Leadership, education and diversity in architecture with Marc Teer of Black Spectacles

Marc Teer is the Founder and CEO of Black Spectacles, an online education program providing architects with resources on their path to becoming licensed and advancing their careers. He is a Member of The Economic Club of Chicago and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. 

Marc has learned what architects need to thrive through firsthand experience, working in architecture for Gensler and Legat Architects. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his master’s in architecture from Clemson University. In 2020, he was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • The hole that Black Spectacles fills in the world of architecture
  • How Black Spectacles has built and fostered their community
  • Why many architects are wired for entrepreneurship 
  • Working as a fully remote company — and how they make it work
  • The role of diversity and inclusion at Black Spectacles
  • Connecting the right firms with the right architects

In this episode:

Marc Teer is the founder of Black Spectacles, an online education program providing architects with resources on their path to becoming licensed and advancing their careers.

Marc is an award-winning architect who founded Black Spectacles in 2010 to provide support and inspiration to architects through world-class educational material and career resources at every stage of their careers. Black Spectacles is the first National Council of Architecture Registration Board’s-approved test prep provider for all six divisions of the ARE® 5.0 exam.

The subscription-based software has established Black Spectacles as a preeminent figure in sophisticated online learning, generating subscriptions from 27 of the top 50 architecture firms in the United States and 49 of the top 100. Additionally, the company was named in the top 30 of Great Place to Work’s Best Workplaces in Chicago 2020. Marc was also elevated to the College of Fellows of The American Institutes of Architects (AIA) in 2020. The honor is awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession.

In this episode, Michelle Calcote King interviews interview Marc to hear his thoughts on leadership and education in architecture. The two go over pertinent topics including diversity, connecting architects with firms and how to work as a fully remote company. They also discuss the work that Black Spectacles is doing and how it’s made an impact. Check out this episode of the Spill the Ink podcast to hear the rest for yourself!

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Marc Teer

Black Spectacles


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