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Mastering the Business of Architecture Series

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Whether moving up or starting your own firm, it's important to learn critical skills and new ways of thinking from leaders and business professionals. This series, Mastering the Business of Architecture, will provide in-depth exposure to topics important to practitioners. This series is geared toward emerging and emerged leaders and intended to fill an important gap in the practical, distilled and advanced knowledge available to small and mid-sized practitioners. 

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NEXT UP: Sustaining a Firm: You've Grown, Now What? hosted on Friday, May 13th with Tim Hawk, FAIA, Principal of WSA Studio, Jack Biaolsky, Jr., AIA, Principal of Biaolsky + Partners Architects, and Brad Dresbach, VP of Weber Associates

Lunch is provided!

 

Sessions will be held the second Friday of the month from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
This series will run an academic year in two topic blocks. 


Block 1: Claim Prevention

Friday, September 11, 2015  |  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Presented by: Charles R. Heuer, FAIA, Esq. of The AIA Trust's LegaLine

How to mitigate your risks through the eyes of a legal professional. 
Shop Drawings, Change Orders, and Claims - This program focuses on the proper processes for Shop Drawing review, Change Order execution and Claims review - the risks involved and how to manage them while performaing in a timely and appropriate manner. The AIA General Conditions (A201-2007) are the point of reference.
How to Avoid Getting Sued: Reducing Prospects of Liability Claims - Instructs architects and other design professionals about practices that tend to reduce the possibility of being sued for professional malpractice and that tend to improve professional practice management.

HSW Learning Units

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Friday, October 9, 2015  |  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Presented by: Steve Rice, Senior Cost Planner at Lend Lease and Kevin Caudill, Schedule Manager at Setterlin

Cost estimating an idea - how to develop a preliminary budget with a client on a schematic design.

  •  Understand the basics of conceptual estimates - available resources, rules of thumb (cost per square foot, new construction vs. renovation, etc). Learn how to apply industry standards to a schematic design to develop an estimate to help an owner establish a budget. - Learn how different project delivery methods will affect the estimating process (establishing a GMP vs. Competitive Bidding)
  • Learning methods to scale back scope to meet a budget while maintaining the overall quality of a design.
  • Understanding inflation and cost escalation related to construction schedule
  • Mock up a project and estimate it in different ways (show how estimates can fluctuate between a D-B-B project and a CM-R, how phasing affects estimates, etc.)

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Friday, November 13, 2015  |  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Presented by: Tracy Van Niel, FCSI, CCS, Specifications Manager at DesignGroup, and Bruce Faris


Understanding the importance of coordination between drawings and specifications and contracts - how to conduct QA/QC on design documents.

  • Well-coordinated documents reduce confusion, lead to more accurate bid numbers, and reduce change orders during construction
  • How to help clients understand that more time given to the designer during the documentation phase can benefit them (cost savings b/c of fewer change orders)
  • Establishing an office culture of QA/QC - taking pride in well documented designs
  • What's the best way to ensure a quality product leaves the office for bidding?
  • How to train young designers to prepare well done documents?
  • How to write specifications (clearly)

3.5 HSW Learning Units!

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Friday, December 11, 2015  |  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Presented by: David B. Meleca, AIA at David B. Meleca Architects LLC  and Joseph Patchen, Partner at Carlile, Patchen, and Murphy 

Legal implications of starting out - such as learning about each different type of company (LLC, Partnership, Incoporation, etc), State Registration, etc.

  • Identify the legal ramifications of owning a firm, ranging from how to distinguish personal property to understanding the basic structure of businesses from a legal perspective.
  • Identify the different types of structures available for a business and understand which would be the best for the firm you're starting (partnership, LLC, Incoporation, etc.)
  • Understand the process of registering your firm with the state it will be practicing in - does the firm need to be registered in each state where you plan to do business, or just the architect?
  • Understanding a business plan - steps to creating a plan that will help your business get off the ground and help you get financing to run the newly established firm.

3.5 Learning Units

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Block 2: Business Management 

Friday, February 12, 2016  |  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Presented by: Brent Foley, AIA, Principal at Triad Architects, Jerome Scott, AIA, Owner at Jerome Scott Architects, and Paula Ryan, FSMPS, CPSM, Director of Marketing at Jezerinac Geers & Associates, Inc.


