I spoke with Architect & Developer Kevin Cavenaugh of Guerrilla Development in Portland, OR. See more information about Guerrilla Development at their website.    Kevin Cavenaugh: I knew that architects would toil for years making super low money. That is all fine, but the bad part was...

Interview: Tim McDonald of Onion Flats

 In July 2017, I sat down with Architect & Developer Tim McDonald of Onion Flats in Philadelphia, PA. See more information about Onion Flats at their website.  Tim McDonald: We call ourselves an unintentional company. I wanted to start an architecture gallery. It seemed like a gallery was the combination...

Interview: Mike Benkert, AIA

  In June 2017, I sat down with Architect & Developer Mike Benkert, AIA in Cincinnati, OH. See more information about Mike at his website and follow along his Home 2.0 Blog for his latest updates. Also check out his video series on YouTube. Mike Benkert: Learning by experience is by far...

Hudson Woods article by Lang Architecture

Originally published on the New York Times on 16 June 2017. Written by Julie Satow. Access article here. If the borscht belt is what you’re after, don’t come to Hudson Woods. The housing development, spread across 131 acres in the Catskills, has its roots in Scandinavian design, not beet soup and bungalows....

Known Architects & Developers

The following is a list of known Architects & Developers from around the world. If you know others not listed, please let me know at james@architectanddeveloper.com  

Top Brooklyn Residential Sales by Architects & Developers

Two Architects & Developers made is big in Brooklyn in 2016. Alloy and Nava both made The Real Deal’s Brooklyn Top Residential Sales in 2016. These results help validate the value that an architect self-initiating their own work can bring to the table.     One John Street was the winning...

CityRealty Interviews Cary Tamarkin

Interview via CityRealty:   Cary Tamarkin is the founder and president of Tamarkin Co., an architecture and real estate development company established in 1994 and based in New York City. He worked as an architect exclusively for many years before deciding to go into development. As it turned out, he was able...

The Architect as Developer

Originally published on DesignIntelligence here. Written by Luis Gil & Richard Peiser While architects are responsible not only for the design of buildings but also for their economic performance to the extent that their designs meet the demands of the marketplace, it is the building developers who reap the vast...

Architects as Developers

Architects as Developers: We profile three architects who prove building isn’t the domain of just developers. Originally published on Multifamily Executive on 22 January 2016 by Les Shaver. Access the article here. Big builders and developers such as Alliance, AvalonBay, Related, and Lennar might build the most apartments. But these...

John Portman: The Architect as Developer

“In order to get people to employ you, and entrust into you to spend millions of dollars, if it’s a major project, they have to love you. I couldn’t find many people that loved me that much. That frustration led me to become an architect as developer.” – John Portman...

A Conversation with John Portman

A Conversation with John Portman and at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.   John Portman pioneered the role of Architect as Developer by financing, owning managing and designing major building projects throughout the world. His philosophy of architecture is rooted in the desire to understand and shape the aesthetic as...

Tim McDonald of Onion Flats lecture

Architect & Developer Tim McDonald of Onion Flats in Philadelphia lectures at The Catholic University of America on his latest projects. Read my interview with Tim here. See more about Onion Flats here.

Tim McDonald lecture at TedX MidAtlantic

Tim McDonald is the founder of Onion Flats, a Philadelphia developer whose mission it has been since 1997 to: extend the imagination of the architect beyond the drawing board and into the building process; educate the public about the collaborative role of the architect in not only the making of...

Architect-Developer-Experimenter in West Chelsea

Originally published by The New York Times and can be accessed here. If West Chelsea seems like a canvas for ambitious architects and their indulgent developers, the midrise condominium at 459 West 18th Street makes a disciplined self-portrait. The 11-story black-and-white building looks restrained on a corner between the irregular-grid tower that...

Architects Now Doubling as Developers

Originally published by the New York Times on 07 February 1988. Written by Shawn G. Kennedy. Access article here.    VEN after construction crews completed work two years ago on Riveredge, an office complex in Florham Park, N.J., plenty of work remained for Edward Blake and Donald Rotwein, who served as...

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