Architect-Led Design Build

AIA Podcast

Should architects design as well as build the projects they work on? Francisca Alonso thinks so. Ten years ago she started her architecture firm AV Architects in the Metro DC area. She found that the great relationships she had created while designing her clients' projects turned sour in the hands of a contractor. Instead of handing off the project, she decided to build her clients' projects. Watch this video to find out why she says offering construction services was the best thing that happened to her architecture firm. Now they offer to build their architect projects, not just design them. They follow the model of architect-led design build.

The AIA podcasts cover topics for independent architecturs in business, marketing, career progress, time and money management and more. We cover topics on running a profitable and impactful architecture practice, and how to create an architectre practice of your dreams. If you believe that great design can go hand-in-hand with financial reward that profit and design are not mutually exclusive, that money, art and social responsibility can co-exist then these podcasts are for you.

The podcasts are resourceful, educational and informative not only for architects, but for anyone building a career in the construction industry in general.


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