2021 Education Week + Annual Meeting

AIA New Hampshire is offering our annual, year-end education program, broken into 3 afternoon sessions during a week in December. This year, again, this program will be entirely remote. This series focuses on firm practice of architecture in today's world and the business of effective firm management.  We will bring thought-leaders in these areas to AIA New Hampshire to share their experience and insights.

Register for all three sessions with a single $20 fee for all.  You will receive an email with three invitation links, one for each session.

The Risks and Protections in Design Contracts
Monday, December 13, 4 – 5PM
Kenneth E. Rubinstein, Attorney, Preti Flaherty
1 LU

This course will discuss the key issues that should be included within design contracts, regardless of whether you use a standard form (like an AIA contract) or a customized template.  We will discuss key concepts such as payment terms, indemnity, limitation of liability, and consequential damages, so that architects can understand how to best protect themselves.  We will also discuss the role of insurance in these contracts as architects look to evaluate and allocate risk.

Annual Meeting 4-4:20PM
Selecting and Cultivating Strategic Clients

Wednesday, December 15, 4:20 – 5:50PM
Cameron Poole, Poole Professional LLC, A Brown & Brown Company
1.5 LUs

This program focuses on choosing the proper clients by developing objective selection criteria and then employing practices that will strengthen the client relationship. The program will drill down into the various components of client selection to help attendees understand the elements that drive an effective selection process.

Ownership Transition for Small Firm Architects
Thursday, December 16, 4 – 5PM
Rena M. Klein, FAIA, V.P. of Investment Partnerships, Charrette Venture Group, Michael Lassel, AIA, Founder, Lassel Architects and Sloane Mayor, AIA, Principal, MA+KE Architects
1 LU

How do firms succeed in transitioning ownership and leadership? When should firm leaders begin thinking about ownership transition, and what options are available to firm founders approaching retirement? How can successors truly leverage the knowledge and connections of the founder? Join Rena M. Klein, FAIA, Vice President of Investment Partnerships at Charrette Venture Group, and Michael Lassel, Founder of Lassel Architects, to explore these questions and others with case studies, including how to create a framework for successful partnerships.


Kenneth E. Rubinstein, Attorney, Preti Flaherty
Kenneth E. Rubinstein practices as a Director in the firm's Boston, Massachusetts and Concord, New Hampshire offices and is co-chair of the firm's Construction Law group, and a member of the firm's Litigation and Professional Liability groups. Ken regularly represents public and private clients, as well as insurance companies and their insureds, in complex commercial disputes, with an emphasis on matters involving construction issues and financial professionals.

 Ken has practical industry experience in both the construction and financial services industries, having worked at a Manhattan construction management firm and at "Big 6" accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, LLP, before beginning his practice as a civil trial lawyer. Prior to joining Preti Flaherty, Ken was an Officer at a New England regional law firm.

Cameron Poole, Associate, Poole Professional LLC
Cam is an associate at Poole Professional LLC, an insurance agency devoted to serving the design community. As a third-generation insurance agent, Cam has been working with architecture firms since high school. Cam partners with architecture firms of all sizes on their insurance programs, identifying exposures and aligning coverages. Cam emphasizes proactive risk management and continuously works with insurance carriers to develop programs focused on emerging risks for design professionals. 

Rena M. Klein, FAIA, Charrette Venture Group
Rena leads Charrette Venture Group’s Investment Partnership Program. She has been instrumental in fostering connections between firms in the CVG network and developing the infrastructure of CVG’s knowledge-sharing community. Additionally, Rena advises all CVG Investment Partners on best practices in finance and operations.

Rena is a nationally-recognized expert in small firm practice and author of The Architect’s Guide to Small Firm Management (Wiley, 2010). With 20 years of experience as the owner of a small architecture firm and over 10 years as a consultant and educator, Rena brings a special understanding of design firms managed by entrepreneurial architects. Rena served as executive editor of AIA’s The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th edition (Wiley 2013), and is past-chair of the National Advisory Group for the AIAPractice Management Knowledge Community. She is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

Michael W. Lassel, AIA, LEED AP, Lassel Architects
Michael founded Lassel Architects in 1989 with a focus on designing high performance buildings and homes that are integrated to the surrounding landscape while meeting all human needs. Michael holds a Master of Architecture degree from Ohio State University. Early in his career, he worked as an urban planner and Architect in Munich, Germany, designing a variety of communal and commercial projects.

Michael is currently a board member of the American Institute of Architects,  Maine Chapter and the AIA Small Firm Exchange, seeking to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms.  Additionally, he is the Vice President of the AIA New England Regional Council.  Michael is LEED AP certified and is committed to the 2030 Challenge, prioritizing energy performance in design to work towards carbon neutral buildings and developments by the year 2030. He lives in Maine and enjoys the arts, music, and many outdoor sports. 

H. Sloane Mayor, AIA, NCARB, MAKE Architects
Sloane joined Chris  Kennedy in 2018 and together they created Mayor + Kennedy Architects in 2019. A New England native, she fundamentally understands the culture and climate of the Upper Valley. She has practiced architecture in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and before joining Chris, headed a sole practice in Lebanon, NH from 2009 to 2018.

Sloane provides extensive leadership in client communication and building design. She is an expert in high performance building technology and remains on the forward edge of sustainable design and construction by continuing to be passionate about the integration of design, technology, energy efficiency and affordability.

As an active community volunteer, Sloane currently serves as vice president on the board of directors of AIA NH, the Town of Hanover Building Code Advisory Board, and the Parent Leadership Council at Roger Williams University. 

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Event Location: 

Online Event

Event Date: 
Monday, December 13, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 5:00pm