Milestones

Fall is a time of transition and beginnings for me, far more so than Spring. I have been thinking a lot about milestones recently, especially after the time warp that we've been in since early 2020. It's October, and I have no idea where the summer went. It's easy to let anniversaries and milestones slip… Continue reading Milestones

Monday morning inspiration

Where do Architects find inspiration for their work? It's everywhere when you're not looking, and nowhere to be found when you are.

Leaving the #tinyoffice…for an even tinier office

Back to the tiny home office: what meetings look like these days. It's been a month since my personal trainer-husband has been housebound, and 3 weeks since I moved back into the tiny upstairs room that was DSA's original office for 3 years. This is not how I imagined that the month of April would… Continue reading Leaving the #tinyoffice…for an even tinier office

Happy 5th birthday!

Design Synergies is celebrating its 5th birthday this month!  The 5-year mark is a big milestone for us, as it is for a lot of small businesses.  In 2012, the Small Business Administration (SBA) reported - based on research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics - that about 2/3 of small businesses make it to the 2-year… Continue reading Happy 5th birthday!

The bulldozer effect

My beautiful and historic hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland is perched on the far eastern shore of Canada, on the edge of the North Atlantic.  Its history goes back well over 500 years to the earliest explorers from Europe, and the summer fishermen who came from Britain.  It is a long and proud history that… Continue reading The bulldozer effect

Know your value

  Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. Warren Buffett Two things happened in the past month that have me questioning the value of our work as Architects.  To be specific - the value of my work.  The first was a client telling me he expected my fee to be about half of what I proposed.… Continue reading Know your value