Just add water: architecture startups!


Zagats for Architects: ¢,$,$$,$$$…
September 28, 2012, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Startup

I recently took an informal poll among friends on the going hourly rate for an architect.  Most gave me a range of billing rates, based on scope of work, schedule, location of project (NYC or elsewhere), and type of client (private/nonprofit/government).

What’s interesting was that no one cited the same rate billed at their former employers.  The lowest was 41% of their previous billing rate and the highest was 86%.  Assuming all factors the same, does a startup’s architecture firms smaller portfolio (or, fill in the blank) warrant a lower billing rate?

Here’s some articles on the rates, fee structure, salaries:

http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/how-much-money-does-an-architect-make/

http://www.axium.com/blog/?p=1944

http://www.residentialarchitect.com/economic-conditions/right-sizing-your-price.aspx

PS: The AIA doesn’t help sort any of this out, citing anti-trust clauses but gives this: http://blog.aia.org/smallfirms/2008/08/calculating_fees.html

(Yearly Salary/2080) * 2.5 to 3.5 = Billable Rate

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