Laid-off architect builds success one iPad at a time

Angie Davis works on Kindle cases at her home in Minneapolis on Wednesday. The former project architect says she is making a lot more money in business for herself and wouldn t return to the confines of an office-bound career. Full Story
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Lukas MA Swiss

Worcester, MA

#44 Feb 3, 2011
I guess I have to say here that the idea is stolen:
www.freitag.ch
nevertheless - I like it!
Sammy Snodgrass

AOL

#45 Feb 3, 2011
Wow, Wow and more Wow! A smart, hard working beautiful lady who is also said to cook, clean house and do laundry. Stands to reason she's already 'tied' up.
With people like her we never have to worry about Americas future. They are our strength and we should cherish each and every such person. Her products fill a void, look great and have that quality look we all love and search for. More power to her!
Fed Up

Birchwood, WI

#47 Feb 3, 2011
Lotsa morans posting here.
Not Your Way

Saint Paul, MN

#48 Feb 3, 2011
El Rushbo Fan wrote:
<quoted text>Yep! With no help from anybody! Except for transportation infrastructure, roads to and from her suppliers and customers, public utilities, all paid for by our tax dollars... she pulled herself up by her bootstraps and did it alone... oh wait... I'm getting a headache...
You're missing the point as usual for an arrogant liberal a s s. Thank God you are in charge of nothing or no one. Try to enjoy your clerk job at the state office supply distribution center number 7.
Sylvester Vikram

Minneapolis, MN

#49 Feb 4, 2011
YES!!! This is what America needs. We can do everything better. There should be no need to import this stuff from China. Stop the imports. Develop the local economy. Before we know it, people like Angie will rise above the ranks and lead this nation. The government does not see the value in enterprises like these. Byrd & Belle is America's ray of hope. Way to go guys. Entrepreneurship doesn't always have to be revolutionary. It is in all the little things that we see around us with the "Made in China" Label. Bring "Made in USA" Back. The best nation in the world, the most free nation in the world where humans and animals have rights, will be the most advanced nation in the world. There's no stopping us. Let the great recession of 2009 be a constant reminder to us to never look back. We are "Made in the USA"!!! There is honor, and now there is that ray of hope that the honor deserves.
FLW

Shakopee, MN

#50 Feb 4, 2011
I think it is great that this young lady has found a niche after having been downsized. However, according to the MN Board of AELSLAGID she is not a registered architect and could not have been empolyed as a project architect in a Minneapolis office. It would not take much to earn more than an architectural graduate in an architectural office in today's job market. This is not to minimize Ms. Davis' success, but to state the bald fact that the pat scale for young architectural graduates is truly lousy. I wish her the best of luck,
WalterK01

Greenville, SC

#51 Feb 4, 2011
Nice job Angie Davis. As an international working architect I tell my kids all the time that people starting their own business, based on a passion they have, makes far more money than an Architect and they have way more fun doing it. Standing ovation and I wish you much success.
Joe Biteme

Monroe, LA

#52 Feb 4, 2011
I doubt this story is real.

I don't recall sending her a stimulus grant.
think it through

Minneapolis, MN

#53 Feb 4, 2011
FLW wrote:
I think it is great that this young lady has found a niche after having been downsized. However, according to the MN Board of AELSLAGID she is not a registered architect and could not have been empolyed as a project architect in a Minneapolis office. It would not take much to earn more than an architectural graduate in an architectural office in today's job market. This is not to minimize Ms. Davis' success, but to state the bald fact that the pat scale for young architectural graduates is truly lousy. I wish her the best of luck,
You may want to review the definition of a Project Architect. It is not necessarily a registered Architect. Sort of like how an Intern Architect is not an Architect. It's very confusing and a problem within the profession and for those outside of it.

Also, if she was once a registered architect, isn't there a chance that she wouldn't be now? It is very expensive and time consuming to keep up registration and it sounds like she doesn't need it.
WoW

Minneapolis, MN

#54 Feb 4, 2011
I know Angie, so, I have been watching this thread keenly.

I just have to say I have never seen more negativity and distrust in my life. In this thread she has been accused of being a tax evader, and a resume expander, and that her products are unoriginal and to top it off she was compared to a street walker.

On a basic level, this story is about someone turning lemons to lemonade, about seeing a market gap and capitalizing on it. She recognized that she could apply some of the same skills she learned in Architecture school and keep that part of her brain alive by CREATING something.

