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How To Win Work: The architect's guide to business development and marketing

Author/EditorJan Knikker (Author)
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
ISBN: 9781859469323
Pub Date01/03/2021
BindingPaperback
Pages216
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w)
$56.25
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You are a great designer, but no one knows you. Now what?

By directly confronting the burning question ‘How do you win work?’, this book addresses the key purpose of architects investing time and effort in public relations and marketing.

Written by one of the most influential and perceptive voices in business development, Jan Knikker, Partner for Strategy and Development at MVRDV, the narrative simultaneously informs and excites, making marketing accessible and compelling for all architects regardless of sector and practice size.
Knikker draws on over 20 years’ experience at the forefront of global practice at MVRDV and OMA, shaping their public images and business strategies. Bridging the distance between architects and marketing, he provides practical tips and best practice guidance, ranging from strategic business plans to the nuts and bolts of writing press releases and fee proposals.

Successful PR has to be more than skin deep. It needs to rest on strong and stable foundations. Knikker emphasises the importance of nurturing a creative and innovative practice culture, which also invests in core values, such as being a good employer and professional ethics.

The result of extensive research, Knikker draws on fresh insights and approaches from a wide range of architects in the UK and internationally:
• David Miller Architects
• Coffey Architects
• Studio MUTT
• MgMaStudio
• Feilden Fowles
• Powerhouse Company
• Shedkm.

You are a great designer, but no one knows you. Now what?

By directly confronting the burning question ‘How do you win work?’, this book addresses the key purpose of architects investing time and effort in public relations and marketing.

Written by one of the most influential and perceptive voices in business development, Jan Knikker, Partner for Strategy and Development at MVRDV, the narrative simultaneously informs and excites, making marketing accessible and compelling for all architects regardless of sector and practice size.
Knikker draws on over 20 years’ experience at the forefront of global practice at MVRDV and OMA, shaping their public images and business strategies. Bridging the distance between architects and marketing, he provides practical tips and best practice guidance, ranging from strategic business plans to the nuts and bolts of writing press releases and fee proposals.

Successful PR has to be more than skin deep. It needs to rest on strong and stable foundations. Knikker emphasises the importance of nurturing a creative and innovative practice culture, which also invests in core values, such as being a good employer and professional ethics.

The result of extensive research, Knikker draws on fresh insights and approaches from a wide range of architects in the UK and internationally:
• David Miller Architects
• Coffey Architects
• Studio MUTT
• MgMaStudio
• Feilden Fowles
• Powerhouse Company
• Shedkm.

Jan Knikker is Partner at MVRDV, leading the Contracts, Business Development and Public Relations efforts. He leads MVRDV's branding efforts and has overseen the practice's rapid expansion into new markets, focusing on solutions for global issues through its architecture and urbanism. Jan regularly lectures internationally, at commercial and academic venues in Germany, the UK, Israel, Colombia, Austria, Australia, Kuala Lumpur, and elsewhere. He writes for various publications and was Deputy Editor of Domus 2019.

Foreword About the Author 1 How we are supposed to work for free 2 We can do better 3 To specialise or not to specialise 4 Marketing: a dirty word 5 Mission and vision 6 Branding and company culture PUBLIC RELATIONS 7 "If I was down to my last dollar, I would spend it on PR" 7.1 Writing a marketing strategy 8 The office is your business card 9 Your website: your online shop window 10 Your work amidst a changing media landscape 10.1 Print 10.2 Online media 10.3 Social media 10.4 TV and Youtube 10.5 Vlogs and podcasts 10.6 Crisis communication and the outreach that might prevent it 10.7 Others 11 Lectures 12 Receiving or organising awards 13 Your product in the picture 13.1 The drawing 13.2 The render 13.3 Collages and hand-drawings 13.4 Talking to clients: the project text and press release 13.5 The model 14 The built project 15 The project book 16 Exhibitions 17 Prioritising BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 18 Business development, the direct way to win new work 19 Client relationships 20 Who are you as a person, and how do you approach selling? 21 Just do it 22 Going abroad 23 Fairs 24 How to calculate a fee 25 Contracts: managing risks and keeping promises 26 It's not easy being green 27 The pitch 28 Broadening your portfolio 29 Planning 30 Collaborations 31 Learning from others 32 Styles 33 Ethics for architects 34 Suing your client 35 Spam and fraud 36 Crisis CASE STUDIES 1 shedkm 2 MgMaStudio 3 Studio MUTT 4 Coffey Architects 5 David Millar Architects 6 Feilden Fowles 7 Turner Works 8 From 0 to 100 staff in 15 years Acknowledgements Image credits Index

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