Atomic Habits for AE Professionals:

Secrets that Boost Productivity & Profits 

Now available on demand

In the bestselling book Atomic Habits, James Clear illustrates that the key to unlocking significant improvements in our lives lies in small, incremental changes, emphasizing systems over goals for sustained progress. This webinar explores how integrating technologies into our daily routines, guided by Clear's four laws of behavior change (make it obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying), can transform our work processes and AE firm’s culture. By adopting a mindset shift towards seeing ourselves not just as design professionals, but as innovators, we align technology with our identity, ensuring its seamless adoption.

Join the founder of The Well-Designed Firm and former Chief Creative Officer of BQE Software, Steven Burns, FAIA, as he shares actionable insights on fostering a culture that embraces experimentation and learning, illustrating how these atomic habits can compound to achieve remarkable growth. Discover how to leverage these principles to propel your AE firm forward by letting automation and technology handle the heavy lifting, saving you hours per week!  

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


Leverage automated reporting and invoicing, transforming daily routines into efficient workflows, dramatically improving cash flow and reducing administrative tasks. 


Ensure balanced workloads and timely project completion by making human resource allocation a regular practice. 


Utilize technology to gain accurate insights into project costs and staff productivity by making daily time tracking a non-negotiable habit. 


Foster a culture that embraces adaptation and continuous improvement through small, habitual changes in how technology is perceived and utilized within the firm. 

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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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