Business of architecture

Since early 2012, I have been writing about the practice and business of architecture, subjects that have since developed into the primary focus of this blog. You can review a chronological listing of my business of architecture articles here, or search the below index.

Please feel free to use the index as a reference for your own work.[1][2]

Chair; Graphic art; Aeron chair

The value of architecture
The responsibilities of the architecture profession.
Our value to the broader community
Opportunities for mutual improvement.


Starting an architecture practice
The beginnings of an architecture practice.

The most important things an architect needs to get started in practice.
Grouped under the tag, starting your architecture practice.

My favourite business books for architects.
Grouped under the tag, business books for architects.


Marketing opportunities for architects.

Social media for the architecture profession.
Its value for students.
Grouped under the tag, social media for students.


Clients, growth and finances
For both architects and clients of architects.
The client / architect relationship.
Growth, fees and practice finances.

The benefits to clients in commissioning an architect.
Architects before other building designers.
Grouped under the tag, why engage an architect.

The different forms of the architectural fee.
Their benefits and disadvantages.
From the points of view of both the architect and the client.
Grouped under the tag, explaining the architectural fee.

The transition from a lean startup to a more mature business methodology.
Grouped under the page, renovating our business.


Project delivery
Project delivery, cost management and construction tendering.

Rules for exceptional documentation.
Grouped under the tag, rules for exceptional documentation.

The time requirements of architectural projects.
Divided across key project stages.
Grouped under the tag, the best things in life take time.

What goes wrong on site.
Grouped under the tag, disaster lessons from site.

lightbulb moment

Lessons to my younger self
Lessons learnt over the years.
Grouped under the tag, lessons for design students.


  1. Disclaimer: While I have taken all care to ensure the accuracy of my articles, please seek further advice from appropriate authorities. The Australian Institute of Architects‘ series of practice notes are a good place to start.
  2. I am happy to share the information contained within Panfilo via a Creative Commons license. Please refer to the About page for further information on use and sharing restrictions.

Image credits:

  1. Mihaly Slocombe studio, copyright Tatjana Plitt.
  2. Architect’s chair, author’s own image.
  3. DeLorean, author’s own image.
  4. People, author’s own image.
  5. Money, author’s own image.
  6. Laptop, author’s own image.
  7. Lightbulb moment, author’s own image.

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