Realising Architects’ Worth / Part II

In my first blog in this two-part series, I talked about the way architects’ schooling fails to train us in running businesses and prejudices us against profit-making. Here, I try to work out how true this is and the extent of its impact. What does the evidence tell us? Even for died-in-the-wool entrepreneurs, starting and managing an architectural practice is tough. It demands many new skills and areas of knowledge, especially if you employ people: leadership, commercial strategy, business planning, financial management, entrepreneurship, negotiation, human resources management, people management, marketing, promotion, networking and sales. On top of a demanding professional [...]