The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, Volume 1

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John Wiley & Sons, 2001 - Architecture - 987 pages
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REDEFINING THE PRACTICE OF ARCHITECTURE

CLIENT ? BUSINESS ? DELIVERY ? SERVICES

The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice has been a definitive guide to architectural practice for almost a century. Now the Thirteenth Edition brings that experience to the cutting edge of the profession-with vital information to help architects manage the change from product-based practices to those that are knowledge-based and service-oriented.

For today's firms, best practice means putting the client first-and the new Handbook helps architects deliver. It begins with a brand-new section devoted to understanding client motivation, thinking, processes, and values, and to forging stronger client-architect relationships.

Subsequent sections on business, delivery, and services offer a wealth of crucial "redefinition" knowledge and tools for designing, building, and maintaining a successful practice-from business planning and project management to the development of expanded, added-value services. Also included are samples of the AIA contract documents (more than 75 in all), now accessible electronically on CD-ROM.

Compiled by a team of experts from architecture as well as law, business, and other professions, the Thirteenth Edition of The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice remains an authoritative reference for high-quality professional practice. In a convenient book/CD-ROM format, the Handbook offers architects the information they need to meet the changing demands of the marketplace with insight and confidence.
  

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This is not a review, more of a "what the heck?". On page 121 there are three formula lines. The first one attempts to show how the overhead factor results in a burdened rate. However, as shown, the formula is wrong: Salary Rate + Overhead factor = Payroll burden. Salary Rate has the units $/hr. Overhead factor is unitless. You cannot add these two numbers together!
Likely, the + should be a multiply. So, for a large company, the Payroll burden may be 1/4 of the Salary Rate. For start-ups, the Payroll burden may EQUAL the Salary Rate.
I sure do hate typos in things as important as equations!
 

Contents

Understanding Clients
3
Clients and Change
15
How Clients Choose Architects
29
How Architects Choose Clients
37
Working with Clients
49
Firm Planning
71
Marketing and Outreach
143
Financial Operations
183
Technology and Information Systems
373
Project Management
425
Regulation
479
SERVICES
513
DesignConstruction Services
551
OperationsMaintenance Services
663
Sources
695
Definitions
711

Human Resources
221
DELIVERY
255
Contracts and Agreements
275
Risk Management
319
Documents Finder
743
Sample AIA Documents
755
Index
963
Copyright

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA): The AIA is the primary professional organization for architects in the United States. Founded in 1857, the AIA and its 66,500 members promotes excellence in the built environment and a higher standard of professionalism for architects.

Joseph A. Demkin, AIA - Editor

THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS was founded in 1857. Through education, community redevelopment, and public outreach activities, the AIA and its 70,000 members work to achieve a more humane built environment and a higher standard of professionalism for architects.

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