The Business Behind Design

Behind all great architecture and engineering work there needs to be an efficient, effective business operation in place in order to maximize profits. In his Business Behind Design blog, Steven Burns, FAIA, Director of Product Strategies for BQE Software, creator of ArchiOffice, and long-time managing director of an architectural practice, offers valuable advice about running a design firm.Topics include project management tips, financial best practices, marketing how-to, advice for maximizing meetings, business software, recruitment and retention, and strategic planning. For more on BQE Software, visit: www.bqe.com.
Architects | October 16, 2013 | Steven Burns
If you’re on the outside looking in, successful entrepreneurship may seem mysterious. But it isn’t. Here are five patterns of behavior that are common...
Architects | October 07, 2013 | Steven Burns
The average U.S. office worker generates two pounds of paper each day, according to the EPA. Ninety percent of that trash is made up of printed materi...
Architects | September 26, 2013 | Steven Burns
As AEC firms navigate toward an uncertain future, the most effective leaders are those who eagerly adapt to change. Here are three attitudes that driv...
Architects | September 23, 2013 | Steven Burns
What’s the best way to reward those employees who go the extra mile, particularly when it’s not always feasible to give large financial bonuses? Accor...
Architects | September 16, 2013 | Steven Burns
The idea-generating process known as brainstorming has come under some intense fire recently. Critics contend that it suspends much-needed criticism a...
Building Owner | September 04, 2013 | Steven Burns
U.S. businesses spend more than $170 billion annually on leadership-based curriculum, according to the American Society of Training and Development. I...
Building Owner | August 28, 2013 | Steven Burns
Although firms commonly use client satisfaction surveys and interviews to assess how well their teams are performing, a new article from Harvard Busin...
Building Owner | August 19, 2013 | Steven Burns
Anyone whose desk resembles a war zone can proudly cite a new scientific study that suggests a messy workspace may actually help people think more cre...
Building Owner | August 08, 2013 | Steven Burns
What’s an idea really worth? That’s the question posed by The New York Times in a provocative article that explores whether the notion of billing time...
Engineers | July 30, 2013 | Steven Burns
As the designers of collaborative work environments, architects and engineers understand how open, transparent spaces can cultivate the casual interac...
Architects | July 25, 2013 | Steven Burns
The key to a firm’s future success has less to do with avoiding trouble than bouncing back from it. 
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