An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.
This quote could apply as equally to architects as it does to engineers. There is very little that we do on any given day that is not due to the efforts of an architect, engineer or both. The car you drove to work today didn’t just happen. Your house was not thought up on the spot without concern for loads, slopes, etc. There is a reason that the elevator is located where it is and operates the way that it does.
There is also a reason that architectural and engineering (A & E) firms are more likely than most companies to consider an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). An ESOP offers many potential advantages to A & E firms including: cultural fit, improved staff recruiting and retention, tax advantages and a simplified exit strategy for the selling owners.