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...

The Architect as Developer Panel Discussion at Harvard

On November 5th, Harvard’s RED Club hosted a panel discussion on the topic of the architect-as-developer practice model. The event brought together three leading professionals in the industry to discuss the reasons each decided to pursue this method of practice, the benefits that it has afforded them, and the myriad...

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...

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