As someone, correctly, said, she should be an example for anyone who has had a few bad cards dealt. I know she has been for me.

Angie works 12 hours a day to for her success. NO ONE gave her anything. She pays her taxes, matter of fact, she is excited to pay taxes. She is a real, no-joke business.

She is what both progressives and conservatives tout as what it's about. Hard work, innovation, honesty, integrity.

You people should be ashamed of yourselves.
Belles Architecture

Rockford, IL

#55 Feb 4, 2011
At Belles Architecture in Rockford, IL we've had a similar experience. For the past 18 years we have been working together as a husband and wife team. This will be our second "dip" in the economy since starting our own business. During the first "dip" we started creating "funky", well designed, and hand-crafted winter hats. The most popular were the 'dread-lock' and the 'jester--single, double, and triple pointed. This winter, just in time for Christmas, we created specialty fleece 'slipper' socks for our families, and the Dancers at Ballet Chicago. The dancers love our stylish "foot-warmers" to keep their calves and feet warm. As lousy as architecture has been, we have never found it economical to switch professions and embark on a career in fashion design. Someday we would love a client who would let us design their building, signage, menus, furniture, and even clothing.
http://www.bellesarchiteture.com
Joe Merlot

Lakeville, MN

#56 Feb 4, 2011
FLW wrote:
I think it is great that this young lady has found a niche after having been downsized. However, according to the MN Board of AELSLAGID she is not a registered architect and could not have been empolyed as a project architect in a Minneapolis office. It would not take much to earn more than an architectural graduate in an architectural office in today's job market. This is not to minimize Ms. Davis' success, but to state the bald fact that the pat scale for young architectural graduates is truly lousy. I wish her the best of luck,
"Look: changed his name to "FLW" and now is finging another way to berate her.
Freedom

Minnetonka, MN

#57 Feb 4, 2011
Fed Up wrote:
Lotsa morans posting here.

Indeed.
Freedom

Minnetonka, MN

#58 Feb 4, 2011
FLW wrote:
I think it is great that this young lady has found a niche after having been downsized. However, according to the MN Board of AELSLAGID she is not a registered architect and could not have been empolyed as a project architect in a Minneapolis office. It would not take much to earn more than an architectural graduate in an architectural office in today's job market. This is not to minimize Ms. Davis' success, but to state the bald fact that the pat scale for young architectural graduates is truly lousy. I wish her the best of luck,

Why make such a donkey fondler out of yourself by trolling on her under different names?
Demented

Minneapolis, MN

#59 Feb 4, 2011
Cunning Stunts wrote:
Wow I read this whole article and didn't see any reference to any tax issues. I'm sure the lady is smart enough to know what's she's doing with that or she wouldn't want it to be publicized. All the negative posters must be a bunch of liberals looking for some new tax revenue in case THEY ever get laid off so the only initiative they'll ever have to show is the ability to walk to the bank to cash their unemployment check! Keep on taxin'!!!
It's a good thing that Republicans dont file for unemployment when they are laid off. LOL
Cool It

Minneapolis, MN

#60 Feb 10, 2011
Alls y'alls need to calm down.

This is not an article about republicans v. liberals. It's not an article about tax evasion or MNDOT funding. This article is about a woman who, like many of us, faced some tough turns in life, and instead of wallowing or giving up, she chose to make something from it. She turned to something she enjoyed and built her own business that, as we can see from this article, is really working for her. I for one, am so happy for her and her story is an inspiration!

I'm not one to read through comments but I was shocked at the negativity here. Maybe...instead of tearing someone down via comment threads online we all should step back, take a breath and try doing what she's done. Maybe then we'll gain some perspective and see what kind of effort it takes to make something from nothing.
just candid

AOL

#61 Feb 10, 2011
Cool It wrote:
Alls y'alls need to calm down.
This is not an article about republicans v. liberals. It's not an article about tax evasion or MNDOT funding. This article is about a woman who, like many of us, faced some tough turns in life, and instead of wallowing or giving up, she chose to make something from it. She turned to something she enjoyed and built her own business that, as we can see from this article, is really working for her. I for one, am so happy for her and her story is an inspiration!
I'm not one to read through comments but I was shocked at the negativity here. Maybe...instead of tearing someone down via comment threads online we all should step back, take a breath and try doing what she's done. Maybe then we'll gain some perspective and see what kind of effort it takes to make something from nothing.

Thanks for your great post. I agree with you 100%!!!!

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