Tricia Esser – Mini MBA: Mastering the Business of Architecture

AIA Conference on Architecture 2022

June 23, 2022

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616

Tricia Esser, Chief Executive Officer – KTGY
Griff Davenport, FAIA, Chief Executive Officer – DLR Group

How will architects create and manage sustainable and equitable firms during and after the COVID-19 pandemic? Join us to hear from the leaders of AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable as they share key principles to develop a roadmap to business success.

Together, we’ll explore the fundamentals of business planning, including key strategies towards resiliency of firm culture and hybrid practice models to achieve business goals.


  1. Understand the business climate of the future, visualize your firm’s future, and establish a plan to execute that vision.
  2. Implement key elements of a sustainable business plan, and create or refine a plan for your current or future firm.
  3. Analyze scenarios to sustainably grow or scale a practice, including hybrid practice models during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Define key elements and methods to nourish resilient firm culture through equity, diversity, and inclusion—as well as environmental, social, and governance—to drive employee and business success.