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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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Designing the Design Firm – For A New Normal

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As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, many design firms were in the process of streamlining their leadership roles and governance practices. Firms were building capacity to support significant growth, preparing for generational leadership and ownership changes, and reducing bureaucracy to speed up decision-making and action. One of our A/E firm clients compared his firm’s current governance…

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New Realities: The Human Impact on Design Firms

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The 2020 coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact have created unprecedented conditions for design practice. In response, between May 6 and May 15, 2020, Cameron MacAllister Group conducted a study of design firm principals to better understand how industry leaders are responding to their new circumstances and their perspectives on the impact these changes are…

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Social Distancing Means a Different Approach to Social Media

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Most AEC firms are now safe and secure in their home-based working environment, and so are their clients, partners, vendors, and other key audiences. At a time when we’re being asked to stay apart, social media can play a big role in keeping you and your clients together and in new, maybe even better, ways….

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