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A New Low

  • 1.  A New Low

    Posted 30 days ago
    Just got feedback on a well thought out and reasonable proposal I sent for a 2-dwelling-unit house.  They are not going to work with me.  They think they can get the architectural services pro-bono.  C'mon.



    LAURA
     KRAFT ■ ARCHITECT
    2 0 6 - 5 2 6 - 8 1 1 5

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  • 2.  RE: A New Low

    Posted 27 days ago
    Well, let them just try! They will find we don't give it away. My firm doesn't even do free initial meetings - too much info gets exchanged to not charge for our time. Our firm belief is that if they won't pay $150-$200 for 2 architects for 1.5 hours, they won't want to pay for services.

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    Judith Wasserman AIA
    Bressack & Wasserman
    Palo Alto CA
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  • 3.  RE: A New Low

    Posted 27 days ago
    I've "lost" a few projects that way. Basically that the contractor or kitchen shop will provide "free" Architectural services, so why should they pay me for my time?

    Of course, I use quotation marks because for clients like those I've certainly not lost anything and they're certainly not getting any services for no cost...

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    Thomas Bank AIA
    Principal Architect
    Simply Stated Architecture, P.C.
    Lemoyne PA
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  • 4.  RE: A New Low

    Posted 26 days ago
    If it is a non-profit, they may well entice someone to work pro-bono. If they are not, and getting the work free was their response to you, you are better off not working for them.

    Please note my new email address 
    John A. Feick, AIA, CSI, LEED AP 
    224 East Water Street 
    Sandusky, Ohio 44870 
    419-625-2554 (w) 
    419-656-3017 (c)



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  • 5.  RE: A New Low

    Posted 25 days ago
    The prospective client is a private homeowner.  Yes, I will thank my stars to have dodged a completely unrealistic client.



    LAURA
     KRAFT ■ ARCHITECT
    2 0 6 - 5 2 6 - 8 1 1 5

    Website  LKArchitect
    Blog 
     2H Pencil
    Prints  LKPrints  



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  • 6.  RE: A New Low

    Posted 26 days ago
    Consider yourself lucky.  You escaped a dead end road to nowhere.  Unfortunately the local environs will suffer from an undoubtedly ugly contribution by others, but at least you didn't play a part.  High five!

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    Gregory Holah, NCARB
    Architect
    HOLAH Design + Architecture
    Portland, Oregon 97232
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