Brett Barbour is the creator of theMBAarchitect.com. I've spent my entire 15+ year career in the Commercial Real Estate and Architecture/ Engineering/Construction industries. Most of it has been in the role of Architect & Project Manager, but most recently has been as Developer (using the Designer/Builder as Developer model) with the formation of Barbour Development LLC in 2022, based in Chicago, IL.
While working for several architectural firms across the US, the lack of business expertise across all levels of leadership became very apparent. I came to the conclusion that there is tremendous potential in employing a business-first culture and utilizing sound business practices that is not currently being valued or realized within the profession.
My goal is to use this site as a medium to organize my observations and thoughts. By sharing them with the architecture and design community I hope to create momentum for the adoption of normalizing a business-first mindset within the profession.