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Posted on 25. Apr, 2013 by Mark English, AIA.
All of us at Mark English architects, and most of the rest of our colleagues, are involved in thinking about and implementing Green Building practices. Last year the Greenbuild Expo arrived in San Francisco, and several of our employees attended. One of them is Benjamin Todt, a German architectural intern. Germany is a leading proponent of Green design, and […]
Posted on 22. Apr, 2013 by Mark English, AIA.
Occasionally at Green Compliance Plus, we host guest articles from members of our community. Here is one perspective from the Insurance Industry.
People who are building or already own sustainable homes understand that their homes will use less energy and water. What they might not realize is that their homes also are much safer than conventionally built homes. Or that the enhanced safety features can result in less risk for home insurers and better rates for coverage. […]
Posted on 14. Jul, 2009 by Mark English, AIA.
Does it pay to be nimble, light, and alone these days? As the reeling economy continues to wreak havoc on the design and construction industry (2,000 fewer people were working at architecture firms in the month of April alone) architects are being bounced from their jobs at traditional design firms and wondering where their skills fit into the economy’s seemingly willful refusal to build buildings. Experience from other sole practitioners and small firms that offer services to architects and architectural clients suggests that the best business model today allows architects to use their diverse skills wherever they see fit—plugging their expertise into hyper-specific micro markets that are too small for a large firm to work in, yet large enough to keep paying the bills. Four Bay Area architects have been doing just that, often after long and familiar experiences with large, traditional design firms. Though their practices are vastly different, they’ve all found that the freedom and flexibility of their consulting practices have allowed them to bob, duck, weave, and advance in a worsening design market.