Architect's Essentials of Starting, Assessing, and Transitioning a Design Firm

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-21
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Written by two leading experts in the field this essential volume offers a step-by-step guide to understanding and evaluating the goals, risks and the rewards of starting a firm. Covers the basics of firm organisation, personnel requirements, legal considerations, fee setting, marketing issues and the essentials of strategic and business plans Addresses how to get started including how to create your first business plan, evaluate initial needs and costs, create a budget and a produce a list of action items to get started This volume is practical, applied, concise, portable, affordable and user-friendly

Author Biography

Peter Piven, FAIA, is a principal consultant of The Coxe Group, Inc., Philadelphia, the oldest and largest multidisciplinary firm providing marketing and management consultation to design professionals. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bradford Perkins, FAIA, MRAIC, AICP, is the founding principal of Perkins Eastman Architects, PC, a 750-person architecture, planning, and interior design firm based in New York. He is the author of Building Type Basics for Elementary and Secondary Schools, Building Type Basics for Senior Living, and International Practice for Architects, all published by Wiley.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Editionp. ix
Starting a Design Firm
Introduction to Starting a Design Firmp. 3
Deciding to "Go on Your Own"p. 7
Marketing and Salesp. 17
Financial Managementp. 47
Negotiating Fees and Contractsp. 81
Organization and Personnelp. 99
Legal and Ethical Issuesp. 133
Resources and Supportp. 151
Strategic and Business Plansp. 165
Planning for Excellencep. 181
Potential Causes of Failurep. 201
Launching Your Firmp. 215
Study Guidep. 225
Charting Your Coursep. 227
Ownership Transition
Introduction to Ownership Transitionp. 249
Ownership Transition Optionsp. 255
Determining Candidate Selection Criteria and Communicating Founders' Expectationsp. 265
Valuing the Firm: How Much Is It Worth?p. 283
Making the Purchase Affordable: Ownership Transfer Mechanismsp. 327
Designing the Ownership Transition Programp. 341
Getting the Ownership Transition Program Startedp. 351
Documenting the Ownership Transition Programp. 365
Choosing the Form of Entityp. 389
Developing Leadership in the Firmp. 401
Preparing for Future Transitionp. 415
Glossaryp. 425
Bibliographyp. 429
Indexp. 431
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