At this event we will be examining what it is about these firms that have them occupy that place in our minds, from two unique perspectives. David C. Brownell, who’s business focus keeps a careful eye on the most cutting-edge firms and thought leaders, will share his thoughts on five key things that these firms and their people are demonstrating that have attracted his attention. And Brent Robertson of Future Design Firm, Fathom will discuss how to design an organizational environment that encourages the kinds of behaviors and actions that provoke the thinking and following of others.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the characteristics and behavior of the firms we admire
  • Explore what it means to “play at the edge of possibility” and think beyond what’s been done
  • Gain insights on how to create a culture within your own firm that provokes activating vision
  • Learn what drives leading firms to lead


Brent Robertson, Future Designer, Fathom Partner
Brent Robertson
Brent works with leaders to design futures worth fighting for. A partner at Fathom, he champions an approach to strategic planning, employee engagement, leadership succession and market differentiation that prioritizes people and relationships. As a result, his clients don’t simply plan their futures, they bring them to life through the energy of organization-wide involvement in, and commitment to, generating valuable businesses that matter.

David Brownell
David has been a services provider and consultant to the AEC/O community for 30+ years focusing on business and product development for advancing technologies. He assists clients with his knowledge and expertise in market/business intelligence, branding, communication, social media usage, strategic planning, program management, sales management, networking, relationship and business development, BIM/VDC, SaaS, cloud applications & collaboration and advanced processes for the design and construction industry along with facilities management.

Thursday, January 31st
5:30pm – 8:00pm

AIA Connecticut
370 James Street, Suite 402
New Haven, CT 06513

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