3 Invaluable Lessons from Rick Del Monte
- Have a vision and learn how to get people on board with it and follow through.
- Be sure that the architect, contractor, and owner are all on the same page.
- Know when to let go of a project or bid.
This week, host Sue Dyer interviews guest Rick Del Monte, Chief Design Officer and Managing Director of the Beck Group out of Dallas.
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Rick’s Leadership Journey (1:13)
Rick is an architect by training, he worked for four years and went back for a second Master’s in architecture and building design. He spent nine years doing high-rise buildings in New York. As his family grew they chose to move to Dallas and build a firm there. He began to learn computer tools in the early 90’s and they had a website when most firms did not.
About the Beck Group (5:30)
- The CEO decided that the industry was broken and realized they needed in-house architects and technology tools (6:40)
- They now have 180 architects and six offices in the U.S. and Mexico City.(6:58)
- The Beck Group has $1.3B in construction volume (7:05)
- About 40%-50% of the integrated volume projects they do is Beck/Beck (Beck Construction/Beck Design) (7:20)
- Their sweet spot is $15M to $120M projects on the integrated side (8:00)
- Integration is working together internally as architects and contractors to do a job (9:00)
Rick’s Greatest Strengths as a Leader (10:00)
- Having the drive and ambition to figure out how to follow a vision (10:45)
- Executing the transformation of the Beck Group (12:00)
- He is the chair of the Design Build Institute of America’s Design Quality initiative (12:55)
The Definition of Design Quality (14:20)
- Has to provide what the owner perceives to be excellence in design.
- Must meet the criteria of the users of the building and the facility.
- How does this building contribute the community?
Advice to Smaller Firms (18:20)
- Define what the design contingency is and have frank conversations with the contractor (19:00)
- Design is directly predicated on direct contact between the owner and the architect (19:55)
- Be in alignment before you ever begin a job (21:30)
- Listen to your gut! (24:55)
Best Advice Rick Received (25:13)
Take your work very seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously. This will serve you well in relationships with clients.
Resources for Project Managers
- Read Creativity Inc. (affiliate link) By Ed Catmull
Parting Advice (27:45)
This is a changing economy and changing world – take care of your health and take care of your finances.
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