ARH 475 Professional Practices for Architects

ARH 475 Professional Practices for Architects


Gain the legal and business knowledge to successfully transition into the architecture profession. You will examine contractual relationships among stakeholders, licensure process, organizational structures, ethics, business development, compensation, insurance, and the importance of mentorship.

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Course Learning Outcomes


  • Utilize methods of project management for project delivery
  • Write a response to an RFQ or RFP for an architectural project including pricing
  • Become familiar with:
    • Client Role in Architecture
    • Architect’s Administrative Roles
    • Legal Responsibilities
    • The requirements of becoming a licensed architect
    • How professional firms are organized and the legal forms of doing business
    • Various methods of project management and project delivery methods
    • AIA Form Contracts
    • Land use process, planning and entitlement procedures
    • Insurance
    • Relationships with consultants, clients and contractors
    • Methods of conflict resolution and negotiation skills

    NAAB Criteria


    • PC 1 Career Paths How the program ensures that students understand the paths to becoming licensed as an architect in the United States and the range of available career opportunities that utilize the discipline’s skills and knowledge.
    • PC 6 Leadership and Collaboration How the program ensures that students understand approaches to leadership in multidisciplinary teams, diverse stakeholder constituents, and dynamic physical and social contexts, and learn how to apply effective collaboration skills to solve complex problems.
    • SC 2 Professional Practice (understanding) How the program ensures that students understand professional ethics, the regulatory requirements, the fundamental business processes relevant to architecture practice in the United States, and the forces influencing change in these subjects.