Setting up your own architecture and design practice: what you need to know

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15 Mar 2021

Amanda Gunawan talks about what inspired her to set up her own businesses, what she’s learned along the way and and the importance of balancing design and business needs

In today’s episode, we speak to Amanda Gunawan, co-founding principal of OWIU, an abbreviation for The Only Way Is Up, a full-service architecture and design office founded in 2018 in Los Angeles and with ties in Singapore. 

Amanda shares with us some really sound advice as to what is needed when you set up your own architecture and design practice, the importance of business plan research and sourcing crucial support, and the differences between working in Asia and the US. 

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