The Virtual Office/Virtual Practice the Custom Residential Architect
Technology now provides architects with many options for work environments and freedom of location. This session will provide an introduction into creating a virtual office for the small practice/custom residential architect firm. Attendees will learn the differences in practice models for virtual and semi-virtual office environments, technology to support a firm without a centralized location, and risks while sharing the real world experience the speaker has encountered in the 10 years of owning a virtual office.
BROWN BAG | Bring your own lunch
APPROVED 1.5 LU
Attendees will have the tools necessary to assess whether a virtual office will be successful with their firm's culture and financial obligations. They will also be able to immediately implement some useful tools necessary for a successful virtual office through these 4 learner engagements.
1) By the completion of the presentation, attendees will have the tools necessary to assess whether a virtual office will be successful with their firm's culture and financial obligations.
2) Upon completion participants will be able to implement strategies to begin transition to a virtual office.
3) At the completion of the seminar, attendees will have several real-world examples which they could copy to use within their own firms.
4) By the end of this presentation firm owners will know how to talk to their employees about virtual office strategies in their office and employees will gain enough knowledge to bring virtual office strategies to their firm's owners.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
The Speaker: Jennifer Kretschmer, AIA founded the firm of J. Kretschmer, Architecture and Art in 2003. The firm specializes in small project delivery, primarily residential under 5000 square feet and commercial projects under 10,000 square feet. The company is committed to client satisfaction and quality professional service.
The principal architect, Jennifer Kretschmer, AIA is licensed in California. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (B.Arch 1995), she is a member of the American Institute of Architects where she has served at the local and state board of directors. She also holds an NCARB certificate.
In 2002, Jennifer was awarded national recognition when she was selected National Associate AIA Member of the Year.
In 2006, she was part of a CNBC new segment spotlighting the business of innovations in architectural technology.
Through 2006, 2007, and 2008 Ms. Kretschmer wrote articles for the San Jose Mercury News, Ask an Expert segment.
Since moving the firm to Los Gatos in 2008, she has provided service to the community as an Art Docent for LGUSD (2009-present) who serve as volunteer art teachers and as a member of the Measure E Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.
Through 2015-2017 and 2019, she is the chairperson for the AIASV CRAN (Custom Residential Architect Network).
Jennifer has also expanded the firm to include her passion for the visual arts by offering clients a network of artists for commissioned works including her own artwork. She has served as a guest artist for the LGUSD and spoke to the 2000 students attending that school district. She has also been hired by local art groups as a speaker/demonstration artist and teacher of iPad digital fine art. In September of 2017, Jennifer was part of a group of artists/architects called the “Secret Sketchers” that spoke and shared plein air artwork/urban sketches at SF MOMA.