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Thinking outside the building

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Identical twins Teman and Teran Evans were headed into a buzz saw as they faced the recession with bachelor’s degrees in architecture.

Fortunately, they did graduate work in design at Harvard and then founded their own firm, Dioscuri, named after the mythical twins Castor and Pollux.

Now they’re celebrity designers. They say you have to adapt to survive.

“When the economy tanked, the de­­signer who was versatile was a designer who could still afford to keep his lights on,” says Teman. “The problem is that when you’re educated as an architect, most schools emphasize putting those skills to the service of another architect: Work in a firm, learn how to make buildings, then start your own firm. That’s not the case any­­­more. If you have that attitude, you’re going to be dead because for a while, no­­body was building anything. So if they’re not building things, what are you going to do?”

— Adapted from “Driven by Design,” LaToya M. Smith, Black Enterprise.

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