For me to say that I have found the "holy grail," it would have to be a system that can be installed by one trade and provide a finished interior and exterior face.
As I applied myself to learning more about self-storage, I found that it is a fertile ground for architectural problem solving and much satisfaction can be garnered by applying design thought.
almost anything can be achieved if it is prioritized and focused on. The very survival of my business, and other ambitious endeavors relies on constantly solving seemingly impossible problems. And often this involves taking on challenges without knowing how they can be solved.
a client who is highly demanding, very micromanaging, and who is constantly shifting the goal. This client is also unappreciative, demeans you, and often pays late or not at all. They nag you to the point it interferes with you doing the actual work
a highly dynamic approach is very dependent on the leader for consistency. The lack of a guidebook means that either 1) every product will be different in quality and approach or 2) the same leader has to champion each one. If the firm wishes to grow, #2 is not possible. If the firm wishes to retain clients, #1 is not desirable.
The reason that I like buildings that have wear, modifications, and character is that they tell a story. An older building has seen more, experienced more, and the evidence of those events adds a richness and depth that is difficult to achieve on a new structure.
My favorite memory from measuring the air force barracks was this one particular building, with no roof and no glass in the windows. A tree had grown up outside the window, bent horizontal through the missing window, and then vertical again inside.
the two owners of BWM Group prior to my joining up had also shared a residence prior to each getting married. When introducing themselves as "partners" to their conservative neighbors, they got a lot of funny looks
there is always someone who will quote a lower fee and also always someone much higher
establishing the correct fee is one of the most difficult parts of the process of designing a project. Perhaps because architecture is part art and part science it is especially difficult