The AE Firm’s Foundational Trio: Defining Your Business Structure, Org Chart and Role Accountability  

Part 9 of the ‘Blueprint for Success’ Masterclass Series

Wednesday, September 18th, 2024

1pm ET | 10am PT   

Designing your AE firm's success is more than choosing an entity type; it's about architecting the perfect organizational structure that drives alignment and fuels peak performance. Whether you're a solo practitioner, lead a small team, or command a larger organization, Douglas Teiger, FAIA, who has 30-plus years of firm management experience, will be your guide on this journey to excellence. 

Discover the myriad of options for business structures and their unique benefits, gaining the insight to make informed decisions that align with your firm's goals. But it doesn't stop there – in this transformative webinar, Douglas delves into the crucial distinction between organizational and accountability charts and how to ensure that the right person is in the right seat to supercharge your firm's performance. By the end of this session, you'll possess the knowledge and tools to craft an organizational structure that ignites alignment, propels productivity, and fuels your firm's ascent to greatness. 

Join us for this enlightening session and embark on a journey to unlock the power of KPIs to optimize your firm. By the end of this session, you'll possess the knowledge and tools to navigate the AE landscape with precision and achieve unparalleled success. 


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


List the array of business structure options and unearth their distinct benefits 


Decide the business structure that perfectly aligns with your firm's vision and objectives 


Summarize the fundamental differences between an organizational chart and an accountability chart 


Articulate the importance of strategically placing the right individuals in the right roles, a cornerstone of firm success 

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

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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 served as President of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter and previously served 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 to “live an inspiring balanced life” whether it involves family, coaching, consulting, painting, or sports.   


In the world of architecture and engineering, professionals rarely receive the comprehensive business training they need, yet they often find themselves juggling the demands of design and business management. Enter visionary architect and business consultant, Douglas Teiger, FAIA. With a wealth of experience, he has crafted this exceptional series to empower fellow architects and engineers to elevate their firms, mirroring the success strategies of Fortune 500 companies, all while maintaining a harmonious work-life balance. 

Douglas Teiger's own journey from a solo practitioner to becoming the managing partner of a thriving 30+-person firm, followed by his venture into Teiger Consulting, serves as a testament to his expertise. 

Every third Wednesday of the month, Douglas Teiger delves deep into pivotal topics that promise to fortify your firm's profitability and set the stage for sustainable growth in the years ahead. 

Returning to BQE University with an upgraded version of this masterclass for the third year in a row, Douglas equips you with the systems and processes necessary to not only boost profitability but also reclaim the freedom to focus on the aspects of your practice and life that ignite your passion. 

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