Recession Roundtable: Maintain a Thriving AE Firm During Uncertain Economic Times

Available On Demand

A recent poll of economists from The Wall Street Journal stated that the chances of seeing a recession in 2023 are 61%. However, while most industries and families may be tightening their budgets, quite the opposite may be true for those who work for architecture, engineering, and construction firms. According to the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast’s 2023 update, “this year is expected to produce further growth in construction spending, but at a more moderate pace. Join four seasoned AE thought leaders as they review the facts, give advice, and take your questions about how to keep your firm thriving during uncertain economic times. 


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


Analyze the constantly changing economic conditions and what they mean for AE firms


Win and retain the right clients and talent during uncertain economic times


Discuss what firm owners have seen during past economic downturns and strategize a plan for your firm’s future 


Leverage insights into firm, project, client, and staff-level key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure that a potential slowdown in top-line revenue doesn’t lead to a decrease in bottom-line profits


Automate time and expense tracking, project management and billing tasks so you and your team can focus on getting projects completed and getting paid

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Douglas Teiger, FAIA 

Founder  | Teiger Consulting


Douglas Teiger, FAIA, graduated from Cornell University, in 1982 with a BARCH.  He opened his own firm in 1989 and grew from a solo practitioner to become managing partner of his 32-person firm.

In 2009, Douglas received a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology from USM, where he learned tools and skills he is sharing with his staff and clients.  His ability to effectively streamline the operations allowed for more time to be spent on design and project research while creating a culture that fosters a holistic approach to a work life balance. 

In 2017 he became president of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter and is currently serving on the AIA National Strategic Council. 

In 2019 Douglas transitioned out of his firm elevating three associates to partners, sold his shares and started his next venture, Teiger Consulting.

Douglas’s mission is “Live an inspiring balanced life” whether it involves family, coaching, consulting, painting, or sports. “Love what you do and do what you love”.  


June R. Jewell, CPA

President, AEC Business Solutions

June R. Jewell, CPA, is a leading business management expert, guiding architecture and engineering firm leaders to top industry profits by improving culture, processes and systems, and ensuring leaders, project managers, and employees are trained for high performance.  

She is the author of the best-selling book, Find the Lost Dollars: 6 Steps to Increase Profits in Architecture, Engineering and Environmental Firms.  

June is the CEO of AEC Business Solutions, providing business assessments, training programs, workshops, and process improvement services to stop projects from leaking profits and find lost dollars in nine areas of business.   

June’s new book, RAISE Your Value, released in Fall 2022, prescribes a five-step process to uncover hidden value, design a winning competitive advantage, and increase fees. You can learn more about June and her team at  


Anthony Fasano, PE

President & CEO, Engineering Management Institute

Most AE consulting firms are too busy to focus on attracting, developing, and retaining talented professionals, making it hard to grow. Through his work at the Engineering Management Institute, Anthony Fasano utilizes a proven framework to help firms build professional development plans, programs, and tools that help them attract, build, AND maintain strong teams and grow sustainably.  

In addition to assisting firms in these areas, Anthony has written a bestselling book entitled Engineer Your Own Success (by IEEE-Wiley Press), and under his stewardship, EMI has built a massive content platform including 5 active podcasts, 3 YouTube channels, and a popular blog dedicated to helping AE professionals become better managers and leaders.  

You can access all these free resources, along with EMI’s learning and development programs at  

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Steven Burns, FAIA

Founder of The Well-Designed Firm



Steven Burns, FAIA, is a global thought leader and speaker on topics related to firm management and emerging technologies. He is the founder of The Well-Designed Firm, a nascent business consultancy helping A&E firms that wish to make their business as elegant as the architecture they create. Steven received his Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, spent 7 years at SOM, and founded his own architecture firm, BBA Architects which he sold in 2007. He created ArchiOffice, the popular office and project management software, which he sold to BQE Software in 2010 which later evolved into BQE CORE.  



BQE Software develops innovative business management solutions for architecture, engineering, and other professional services firms. Its flagship product, BQE CORE, streamlines project management, time tracking, billing, accounting, and other business processes on a single platform. Every day, over 5,000 customers use BQE CORE to get clear visibility and control over their projects, productivity, and profitability – all in one place. Learn more at