There are 21,000 architectural firms in the US.
17,500 of them have fewer than 10 people in total.
Why is the typical architectural firm small?
Every time you double the size of your firm, you also double the complexity that has to be addressed. 1 person; 2 people; 4 people; 8 people - three doublings is about the limit most firms learn to handle.
In military terms architects work in squads, never mastering the platoon, much less the company or battalion.
I think these 10 issues are the key to growing beyond that limit.
You don't want your client's last experience with you to be tainted by frustration and abandonment.
You don't want your last experience with your client's project to be frustration and a black hole of time and effort.
What has put both parties in this situation?
Is there a sure-fire way to avoid this situation?
- Ok, here are some tips.
I only worked in three other firms besides my own. The closest thing to a reading list that I encountered had just two items: Graphic Standards and Sweets Catalogues.
I'm wired a little different than that limited version of self-improvement, so we had actual books in our library in addition to the 50 lineal feet of catalogues.
Whether you have arrived at a fee by a wild guess or a fee schedule you want some kind of corroboration.
One option, if you keep good records, is to compare this project to a similar project. Was the fee adequate on that other one? Usually the two projects are dissimilar in some way.
Another way of checking the 'rightness' of an architectural fee is to evaluate its 'rightness' when viewed as a design budget.
This option involves doing an evaluation. It is fairly easy to 'spread out' the fee over the design phases to see how adequate the fee actually is.