Alloy Development: How to Build as an Architect-led Developer in NYC (w/ Alexandra Militano)

Real estate developers often keep their eye on the bottom line—for them, it’s all about how a property can make money. Architects, meanwhile, focus on design, but rarely have control over the built environment. But it’s possible to do both. Alloy Development is a hybrid architecture-development firm. Director of Construction Alexandra Militano joined us to explain how they’re equally focused on design impact and property value.

Real estate developers often keep their eye on the bottom line—for them, it’s all about how a property can make money. Architects, meanwhile, focus on design, but rarely have control over the built environment. But it’s possible to do both. Alloy Development is a hybrid architecture-development firm. Director of Construction Alexandra Militano joined us to explain how they’re equally focused on design impact and property value.

Interview Takeaways
  • Make design a priority in development
  • Balance design and construction knowledge to cut back on adjustments
  • Bring out the best in a location
  • Invest in amenities
  • Treat the community as a stakeholder
  • Learn real estate development by doing it
  • Cultivate investors
  • Add to the five phases of architecture
  • Understand the client’s frustrations with time
  • Build relationships at the construction site
  • Use a construction manager to bridge gaps
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