Learn to Design and Build Your Architectural Business Model

Discover how to automate your business, find the clients you want and get your designs built.
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So You Put in 60 Hours per Week or More.

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:

  • Are you constantly overworked?
  • Are you underpaid?
  • Does your client control your designs?
  • Are your work methods inefficient?
  • Do you want to change something, but don’t know how?

Did you answer yes to 3 out of 5 of these questions?
Then read on, because there is another way...

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  • "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."
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    Architect & Founder of ArchSmarter

Work on Your Business Not Only in Your Business

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.

Take Matters into Your Own Hands and Become an Archipreneur.

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.
Automate Processes
Productize architectural services so your business can run without you.
Establish a Brand
Differentiating yourself from the competition with smart marketing.

Learn 3 Amazing Approaches to Build and Optimize Your Architecture Business

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.
Embrace Marketing
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.

What's inside

  • Page 26
    The latest trends in architecture and the techniques used to create a successful business.
  • Page 39
    Concepts and strategies that architecture can learn from the tech industry.
  • Page 50
    The newest business models in the AEC industry.
  • Page 59
    How to productize your services and create a business that runs without you.
  • Page 94
    How to jumpstart and finance your first project without waiting around for investors.
  • Page 119
    How to develop your own marketing strategy that gets people to notice you.
  • Page 140
    How to use social media to drive clients and customers to your site.

15 Case Studies of Successful Out-Of-The-Box Thinkers in the Industry

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.

Video Interviews

Learn from founders and entrepreneurs within the AEC industry. Find out how to turn your idea into a successful business within the architectural community.
Michael Kilkelly
ArchSmarter / SpaceCMD
Steven Burns, FAIA
Chief Creative Officer
ArchiOffice / BQE
Gunita Kuļikovska
Founder & CEO
Vividly App
Ryan King
Robert Yuen
Declan Keefe
Strategic Director

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Tobias Maescher
Architect & Founder of archipreneur.com

About the Author

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.

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  • "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."
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  • The Book in PDF & EPub Format

    175 Pages full of great advice, case studies and information on how to build your own business.

  • 6 Expert Video interviews

    You get 6 video interview and business model case studies of experts from the AEC industry.

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  • The Book in PDF & EPub Format

    175 Pages full of great advice, case studies and information on how to build your own business.

  • Private Facebook Group

    Get exclusive access to our community. Talk to other Archipreneurs, share and learn together.

  • 14-day money back guarantee

    If you are not happy with the book, get your money back. No questions asked.


Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • PayPal

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.

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.

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.

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.

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