Matt Ostanik, AIA, has written Architosh to inform us about a new competition for architects and architecture firms who have an interest in entrepreneurship.
The business plan competition is open to architects who are considering starting their own design firm and those who have started a firm in the past five years. Matt Ostanik AIA writes, “As an architect myself and an experienced entrepreneur, I would like to see our profession do more to support growth and learning amongst our many members.”
“The architecture profession is filled with many talented, creative individuals, and it is a highly entrepreneurial profession with many architects choosing to launch their own firms,” said Matt Ostanik AIA, “However, the importance of entrepreneurship is often times overlooked or understated. The goal of the competition is to inspire a broader dialog about the role of entrepreneurship in our profession.”
Prizes and Details
The first prize for the competition is 10,000.USD. There is zero fee to enter. And submissions will be kept confidential and only used for the purposes of judging and administering the competition. The jury for his new competition is excellent, consisting of noted professionals associated with this aspect of our industry.
Eligible participants must be a licensed architect in the US or Canada, and, if operating an existing firm, must have been in business for five years or less. Interested architects should register online by 28 March 2014, and an executive summary of their business plan must be submitted by 25 April 2014.
The jury consist of Mark LePage AIA, from Entrepreneur Architect; Rena Klein FAIA, author of The Architect’s Guide to Small Firm Management; Bob Fisher, principal at the Greenway Group and associate publisher of DesignIntelligence; and Oscia Wilson, principal at Boiled Architecture.
The winners will be announced at a special reception in Chicago, Illinois, during the American Institute of Architects national convention on 26 June 2014.
The registration deadline for ABC, sponsored by Charrette Venture Group, is 28 March 2014. To learn more about this event please visit their website here.