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...

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...

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...

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....

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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