MODERN PRACTICE SERIES (EP1): Eponymous Architecture (NEW SERIES)



In this new series, I’m visiting architects and design professionals asking them to share the choices, challenges, failures, successes and failures that have shaped their careers. Too often we hear from only those architects elevated by the media to superstar status. These so-called ‘starchitects’ account for a small percentage of design professionals. And, the stories from the bulk of our ranks – a great many talented architects and designers – remain untold. This series gives voice to their stories.

We uncover early inspirations that led them to choose architecture, experiences in architecture school, internships, what firm typologies to look for, advice for taking the Architectural Registration Exams (ARE), how to find work and clients, working for and with others, networking and struggles building a business.

In the inaugural video of the series we meet John Clappi, a licensed architect living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He has more than 20 years’ experience practicing architecture in both Boston and New York City at a variety of scales from large developments to award winning Record Houses and private residences. He’s worked for two starchitects: Richard Meier of Richard Meier and Partners and Brad Cloepfil at Allied Works, both high-end, boutique design firms. In part 1 he recounts the school years and his early career pivot points as well as his experience working for Meier and Allied Works and time working on large scale developer projects in New York City.

In part 2, we’ll discover why he set out on his own, how he secured his first commissions and the challenges he’s facing as he builds out a larger vision for his nascent architecture studio: Eponymous Architecture, PLLC.

It’s a rare and candid look into the struggles designers and architects face as we seek to become licensed professionals and to find a life of true, creative fulfillment.

Learn more about Eponymous Architecture: http://eponymousad.com/

Topics discussed:
1:20 Architecture school
3:33 After architecture school
4:22 Internships + licensing
6:13 Firm typologies
7:58 Working for Starchitects (Richard Meier + Brad Cloepfil / Allied Works)
12:05 Early vs. mid-career moves
13:04 A career pivot + lessons learned
14:30 Interviewing while working for someone else
15:23 Preview of next episode

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