Mastering the Business of Architecture

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Whether moving up or starting your own firm, it's important to learn critical skills and new ways of thinking from leaders and business professionals. This series, Mastering the Business of Architecture, will provide in-depth exposure to topics important to practitioners. This series is geared toward emerging and emerged leaders and intended to fill an important gap in the practical, distilled and advanced knowledge available to small and mid-sized practitioners. 

Entrepreneurship for Young Architects

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The profession of architecture is extremely large and vast. There are so many opportunities to have successful businesses outside of traditional methods of selling design services. This lecture is about entrepreneurial thinking and concepts, which can be applied to the architecture and construction industry. It’s about solving problems and starting a business. You’ll learn how to think like an entrepreneur and use proven strategies and examples of successful entrepreneur architects. Now you can leverage your architectural skills for a living, while enjoying the freedom & lifestyle of an entrepreneur.

In this lecture you will learn:

  • The difference between entrepreneur, a freelancer, and a business ownerand what it means to you
  • The BIG problem with trading your time for dollars
  • Ways you can become financially resilient by establishing multiple streams of income
  • The entrepreneurial mindset: learn how to quickly find problems that you can solve and be monetized
  • Ways to build a business that is rooted in helping others and doing good deeds
  • The key concepts, mindsets and attitudes of successful entrepreneurs that you can use to make your professional life easier and more fruitful

March 14, 2018

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

1.5 LU | Lunch is included.

$15 | Associate AIA members

$25 | AIA and Affiliate members

$40 | Non-member guests

The Center for Architecture and Design

50 West Town Street, Suite 110

Columbus, OH 43215

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Speaker: Michael Riscica, AIA of

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Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect in the State of Oregon. He has primarily worked in small architecture firms and as a Project Manager for the City of Portland Oregon. After obtaining his license, he felt there was a significant lack of guidance, support and information for Emerging Architecture Professionals to help bridge the gap between Graduation until becoming a Licensed Architect. He started the blog as his contribution to the solution. 

Michael has written endlessly about architecture school, the profession and the Architect Registration Exam. In 2015 he published a book titled, How To Pass The Architect Exam. From the success of the book, he created a 10 week ARE Coaching program and has helped over 250 people get started with taking the ARE. He also single handedly manages the very active ARE Facebook group. 

In early 2017, he started The Young Architect Podcast as a way to chat with many Leaders in the AIAS and Architecture Profession. Michael Riscica is deeply passionate about supporting the future Generations of Architects in being more successful.


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