"A Business Book that brings Architecture Practice into the 21st century."
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"An invaluable, actionable, and timely curated collection of ideas and resources every emerging architect should read."
Architect & Founder of 30x40 Design Workshop
"As architects, we're trained to innovate and think creatively. The Archipreneur Concept is a valuable guide that helps you apply these skills to your business."
Architect & Founder of ArchSmarter
You just wanted to finish a proposal for the new project you are going after. But instead most of your day is spent with phone calls and meetings. Seems like another all-nighter is coming up.
With all that working overtime, your personal life is almost completely nonexistent. And you are not even working on the designs of your dreams. Your client is controlling the design. To top it all, you’re only being paid a fraction of the project’s total value.
Sounds familiar? Ask yourself these yes/no questions:
Did you answer yes to 3 out of 5 of these questions?
Then read on, because there is another way...
What if you could design and build your own ideas from the ground up without seeking constant compromises with the client?
What if you could transition your business from billing by the hour to a business that can effectively function without you, freeing you up for more creative and interesting tasks? It’s a tempting proposal!
But how to start something like that when all you have is your architecture degree in your back pocket?
Here’s where we come in...
As an Architect, You Design Buildings.
As an Entrepreneur, You Design Businesses.
As an Archipreneur, You Design Both.
The rules in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry are changing. Stay a step ahead of the competition by understanding what these changes mean for you. Design your business model not only your architecture.
Are you ready to build your own business but don't know where to start? It’s a common problem for architects. It’s no secret that architectural schools provide very little in terms of business education. We are taught to value good designs above all else and often neglect the business side of how a project gets completed.
To fill this knowledge gap, the team at Archipreneur has collected in “The Archipreneur Concept” the best business models for entrepreneurially-minded architects and added some powerful case studies of some of the fastest-growing archipreneurial firms in the industry.
Focus on the Big Picture
Design your business model not only your architecture.
Get Paid in Your Sleep
Create products and generate a steady passive income stream.
Start from where you are and design a business model that can grow.
Develop Your Own projects
Don’t wait for clients. Build your own designs and take back control.
Productize architectural services so your business can run without you.
Establish a Brand
Differentiating yourself from the competition with smart marketing.
The Archipreneur Concept offers help and advice on how to create products and productized services, how to develop your own projects and your individual marketing techniques.
Develop Your Own Projects
Take back control by developing your own projects. We explore funding options and practical examples of exactly how successful archipreneurs have used bank loans, partnering and venture capital to develop their own buildings.
Break Free of Billable Hours
Learn how to create products and productized services to start you on your way from billing by the hour to creating a business that can partly function without you. You can finally start to earn more money by working smarter and faster.
In today’s Age of the Internet, the success in marking yourself out from the competition often rests on how you use social media, how you build your email lists and how you define your target market. Learn the best techniques to market your business.
Be inspired by successful people and companies from the AEC industry. Read some sample cases below...
Turning Ideas into Products
Two architects founded a company that combines automated manufacturing with a productized attitude toward architectural design. They developed software that translates all the design information for the factory and simplified the construction process. Their prefab houses are both affordable and elegant.
Productizing Architectural Services
A company created an automated software solution to provide building owners and managers with a way to cut energy usage without incurring high up-front costs: an energy management web-based tool that can cut energy consumption in built structures from 20% to 40% long term.
Architect as Developer: Building Mixed-Use Buildings
An architect developer has designed, developed and constructed numerous projects, proving that architects can be fully independent and in control of a project from drawing board to site completion.
Architect as Developer: Building a Co-Housing Community
An architecture practice uses co-housing as an effective business model that enables them to create their own design commissions. They have set the standards for many co-housing initiatives with their renowned projects.
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Architect & Founder of archipreneur.com
Hi! My name is Tobias and I founded archipreneur.com as the missing magazine I simply wanted to read myself. My vision for the online magazine is to become an educational platform and international community for entrepreneurially-minded architects.
I am currently working as an architect developer for a creative real estate firm in Berlin. Prior to this, I worked as a project manager at the Planungsgruppe and as an architect at gmp – von Gerkan, Marg & Partners in Berlin.
I studied Architecture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, and at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), Sweden. I also have a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Real Estate Management from the Technical University in Berlin.
In the architectural profession we mainly think about solutions, and we constantly challenge how things are normally done. I think that's a rare quality.
- Jakob Lange
Partner at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Head of the BIG Ideas Project Unit
We are our own client on our development projects which means that the design team as an equal seat at the table when major decisions are being made. It means that design is given true, equal importance to all the other considerations during the development process.
- Ari S. Heckman
Co-Founder and CEO of ASH NYC
As for a brand, the presence of an architect or architectural firm is essential on social networks, more than ever before.
- Claudia Lorusso
Architect and Social Media Manager for archilovers.com
Where can I learn more about you?
We have hundreds of posts on archipreneur.com exploring the intersection between architecture and entrepreneurship. Check out the archives to learn more about our approach.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We currently accept the following forms of payment:
But I can't afford to leave my current job?
You don't have to. Actually, most successful archipreneurs would advise you to keep your day job. Building a business from scratch is risky enough, and you need to have something to fall back on if you don't get it right the first time.
What if I dislike the book? Can I get my money back?
If you bought the book and feel it just doesn’t work for you, just reply to your purchase receipt email within 14 days and I will issue a refund. No questions asked.
Does becoming an archipreneur mean no more all-nighters?
Yes and no. As with all types of business endeavors, you are likely to face stressful times that will require you to work harder than ever – when you start out, you’re likely to work longer hours than you normally would in an office. But with The Archipreneur Concept, we are giving you the tools to design a business model for success in your chosen area.
Any other questions?
If you still have questions after reading this page please get in touch and we will do our best to answer them.