Wilson Folklore Archives; Harold B. Permission for access must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Dates: Privacy restricted until due to missing consent forms. An exception is when the image is cropped to focus on a specific detail. These images are so marked. Artists often span more than one movement such as Camille Pissaro who is often characterized as both an impressionist and a post-impressionist. We usually assign such at artists works to one or the other movement.
A few years later nine years into business I was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo an almost year-long period of treatment. The insurance provided me with a valuable safety net that has enabled the business to endure.
While we were operating throughout my ordeal it was a tough year, and the insurance likely saved the business. By the way, I am in full remission—six years—and the business is doing great. While we have a few repeat clients, this is a small part of our work. The majority of our projects are won through RFPs.
It is important for proposals to establish a strong identity for the firm and to give the client a reason to select you apart from fees. Our reputation is very important, and we work hard to maintain the integrity of our projects and our working relationships with our clients who are often valuable references.
Throughout the life of the practice we have leveraged our current projects to expand into new project types. For example, our early public projects were skateboard parks. We used this experience to win a project to develop a playscape integrated within an existing park. The success of this project has enabled us to win large park master planning projects, which have led to some large park designs. As a result of this approach, our practice is always evolving and leading us in new directions.
Following my close call with cancer I had a realization. The most valuable thing we have to offer our clients is our time and attention. I made the decision to take on larger projects, but fewer projects, with a focus on the design of public places.
Many firms take on project types from a wide variety of client types and have a hard time turning away projects. The problem with this is that different client types i. It can be difficult for the staff to balance this mind-set when working on multiple projects with varied client types. This often results in divided focus or attention when applied to these projects.
I am of the belief that by focusing our area of practice we are able to perform or work better, which helps to attract similar projects or new challenges.
How are you addressing this? Early in the life of the studio I found hiring a challenge. I figured that I would hire the best candidate I could find and cover for them in the areas where they were weak this is not necessarily a good strategy. Over time I have been able to improve my hiring and evaluation skills paired with a clearer sense of purpose for our firm. As a result when I am hiring I have a clear idea of the skill set I am looking for and seek a person in alignment with those qualities.
Recently I have encountered another challenge. We have taken the strategy to pursue fewer but bigger projects. The challenge with this approach is managing the workload in the office.
We are big enough to lead multiple large complex projects. The result is there are periods where projects overlap, putting stress on the office, and there are sometimes gaps where we are well under capacity. I am currently searching for a solution to these peaks and valleys. As our reputation as a firm has grown we have expanded our geographic reach to work across western Canada. This has opened up new markets to us and helped provide more opportunities, which helps balance our work flow.
Additionally, we may need to grow the size of our firm to increase the capacity of our office to enable us to take on more projects simultaneously hopefully at different stages in the design process. I am the only owner and the company is incorporated.
As our company is growing it makes sense that sharing ownership is the next step in our evolution. This is at a very preliminary stage. The majority of our work is for public sector clients.
We have also been expanding our portfolio of infrastructure projects. During the last recession this was one of the more reliable sectors for work.
Additionally, our projects typically have a long duration, which provides some time to evaluate the economic climate and make informed decisions about the future of the firm.
We were able to withstand the last downturn without any downsizing. Currently we are on the verge of some new projects, which will keep our current capacity occupied for the next year. I initially started the firm with a business partner.
However, it became clear over time that our differences were working against us more than working for us. If I was to start again it would likely be with a business partner with a shared vision. I think that it is more important to have a partner that you have an alignment with rather than complementing skill sets.
If you can find both—great. But that is hard to find. There is not a lot of down time. Your time is occupied doing the work or, when not busy, finding work. In the early years of a firm I was always hopeful that things would change in the future.
While this seems kind of obvious, the level of work and responsibility keeps ramping up as the scope of projects increases. Once you land that great project, now you have to deliver!
Plus you need to keep pushing for the next one. We were working with a nationally prominent American architect…someone you would attribute as being very successful and well respected within the profession. I thought that I worked hard, but it was eye-opening to me to see how hard he worked. Photo by Raj Das. We had both been working professionally as landscape architects for between 12 and 15 years before we decided to go it on our own.
We went out individually and established our own studios before deciding quickly to join forces and form a partnership. Design and running a business is a much more enjoyable endeavor as a team where partners can bring different talents to the table. I am not sure we understand this question. In terms of potentially going out on your own someday, it is good to really learn what it is that makes that employer successful and less successful.
Every situation is a learning situation no matter how long you have been practicing. Sometimes it is not the obvious stuff you need to pay attention to, but more subtle things like building relationships with clients and colleagues. Good mentors can teach you a lot about relationship building and serving clients well. We had both come from a small firm where our responsibilities included understanding human resources, hiring and benefits, contract writing, and therefore professional liability and other protections.
For the new stuff like taxes and payroll, the easiest thing we found was going to the professionals and getting a good bookkeeper and tax consultant. Telegram Me. From time to time, we get to see really masterful digital art. The young Ukranian digital artist brings together photography and digital art, reality and dream, fairy tales and dark stories — and creates beautiful art from them using Photoshop.