Futuristic Architecture

As architectural firms grow beyond 30 employees, inherent operational challenges must be solved. Approving subcontractor invoices, billing clients, and managing contracts - operational tasks that principals performed previously become increasingly unmanageable.

The available solutions have been piecemeal or comprehensive ERP software designed for the AEC sector that takes an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach, Hardly a match for creative teams. Instead of strengthening the shared sense of mission, they create information silos and a technocratic shift.

Looking at leaders in architecture with their keen aesthetic and humanistic worldview, we see the ideal organization as less hierarchical with more cross-role communication facilitated by shared data models and intelligent systems.

The most forward-thinking architectural firms will develop their staff with the same tools they organize their work. They'll eliminate wasteful duplication by linking disparate systems and putting in place shared virtual models. The goal will be to scale their operational capacities and retain the agility and transparency of a small firm.

We designed StageProject (and the Cloud49 platform it is a part of) exclusively for Architectural firms to beautifully and minimally support your whole team. With it, you can maintain cohesivity and improve staff satisfaction as you scale your operation. Moreover, you'll better integrate with your partners and increase client satisfaction as your firm aligns better around shared goals.

We're a continuous work in progress, intentionally exposed by our open-door approach that includes clients in our software development process. Feel free to reach in!

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Growing an Architectural Firm
Futuristic Architecture - Dark

Maintaining agility and transparency as your organization scales up.

Essential Metrics for Architects
Leadership team in a meeting

Fundamental metrics that architects should use to measure the success of their firm and projects.

Design Change Management Done Right
Project team in a meeting

Boost project efficiency and profitability by handling design changes better.

Turn design change management into a core competence.

Why PMs Should Lead Project Billing
Project team in a meeting

Telltale signs of a suboptimal contract management workflow.

Rethinking Contract Management
Crossing a project minefield

Does your firm's contract management and project billing workflow feel like crossing a minefield?

Do you Recognize these Challenges?
Subcontractor invoice approval

Wishing you could spend more time working on the things you love, instead of routine billing and contractual details? You'll recognize some of the challenges highlighted here.

Contract Intelligence™ Framework
Reimagined in Edmonton

Optimizing the intersection between project management and contract management could be a source of significant untapped potential.

Reimagined in Edmonton
Reimagined in Edmonton

How, Why and Where : the brainchild of an award-winning Edmonton architectural firm.

Not Another Document Workflow System
Document Workflow System

Who thinks that the hard part of contract management is document storage, document sharing, and electronic signatures?

Introducing StageProject™
Introducing StageProject

StageProject® launched for public consumption in January 2021.

Supporting unlimited users and priced per active project, it's lean and will grow with you. Try it on your next project and see how it revolutionizes your contracts and billing workflows.

Contract Management Demystified
Contract management demystified

Undertaking complex projects involving multiple stages, contractors, clients, or all of the above, contract management is the task of negotiating and managing the terms of each relationship favourably.

For success, agreements between parties require exceptional clarity about deliverables, deadlines, rewards, and penalties.

Invoice Inbox Zero
Contract management demystified

In a medium-sized firm where I once worked, senior partners would meet with their bookkeeper to process the incoming pile of invoices that had arrived in the preceding month.

Staying on Top of Project Billing

Invoicing clients and approving invoices from subcontractors is essential but routine, detail- oriented, and time-consuming. Challenges include incoming invoices that do not align properly with contractual milestones. For client invoicing, issues include billing on time, including contractor bills, missed billing opportunities, and compiling good- looking progress reports.

StageProject™ Deep Dive
the stageproject system

StageProject streamlines contract management and billing for projects with multiple stages and sub-consultants. It's helps approve invoices, client billing and reporting, and managing design changes.