2013 a/e Pronet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship
CASE STUDY TOPIC
Resolving a Practice Management Dilemma
Write a response, 300 words or less, on how you would manage the following practice management situation to a favorable conclusion:
You are the Managing Principal in your firm. In the last few years, due to economic conditions, your firm has cut staff from 60 to 40 employees and reduced raises and bonuses. In the last six to eight months, project work has increased, and the firm’s outlook is starting to improve. This seems to be true for other firms in your area—several of which have started hiring additional staff. In fact, your firm has recently lost six employees to competitors.
Knowing that your current staff has been working very hard, doing more work with smaller project teams, you are concerned about the low morale in the office and the possibility that more staff will leave to join other firms.
What conversations would you have with your staff to help ease concerns about their future in the office?
What actions would you take, if any, to boost morale and retain people who may be considering leaving the firm?
Congratulations to our 2013 Recipients
Josh Gerloff is from Chesapeake, VA and is currently an architecture graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his undergraduate degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame.
Prior to graduate school, Gerloff worked with his family at Gerloff Painting, Inc. He also served on numerous community boards and commissions, culminating with an appointment to the Chesapeake Planning Commission. Gerloff found this planning commission experience to be most rewarding as he has strong interest in social issues and community engagement. He hopes to fuse these interests with his architectural studies.
Following graduate school, Gerloff will seek employment at an architectural firm and will pursue his NCARB registration. When he’s not studying or spending time with his wife Katie and their three children, Gerloff enjoys triathlon and playing guitar. His biggest accomplishment is finishing the 2010 Ironman Lake Placid.
Mark Manczyk will be completing his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree at the University of Kentucky in May 2014, and will be attending graduate school in the fall of 2014. Manczyk, an honors student, has actively led student organizations as Co-Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in 2012–2013 and, at present, as Secretary for the Tau Sigma Delta (ΤΣΔ) - Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts.
Manczyk has gained experience at several architecture firms including Bernard Tschumi (New York City, NY) in the spring of 2013 and Centerbrook Architects (Centerbrook, CT) in the summer of 2012. Currently, he is a Research Assistant at the University of Kentucky with Gregory Luhan, Associate Dean for Research, working to design modular, energy-efficient, and low-cost workforce housing, schools, clinics, and offices.
His interests include playing acoustic guitar, painting, sketching, and biking. He is active in developing his Catholic faith. He currently leads a Men’s Group at the Newman Center Holy Spirit Parish and is a Parish Liturgy Council Student Representative.