51: Housing Crisis + Removing Barriers with Robert Harbeson, Market Square Architects

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Rob Harbeson is the co-founder and managing partner of Market Square Architects. With over 25 years of experience in architecture and engineering, Rob has a diverse background in various market sectors. He is passionate about design and has a strong focus on creating functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces.

Rob Harbeson, co-founder of Market Square Architects, shares his journey in the architecture and engineering industry. He discusses the importance of having a diverse skill set and the influence of his engineering background on his architectural work. Rob also delves into the housing crisis and the need for removing barriers to create more affordable housing. He emphasizes the importance of seeking opportunities and taking on additional responsibilities to grow in your career. Rob also highlights the value of partnerships and the benefits of having a complementary business partner. In addition, he talks about the significance of understanding development economics in architecture and the importance of making projects economically viable. Rob shares his ideal client and the rewarding aspects of working on projects that value his input. He concludes by discussing the future of Market Square Architects and the focus on growth through serving clients exceptionally well.

Key Takeaways:

  • Having a diverse skill set, such as a background in engineering, can be valuable in the architecture industry.
  • Removing barriers and simplifying the approval process is crucial for solving the housing crisis.
  • Seek opportunities and take on additional responsibilities to grow in your career.
  • Partnerships can be beneficial in business, as they provide support and complementary skills.
  • Understanding development economics is essential for making projects economically viable.

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