Michael Lewarne

So much of “traditional” architectural practice inherits the way it’s done, with the majority of practices set up the default way.

What will it take to bring your practice back into focus

Traditional practice suits some people, there’s a reason why it’s done that way. But it doesn’t work or sit well for everyone. It’s possible to rethink your practice in a big way or just a small way. Designing a practice that brings you more joy. A practice that excites you…

How might architects get more good clients and fewer bad ones? It begins with curiosity.

When you’re curious and ask what it is your clients need, it often helps to temper their behaviour.

Acknowledgement: This post was inspired the brilliant architectural brains on the In Detail Podcast, Kate FitzGerald, Warwick Mihaly and Mick Moloney. If you’re not already listening to this podcast I highly recommend you start now.

In Detail recently dedicated 4 episodes to “client heroes and villains”. It began in me…

The science shows us that disrespectful uncivil behaviour impacts IQ and creativity.

How civil is your workplace? That will impact the creativity of everyone.

It will probably come as little surprise that how we’re feeling impacts our ability to do our work. If you’re like me, however, you might be shocked by the degree to which our abilities might be impacted by how we’re feeling. This is especially important because of the consequences for…

*Boss is cool for a title, but the power imbalance it implies is not. When you find yourself in a position of responsibility or leadership, what should you do?

The first time my parents went away leaving me home alone for a week, my mind was blown with the possibility. I can eat whatever I want, was one of my first thoughts. I could eat ice cream all week! Whoah! I didn’t go quite that far, but safe to…

Making a space in which mistakes can be made, creates a possibility for learning, for developing trust and a space for experimenting.

The space others make isn’t always the space that we want to work with, but there’s always something we can learn there.

Theatre improv is a great space for learning more than just improv. It’s an opportunity for experimentation, making mistakes and building with what others have offered you. Improv schooled me this week in a richer more complex understanding of the art of embracing mistakes in space (I’m a learner improviser)…

You could focus on the numerical KPI’s for your business, or instead consider the value of human or soft skills, and seek to improve them.

It’s no coincidence that my business name unmeasured is the opposite of “measurable” KPI’s. Unmeasured is about those important parts of our work that can’t easily be measured. The human or soft skills such as leadership, empathy, trust and so on, skills that have no measurable KPI. …

The default is a starting point. Designed as a minimum viable option and path of least resistance. Rethinking your default can set your practice up for success.

Some architects start their practice like they were buying a new computer. Going with an off the shelf model with pre-loaded software and the basic hardware. Additional software may be loaded, hardware upgraded, but more often people start with the default. There’s merit to this in that it’s guaranteed to…

Architects often focus on defining their value at the expense of defining their expertise. Here’s why they should preference expertise over value.

Your expertise is a window into what you do.
  • 1People don’t usually go to other professionals, doctors, lawyers, dentists, engineers, etc, for the value they bring. They go to them because they value their expertise. Marketing to clients is about what clients value not what the profession values.
  • Expertise is unequivocal. What clients value may vary.
  • Value tends to…

While it’s not the only answer, there is a simple solution to reducing the overwhelm of architecture practice…

Overwhelm can feel like being lost in a forest. Facing too many trees and not being able to see enough light.

There’s many moving parts to architectural practice, regardless of size. There’s the innumerable relationships to be managed, a constancy of decisions to be made, and just so many balls to keep in the air. It’s not unusual to begin to be overwhelmed when too much is going on.

The simple…

Michael Lewarne

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