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Calling All Design Professionals: Time To Respond To The New Climate Report

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That question is even more apt now with the publication on Friday, November 23 of the Fourth National Climate Assessment Report: Impacts, Risks and Adaptation in the U.S.  (4th NCA) by 13 Federal U.S. agencies through the White House. Mandated by Congress since 1990, the quadrennial report states in great detail and with clear traceability…

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How Do You Design For An Unknown Future?

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What is your go-to resilient design resources? I asked this question of two leading design firms each at the forefront of integrating resilience into their projects. And their responses were compelling and informative for anyone interested in addressing resilience in their work. Based on the latest science* and weather reports, this should be all of…

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Adult Conversations: Managing Building Project Risk

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Why do so many capital projects begin with promise but end in frustration and conflict? Why does the design and construction industry have such a bad rap for budget and schedule performance? It’s because we often fail to plan for the uncertainty we all know is part of the process.  We don’t have serious conversations…

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Building A Rainforest Firm: Lessons From Silicon Valley

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Your design firm can step up its game by adopting a few principles that make Silicon Valley the world’s most productive center for innovation. As an architect, I’ve always been focused on creating firms and project teams that can draw the best talent and do the best work. A friend recently recommended a book that…

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Making Real Change Or Just Rearranging The Chairs?

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It’s popular to be a champion of change. We see it every day in politics, businesses, and institutions. At a personal level, we’re all aware of the pace of change around us and privately hoping that we can keep up. We hear “Change or die.” We see successes and failures. We all want to be…

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Advice To Potential New Principals

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Cameron MacAllister Group completed a benchmark study a few months ago on how architecture firms are handling the ownership succession process involving one or more founders who are near the end of their tenure. The firms were located all over the U.S. (Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, Northwest, West), and ranged in size from 25 to…

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