Architects as Developers
Big builders and developers such as Alliance, AvalonBay, Related, and Lennar might build the most apartments. But these firms haven’t cornered the market on appealing multifamily.
In fact, in many cities across the country, some of the most original housing comes from small boutique developers and local architects. Not all of these small developers started out on the development side of the business. Some, in fact, got their start working for developers as architects. But instead of delivering someone else’s vision, now they’re delivering their own.
“I feel we do much better work because we have the power to do whatever we want because we’re the one [making the decisions],” says Jorge Mastropietro, a New York City–based architect.
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