Gary talks with Richard DeCoste, a registered architect. Gary discusses his background and the various educational paths that can lead to a career as an architect. He shares an overview of a typical project from the Architect’s perspective and gives insight into the close coordination needed between the owner, design architect, builder, architectural engineering teams, and others. He also talks about the different types of building projects one would encounter if they were in small firms vs larger ones. Finally, he comments on the differences between working for a firm vs starting your own (as he did); with all the marketing, relationship building and financial ‘contingency’ planning needed to survive as a small firm in an industry so impacted by economic cycles. This is a fascinating look into the world/career on an architect.