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2020 Reflections & Outlook for 2021 

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2021 has started with a mix of excitement, fear, and relief. We’re all delighted to be here if just to get out of 2020, but we have challenges ahead. For those of us who work in creating the built environment, those challenges are both obvious and perhaps yet to be seen. We’ve all been walloped…

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New Realities: Climate Action in Challenging Times

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of climate change and the need for climate action had risen to the top of the list of priorities for many AEC firms. Many architects, engineers, and contractors have seen their work significantly altered from natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, or wildfires, as well as the impact of climate…

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New Realities: Leadership Lessons on Firm Culture

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Ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic, most organizations have figured out the mechanics of remote work. We all miss face-to-face interaction, but we’ve found enough benefit in a remote-work mode that we’ll never return to the old normal: a distributed workforce is here to stay. For example, Ascension Health, one of the largest U.S. healthcare…

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The Influence of ‘New Realities’ on Ownership Transition in Design Firms

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The current “new reality”—a state impacted by the pandemic, the resulting economic downturn, and remote-work practices in A/E firms—is also affecting progress in design firms to achieve internal ownership transitions. We find that design (architecture, engineering, interior design, landscape, planning) firms have slowed down their planned internal ownership transitions. There are three primary reasons for…

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New Realities: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, design, architecture, engineering, and construction companies across the world have adjusted to the myriad personal and professional challenges of remote work. In addition, the outcry for social justice sparked by police brutality against the African American community has set off global protests that continue even…

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New Realities: Financial Impact of Working from Home

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For better and worse, just about everyone in the design and construction community is feeling the financial impact of our new realities. While many firms are realizing savings as a result of the work-from-home transition, others are grappling with the cost to implement the infrastructure required to facilitate this new environment. In both scenarios, set…

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