Re: building industry (was Cohousing App)
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:36:12 -0700 (PDT)
Many or most buildings go up without the ministrations of an architect.  Or 
else, as adaptations of “spec” or “stock” plans bearing a licensed architect’s 
stamp only because State codes require an “Architect of Record”.  Of all homes 
built, only a small percentage —2%? 3%? — count as original custom designs 
tailored to the needs and desires of a specific household.  Truth be told, many 
or most families either cannot afford an architect, or see an architect as an 
indulgence or luxury to be enjoyed only by the rich.  Architects, of course, 
dispute this view.  Nonetheless, architects earn substantial incomes only when 
serving well-heeled clients like the government, hospitals, casinos, or Bill 

Looked at this way, it seems hard to anticipate a future where architects, 
lawyers, or group dynamics consultants will make a killing in cohousing.

Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Village Cohousing
Cambridge, MA

> On Jun 20, 2016, at 6:17 PM, Kathryn McCamant <kmccamant [at] 
> Eris, 
> Interesting about “the vine” at PCBC….will be interesting to hear what you 
> find. 
> But really want to support you on your blog about getting paid. Maybe if one 
> is a techie for income, or you do most of your work for big corporations that 
> paid very well, you can afford to discount for special groups.  But those of 
> us that have spent our entire careers in this realm of community and 
> non-profits don’t have that luxury.  All of my clients are cohousing groups, 
> and they are all cash poor and thinking they are poorer than everyone else. 
> The reason I am so good at doing what I do is that I have spent decades 
> working you groups and projects just like yours.  I’ve definitely hit the 
> point where if its not worth it to you to paid my standard fees, then its not 
> worth for me to do the work.  Ultimately, if we are going to change the 
> world, there has to be a sustainable business models to support people doing 
> this work. 
> Katie 
> -- 
> Kathryn McCamant, President
> CoHousing Solutions

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