Building a Successful Architectural Business

21 February 2014

How do you build a successful architectural business? In the first ACA – Vic/Tas event for the year Charles Justin outlines the things to consider through reflections on his own career and the businesses he has built.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Why you are doing it?
  • A clear direction/vision
  • Business planning and strategic objectives
  • Developing and sustaining client relationships
  • Good people around you – partners, advisors, consultant teams
  • Business acumen and cashflow
  • Priorities and time
  • Types of work
  • Brand and brand building
  • Insurances, terms and establishing the right fee


6–8pm, 10 April, 2014


The Carlton Wine Room,
172 – 174 Faraday Street
Carlton Vic 3053

Canapés and beverages provided.


This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Book here.

Getting there

Lygon Court – right next door; Clocktower Carpark – a few hundred metres down the road at 255 Drummond Street

Trams from the city:
Any tram on Swanston Street towards the University of Melbourne – alight at superstop at the University of Melbourne, Faraday Street and Royal Dental Hospital and walk through to corner of Faraday and Drummond Streets.

Charles Justin

Charles Justin is cofounder of The SJB Group, which incorporates eight independent companies, Plus Architecture and Management for Design. He was instrumental in the establishment of these ten companies that provide services in the architecture, design and property industries. He is a past president of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and has been awarded a life fellowship in recognition of his contribution to the architectural profession. He is now retired from the practice of architecture and is mentoring his daughter, Elisa Justin, in the establishment of her own architectural practice Justin Architecture. He is currently undertaking two property developments to provide his daughter with work – not a recommended business model.