All You Need is Coffee? Architect Gary Sadler on Starting & Running a Successful Architecture Firm | 071

The Key to Succeed in Architecture

In this episode we hear of Gary’s experiences from architecture student to owning his own firm of 15 staff members. He shares with us his experiences and advice and I can’t wait for you to hear all the golden nuggets I got to take away from chatting with him about being successful in architecture.

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All You Need is Coffee?

This architect loves coffee. Who would have guessed it?

Today I’m joined by US architect Gary Sadler. Gary is a successful architect and business owner of the architectural practice Upland Architects in Massachusetts. Gary also has a particularly special love for coffee – running his own niched coffee business for architecture students called Crit Grit. Gary has kindly given me a discount code for you guys and girls, do yourself a favour and grab some strong coffee for the studio, late nights and crit week.

Get some good stuff: (10% off Crit Grit coffee with this link)

Thank you so much to Gary for chatting with me, he’s an extremely busy man with a lot going on inside his architecture firm and running the side-businesses he does – again I highly recommend checking out Crit Grit coffee using the link above.


Here are some of the question I ask architect Gary Sadler in this episode:

When did you first decide you wanted to be an architect?

What made you want to do it?

What was the process of architecture school like for you? Where did you study? How long was it?

What year did you graduate architecture school and what did that mean for you? What was that next step?

When did you start working in the profession?


At what point did you figure out that you wanted to start your own firm?

How was it transitioning from working for someone to running your own show?

What is your day-to-day like as an owner architect of a 15 staff practice? What are the main things you work on?

Is running your own practice what you expected?


What made you want to start a niche coffee business for architecture students?


What do you think is the one thing that makes architecture students successful?