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Architects Design Just 2% of All Houses–Why?
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think blaming the architect for this problem is missing the point.

The real estate developer Joseph Eichler was hugely successful by building 11,000 very popular modern houses in California between 1949 and 1966. One of the keys to his success was to hire really good architects to design his houses.
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jay



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since Eichler hired architects, wouldn't that put his houses in the 2% column?

But yes I agree the Eichler approach was great and there should be more like him.... How do we create more Eichlers?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Find more enlightened developers.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really have to question this 2% number that has been used for several years. Most, if not all residential builders have architects on staff. I simply cannot see how only 2% of residences get building department approval without an architects stamp, especially since most houses are two stories, which usually triggers the requirement for structural engineer calcs and plans.
I would venture a guess that the percentage is closer to 75%, especially with code and energy requirements becoming more far reaching and complex.
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