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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Networking for Architects

In many respects, networking should be one of the most enjoyable activities we partake in as professionals. The reality is that we often overlook it as a mundane and trivial part of our careers.

There are really only three ways to approach networking. Let's take a lesson from one of the greatest films of all time 

It even has Clint Eastwood for good measure.

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CareerMichael LaValley
An Architect's Perspective on House or Home

When we’re in architecture school, we’re taught how to create space. When we’re in the office after school is over, we design space for real people who will make it their own. "House" and "Home" may describe the same thing on the surface, but they're very different from the point of view of this Architect.

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CareerMichael LaValley
Office Life: Architects as Entrepreneurs

I bet when you were going to Architecture school, sitting in studio, you rarely thought about all the ‘additional’ things that the profession would require of you beyond your design skills. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the profession deals with, and relies upon, business.

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CareerMichael LaValley
Becoming An Architect

Time really does fly. It doesn't feel like much has changed, but one year later, I know in my bones that I am really an Architect. There is still so much for me to learn, but the way I learn it is now supported by the confidence that I completed a journey that few attempt and even fewer complete.

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CareerMichael LaValley