Monograph: Helping Architects Collaborate and Manage Projects

March 11, 2020

One of the core ideas that led to the founding of Homebrew was that as technology became cheaper, more accessible and more flexible, it would undoubtedly transform businesses that historically might not be considered “tech companies.” So from the beginning we’ve invested in multi-billion dollar traditional industries like financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and retail, with an eye towards the impact that technology can have on efficiency and access. Our work in construction and real estate technology began with our early investment in Building Connected. Today we’re proud to share that it continues with our investment in Monograph.

WHO: Robert Yuen, Alex Dixon and Moe Amaya are architects turned technologists. As a result, they have a deep understanding of the tools, processes and pain that architects deal with when designing and delivering a building. Based on having experienced that pain firsthand, the Monograph team saw the opportunity to deliver modern software that helps architecture and design firms manage projects and collaborate with the teams that build the physical world around all of us.

WHAT: Monograph offers an elegant SaaS solution for architectural project management and collaboration. Purpose-built for cross-functional teams that need to manage time and costs, the software breaks down information silos, creates complete transparency for the team and ensures that clients get the project they envisioned on time and on budget. More than $125 million of projects have already been managed through Monograph.

HOW: Traditional project management tools aren’t built to manage projects that are time and budget constrained — they focus only on tasks. Monograph is built from the ground up with tasks, time, costs and teams as foundational to projects. The product emphasizes collaboration and transparency inside and outside of the organization, provides robust analytics and uses structured data to automate important communications and process steps.

WHY: On any given architectural project, a network of architects, specialized consultants, and contractors coordinate their work in silos with handoffs brokered through a complex web of FTP sites, email platforms, and Excel spreadsheets. Legacy tools and manual processes also cause cost management, resource management, and project management to be treated as separate activities. An architectural services industry worth more than $350 billion annually deserves better. Monograph unifies all of these activities so that firms can deliver better client service, manage costs and earn more profit.

Monograph is based in San Francisco and is added to its fantastic team and special culture. If you want to have an impact on how the physical world is built, check out the company’s open job listings.