Everyday, solo practitioners face practice issues on their own, making decisions on design, processes and business development without the benefit of conversation with colleagues. Solo practitioners have the freedom to fashion their work life in their own image and, although there are many advantages in this choice, there are also challenges.
Sociologists who have studied architects tell us that the two factors most vital to career contentment among architects is having the opportunity to design and having autonomy over one's work. Architects who practice alone have both autonomy and design opportunities in abundance. This may be why so many architects choose this path.
However, many solo practitioners also work long hours, complain of limited opportunity and sometimes feel isolated from the rest of the profession. They often find it difficult to access information and continuing education that is readily available to architects who work in larger firms.
In this highly interactive seminar, solo practitioners will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with their colleagues about issues that are meaningful to their practice. Participants will share knowledge and ideas with others from around the country with similar firms. Topics discussed will include strategies for effective time management, quality review, marketing, client relationships, risk management, and other such issues relating to successful solo practice.