ARCH.406 Named Finalists in Architecture Business Plan Competition - Charrette Venture Group
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12 May ARCH.406 Named Finalists in Architecture Business Plan Competition

ARCH.406 is focusing on a tight business plan for tight, but well-designed projects

BILLINGS – May 5, 2016: Based in Billings, Montana ARCH.406 is made up of Brian M. Johnson, Nick Pancheau, and Jeff Kanning. It is an Architect-led Design-Build firm that creates built work reflecting those founders’ passion for design and craftsmanship and a commitment to develop projects that enrich their community by controlling the process by which they are developed, designed, and built.

ARCH.406 was developed to give the three men more freedom with their projects to do want they wanted creatively and to follow through from start to finish.

ARCH.406 first developed while Johnson and Pancheau were working together at local firm, Collaborative Design Architects. After several clients requested projects that were too small to interest most contractors, the men got the idea to just do it themselves. Taking on these smaller projects like patios and kitchen remodels, gave them the opportunity to really get involved fully in the process. Soon, they started the process of forming a firm and writing a business plan.

Entering Charrette Venture Group’s Architecture Business Plan Competition encouraged ARCH.406 to solidify their idea into a business plan. Johnson explained that architects don’t like writing plans; they are picture people.

The competition motivated them to do get serious about their plan and it has helped in unexpected ways. “It’s actually been awesome because we discovered so much more about the business. We didn’t realize some things we wanted to do. It’s kind of neat. This executive summary portion has just been fantastic because the three of us realized that we each have three different roles that we play …” Johnson asserted.

According to Matt Ostanik, Founder of Charrette Venture Group and organizer of the Architecture Business Plan Competition: “In the technology world, there is an overwhelming supply of resources to help new and growing companies. There are constant business plan competitions, pitch sessions, incubator programs, mentor circles, research, etc. etc. However, in the design space there is very little to aid for these entrepreneurs. The ultimate goal of Charrette Venture Group is to serve as an investment firm that helps growing design firms.”

Kanning is the designated big-picture thinker, Pancheau is the maker, and Johnson takes on the role of controller.

There is a lot of experience between the three men and they are using those life experiences and architectural experiences to develop ARCH.406. Johnson believes “the little bit of gray hair” they have is what makes their firm stronger and different.

About Architecture Business Plan Competition: The Architecture Business Plan Competition is an annual event organized by Charrette Venture Group that recognizes entrepreneurial architects that have developed a thoughtful plan for fulfilling their dreams. The competition is open to registered Architects in the United States and Canada who are considering starting a design firm, or who have started a firm in the past ten years. In 2016, the winners of the 3rd annual event will receive more than $15,000 in cash and prizes. Final presentations and judging for the 2016 Architecture Business Plan Competition will take place May 18th and 19th in Philadelphia.

About ARCH.406: ARCH.406 is a Billings, Montana-based Architect-led Design-Build firm that creates built work reflecting the founders’ passion for design and craftsmanship. ARCH.406 develops projects that enrich their community by controlling the process by which they are developed, designed, and built.

About Charrette Venture Group: Charrette Venture Group is a global venture firm based in Des Moines, Iowa, whose ultimate goal is to serve as an investment firm that helps growing design firms. Investments can be in the form of capital, or they can be technology, mentoring and business advice, marketing and business development support, or other expertise and resources. They seek to be a long-term partner who takes a stake in both the risk and the reward of the firm’s success. Charrette Venture Group seeks to positively impact the way new and growing design firms operate throughout the world.