Green Design Jim

Why Professional Fee Increases are Necessary

No one wants to pay higher professional fees for the services they need. Everyone would like to pay less. Professionals would like to charge less. However, professional services with knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate folks need to be around when they are needed. As expenses go up, those services need to adjust. At JHAI we have not raised our fees in over 8 years. We have just had a reduction in income, which makes getting through the COVID-19 crisis even harder. We have taken a close look at our reduced income and are preparing to have a fee increase across the board.

JHAI Named one of the 23 Best Los Angeles Architects

Recently JHAI (James Heimler, Architect, Inc.) was named one of the 23 Best Los Angeles Architects by We are truly honored to be ranked on this list and believe our many years of experience in Architectural planning and design qualifies us to successfully guide your project from beginning to end!

The Folly of Style

Form follow function is the standby for all architectural styles as noted by Louis Sullivan. Less is more was stated by Mies van der Rohe.

In Custom Builder, (by Duo Dickinson, 2/21) it is noted Folly of Style goes back to motivation. The Traditional style is noted as evil, while Modern architecture is more fascist. They note that beauty is both universally felt and individually perceived. Neither has anything to do with style. We begin to live our values but are clueless about what the outcomes may be.

The Life of Rome’s First Emperor Augustus

I just finished reading “The Life of Rome’s First Emperor Augustus” by Anthony Everitt. There was one part that I thought I could share of his way of living. His life history started politically after Julius Caesar’s. They were different people with different kinds of leadership. Julius was fast, a military man while Augustus was slower, plotting the future of Rome and its people at all times.

Why I Write Practice Management Blogs

There is no better way to think about practice management issues than to write them down. I used to keep many Post-it notes around to remind me what to tell staff as issues came up. Recently, I have compiled them onto one list and have started reviewing them. In the process, I am not just talking to my staff but also putting the issues down in our website blog posts. This is my way of stressing the issues talked about within my office.


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