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How to start your own architecture or interior design firm

Learn how to start, manage & grow your own architecture or interior design firm from scratch

A complete step-by-step online course to help you learn every aspect of launching & running a successful architecture or design practice. From the business side of things, necessary paperwork to the marketing side of things like getting your first architecture project, branding and overcoming various challenges as a fresher. Whether you’re a student, freelancer or looking to start or grow your architecture or interior design firm, this course will help you figure out how to plan, manage & scale your firm effectively.

Course Hours

Total duration: 8 Hours

4th Edition starting from

27th May - 18th June

Course Language


Live Classes On

Friday & Saturday

Recorded Sessions

Option to learn at your own pace

Last date to register

20th May

Learn the professional skills needed to start and grow your firm

What is the curriculum?

Live Session 1: Starting out / branding for practice

  • Studio name
  • Logo
  • Core values
  • Profile/ portfolio 
  • Personal Profile
  • Social media handles – Facebook/ Instagram/ Linkedin/ Twitter/ other ways of online presence
  • Website & blog
  • Business cards, letterheads, email signatures, etc

Live Session 2: How to find clients & get projects

  • How to get the first project
  • How to do marketing/ PR – Social media, Website, Portfolio etc
  • Networking 
  • Collaboration
  • Competitions

Live session 3: Hiring & Office Set-up

  • Is capital investment required?
  • When and what do to do set-up an office?
  • When to hire employees?
  • How to find employee?
  • Employee offer letter and salaries?

Live session 4: Project Execution

  • Different stages of project – from design to execution
  • How to coordinate with consultants?
  • How to deal with vendor?
  • How to educate & deal with clients?
  • Challenges as a fresher & how to overcome them 
  • Creating a network

Live session 5: Project documentation I

  • Contracts/ proposal for client
  • How to quote for a project?
  • How to make a Preliminary estimate, BOQ, Specifications?

Live session 6: Project documentation II

  • Project time tracking – Tools that help in project management 
  • Other important document – transmittals/ invoices/ etc
  • Document finances & accounts
  • Drawing documentation & Project handover documentation
  • Creating a database with every completed project

Live session 7: Business of architecture

  • How to define Business Goals to succeed?
  • Checklist for quarterly, annually reviews
  • How to manage your finances?
  • Managing the information & Data
  • How to communicate remotely?

Prerecorded 8: Architecture & Interior Design Firm Website & Social Media

  • How to create a professional website
  • Social media growth strategies for architects and interior designers

What you'll learn in this course?



Launch & Branding


Finding New Projects


Team management


Project Management






Finance Management


Business of Architecture

Who can join this course​?


Architecture Students​

College doesn't prepare you to manage and plan a successful career in architecture. They don't teach you the business side of architecture, which is crucial to establishing a profitable architecture firm.


Recent Graduates​

Graduated? now you want to start an architecture or interior design firm but don't know how and when to start. What are the necessary steps or skills you need to gain before you proceed? This course is for you and will help you learn the framework that will save you time & establish a practice.


Architecture Professionals

Planning on quitting your day job? Want to fulfil your dream of running your own practice? You are full of new ideas and want to explore & implement them with your firm and want to discuss your plan with an industry professional who can guide and mentor you in the process.


Architecture Firm Owners/Partners​

Started your studio? Now want to scale your business by learning more about finances, hiring and managing the team, attracting more leads to grow your firm.

Enroll Early and Save Money...
₹ 6900 $90 €84
Offer ends on 26th April

₹ 4900 $64 €59

Live Sessions + Learn at your pace

Meet Your Mentor

Anika Mittal Dhawan

Founder Director, Mold design studio

Anika Mittal Dhawan is an Architect and an Urban Designer with over 16 years of experience across all facets of the design and construction industry in Indian and the UK. Leveraging her past experiences gained across a multitude of projects ranging from boutique residences to commercial complexes and hospitality to master planning projects; Anika is providing comprehensive solutions across all stages of design and construction through mold design studios. We, at mold design studio are also consulting for urban design projects in India. Anika has also been a visiting faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She is a keen photographer, and her design and photographic work has been published in journals in India and abroad.

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What our students are saying...




“Loved it. Was really helpful, encouraging and insightful.
Tanvi Joshi-modified



“I have attended all the live sessions. It was a good experience and received a few great insights for me to keep in mind when I start my practice.”



“The course was really informative & good. All the modules taught were detailed in connection with ground reality.”



“I am already a practicing architect, but I maybe due to the pandemic stopped getting work. I joined this course purely to understand if I was on the right track since I have no business mentor/ background. Now I understood that I am on the right track I just need to give it some time and improve on a few things. In short I am glad I joined the course because I was planning to shut down and now I feel may be I should give it some more time as now I know what to change in my working style. So many Thanks! to you for organizing this.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there prerequisites?

This course is open to architecture & interior design students & freshers interested in starting their firm/studio.

Is there interaction with the mentor & other online students?

To ensure quality course delivery and encourage personalized learning and interaction with the course mentor and fellow students, this online course has an enrollment cap. Students can join this course from any part of the world.

Do I need any prior knowledge to succeed with this course?

Absolutely not! To succeed in this course all you need is the willingness to learn & take action, a curious mind and the desire to succeed.

Do I get a certificate for completing this course?

Yes, a certificate of completion will be provided.

What should I do if I am late for a session? Or I can’t attend the live session. Will the session be repeated? Is there any way to watch it later?

You have the option to replay the recorded sessions. All Zoom/live sessions are recorded and shared on the ArchitectureChat website and can be accessed at any time by registered participants.

Can i get a refund if i am unable to attend the course?

You can request a refund 6 days prior to the course start date.

You can contact us by sending an email to [email protected] indicating the email you use for course registration, the order ID and the reason for the refund. Please note we are unable to reimburse for any currency conversion fees charged by your bank.

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If you have any questions about the course that we don’t address on our course page, submit this form, and we’ll get back to you!

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