The Mastering the Business of Architecture Series continues on February 12th with the session “Building a Firm: Getting Work, the Concepts of Marketing and Business Development”. Following the last session, ‘Establishing a Firm’, next comes building up the firm by maximizing and maintaining your relationship with clients and learning how to properly market your firm to continue getting new work. This four hour workshop with Brent Foley, AIA, Jerome Scott, AIA, and Paula Ryan will cover establishing a client base, submitting proposals, prepping for interviews, working with consultants, and efficiently and effectively marketing your firm.

  • How to prospect for clients and build meaningful, long-term relationships
  • How to build mutually beneficial relationships with consultant partners
  • Understand how to present your portfolio/relevant experience
  • Understand why defining your firm's identity and differentiation is important
  • How to structure your marketing efforts (particularly as a "small" firm)

3.5 Learning Units

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Friday, March 11, 2016  |  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Presented by Jonathan Moody, AIA, Partner at Moody Nolan, John Meegan, AIA, Principal at MKC Associates, and Beth Moyer, Senior Recruiter at DHL Supply Chain 

This seminar will focus primarily on finances, networking, hiring staff, talent acquisition, maintaining clients, and the ins and outs of managing and running a firm.

  • How to recruit, hire and retain staff
  • How to manage employees and conduct employee performance reviews
  • How to determine salaries and a bonus structure
  • Understand accounting and collection best practices
  • Learn standard financial metrics for architectural firms

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Friday, April 8, 2016  |  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Presented by: Brad Dresbach, VP at Weber Associates, and Paula Ryan, FSMPS, CPSM, Director of Marketing at Jezerinac Geers & Associates, Inc

This seminar will focus on how to brand your firm as well as individual projects, business development, and strategic planning in order to keep the firm moving forward.

  • How to take marketing and business development to the next level
  • How to create a marketing plan that's scalable for your firm
  • Why social media/promotional activities is important in winning work
  • Determine who is involved in marketing and business development, and why
  • How to make a presentation using solid speaking skills
  • How to develop a client satisfaction program, and what it means to your clients

3.5 Learning Units

Rescheduled - email Jordan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

Friday, May 13, 2016  |  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Presented by: Tim Hawk, FAIA, Principal of WSA Studio, Jack Bialosky, Jr., AIA, Principal of Bialosky + Partners Architects, and Brad Dresbach, VP of Weber Associates


This seminar will focus on keeping the firm running smoothly, bringing up employees and mentoring, and succession planning - passing the baton to the next generation of leaders.

  • How to empower employees and increase tenure
  • Why mentoring is important
  • Determine and plan for a successful firm leadership transition
  • How to monitor work flow
  • Learn project management best practices

3.5 Learning Units

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Information:
Sessions are held on the second Friday of the month.

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 West Town Street, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

 

Pricing:

Full Series:
$140 - Associate AIA Member
$280 - AIA Member
$560 - Non-AIA Member

Individual Session:
$20 - Associate AIA Member
$40 - AIA Member
$80 - Non-AIA Member

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2016 Candidates for Election

2016 Candidates for Election

AIA Columbus is pleased to announce it's 2016 Slate of Candidates for election at the Annual Meeting on September 22nd. Joe Moss, AIA, Architect with Geiseke Rosenthal Architecture + Design (GRA+D) is seeking the office of President-Elect. Jorge Nieves-Rodriguez, AIA, senior designer with L Brands is seeking the office of Treasurer. John Meegan, AIA, Principal of MKC Associates, Inc. is seeking the office of Secretary. Yanitza Brongers-Marrero, AIA, Director of Housing with Moody Nolan, Andrew Rosenthal, AIA, Principal of Geiseke Rosenthal Architecture + Design (GRA+D) and Michael Vala, AIA, Project Architect with BSHM Architects are seeking to fill 2-year terms as Directors. Susan Earp, Associate AIA, Architectural Job Caption with Shremshock Architects is seeking to fill a 2-year term as Associate Director. 

2016 Slate New

 

Farewell Reception

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