By May 22, 2009mutterings

This may come off sounding like more of a personal diary entry but oh well.

I have an intern arriving in a few weeks to work for me for the summer.  (woot!)  I am both exited by and nervous about the whole prospect.  I need to write down a plan of action including my expectations.  I have never before been an employer so to a great extent this is new territory for me.  I have been in a supervisory role both in an office setting and as a carpenter and those situations always went well.  (insert the usual grumbling about having to train someone who is relatively clueless but earning much more than me)  I am hoping that the experience will be not only fun and profitable but force me to introduce more rigor into my working habits.  If I have to be more organized for him then I will have to be more organized myself and I could always use more of that.  I tend to be highly productive but disorganized in my workflow plans.  I have lots of work but of course I am worried about it all drying up instantly.  I would love to get another whole house commision or super cool, green and mod addition/renovation right now but will be fine if I don’t.  That’s all, I have go to hang up all my awards and distinctions and diplomas etc. to properly impress  and intimidate the intern when he arrives.

On a side note, I have been reading lots of case studies about architectural firm startups and have discovered that I am doing it all wrong!


  • fivecat says:

    If you read that you’re doing it all wrong…then you’re doing it right.

  • roberto216 says:

    Now I’m curious. Could you give an example of something that you’ve been doing that is “wrong” according to what you’ve read.

  • pkitzmiller says:

    I enjoy your honesty. I fell like its a long process learning how to design and an even longer process learning how to associate with others. Good luck.

  • bob says:

    mostly being facetious. If you have the work, then you make it work. The standard hindsight comment seems to be ” I didn’t charge enough for my services” There also seems to be heavy use of credit cards to start up an architecture firm as people almost universally said that banks laughed at them.

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