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Big news... That it seems everyone knows already...

I was going to wait on this news, but it seems the cat's out of the bag, and news travels faster than 'blogs:

So I've up and decided to join Gensler as a full time employee. Next week is my first day, and I'm wrapping up all my consulting gigs.

Why?

Well, simply, because Gensler rocks. I mean, how much more do I have to say, it's like going to work for Apple or Google or Pixar. They are a great company that does great things no one else can, so why not go work for them?

Also every firm I've had the pleasure of working for or with I've always had the same worry: that their understanding of basic business concepts was poor to nonexistent. After working for a reseller and a software company, and reading a lot on my own about the subject, I came to realize just how bad most design firms are when it comes to business. And how much their lack of business skills stands in the way of what those design firms are trying to do. Gensler is one of the few firms out there that seems to really understand how to be both a good business and a good design firm at the same time, and I'd like to learn more about that.

Also this is a very interesting transitional period in the design industry. New technology is enabling new ways of working, but many design firms are unable or unwilling to take advantage of those things, or can only bite of a small chunk of it. Gensler seems committed to putting together the best team it can to really try to leverage BIM in real-world projects in the best and biggest way possible, and in ways no one else can, and that's something I want to be a part of.

Also everyone I've met there is very smart and nice. The Culture they have there went a long ways towards my decision to join up. I was going to wait on this news, but it seems the cat's out of the bag, and news travels faster than 'blogs:

So I've up and decided to join Gensler as a full time employee. Next week is my first day, and I'm wrapping up all my consulting gigs.

Why?

Well, simply, because Gensler rocks. I mean, how much more do I have to say, it's like going to work for Apple or Google or Pixar. They are a great company that does great things no one else can, so why not go work for them?

Also every firm I've had the pleasure of working for or with I've always had the same worry: that their understanding of basic business concepts was poor to nonexistent. After working for a reseller and a software company, and reading a lot on my own about the subject, I came to realize just how bad most design firms are when it comes to business. And how much their lack of business skills stands in the way of what those design firms are trying to do. Gensler is one of the few firms out there that seems to really understand how to be both a good business and a good design firm at the same time, and I'd like to learn more about that.

Also this is a very interesting transitional period in the design industry. New technology is enabling new ways of working, but many design firms are unable or unwilling to take advantage of those things, or can only bite of a small chunk of it. Gensler seems committed to putting together the best team it can to really try to leverage BIM in real-world projects in the best and biggest way possible, and in ways no one else can, and that's something I want to be a part of.

Also everyone I've met there is very smart and nice. The Culture they have there went a long ways towards my decision to join up.

And finally, I never really wanted to be a consultant. It was work I could do to pay the bills while I tried to move along my own business with Jillian of making cool things and designing cool things. But it quickly swallowed up all my time, so much so that going to work for a steady gig like Gensler, even though it will be busy, will allow me more free time to focus wholly on making Because We Can a great little design and production firm, and allow it to be a creative and experimental as possible (and remove the whole consulting part from it, making it much more straight forward).

I'm very excited about this, and I think it's gonna be great.

Jeffrey McGrew