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Profit Motive & The Business of Design – The A+D Leader’s 101 of Firm Financial Management

Who deals with the money, and how? This session focuses on how finance, metrics, and performance influence an A+D practice’s well-being and its success moving forward, as well as the firm culture and bottom line.

Join SO|arch founder Elisabeth Sporer, AIA CIC, for a presentation on the benchmark metrics behind the business of design.  Elisabeth will provide an overview of what performance data an A+D leader needs to measure and how – key performance indicators [KPIs] like overhead and break-even rates, staff target utilization rates, profitability, competitive hourly billing rates, backlog/billing forecasting, and staffing planning tied to financial performance. The presentation also highlights a project manager’s key performance indicators [KPIs], from staff utilization and billing forecasting to work and resource planning tied to financial performance.

About Our Speaker

Elisabeth Sporer, AIA, LEED AP, CIC; A+D Business Strategist and SO|arch Founder

Elisabeth Sporer works with CEOs, founders, and leadership teams across the United States to build successful A+D firms through an integrated approach combining business strategy consulting with leadership coaching.  She has presented on topics such as A+D business strategy, ownership transition, practice management, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and international practice at AIA chapters in the Central Valley, East Bay, Oklahoma, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Elisabeth holds an MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.




Apr 18 2023


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 18 2023
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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