Bringing Design Home

In the Winter of 2017, Design Develop Construct (DDC) Journal spoke to Architect & Developer Alex Barrett of Barrett Design in Brooklyn, NY. They spoke about Alex’s frustrations with the typical architecture role and how he has taken more initiative in developing his own work, as well as the latest...

Interview: Philip Auchettl of RAD LAB

In August 2017, I spoke with Architect & Developer Philip Auchettl of RAD LAB in San Diego, CA. See more information about RAD LAB at radlabsd.com. Also, check out a short documentary on their student thesis turned reality, Quartyard, {here}. See more articles about RAD LAB {here}. Philip Auchettl: Myself, Jason, and...

Architect & Developer Online Courses

Architect as Developer One of the most well-known online courses for architects interested in development is Jonathan Segal’s Architect as Developer course. This course is a pretty good starting place for anyone wanting to learn more about developing as an architect. I know a lot of architects who have taken...

Architect & Developer Books

I’m often asked by architects what books they should be reading when interested getting into development. The truth is there wasn’t anything specific for both an Architect & Developer until I wrote Architect & Developer: A Guide to Self-Initiating Projects {more info}. To really understand the real estate industry, you have...

Architect & Developer Podcasts

There are a number of great podcasts that have discussed the topic of an architect as developer or have interviewed architects who were self-initiating projects. Business of Architecture After struggling to find good business information for small firm architects online, Enoch Sears created the Business of Architecture {businessofarchitecture.com} platform – an online...

A’18 AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

In June 2018, I will be hosting a round-table discussion with three architects who are developing their own work at the Conference on Architecture in New York City. See more information at the Conference on Architecture website at conferenceonarchitecture.com   FR101: Architect & Developer: Self-Initiating Your Work Have you ever felt that...

Architect & Developer Blogs

There are a few Architects & Developers that are documenting their daily process of self-initiating projects.   Mike Benkert, AIA Architect & Developer Mike Benkert started a blog that documents his process of developing projects in urban Cincinnati, OH. He gives weekly updates on the process of design, development, and construction...

Guerrilla Development Launches Second Crowdfunding Campaign

 Kevin Cavenaugh of Guerrilla Development in Portland, OR has launched his second crowdfunding campaign. He was able to raise $300,000 in less than 72 hours! Kevin’s second crowdfunding campaign, Jolene’s First Cousin!, took a new approach to social impact crowdfunding to prove that people are willing to invest in...

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 alloyllc.com. Watch Jared lecture in a panel on Architect as Developer at Harvard {here}. See more articles about Jared {here}. Jared Della Valle: It was...

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 barrettdesign.com. Watch Alex lecture in a panel on Architect as Developer at Harvard {here}. See more articles about Alex {here}.   Alex Barrett: I realized...

Podcast Interview Declan Keefe of Placetailor

Mark R. LePage at the EntreArchitect podcast recently interviewed Architect & Developer Declan Keefe of Placetailor in Boston, MA. Listen to the podcast and see show notes at entrearchitect.com. See more about Placetailor at placetailor.com. http://www.architectanddeveloper.com/media/audio/EntreArchitect/PlaceTailor%20Podcast%20Interview.mp3 Discover more podcasts on the Architect & Developer Podcasts page.

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 guerrilladev.co. See more articles about Kevin {here}.   Kevin Cavenaugh: I knew that architects would toil for years making super low money. That is all fine, but the...

Interview: Jose de la Cruz of JdlC Studio

In June 2017, I spoke with Architect & Developer Jose de la Cruz of JdlC Studio in Houston, TX. Jose de la Cruz: Well you know it really started because I was looking at my student loans and thinking they were too high. I am sitting here paying rent on...

Podcast Interview Alex Gore & Lance Cayo of F9 Productions

Enoch Sears at the Business of Architecture podcast recently interviewed Architects & Developers Alex Gore & Lance Cayo of F9 Productions. Listen to the podcast and see show notes at businessofarchitecture.com. See more about F9 Productions at f9productions.com. Some of my favorite quotes from this episode: You can charge a developer...

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  

RAD LAB: Revitalizing the City Block

Three Master of Architecture students put together a proposal for an urban park in downtown San Diego. The hipster type with a dog park, biergarten, concert venue, etc. Coming out of school, they decided to give themselves six-months to get it built. They raised $60,000 on Kickstarter in the first...

Podcast Interview Arch406

Enoch Sears at the Business of Architecture podcast recently interviewed Architects & Developers Brian Johnson, Nick Pancheau, and Jeff Kanning of arch406 in Billings, MT. Listen to the podcast and see show notes at businessofarchitecture.com. See more about arch406 at arch406mt.com and their sister company collaborativedesignarch.com.     Discover more podcasts on the...

Kevin Cavenaugh Lecture

Architect & Developer Kevin Cavenaugh of Guerrilla Development speaks at CreativeMornings Portland, April 2016.

