Small Firm Practice: Making Chaos Work for Your Small Firm

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AIA CES: 1.5 LU Leading Architecture In A Changing World Series - #6

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, MAY 13

Where: At The Center   

The Leading Architecture in a Changing World Series provides focus on the new world of professional practice: post-recession, new media, more diverse service offerings across our profession, and more.  The series is designed to meet the needs of mid-career and entrepreneurial professionals who are looking for in-depth content to inform both established practices and new ventures. Where possible, practicing professionals are paired with industry experts to bring a unique perspective on a range of business topics. The series includes 9 sessions on Monday evenings 6-8 pm outlined below.

Session Description:
Managing a small design firm has always presented challenges. While small firms have the potential to maximize creativity and enthusiasm, they can also suffer from uneven workloads, poor productivity, and lack of available resources.  In 21st Century practice, these difficulties have only increased as unpredictability has intensified and the pace of change has quickened.
Given these conditions, how do firm owners deal with constantly shifting and unexpected circumstances?  How can they cope with the demands of the market place and still create a satisfying workplace environment?  How will they hope to set professional goals and achieve them in an environment of unrelenting change?   The answers to these questions do not lie in the usual realm of linear problem solving. Like a complicated design problem, everything is connected.  
In this highly interactive seminar, participants will learn tools for managing unpredictable conditions derived from chaos theory and systems thinking.  Case studies of emerging practice models that have successfully adapted to new economic and technological realities will also be presented. There will be ample time for knowledge sharing with colleagues and thoughtful dialogue on current small firm practice issues.

Speaker:  Rena M. Klein, FAIA
Author, The Architect’s Guide to Small Firm Practice: Making Chaos Work for Your Small Firm (Wiley, 2010); Executive Editor, AIA’s The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice (2013 release); Keynote Speaker, 2013 AIA CES Provider’s Conference – Innovations In Continuing Education; for more information see

Per session: $10 for members; $25 for nonmembers per session.
Full Series: $50 for members; $125 for nonmembers
Cancellation policy: no refunds; session reassignments may be available, see registration link for details.

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  • Leo J. Pyzynski J.

    Sorry I teach on Mondays, but this is the last night I teach !

    April 29, 2013

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