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Lack of Trust Between Owner and Contractor

Jane and Joe After signing a contract and a handshake, Joe the Contractor asks Jane the Homeowner to give him a check to buy materials and start. Jane feels uncomfortable about giving him a check, but doesn’t have a choice. … Read More

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Dan Ariely on Honesty and Accountability

Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, writes about honesty: “One percent of people will always be honest and never steal,” the locksmith said. “Another one percent will always be dishonest and always try to pick … Read More

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Homeowners, Architects, Builders… We Deserve Better

Our industry, the building industry, is in technological stone age. In the age of information we build information in CAD, reduce it to the PDF, email to our colleagues to print it and look at it same way they would look … Read More

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Three Pillars of Architectural Service

Not to be Confused with “What is Architecture” What do Architects do, and why one should pay them? In my 20 something years in AEC industry I had to answer this question to myself and then to the clients, their … Read More

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Is it Important?

…or, who is going to see the difference? Setting priorities is the key when time is limited. But how to decide what is the priority. When in doubt, appropriate question is : Is it Important? In a time of ever-shortening architectural … Read More

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The Worst Self-inflicted Disaster

… that can happen to your project is running out of funds midway through construction There is an old saying: The only thing worth less than a bare piece of land is land with an unfinished structure on it… (just … Read More

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Timeline vs. Deadline

.. or plan vs. wish list When I was young and unexperienced, I assumed that a client’s organization is, by definition of the relationship, better managed. Haphazardly, to my great disbelief, and definitely too late, somewhere along the way I realized … Read More

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