The 4-Hour Workweek for AE Professionals:

Business Secrets to Increase Productivity, Profits and Happiness 

Now available on demand

AE professionals are uniquely positioned to innovate and lead, yet they often find themselves bogged down by their day-to-day demands. In a world where the traditional work model is becoming obsolete, it's time to rethink how you approach your professional life. This webinar is designed to empower AE professionals by introducing them to innovative strategies and tools that can revolutionize their work habits, increase productivity, and enhance overall job satisfaction.  


Inspired by Tim Ferriss' The 4-Hour Workweek, this session will focus on practical applications within the AE industry, highlighting how to optimize workflows, delegate effectively, leverage technology, and create a more balanced, fulfilling professional life. Applying these principles will enable you to “work smarter, not harder,” transforming your firm into a well-oiled machine that runs efficiently and profitably, freeing you up to focus on your passion. It's time to treat your firm as your greatest project and use your design skills to create a business that supports your dreams and aspirations! 


By the end of this session, you will learn how to:


Identify and implement efficiency-boosting technological tools and software to automate routine tasks and streamline workflows in your firm. 


Delegate non-core tasks and apply time management techniques to maximize productivity and focus on high-value activities. 


Adopt project management processes that enhance efficiency and implement strategies to improve client communication. 


Integrate the principles of the 4-hour workweek to create a healthier work-life balance, reduce stress, and increase overall job satisfaction. 

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Did you know that you can receive one LU for this course?


Steven Burns, FAIA 

Founder of The Well-Designed Firm &

Former Chief Creative Officer at BQE Software


As a distinguished thought leader, Steve blends his passion for design and firm management with profound insights into emerging technologies. Over the past 2 decades, working directly with over 1,400 firm owners, Steve has significantly contributed to reshaping these businesses for enhanced growth and sustainability. 

Steve's career highlights include a 7-year tenure at SOM Chicago, founding BBA Architects in 1993 and growing it to 17 architects before its 2007 sale, and creating ArchiOffice, a groundbreaking project management software company acquired by BQE Software in 2010.  

Recognized for his significant impact on the profession, in 2009 Steve was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Currently, as Founder of The Well-Designed Firm, he focuses on leading AE firms to operational excellence, mentoring leaders to craft businesses as elegant and innovative as the architecture they create. 



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