Category Archives: Speaking

Capelin Advises AIA Fellowship Candidates What Not To Do

For any number of years, Joan Capelin has been part of the training session for candidates for AIA Fellowship from the New York area.  After the formidable Robin Lee from AIA Headquarters presents the application in all its details, Joan presents “12 Common Mistakes” that people make when completing their application.  Joan has personally guided […]

AIA National Presentation and Handouts Available

In case you missed Joan’s presentation in San Francisco on the future of design firms, you can request copies of the PowerPoint show and supplementary materials by e-mailing Were you one of the 450 people in the room?  Give us your feedback by e-mailing

What’s on your horizon?

How to determine the right horizon line for your career was the topic of the cover story of SMPS Marketer’s December 2008 issue.  The short of it: The horizon is as close or far as you want it to be. In a follow-up piece, published in Marketer’s February 2009 issue, Joan challenged non-licensees to consider […]

Capelin, Hochberg, and Frankel Offered Prime Spot at AIA 2009 Conference

The buzz was that the San Francisco planning committee for the AIA’s 2009 conference wanted to have very stimulating conference.  Joan Capelin’s proposal to address “What’s wrong with how design firms are set up?” – a conversation with Hugh Hochberg of The Coxe Group, and James Frankel of ArentFox – seems to fit that profile.  […]