What Can Small Architecture Firms Learn from Big Architecture Firms? 

Available on demand

Small and mid-sized architecture firm leaders often fear becoming too “corporate” when faced with practices, systems, and policies used by big firms. But to get big, larger firms must be doing something right. Join CVG to learn which large firm business practices are most applicable to smaller firms – and why. We’ll discuss how larger firms approach project delivery, strategy, business development, operations, and organization, and which aspects of these approaches might be instructive to smaller firms. Lastly, we’ll explore how this understanding creates opportunities for smaller firms to effectively compete, successfully differentiate themselves, and strategically partner.  

This session will be led by Scott Butler, a Management Consultant at CVG with over 35 years of experience in senior leadership roles (including CEO, COO) at multiple architectural firms with up to $80M in revenue. Scott currently coaches small and mid-sized firms in CVG’s client base with a focus on scaling best practices to fit firms of every size. 


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


Examine the practices, policies, and processes utilized by Big Architecture Firms. 


Determine what Big Firm practices could be or should not be applied in Smaller Architecture Firms to enhance their businesses. 


Establish strategies to compete effectively with Large Architecture Firms on project pursuits and in recruiting staff.  


Establish strategies to partner effectively with Big Architecture Firms to execute projects. 

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Scott Butler


Management Consultant


With over 35 years of architecture industry experience in senior leadership roles, Scott brings a broad perspective of applied experience to his Management Consultant role at CVG. His experience has included all aspects of practice management in leadership, operations, marketing, and project delivery. He has served as President and CEO for A+E firms EYP and CUH2A, and as Director of International Operations and Business Development Director for HDR/CUH2A. In addition, Scott’s experience has spanned the industry in markets (health, science, education, commercial), locations (US and international), and company sizes (startup to 500 people.). 

Scott knows the challenges and pressures practice leaders confront every day. He is passionate about partnering with practicing architects in their ownership and leadership roles to realize the financial benefits of their design excellence, commitment to clients, and hard work. Some of Scott’s relevant experience includes leading multiple company turnarounds in profit and growth, leading both seller and buyer teams in acquisitions, facilitating and executing strategic plans, and guiding legacy owners through ownership transition. He is most passionate about his work boosting staff morale by establishing mission-driven, people-first workplace cultures. 

Scott feels strongly that any challenge is best solved by facilitating open, forthright conversations that make sure all ideas are surfaced, all voices are heard, and all people have the opportunity to influence the decisions driving solutions and plans taken forward. 

Scott holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He is based in Doylestown, PA. 



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