Monthly Archives: January 2021

122: The Humanist Value-led Practice with Douglas Teiger

In this week’s interview I speak with Douglas Teiger about creating a humanist approach to an architectural practice.

With over 38 years in practice, Douglas has a wide range of experience.

He started working for other firms after graduating in 1982 which led him to open his own firm in 1989. In 1999, Douglas formed a partnership, Abramson Teiger Architects (ATA), lasting 20 years and grew a 6 person firm into a 32 person firm. As managing partner, Douglas’ ability to effectively streamline the operations allowed for more time to be spent on design and project research – a major factor in the consistent high level of design associated with ATA. Douglas’s mission is to mentor young firms in order to accelerate their growth.

Using his expertise, he acts as a sounding board for young principals as well as a guide through all aspects of a practice including Strategic Planning, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing and Business Development. His life coaching skills facilitate a work/life balance as an important part of a successful practice.

In this episode you will discover:
– The 4 components to running a great business
– Humanist values and how they can be at the centre of a practice
– Douglas’s story and how he strove for a deep harmony between work and life


Discovery Call with Rion

Douglas Teiger

121: A One-stop Shop for Client Success with Nigel Husband, Director of Architecture, Z Group

This week I speak with Nigel Husband, Director of Architecture at Z Group, the UK’s first genuine Alternative Business Structure (ABS) regulated by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority), ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).

Nigel originally took over his father’s practice before forming his own in 1986 known as Husband and Partners Architects LTD which then rebranded as Husband and Carpenter Architects and later became an LLP in 2012. H&C Architects then joined Z group in 2016 as part of an ABS (Alternative Business Structure) providing a one-stop-shop for architectural, accounting and legal services.

With a wealth of experience and background knowledge from running his previous architectural practices, Nigel is seeking better ways of delivering architecture and is delighted to the extent that clients can benefit from the combined professions of architectural, accounting and legal services made possible through this unique business structure.”

In this episode you will discover
– What is an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) and how does work for an architecture practice
– How working closely with other professions can inform effective design solutions for your clients
– How an ABS can be powerful approach to protecting cash flow


Discovery Call with Rion

Z Group

120: Tik Tok & Working Abroad for Architects with Russell M.Henderson

In this episode I speak with architect Tik Tok superstar Russell Henderson about his career working abroad in countries such as Australia, Thailand and Tanzania.

Russell graduated from the University of Huddersfield, with BA (Hons) Architecture, Post Grad Diploma Architecture, and then Master of Architecture in 2009 which earned him registration on the Architect Registration Board (ARB) and a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the UK.

Russell then took an international study pathways and spent time studying and designing buildings during his time at The University of Jordan, Middle East and The University of Arizona, USA. More recently Russell passed a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Associate accreditation exam in Los Angeles, this ensures green building sustainability is always paramount on any design.

With over 15 years professional experience spanning over 4 continents, Russell has had global and broad design exposure and has been employed by companies in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, including working at some of the largest architecture design firms, such as Atkins and Aedas. Working and studying in different cultural environments and situations can give an original and deep understanding of global architectural design.

In this episode you will discover
– How Russell crafted an international career on 4 continents
– How he has used Tik Tok to build a personal brand
– How Russell uses Youtube and Tik Tok to deepen and share understanding about the architecture industry


Discovery Call with Rion

Russell M Henderson

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