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Advice from the Insiders At JP Architects, Ltd. – Tips For Every Student / Young Architect

  Find an internship during college Friendly reminder: school isn’t everything – Although your college years may have been the best time of your life, it is important to understand that they do come to an end. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have “fun.” All we’re saying is that it is important to gain experience before applying for your first full-time job. You should use some of your time and efforts on finding an internship. Remember, the architecture internship you obtain during college could become your first full-time job.
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Work / Life Balance – How JP Architects, Ltd. Intends to Use it To Keep Women in the Workforce

According to the Architectural Reviews (AR’s) Sixth Annual Women in Architecture survey, 60% of women reported that having a child had a detrimental effect on their career trajectory.   Wait….What? How is this possible? Why would having a child be detrimental to one’s career? Aren’t children apart of the natural progression of life?   First of all, let’s take a quick look at the numbers. Because of the long path to becoming a licensed architect, females are already having children way later in life, on average. The mean age of
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JP Architects, Ltd. on The Importance of Strategic Partnerships and How to Cultivate Them?

Upon starting JP Architects, Ltd., I knew that cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with builders, organizations, business owners, interior designers and construction industry professionals was going to be crucial to succeeding.   According to this Forbes article, a whopping 80% of businesses fail within the first 18 months. I did not want to become part of that statistic so I put a major effort into organizational membership – not to just say I was a member, but to actually use these opportunities to create strategic partnerships.     My previous experience
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JP Architects, Ltd’s Involvement in the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce and Our Advice to YOU

When I first started JP Architects, I knew it was extremely important to be in involved in the community where I work. Joining the Oak Lawn Chamber was the first step towards achieving this. The Oak Lawn Chamber is one of the most active chambers in the area. By this, I mean they give you many chances to connect with other business owners and the community through events and leadership opportunities.   Now, let me highlight something very important. Just joining the chamber will not result in new business opportunities
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JP Architects, Ltd. – What Work/Life Balance is Really All About & My Vision for Its Use in My Architecture Firm

  Hello and Happy Holidays!   I want to take last month’s blog, where I talked about how JP Architects, Ltd. has embraced the concept of Work/Life Balance, a step further. We all know that work/life balance is great for employee motivation, but as an employer and business owner, sometimes it may be hard to understand what value it brings to a company. My intent is to give you some insight into its significance at JP Architects, Ltd.   I truly believe that a company’s greatest asset is its employees.
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JP Architects, Ltd. – Embracing Technology and Re-Defining Work/Life Balance in Architecture

In my previous experiences with the several architecture firms where I worked, I always needed to be in the office to complete client drafts and drawings – all employees did. This led to me consistently putting in 60-80 hour weeks.   Don’t get me wrong, I am a workaholic, and I really did enjoy the work. This commitment got me to where I am now. One time, I even remember a situation where my boss was leaving and on his way out, told me I needed to go home.  
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Jose R. Pareja, AIA – More Than Just a Small Business Owner

In our first blog entry, I mentioned how I am at a point in my career where I feel like I can give back and benefit the future generation of architects and the architecture community.   Having been involved with many projects and small to large architecture firms, I have a wealth of information to share regarding how to obtain your first job, what areas to specialize in, how to connect with the decision makers at architecture firms and so much more.   I currently serve on the board of
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What Process Does JP Architects, Ltd. Use?

When obtaining a new client there a process that we follow at JP Architects, Ltd. This allows us to have consistency with each project and help the client understand the length of time that a project is expected to take. However, before we even enter this process there is one step that I would like to quickly highlight. Many people, friends and other business owners often ask me “Jose, how do you go about acquiring new projects and work?”   In architecture, especially with the type of residential and small
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An Introduction to JP Architects, Ltd.

JP Architects, Ltd. Principal Owner, Jose Pareja, has endured quite the journey to an entrepreneur. This interview will give you some insight into his life history, passion about his work, involvement in the community, love for architecture and favorite aspect of working with his clients.   Q: What is your life story and history in architecture?   A: I was born in Ecuador, but for as long I can remember, I have lived in the Chicagoland area. My parents immigrated to this area, and early on in life, I learned