ARH 475 Professional Practices for Architects

ARH 475 Professional Practices for Architects

This course introduces students to the operation of an architectural practice. Topics include the licensure process, organizational structures of firms, ethics, business development, compensation, contracts, and insurance. This course also addresses professional issues spanning the whole process of a project.

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Course Learning Outcome

As a result of successfully completing this course, students…

  • Will be able to:

    • Utilize methods of project management for project delivery
    • Write a response to an RFQ or RFP for an architectural project including pricing
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC A.1 Professional Communication Skills: Ability to write and speak effectively and to use representational media appropriate for both within the profession and with the general public
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC D.1 Stakeholder Roles in Architecture: Understanding of the relationships among key stakeholders in the design process—client, contractor, architect, user groups, local community—and the architect’s role to reconcile stakeholder needs
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC D.2 Project Management: Understanding of the methods for selecting consultants and assembling teams; identifying work plans, project schedules, and time requirements; and recommending project delivery methods
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC D.3 Business Practices: Understanding of the basic principles of a firm’s business practices, including financial management and business planning, marketing, organization, and entrepreneurship
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC D.4 Legal Responsibilities: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by regulations and legal considerations involving the practice of architecture and professional service contracts
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC D.5 Professional Conduct: Understanding of the ethical issues involved in the exercise of professional judgment in architectural design and practice and understanding the role of the NCARB Rules of Conduct and the AIA Code of Ethics in defining professional conduct
  • Will be 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
    • Insuranc
    • Relationships with consultants, clients and contractors
    • Methods of conflict resolution and negotiation skills