Part narrative, part business book, Architect and Entrepreneur is filled with contemporary, relevant, fresh tips and advice from a seasoned professional architect building a new business. The guide advocates novel strategies and tools that merge entrepreneurship with the practices of architecture and interior design.
Embarking on a new business venture is intimidating. You have questions, but many of the resources available to help entrepreneur architects and interior designers start their design businesses lack timeliness and relevance. Most are geared toward building colossal firms like SOM and Gensler using outdated methods and old business models.
If you're an individual or small team contemplating starting a design business, this is your field guide, crafted to inspire action.
Using the lean start-up methodology to create a minimum viable product, the handbook encourages successive small wins that support a broader vision, enabling one to think big, start small, and learn fast.
It's a unique take on design practice viewed through the lens of entrepreneurship and is designed to answer the questions all new business owners face, from the rote to the existential.
Building a business isn't a singular act; it's a series of small steps. Using the outline found in Architect and Entrepreneur, you can start today. The chapters are organized to guide you from idea to action. Rather than write a business plan, you'll be challenged to craft a brand, and you'll sell it using new technologies.
©2015 Eric W Reinholdt (P)2016 Eric W Reinholdt
If you're thinking about starting a small firm or going out alone as an architect or related design profession, this book is well-worth your time.
Covering everything from branding, marketing, selling yourself to (and vetting) clients and operating proceedures, to questions to ask yourself before you start, it touches on all the bases. And as a book from a perspective of someone who has sucessfully started their own small firm, it's not just theoretical, but I found it chalk-full of practical advise and pitfalls to avoid.For those outside of the United States, note that the parts on business structures, licensing, legal and tax implications are sometimes U.S.-specific, but nonetheless many of the same concepts apply elsewhere, even if the specifics differ. I found this didn't detract from the book as a whole, just something to be aware of.The parts I found most valuable were those on choosing your niche / unique selling proposition, and on Eric's process for turning leads into clients - and identifying those leads you don't want as clients.
The book describe each step in a very comprehensive way. It is easy to follow and provide with good advice to how to start your architectural business
This book can easily be listened in one sitting. I used my commute time to listen the book.
This book has been invaluable to me in helping me understand the total process, finances and all of the daily tasks of starting up, running, maintaining, and succeeding in your architectural firm.
Thank you very much Eric! Can't wait to start listening Volume II.
It is a good addition to my printed version. A reminder.
Openminded and well described story for your enthusiasts who want to become self branded.
Most parts give you optimism throughout well written instructions and guides.
Architect and entrepreneur is a an extremely useful guide for architects thinking about starting out on their own. The skills and knowledge required to start your own firm are acknowledged only passingly in architectural education and sometimes not at all. This book serves to fill in that gap and helped me go through the process and the work involved in handling my own business before I actually started out. It is clearly narrated, well paced and I don't know of any other material out there that addresses this specific issue in architectural practice.
Practical, Thorugh, and Experienced
There is nothing else as contemporary as Architect and Entrepreneur. Eric Ries book The Lean Startup has a similar methodology
Yes. On par. He typically brings something worthwhile to the table.
In architectural (solo) practice, no one can hear you scream (in your home office). Alien 1979
Eric's book rocks. I listened to it while working in my home office and it has practical advice, things I had never thought about and things I know I need to do. It is practical, scary (In a good way) and motivating. all things you need to make it work as an Entrepreneur and Architect.
It's a very usefull guide for architects, helps new architects who want to work for themselves. Teaches what we don't learn in the academy about entrepreneurship, how to deal with clients and what we are to be exposed to when setting up and taking care of an organization.
It's a great resource for architects/designers wanting to start their own design practice. It was a really quick and easy audiobook to listen to.
I have the printed copy, and this is a good refresher to the actual book. Having the book is nice, as there are some images/charts/links to refer back to.
Informative, Optimistic, Guide
I loved the way the book describes the author's experience of starting a firm.
I wish I would have listened to this book sooner. I am now a couple of years into my firm and I have learned many of the same lessons. It would have been great to have been able to have seen the warning signs early so that I could avoid making similar mistakes.
This book is excellent for those considering starting their own design firm. Reinholdt shares his experience and knowledge of how to create a contemporary practice. The sequence of the book is logical and concise. I especially appreciate the "action items" at the end of the chapters. Excellent narration. I'll be recommending this to many of my archifriends. I'm coming away with a feeling of "let's do this!"
"An essential book for all architectural practices"
This is a modern and forward-looking architectural business strategy resource. The book provides a play by play roadmap for creating a (economically) sustainable practice.
The idea of moving (or supplementing) your architectural business from a service model to a product business model is highly enlightened and something that addresses the inherent flaw of most firms; service businesses rely on you being in the office and on the drawing board to make money.
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