The Chart of Accounts:

Your AE Firm’s Path to

Financial Control 


Part 2 of the ‘Blueprint for Success’ Masterclass Series

Available on demand

The chart of accounts is the bedrock of financial insight for your AE firm. In this course, Douglas Teiger, FAIA, demystifies some often-confusing, essential accounting terms and equips you with the power to wield them effectively. Discover the art of creating a customized chart of accounts, tailored to the unique needs of your AE firm, and dive deep into its organizational prowess, understanding how it can illuminate the flow of money within your practice. Join Douglas as he takes you beyond the numbers! Learn how your chart of accounts becomes the cornerstone of budgeting, empowering you to set ambitious goals and navigate the financial terrain of the upcoming quarters with precision.


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


Summarize basic accounting terms and use them with confidence 


Craft a dynamic and efficient Chart of Accounts structure 


Unleash the potential of your Chart of Accounts in organizing and optimizing your firm's finances 


Harness the transformative power of your Chart of Accounts to create a comprehensive yearly budget that fuels your firm’s growth 

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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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