Seminars
Going It Alone
A Forum for Solo Practitioners
Program Description

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.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be introduced to management theory and its application to solo practice, including self-aware planning, time management techniques and, effective work process design.

Participants will engage in dialogue about issues that are meaningful to their practice, and will have the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with others from around the country with similar firms.

Participants will learn how to take advantage of the favorable aspects of solo practice, while gaining understanding of how to best meet the challenges of practicing alone.

Program Format/Length

This 90-minute (1.5 LU) seminar will consist of three parts:

  • Introduction to management theory and its application to solo practice, including self-aware planning, time management techniques, and effective work process design.
  • Small group discussions using “group interview technique.” Participants will be guided through a process designed to quickly generate questions for dialogue within small groups. These questions will be on the theme, “What are the issues and opportunities important to a more satisfying solo practice.”
  • Large group session including reports from individuals on insights gained from small group dialogues, and a facilitated follow-up discussion.
Health, Safety & Welfare

This seminar does not meet the criteria for HSW credits.

Instructor Compensation

This program is available to AIA Components for an honorarium of $150.00, plus travel expenses from Seattle, Washington.

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