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2022 Small Firm Series: Operations and Design: New Approaches to Old Ways of Working (Session 3)

Join us ONLINE on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 for Session 3: Operations & Design: New Approaches to Old Ways of Working of AIA Seattle’s 2022 Small Firm Series (4 AIA LU).

Business planning and professional development mean little without proper implementation. How will you structure your team for the greatest results? What bottlenecks are slowing down your design execution? How can adopting new ways of working transform your firm? This session will explore alternative ways of thinking about your day-to-day operations using case studies from other small design firms. Equitable business practice will be discussed as a paradigm-shifting leadership model with a wide lens of understanding.

A LA CARTE REGISTRATION: Firms may not purchase a series registration with the intent to send a different individual to each session. Please register each individual for their respective course. 


Includes continuing education credit (4 AIA LU)

$40 AIA Member
$40 Government + Partners
$20 Associate Member
$60 Non-Member
FREE Student


Early Bird Deadline: Tuesday, November 29, 2022. After this time, the price increases 15%. Final Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 6, 2022. 

Reduced rate options are available! Please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request form via email by Tuesday, November 29, 5:00PM PT. 


Sun Joo Kim, Senior Management Consultant, Charrette Venture Group | Sun brings over twenty years of experience in architectural practice to her Senior Management Consultant role at CVG, where she focuses on helping firm owners improve financial and operational aspects of their businesses. With a passion for developing teams, Sun Joo supports clear communication and building trust. She has led teams and studios in both private and public realms including the Smithsonian Institution, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and the State of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality. Her most recent civic engagement is directing a pro bono project for a women’s and children’s day shelter in Portland, Oregon. As a published author and contributor to books, magazines, and news blogs, Sun Joo is adept at communicating complex ideas and goals to diverse groups. She enjoys facilitating conversations to reach shared understanding and is often invited as a moderator and speaker for workplace and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. An active advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Sun Joo co-founded Diversity in Design, a professional resource group for designers of color. She has led and championed DEI committees and task forces for organizations such as the Urban Land Institute and the CREW Network. Sun Joo holds a Bachelor of Architecture with an Additional Major in Social History from Carnegie Mellon University. She is based in Portland, Oregon.

Lucas Gray, Assoc. AIA, Senior Management Consultant, Charrette Venture Group | Trained in architecture, Lucas lived and worked around the world before starting a small architecture firm with two business partners in Portland, Oregon. After seven years running the firm, and four years working closely with CVG as an Investment Partner client, Lucas joined CVG to work with other firm owners and help them run more successful businesses. Lucas earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from McGill University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. He also attended the 2008 Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Masters Class in Australia. Lucas has long been active in the American Institute of Architects through serving on his local chapter board, on the National Associates Committee, and currently on the Small Project Design Knowledge Community leadership team. Lucas also served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University, teaching architectural drawing, and as a guest design critic at the University of Oregon. Lucas is based in Seattle, Washington.

All sessions and speakers subject to change. 


  • Visualize your firm’s structure and potential for growth using organizational design tools.
  • Hear case studies about other small firms experimenting with alternative organizational design
    and shaking up their operational norms.
  • Learn about different technological resources available that are helping small firms streamline
  • Explore different approaches to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into small firm
    leadership and team management.


Session 1: July 6, 2022 // IN-PERSON at MG2 ( 1101 2nd Ave #100, Seattle, WA  98101) // 9:00am-1:00pm PT // Class Credit: 4 LU

Session 2: September 7, 2022 //ONLINE // 9:00am-1:00pm PT // Class Credit: 4 LU

Session 3: December 7, 2022 //ONLINE // 9:00am-1:00pm PT // Class Credit: 4 LU


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Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Andrea Aguilera, Programs Coordinator at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Zoe Guckenheimer, Programs Manager at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact Kristen Lound, Associate Director of Growth & Operations at AIA Seattle


December 7
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit
4 LU