For the burgeoning architect-developer who may be reading this, we want to offer a few brief suggestions that guide our criteria for selecting a project. First, choose something manageable. Time and again, we come across successful developers who want to be doing smaller projects that allow them more control and versatility. Second, don’t avoid the difficult things, those are the things that teach you the most. Design is a precious part of the puzzle, but you will surrender design freedom if you delegate those seemingly banal, but complex steps in the process that control the design constraints in a project. Finally, work with people you respect and on projects with integrity. Enjoyment of the work will make the work better… and it will make you smarter.
Dramatic change in practice is enabled through a radical shifting of roles by expanding our capacities - and our risk - to employ the lever of real estate development to re-constitute the nature and potential of architectural practice. By instigating our own developmentprojects, Latent is re-shaping professional alliances and challenging professional barriers - adding expertise in both construction and finance to our active repertoire.