Expanding Your Agency:
How to Make (and Get) More from Your Design Business

Jul 12 2016
2:00 pm
CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
1250 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tickets are $10 each

Expanding Your Agency:
How to Make (and Get) More from Your Design Business

Architecture, Design Build, Fabrication, Furniture Design, Development, Real Estate, Community, Design Thinking
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Subsisting on hourly rates or marginal percentage fees can be a dangerous prospect for design firms, with small- to medium-sized companies particularly vulnerable. But what if there were a way to expand your agency and reap greater billings, all while wielding greater influence in the final product?

With an emphasis on concepts like design build and design fabrication, this session imparts practical knowledge for scaling your business. Come get first-hand accounts of successful growth from designers young and old, in fields like architecture, fabrication, design build, and furniture design.

In this session, you will:
● Learn how to think beyond modest fees and hourly billing and conceive a broader reach for your business
● Hear well-rounded perspective from makers, architects, fabrication experts, and a true pioneer in the field of design build.
● Discover ways to apply your skills and experience to other disciplines and grow your firm.

Rick Sommerfeld is an assistant professor of architecture and Director of Colorado Building Workshop, the design build program at CU Denver, where he has built 10 community projects in Colorado and, in collaboration with DesignBuildBLUFF, five charitable homes in Southern Utah. His projects have won more than 20 awards from organizations like AIA and have been featured in Dwell, Design Boom, Modern in Denver, and ArchDaily. Rick’s professional design practice, the3rdspace, specializes in innovative residential and small commercial design.
Bill Moore is the Founder and President of Sprocket Design Build. A licensed architect, building contractor, and NCARB member, Bill is responsible for architecture and/or construction services for more than 60 projects in Colorado, California, North Carolina, and Idaho.
A registered architect and seasoned craftsman, Jordan Vaughn began designing and making things professionally at a young age. The founder of several local design businesses, including Vonmod, The Maker Lab, and Von Design, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as an immense reserve of creative energy.
Mike Blea is the Co-­Founder and Senior Design Principal of Raw Creative. He is a licensed general contractor and is currently seeking his architectural license. His focus is on merging design, construction, and custom fabrication into a seamless process. His background includes digital design + manufacturing, construction management, MIG/TIG welding, cabinetry, GFRC concrete, and a range of fine carpentry.
Breton Lujan is the Co-­Founder and a Senior Design Principal at Raw Creative. His focus is on custom fabrication and its implementation into simple, modern design. His background in fabrication includes metal work, fine carpentry, and GFRC concrete. Lujan is currently pursuing his architectural license.