Living the Dream

Owning my own profitable business has been a dream of mine for a very long time.  I  guess it is difficult to be in the field of Architecture and not have an entrepreneurial spirit.   I’ve completed a few residential construction document packages (“blueprints”) while I was working for various architecture firms over the last 15 years, but as you might suspect- it’s difficult to find time to design and draw side projects for your clients, when you’re designing and drawing for your boss’ clients 40-50 hours per week… (Did I mention rush hour traffic in Los Angeles?)

Then along comes a little thing called The Recession.  Small firms closed and large firms laid-off 20 employees at a time.  My income dropped from $1,000 per week to spending my retirement to applying for welfare, while I was appealing the determination that somehow I wasn’t eligible for unemployment insurance.
But I was always resourceful and had a strong determination and work ethic.

Looking back, I graduated from The University of Southern California with a B.S. in Architecture and Urban Planning.  I was a founding member of the student chapter of The National Organization of Minority Architects (www.NOMA.net).  I have sold Amway products (You would be amazed how much a business that doesn’t work can teach you about business). I have taken marketing classes for entrepreneurs, written my own contracts, and designed my logo (an abstraction of a road to infinity).

I attended Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad” Real Estate Investing 3-day crash course & made my business an LLC.  I started taking my Architectural Registration Exams (ARE) and joined and The Real Estate Investment Club of L.A.  My LA Virtual Tour Business is a culmination of all these experiences.

I’d just like to thank the staff at Real Tour Vision, for providing the opportunity, support and education to bring this dream to reality.

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Duane Williams, President
Urban Design Studios, LLC
Real Estate Marketing, Virtual Tours & Renderings,
Building Information Modeling & Construction Documents
www.urbandesignstudios-llc.com
urban.design.studios.llc@gmail.com