Enoch Sears is a licensed California architect, and author of the book Social Media for Architects. After struggling to find good business information for small firm architects online, Enoch started the Business of Architecture platform – an online community which has helped hundreds of architects earn a better income and time freedom through good business skills.
He is also the creator and host of the #1 interview podcast for architects, the Business of Architecture Show, where guests like M. Arthur Gensler, founder of Gensler, and Thom Mayne, of Morphosis, share tips and strategies for success in architecture.
When and why did you decide to become an Architect?
I decided to become an Architect my senior year in high school when I realized I loved drawing but actually wanted to earn some money. I mistakenly thought that architects did both.
What were some of the challenges of achieving your dream?
Getting through architecture school at Cornell University was a challenge. The professors and curriculum were great, but the winters were cold and dark, and I didn’t understand a lot of the theory at the time.
Any memorable clients or project highlights?
One thing I love about architecture is helping clients achieve their dream. In this way, every project is memorable because I remember the clients we did the work for.
How does your family support what you do?
How do Architects measure success?
It is different for each person. For me, success is continual growth and contribution.
What matters most to you in design?
What do you hope to achieve over the next 2 years? 5 years?
I hope to continue to develop Business of Architecture so that every architect is empowered with the business knowledge he or she needs to succeed.
Who is your favorite Architect? Why?
I love the work of Louis Kahn and Le Corbusier for their use of raw materials and dramatic, honest spaces.
What is your favorite historic and modern (contemporary) project? Why?
My current favorite modern project is the Kimbell Art Museum in Dallas, Texas by Louis Kahn. See my response above about my favorite architect.
Where do you see the profession going over the next few decades?
Architecture will continue to get more competitive and consolidated – only architects and firms who invest in growing their firms and influence will grow during this time.
How do you hope to inspire / mentor the next generation of Architects?
I hope that through my work on the Business of Architecture, architects can learn to win great projects and make the income of their dreams!
What advice do you have for a future Executive leader?
The most important advice I can give is to learn how to coach people to their full potential. Give them responsibilities and let them fail (on things that won’t get you sued).
Final Thoughts on How to Be Successful?
Commit yourself to continual growth and improvement, and the future is yours! Always be learning!
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