Schools simply do not teach architects all they need to know to be creative in practice without getting into legal jeopardy. This program is intended to provide a basic grounding in legal principles that are essential knowledge for practicing architects. Session topics include business structures, contract law, tort law, real property law, intellectual property law and labor law. Everything is design – and that includes designing a practice to take advantage of what the law offers with confidence that you can embrace new models of practice, new and expanded relationships, and unbounded creativity without undue fear of legal complications or liability. Design excellence demands that architects be able to form new relationships with clients, with each other, and with consultants and contractors to be able to practice successfully according to new models.
When was the last time you envisioned a big plan for your firm, figured out how to implement it and then actually got it done? Don’t fret, it’s still possible and not that daunting – and it might even be fun! In this workshop session you will learn how strategic planning can help you frame your goals, inform the structure of your organization, guide marketing efforts, create a collaborative design process, initiate a career development plan for your employees and transform your firm into what you really want it to be. Using a concise twelve-step plan, you’ll be able to create a clear vision for your firm based on goals that everyone can understand and support, develop a strategic plan with objectives, assignments and tangible actions for design and management that are consistent with your firm’s culture, and implement action to evaluate progress and celebrate your success.
Anyone doing business in the design industry today really can't afford not to understand how company shares are transacted. At some point—but more likely at many points in one’s career—an architect will be a stakeholder in some deal. You may buy or sell shares internally; your firm may buy another firm or sell to another company; some third party may invest in your business for a mid-term return; or some new transaction format will present itself. This session will be a primer on "what's going on out there" as it relates to building shareholder value of your firm and planning internal ownership transitions.
Intellectual property law deals with topics such as copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. Architecture is a creative enterprise that often involves a great deal of collaboration. This workshop session will review the principles of intellectual property law as it relates to the creation, reproduction and use of the original drawings, specifications and other documents that are the work product of architects and other design professionals.
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