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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

THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES

Discovery Call with Rion
https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

Douglas Teiger
https://aiau.aia.org/instructors/teiger
https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-teiger-3a87551a9/

Rion Willard
 

Rion Willard is the Host and Director of the Business of Architecture UK, an interview podcast where prominent guests share tips and strategies for success in architecture. He’s the founder of the The Thinking Hand Studio Architects a London based architectural design firm specialising in high end luxury residential.

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