Architects and Developers in Conversation

  In March of 2016, the AIA New York chapter hosted a panel event entitled “Architects and Developers in Conversation.” The panel included Architect & Developer Peter Guthrie of DDG. Peter has some great quotes in here about the value of design and the hustle involved in being an Architect...

Podcast Interview with Jim Zack of Zack de Vito Architecture

Mark R. LePage at the EntreArchitect podcast recently interviewed Architect & Developer Jim Zack of Zack de Vito Architecture in San Francisco, CA. Listen to the podcast and see show notes at entrearchitect.com. See more about Placetailor at zackdevito.com. http://www.architectanddeveloper.com/media/audio/EntreArchitect/EA102RisksandRewardswithArchitectDeveloperJimZack.mp3 Discover more podcasts on the Architect & Developer Podcasts page.

Podcast Interview Soheil Nakhshab of Nakhshab Development & Design

Enoch Sears at the Business of Architecture podcast recently interviewed Architect & Developer Soheil Nakhshab of Nakhshab Development & Design, Inc in San Diego, CA. Listen to the podcast and see show notes at businessofarchitecture.com. See more about Nakhshab Development & Design at nddinc.net. Discover more podcasts on the Architect & Developer...

Crowdfunded bridge in Rotterdam opens

One of the first projects to be successfully built using crowdfunding as a financial mechanism is Luchtsingel, a 400m long pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam. The project began as an idea by the architecture firm ZUS {www.zus.cc} in 2011. As part of the International Architecture Biënnale Rotterdam (IABR), ZUS, also the...

Katherine Darnstadt of Latent Design Lecture

In 2010, Katherine Darnstadt obtained her architecture license, got promoted, got married, got laid off, and got pregnant all within a six-month period. With no job prospects in sight, she started the practice Latent Design as a “Plan B.” She pulled $10,000 from her 401k and Roth IRA account to...

Interview: Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP

In the Fall of 2013, I sat down with Gregg Pasquarelli (SHoP), Brad Cloepfil (Allied Works), Paul Lewis (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects), Dan Wood (Work.AC), and Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office). I wanted to understand and document how each of them formed their respective offices. I was after the nitty gritty details...

Podcast Interview Zeke Freeman of Root Architecture + Development

Enoch Sears at the Business of Architecture podcast recently interviewed Architect & Developer Zeke Freeman of Root Architecture + Development in Denver, CO. Listen to the two-part podcast, see show notes, and see Zeke’s pro formas at businessofarchitecture.com. See more about Root Architecture + Development at root-ad.com.     “You know,...

Podcast Interview with Rob Paulus

Enoch Sears at the Business of Architecture podcast recently interviewed Architect & Developer Rob Paulus from Tucson, AZ. Listen to the two-part podcast and see show notes at businessofarchitecture.com. See more about Rob Paulus at robpaulus.com.     Discover more podcasts on the Architect & Developer Podcasts page.

Podcast Interview Matthew Segal

Enoch Sears at the Business of Architecture podcast recently interviewed Architect & Developer Matthew Segal. Listen to the podcast and see show notes at businessofarchitecture.com. See more about Matthew at jonathansegalarchitect.com.     “I think before I get my architectural license, I’ll get my contractor’s license. A stupid as that may...

When the Dog Catches the Bumper: An Interview with Jared Della Valle

In March 2013, BUILD interviewed Jared Della Valle in a two-part special. Jared Della Valle is the CEO and president of Alloy, LLC, an architecture and development company in Brooklyn, NY. BUILD is an industrious architecture company based in Seattle, WA. See the first part of the interview at arcadenw.org and the...

Jonathan Segal Lecture

Jonathan Segal Founder of Jonathan Segal Architecture our second speaker for the Spring 2013 Series with his lecture entitled “Architect as Developer” on March 21st. The AIA Baltimore Spring 2013 Lecture Series is entitled SHIFT. This year’s series explores the shifting boundaries of the field of architecture as it continues...

Podcast Interview Hilary Scruggs of Operative Ventures

Enoch Sears at the Business of Architecture podcast recently interviewed Architect & Developer Hilary Scruggs of Operative Ventures in San Antonio, TX. Listen to the podcast, see show notes, and see the documentary Hilary discusses at businessofarchitecture.com. See more about Hilary at operativeventures.com. “I also think that maybe it’s coming from...

Podcast Interview with Jonathan Segal

Enoch Sears at the Business of Architecture podcast recently interviewed Architect & Developer Jonathan Segal. Listen to the podcast and see show notes at businessofarchitecture.com. See more about Jonathan at jonathansegalarchitect.com. “But the key to success is picking it small and slowly working up the food chain. Don’t start big because...

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.

The Architect as Developer

Architects across Canada continue to investigate the possibilities of developing their own projects, broadening their skill sets in the process. Originally published at Canadian Architect. Written by Graham Livesey. Access the article at canadianarchitect.com. The concept that an architect can be a developer has not been extensively explored in North American practice....

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...

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