David's Open Road
364th Day (1:11)
Right Place, Right Time (0:34)
Not Compromising (0:50)
It Was Foolish (0:31)
Frames For Memories (0:18)
Other: Montreal Team
It’s being exacting in your principles and sticking to them—even when it's hard—that makes it possible to have real success.
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- When he was six years old, he tried to mix the red and white gravel on the terrace of another home.
- His mother said, “an architect lives here, and if you want mixed gravel, you have to become an architect someday too.”
- The day he finished his three-year architecture apprenticeship, he quit and started his own company—“it was foolish.”
- After completing a few jobs, he was running low on cash, prospects; thought he’d have to give up his firm, get a “real” job.
- Went out to get drunk and “mourn the passing of [his] architecture practice”; ran into a friend and her boyfriend.
- The boyfriend coincidentally needed to hire an architect and hired him that night.
- For his first ten years, he was cautious and uncompromising; told his staff “one bad building could end this practice.”
- Once he established his firm as an unflinchingly solid practice, he started getting bigger opportunities where he could take more risks.