An Entrepreneur Who Helps A/E/C Firms Share Knowledge

Christopher Parsons came to the architectural profession after he lost his job in the dot-com implosion of the early 2000s. He launched Knowledge Architecture in 2009 and the annual KA Connect conference a year later. Nearly 100 A/E/C firms currently use Synthesis, the company's social intranet software. 

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Career Shift: From Sports Journalist to Construction Storyteller

After 32 years with the Belleville News-Democrat — where he covered everything from St. Louis Cardinals World Series victories to the St. Louis Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf — Norm Sanders left his job as a sports writer and signed on as a senior writer at McCarthy Holdings, Inc.

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Reflections on Three Decades of Architectural Recruiting

Marjanne Pearson, founder of Talentstar, Inc., is one of the foremost recruiters and business strategy consultants serving the architecture and design professions. She recalls many inflection points throughout her storied career, including her willingness to embrace change and emerging technologies.

 

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Detroit Native Returns Home to Accelerate the City’s Revival

From age 11, Kimberly Dowdell has had a passion for improving the quality of life in her hometown as an architect. She recently joined Century Partners, an entrepreneurial firm focused on revitalizing residential housing developments through grassroots community outreach and creative place-making.

 

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Discovering the 3D World of Experiential Graphic Design

As Director of Experiential Graphic Design at IA Interior Architects in Chicago, Julie Maggos blends architecture, interiors, industrial design and 3D thinking with her formal training in 2D graphics. She works with a wide variety of clients and materials to create dynamic work environments.

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Me and My Buddy Charles Schwab

Several times a week, I receive mail from a guy I've never met. Probably never will meet. Yet he still feels compelled to correspond with me, sending all kinds of letters and forms and prospectuses to demonstrate just how much he cares. And even though I don't know Charles personally, I've entrusted a significant chunk of my retirement savings to him.

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