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Name: Chad Harris (Studio Laconic)

Posted By Graham Colton

Chad Harris founded his own architectural firm in 2017. As an LEED-accredited professional and a former realtor, Harris brings his extensive knowledge of sustainable buildings to bear on his architectural practice. He focuses on improving the built environment, which is the method underlying his design of structures such as the 4th St Lofts, a tall, efficient multi-family project in Colorado. This method also underlies Harris' design of a ticketing and transfer facility for buses in Colorado. Both the lofts and the bus facility blend in well with their surrounding environments. Outside of work, Harris enjoys reading and relaxing with his wife and dogs.

Years in Tampa Bay

I lived in St. Pete for one month in an Airbnb over this past summer while house shopping and figuring out where my wife, two dogs, and I were going to live in the area. My wife got a job at Mease Dunedin and we live in the Clearwater/Dunedin area.

Hustle (job)

Architect & Creator.

What do you do?  

At Studio Laconic, I primarily do residential and multi-family projects. My current work ranges from small residential additions and renovations to townhome complexes of 12 homes or more. I am currently designing projects in Colorado, New Mexico, and here in Florida. My work at Studio Laconic began about a year ago, and all my projects are still under development or under construction.

I also just recently launched The Every Day Architect, which is a daily guided improvement journal and sketchbook for architects and designers available on Amazon and here:

Why do you do it?

Because not doing it was never an option for me. I love creating and any time I get a new idea I have to scratch the itch of testing it out, or it drives me insane.

What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)

The first catalyst was a drafting class that I took in middle school. More architecture courses followed in high school, which solidified my passion for the profession. After graduate school and working in a firm for a number of years, I was laid off when construction was slow in Colorado and they hadn’t really caught up from the recession. Being let go from a job was the real catalyst for starting my own practice. I knew that I never wanted to depend on an employer or having a job ever again.

What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?

Architecture is very glamorized in the movies and television. There is a lot more detail and rigor that goes into the creation of a building than is ever shown on the screen.

What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?

Designing and creating can be a pretty isolated and lonely job, especially as a sole practitioner. I do my best to get out and meet new people to combat this. So, who wants to get coffee?

What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?

Work on yourself every day, because if you aren’t the best version of yourself you won’t be able to help others. Also, always be learning.

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