Value Proposition: It can kill your project if you let it.

Fee for service contracts drive you to do as little as possible. It doesn’t matter what type of consulting contract you have. In essence, there are three basic types of fee for service contracts; a fixed fee, a percentage of construction or an hourly rate. Clearly, the fixed fee wins. It’s the best way for […]

Project Managers: Do Interior Designers understand their value?

Project Managers are from Mars, Interior Designers are from Venus. These days our clients, more often than not, bring Project Managers to the table and personally, I applaud them for it. Yes, this Interior Designer appreciates the Project Managers role on the project team. It makes as much sense to have Project Managers on a […]

The Principles of Collaborative Project Delivery

Early in 2012 I was approached by a continuing education association and offered an opportunity to prepare a presentation on how collaboration influences project delivery. The brief on the topic I received was the following: Collaborative project delivery breaks down the silos of responsibility requiring close cooperation among all major participants and aligns participant success […]

Opinion: Have one. Your design depends on it.

You’re a Canadian designer. You’re polite, not opinionated. Canadians are often stereotyped as being polite and apologetic — almost to a fault. Most stereotypes, however, are rooted in truth. And though we have a diverse workforce with many cultures represented, I still can see the Canadian in the people I work with. Despite our polite […]

Due diligence: Become a design superstar.

How important is due diligence in your work? As is the norm for the design business we all deal with the pressure of workload on a regular basis. We all have had a lot of work, and our teams are continuously challenged to meet their deadlines. Scope change, demanding clients and fast-paced projects are the […]