When I went out on my own to launch David P Goode Architecture in 2009, I had a very specific philosophy behind it. You hire my business, you get me – now over 33 years (!!) of architecture, construction, and general engineering experience – all applied to every project.
I had worked for large firms: helping start a branch office in Colorado in 1994 which we grew to two locations and 38 employees; and heading up the 30-person Denver office of a national architecture firm. Each time, there were some things missing… the direct relationship with the client and the ability to swerve when needed to meet a client’s specific needs.
Seth Godin spells it out pretty well in this blog post.
So, DPGA stays small. The direct relationship with the client, the knowledge based on decades of experience, and the flexibility to provide just what the client needs on a project by project basis. Yes, there are folks working in the background – drafters, designers, engineers – but, your project is never “passed off” to a junior staff member. I will answer your call and I will show up to your meetings.