Architect Survival Guide: Success in the Business of Design by William P. Z. German III

Architect Survival Guide: Success in the Business of Design

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Language: English.
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Architect Survival Guide: Success in the Business of Design

"This is a book to buy, study and probably keep out of view of your office mates. Mr. German has openly shared his formula for getting ahead in any architecture firm, large or small. Immerse yourself in fascinating tales of inner office machinations. Read about the successes and failures of a professional driven to make himself and his firm an undeniable center of creativity, competitiveness and profitability. The use of clear and simple language is a pleasant surprise coming from a pragmatic and successful practitioner of almost 40 years. Recommended for all levels, interns to proprietors—designers, managers, and those in the trenches."

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Written for architects who want to succeed in this difficult profession, it is organized to parallel the progression of a mainstream career, from the first job interview just out of college all the way to senior management and/or ownership. Most of the advice is based on my 40+ years of experience in the field, culminating as managing principal of McCleary-German Architects, based in Houston.
Virtually everything that helped my career came from either a notable success, or as you might expect, from failures along the way (and there were a few!). Some of my opinions are outside the mainstream, so I invite you to take away only what is most helpful for you. The key to prosperity is recognition of your own strong points and building upon them.
I have tried to include the necessary information to direct your plan and realize your goals—to help you select the critical areas in which to invest your time and resources. Much of my advice applies to most all career professionals. Consider this an operations manual. It is definitely NOT a “how to win design awards” book.
Even the most successful architect can’t or won’t be the best at everything recommended. Some of the most successful architects are brilliant leaders and have partners and a supporting cast of design and document specialists. This is for certain: if you want to move up in your firm—and help your firm succeed—make some time to be at least conversant with every single topic in this book.
Architecture as a profession certainly gave me most everything a person could want. In a way, this book traces the story of my career. It is my hope you will benefit from my insights during your own journey.


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