So you’ve taken the leap but what kind of practice do you want to have ?
Thursday 11th September, 2014 | 8am-9.30am
So you’ve taken the leap, but what kind of practice do you want to have and how are you going to get there? More important even than a business plan, these are the two questions that need answering before launching your own practice.
In a new series aimed at emerging practices, well-known trainer and facilitator Caroline Cole will begin the session by explaining how to articulate your goals, ending with advice on how to manage growth as you start to expand.
According to Caroline, fundamental questions, including how to demonstrate what value you can offer are often overlooked in the drive to find clients.
And having established yourself, how do you avoid short-termism and plan for the future? Who are the best people to have on your team and what is the best time to staff up?
Finally, how to you avoid an all too common scenario and stay resilient when times are bad?
Caroline is the founder and director of Colander.
She has worked in-house with Arup Associates, Conran Associates and Crighton Ltd - where she became Managing Director; also, with Olympia and York where, as Retail Design Manager, she commissioned and then managed architects and designers in the first phase of Canary Wharf.
Before setting up Colander, Caroline was Head of the Clients’ Advisory Service and Competitions Office at the RIBA, which gave her first hand experience of how clients view the architectural profession.
She has been a judge of the Design Week Awards, the RIBA Regional Awards, the AJ Top 100 Awards and the Inspire Awards that recognise women in the built environment.
She was a member of the Steering Group responsible for the Government publication 'Architectural Competitions, a Handbook for Promoters', and was on the Development Board for the CIC's Design Quality Indicators.