Small Firm Workshop Series




Descending Courtyard House Pacific Palisades - architect: Ric. Abramson, AIA (w/David Gray Architects) - photo: Benny Chan

Today's business climate makes competing for and producing excellent work at the smaller scale of practice exceedingly challenging. Upholding professional standards, complying with regulatory requirements, and protecting one’s exposure must be balanced with desires to practice at a high level of design, production and representation of the client.

AIA|LA is here to help our members thrive no matter the scale of their practices. In response to the overwhelming interest from our membership and the success of the 2013 Small Firm Workshop Series, AIA|LA has developed four quarterly workshops throughout 2014 ideally suited for small firm principals or managers, those aspiring to start their own firm, and emerging professionals. The presentations will focus on how to strengthen your approach to getting the work, producing the work, protecting yourself as an architect, and avoiding common mistakes.

Small Firms Workshops:

#1) Be Small/Practice Smart: Learning from the Most Common Mistakes
date:Friday, March 21, 2014

time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
credits: provides 4.0 learning units
capacity: strictly limited to 40 people - register today!

Inspired by the Fall 2012 Small Firm Survival Tips discussion, this follow-up Workshop reveals the most common mistakes made by small firms in contracting for and producing the Work. Specific focus will be most common claims against architects, contract negotiation blunders, errors and omissions in the documents, recordkeeping and documentation missteps, risk/loss prevention assessments, client expectation management and meeting the standard of care.

#2) Alternative Models for Small-Scale Professional Architectural Practices
date: Friday, June 13, 2014
time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
credits: provides 4.0 learning units
capacity: strictly limited to 40 people - register today!

Today’s economic and legal climate has forced Sole Proprietors and Small Firm Architects to creatively adapt and consider new modes of delivering their services. Sometimes the best opportunities are right in front of us. Whether starting one’s own studio or evolving an already established practice, this Workshop explores innovative models for leveraging knowledge and talent and producing excellent design through collaboration, virtual office strategies or refashioned co-working environments.

#3) Essential Tools: Scoping Your Residential Services
date: Friday, October 3, 2014

time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
credits: provides 4.0 learning units
capacity: strictly limited to 40 people - register today!

How do basic design firm business models impact decisions about scope and fee development? This highly interactive workshop will include exercises designed to help participants apply these concepts and methods to their firms, with ample opportunity for shared knowledge and exchange with colleagues.

#4) Navigating the System - The Architect's Role in Entitlements & Permitting
date: Friday, December 12, 2014

time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
credits: provides 4.0 learning units
capacity: strictly limited to 40 people - register today!

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Last updated: 02-Oct-2014 07:05 PM
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