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

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 21, 2008 - Architecture - 464 pages
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
 

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Contents

Introduction to Starting a Design Firm
3
Deciding to Go on Your Own
7
Marketing and Sales
17
Financial Management
47
Negotiating Fees and Contracts
81
Organization and Personnel
99
Legal and Ethical Issues
133
Resources and Support
151
Launching Your Firm
215
Study Guide
225
Charting Your Course
227
Introduction to Ownership Transition
249
Determining Candidate Selection
265
Designing the Ownership Transition
341
Documenting the Ownership Transition
365
Choosing the Form of Entity
389

Strategic and Business Plans
165
Planning for Excellence
181
Potential Causes of Failure
201
Preparing for Future Transition
415
Bibliography
429
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About the author (2008)

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.

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