Mentoring Workshop Series | Life Hack #3: Architecture and Business Panel

Make 2017 your best architecture year ever by attending "Architect Up! Life Hacks for Architects," a series of hands-on Mentoring Workshops designed to advance your skills and provide you with the tools to be an even better architect!

A common refrain in our profession is that “architects are bad at business.” The third session in our Mentoring Workshop series aims to address this knowledge gap via a panel discussion with three architects whose successes in business development and practice is well worth learning!

What do you wish you had known about business as an emerging architectural professional? What are the best methods for bringing in new work? How is an architecture firm managed effectively? Should a greater emphasis be placed on business know-how in architecture school? Bring your questions and join us for a stimulating discussion, followed by a tour of Gensler’s DC office.


  • Tom Gallas , CPA, LEED AP BD+C, Chief Executive Officer at Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
  • Usman Tariq, Associate Managing Principal at HDR
  • Amy Gardner, FAIA LEED-AP, Principal at Gardner Architects LLC

Life Hack #1: Work / Life Balance with WeWork/WeLive
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
2221 S. Clark St.
Arlington, VA 22202

Life Hack #2: Social Media and Branding with Deane Madsen, Assoc. AIA
Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Page Architects
1615 M St NW #700
Washington, DC 20036

Life Hack #3: Architecture and Business Panel with Tom Gallas & Others, CPA, LEED AP BD+C
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Gensler - DC Office
2020 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

Life Hack #4: The Art of Sketching with Hany Hassan, FAIA
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Life Hack #5: TBD
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee