Category Archives for "Architecture"

Jun 11

When is a good time to ask for a raise?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Life Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

[Here is Bruce Firestone’s contribution to a new book called, Stories about Teaching at Carleton University, 2018]   When one of the courses (Design Economics) I taught at the School of Architecture (now the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism) was reviewed by their accreditation committee, I got a call from the director’s executive assistant […]

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May 05

Brian Dagenais is Ottawa’s Black Sheep

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Design , Real Estate , Urban Economics

Brian Dagenais is an enigma. How does a person who was a longterm employee in a highly structured environment (the payday lending industry) become a successful real estate investor, futuristic developer and out-there entrepreneur by age 44? It’s a mystery, and even though I’ve known Brian for years and I interviewed him for this article […]

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Mar 26

How to determine a site’s HABU, highest and best use?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Real Estate

How to determine a site’s HABU, highest and best use? For decades the principle of Highest and Best Use has guided town/city/township/county councils and their municipal planners and economic development offices. To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill, “It is the worst possible system except for all the others.” It can be defined this way— “Highest and […]

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Feb 25

Spy Loft Basement Excavation

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Real Estate , Urban Economics

Looking for a pot of gold? Look no further than your basement where a leprechaun has left you a treasure… [CASE STUDY: renovation, investment, cap rate, basement excavation, subterranean rights, rental rate, marketing] Think you have to visit London England to see basement excavations that add living space to a house below grade, http://profbruce.tumblr.com/post/166749246449/central-london? Think that these […]

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