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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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