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The Transitional Small Practice

Podcast: 2008/2/14 - 31:04

Presenter: Daniel Garber, AIA

Moderator: Scott Frank






Daniel Garber, AIA
Fergus Garber Group, LLC
Palo Alto, Calif.

Garber is a partner at Fergus Garber Group (FGG), a small architectural firm. FGG was started in 1987 by Garber’s wife. Before joining her at FGG in 2002, Garber was a partner with Relign Consulting (Chicago and Palo Alto, Calif.), a consulting firm providing management services to real estate and facilities departments of larger U.S. corporations. Relign also developed proprietary software for this market place, to better manage project portfolio and improve the alignment of these capital improvements with corporations’ general ledgers. Prior to that he was vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) (Chicago and Palo Alto), a large international real estate services and investment company. His last assignment before leaving JLL was managing Sun Microsystems's Bay Area Project Management group. Prior to JLL he was an associate at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Chicago). Garber also is a commissioner appointed to the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission, a trustee of TheatreWorks Repertory Theatre in Mountain View, and a former president of the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. He is a licensed architect and a member of the AIA, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), International Facility Management Association and CORENET. Garber received his architectural degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Firms of 1 or 2 practitioners that aim to grow into 6 to 10 person firms lack the resources to buy their way through today's most tenacious management issues. In this podcast, Daniel Garber, AIA, tells how a transitional small firm can use alternative strategies to address critical issues: sustaining client happiness, managing workflow, transitioning to BIM, and developing market competitiveness.



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