Professional Practice A Guide to Turning Designs into Buildings

Author: Paul Segal
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393733726
Format: PDF, Docs
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What you need to know to protect your designs and get them built as you envision them; how to get and keep clients and become their trusted advisor and professional—every architect needs the answers in this concise, thorough, and readable guide. Who are the parties in architecture, engineering, and construction? How do you market architectural services (get the project)? What are the basic project delivery methods? What are the forms of owner/architect and owner/contractor agreements and what services do they cover? How should you charge for your services? How do you set up an office? What insurance, legal, and accounting issues must you consider? What is project management and who should do it? What are zoning and building codes about?

The Architect s Handbook of Professional Practice

Author: American Institute of Architects
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118667131
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Authored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA), this guide is the updated architecture profession's standard on practice issues. This indispensable resource covers all aspects of architectural practice, including legal, financial, marketing, management, and administrative issues. Content is significantly revised to reflect the changing nature of the business of architecture related to the impact of integrated practice. An accompanying web site contains samples of the latest AIA Contract Documents in PDF format.

Ethics for Architects

Author: Thomas Fisher
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1616890797
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In this new Architecture Brief, Ethics for Architects, Thomas Fisher presents fifty case studies representing a broad range of ethical dilemmas facing today's architects, from questions regarding which clients to work for, to the moral imperatives of reclaiming building materials for construction instead of sending them to landfills. This timely book features newly relevant interpretations adapted to the pervasive demands of globalization, sustainability, and developments in information technology. Fisher's analysis of architecture's thorniest ethical issues are written in a style that is accessible to the amateur philosopher and appealing to professional architects and students alike. Thought-provoking and essential, Ethics for Architects is required reading for any designer who wants to work responsibly in today's complex world.

The Architect s Guide to Small Firm Management

Author: Rena M. Klein
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470916858
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The definitive guide to management success for sole practitioners and leaders of small design firms Owning and operating a small architectural design firm can be challenging, with tight project deadlines, on-the-fly meetings, rush proposals, and fluctuating workloads as part of the firm's day-to-day activities. To help small firm owners cope with the chaos and prepare for the unexpected, here is The Architect's Guide to Small Firm Management, a no-nonsense guide to repurposing daily demands into workable, goal-directed solutions. Crucial topics such as self-aware leadership, people management, technology, financial health, scenario planning, sustainable practice, and future trends are examined using real-life case studies and business model paradigms. This definitive text explores the whole system experience of a small firm practice to deliver organizational strategies proven to keep a firm's creative mission on a steady, productive path. The Architect's Guide to Small Firm Management addresses how small firm owners can: Deal effectively with unexpected circumstances and shifting work requirements Meet the demands of the marketplace while creating a satisfying workplace Set and achieve goals in an environment of constant change This book is a must-have for those facing the often harsh reality of managing small design firms in a difficult and changing economy. Entrepreneurial architects and designers will discover how to define their own personal and professional meanings of success, as well as how to refocus their business approach to replace long, unrewarding hours with manageable, satisfying ones.

BIM and Integrated Design

Author: Randy Deutsch
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118086449
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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“Ready or not, it’s high time to make BIM a part of your practice, or at least your vocabulary, and this book has as much to offer beginners as it does seasoned users of building information modeling software.” —Chicago Architect The first book devoted to the subject of how BIM affects individuals and organizations working within the ever-changing construction industry, BIM and Integrated Design discusses the implementation of building information modeling software as a cultural process with a focus on the technology’s impact and transformative effect—both potentially disruptive and liberating—on the social, psychological, and practical aspects of the workplace. BIM and Integrated Design answers the questions that BIM poses to the firm that adopts it. Through thorough research and a series of case study interviews with industry leaders—and leaders in the making out from behind the monitor—BIM and Integrated Design helps you learn: Effective learning strategies for fully understanding BIM software and its use Key points about integrated design to help you promote the process to owners and your team How BIM changes not only the technology, process, and delivery but also the leadership playing field How to become a more effective leader no matter where you find yourself in the organization or on the project team How the introduction of BIM into the workforce has significant education, recruitment, and training implications Covering all of the human issues brought about or exacerbated by the advent of BIM into the architecture workplace, profession, and industry, BIM and Integrated Design shows how to overcome real and perceived barriers to its use.

The Architecture Student s Handbook of Professional Practice

Author: American Institute of Architects
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118738950
Format: PDF, ePub
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The essential guide to beginning your career in architecture The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice opens the door to the vast body of knowledge required to effectively manage architectural projects and practice. A professional architect is responsible for much more than design; this book is specifically designed to help prepare you for the business and administrative challenges of working in the real-world—whether you are a student or are just starting out in practice. It provides clear insight into the legal, financial, marketing, management, and administrative tasks and issues that are integral to keeping a firm running. This new edition has been restructured to be a companion textbook for students undertaking architectural practice classes, while also fulfilling the specific knowledge needs of interns and emerging professionals. It supplements information from the professional handbook with new content aimed at those setting out in the architectural profession and starting to navigate their careers. New topics covered in this new edition include: path to licensure, firm identity, professional development, strategic planning, and integrated project delivery. Whether you want to work at a top firm, strike out on your own, or start the next up-and-coming team, the business of architecture is a critical factor in your success. This book brings the fundamentals together to give you a one-stop resource for learning the reality of architectural practice. Learn the architect's legal and ethical responsibilities Understand the processes of starting and running your own firm Develop, manage, and deliver projects on time and on budget Become familiar with standard industry agreements and contracts Few architects were drawn to the profession by dreams of writing agreements and negotiating contracts, but those who excel at these everyday essential tasks impact their practice in innumerable ways. The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice provides access to the "nuts and bolts" that keep a firm alive, stable, and financially sound.

