Bob Conway has more than 29 years of architecture experience. In 2013, Kluber Architects + Engineers expanded and acquired Daniel Robison Architects, making Conway a valued member of the Kluber team. Here, he gives his thoughts on career changes and an industry in transition.
I’ve worked at Daniel Robison Architects for most of my professional career. I’ve always enjoyed working for a small firm, where every member of our team takes pride in the projects and work we’ve produced. We get involved in all phases of our projects, which range in size from small room additions to multimillion-dollar fire stations and village halls.
Being a small firm means we’re always accessible to our clients and they always know who is working on their projects. It’s our belief that this is one of the reasons our clients keep coming back to us with work. Our size and the added effort we put into every project has served our clients well over the years, and as a result our firm as well.
The slowdown in the economy over the past six years has put a lot of our competition out of business. We have been truly blessed to keep our head above water as a firm. It hasn’t been the result of luck, however.
We’ve always been open to trying new ways to grow the firm. Last year one of our clients put us in contact with Kluber Architects + Engineers to see if there were any opportunities for our two firms to work together on future projects. As it turned out, Kluber’s project approach was very similar to ours at Daniel Robison Architects, both valuing the building of lasting relationships with our clients.
This collaboration would prove to be a fated move and the rest is really history. Daniel Robison Architects officially became a part of Kluber Architects + Engineers in 2013. We are moving forward and together we’re stronger and able to provide additional services to our clients in a larger service area.
Change, I’ve learned, can be good.