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AIA New York State Small Firm Symposium – Day 2
November 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Schedule of Events
Saturday, November 14
8:00AM – 9:00AM: Breakfast with the AIA SfX Network and Sponsors Content Leaders:
Venesa Alicea-Chuqui, AIA, NOMA, LEEP AP | Founder/Principal, NYVARCH Architecture Matthew Clapper, AIA, NCARB | Founder/Principal, Modern Architecture and Development
Christopher Toddy, AIA | President, Christopher @ Architects LLC
Submitted for 1.5 LU’s
Maintaining firm prosperity, relevancy and resilience in a changing social-distancing, economic, staffing, and technological environment are paramount for architectural firms, especially those with one-to-nine staff. AIA can be most important resource for professional resiliency and advancement, and the AIA national member group – AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) – works on your behalf to communicate needed resources to firms. Join us in a conversation to discuss small firm resiliency and to discover new resources and initiatives that support your firm’s success.
9:00AM – 10:30AM: Day One Takeaways & High-Performance Productivity for Architects
Content Leader: Dr. Stevie Dawn | CEO & Founder, Stevie Dawn Inspires, LLC Submitted for 1.5 LU’s
We live in a fast-paced ever-changing world. We are being asked to do more with less and in less time than ever before. It is a workplace imperative that we become efficient and effective in all our tasks. However, we do not need another way to create a to-do list. We need instead to focus on improving prioritization and eliminating distractions in our daily work. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of focusing on the tasks that truly matter, the importance of delegation, and how to prioritize our tasks. Participants will be introduced to the SHARK Method as a productivity tool useful for professionals at all levels of an organization. It is time we stop feeling overwhelmed and start feeling in control of our calendar.
10:30AM – 10:55AM: Live Meet Up with Dr. Stevie Dawn Blake and Sponsors Want to ask Dr. Stevie more questions? Join her for a meet up to get your burning questions answered. Talk with our Sponsors and thank them for their support.
11:00AM – 12:30PM: Satisfied Clients, Engaged Architects & Cash Flow: A Crash Course in Small Firm Management
Content Leader: Russell Davidson, FAIA | Managing Principal & President, KG&D Architects
Submitted for 1.5 LU’s
It’s hard for clients to select the right architect for their project. It can be even harder for the design professional to explain their fees or contracts. Learn how to determine the appropriate percentage fee for each of the various contractual phases of a project— from pre-contract site investigation all the way through the post-construction phase.
This session will help architects working in small firms define the value of exactly what it is you do and communicate that value to your clients. You will learn how to present these costs to the client, how to talk about it so that they understand how the fees are determined and what formula to use depending on the project.
12:30PM – 12:55PM: Lunch Break & Live Meet Up with Russ Davidson and our Sponsors
Don’t let your questions go unanswered! Visit Russ for his live meet up. Preview our Sponsor’s virtual booths.
1:00PM – 2:30PM: Raising and Maintaining Standards of Quality in a Small Firm
Content Leader: Andrés U. Cortés, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP | Partner, Agencie Architecture & Engineering,
Submitted for 1.5 LU’s
This presentation focuses on lessons learned and best practices towards changing the Quality Control processes to account for distanced collaboration between experienced architects and engineers with early to mid-career small firm designers. The session will illustrate a case study whereby our firm participated as a sub-, working with many other sub-consultant teams, real time in BIM360 and other crowd-based platforms for the development of a project. Added to the complexity of individual Team members working remotely, is the fact that many individual Team members where located across multiple time zones, and in some cases did not possess the full technical or administrative training required to perform tasks effectively. Challenges the firm encountered will be reviewed and speak about the attempts at meeting these hurdles.
2:30PM – 2:55PM: Live Meet Up with Andrés U. Cortés and Sponsors It’s the last meet up of the symposium. Be sure to stop by to talk to Andrés Cortés before you leave! One last time to talk with our Sponsors. Be sure to thank them for supporting the Small Firm Symposium.