Cracking the Codes

Author: Barry D. Yatt
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471169673
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Unleash the design potential in codes Building codes and standards are often seen as obstacles to design excellence. Not any more! With the help of this down-to-earth guide, architecture professionals and students can stop dreading these rules and start using them to their advantage. Cracking the Codes makes codes and standards accessible by promoting a sound understanding of regulatory issues --without getting caught up in the minutiae. The book works the way projects do, moving through each stage of the planning process to identify and consolidate the basic regulatory requirements that must be addressed at every step along the way. It equips readers not only to recognize issues that call for regulatory research and to work effectively with appropriate consultants, but also to suggest strategic directions that are compatible with regulatory requirements and to make informed decisions in response to consultants' advice. In addition to the model building codes, including the forthcoming International Building Code, this book covers zoning ordinances and covenants, as well as rules related to accessibility, historic preservation, environmental quality, consumer protection, and a host of other critical issues. Information is extensively cross-referenced to make topics simple to find, and the uniform methodology applied to each regulatory issue makes the book both easy to follow and design-friendly. No project team should ever be held hostage by lack of familiarity with codes and standards. Cracking the Codes gives architects the freedom they need to break the rules without breaking the regulations.

Professional practice 101

Author: Andy Pressman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISBN: 9780471683667
Format: PDF
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"Think of this book as a design primer, providing the basics you'll need to create the practice you want." --From the Foreword to the Second Edition by Thomas Fisher, Dean College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture University of Minnesota Professional Practice 101, Second Edition sheds fresh light on the many issues involved in the operation of an architectural practice--from how a firm is structured to how it manages projects and secures new business. Case studies, new to the Second Edition, augment each chapter. Professional Practice 101, Second Edition features a wealth of material on: Project managementTime managementGroup dynamics and teamworkProject deliveryCommunication and leadership skillsDesign and information technologyMarketingLegal and licensing issuesFinancial managementRisk management and professional liability insuranceClient and contractor relations Critical praise for the First Edition of Professional Practice 101: "Pressman has a knack for capturing the burning issues of the time--his latest tome is an attempt to bridge the gap between practice and school, a subject near and dear to many hearts since publication of the Boyer/Carnegie study, Building Community." --AIArchitect "In my book rating system--Buy This Book, Borrow This Book, or Burn This Book--Professional Practice 101 merits a strong Buy. It's a good reference for young practitioners and people starting their own firms. And seasoned practitioners will appreciate its underlying thesis: the practice of architecture equals perpetual inquiry." --Architecture Boston "Pressman's text, as well as the contributions from numerous practitioners and educators, delivers an engaging dialogue on the state of architectural practice. Pressman intended this book for students and intern architects. However, Professional Practice 101 is equally, if not more, relevant to seasoned practitioners and educators." --Architectural Record

Law for Architects What You Need to Know

Author: Robert F. Herrmann
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393733823
Format: PDF
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An essential reference for practitioners, emphasizing how legal concepts affect the process of bringing architectural vision to reality. Law for Architects: What You Need to Know guides design professionals through the daunting landscape where design and construction meet the legal system. It provides an introduction—written in clear, reader-friendly language—to issues that arise at every stage in the practice of architecture. For architects starting or building their own practice: Why do I need a written agreement with my clients? Why do I need insurance? How do I organize my firm? For seasoned architects considering retirement: How do I transfer ownership in my company? How can I benefit from the good will I helped to build? For students who want to learn more about the practicalities of starting out: Why is it important to have a license? Isn’t it enough to have a degree in architecture? What are my rights as an employee? It also addresses the perennial questions that concern architects: How do I protect myself from being sued? How do I protect my intellectual property rights in my work? and much more. Law for Architects identifies the legal issues that lurk in every corner of your design practice and helps you figure out what questions you need to ask.

Architectural Design Portable Handbook

Author: Andy Pressman
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071418040
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Integrate key information to facilitate optimal design solutions Essential for any working architect, Architectural Design Portable Handbook guides you through projects every step of the way, summarizing, synthesizing, and systematizing the core tasks of design. Developed by noted architect Andy Pressman, this handy take-along reference is certain to become an indispensable tool. You’ll find value-added features such as quick tips and case studies, quotes from leading architects, checklists, and a customizable layout that encourages you to add your own helpful notes and reminders. And that’s in addition to expert, time- and error-sparing information on: * Design strategies * Site analysis methods * The use of CAD and other graphics * Working with clients * User-needs evaluation * Data compilation * Concept development * Exploring design alternatives * Computing and design * Presentations * More!