Architectural Practice Simplified: A Survival Guide and Checklists for Building Construction and Site Improvements as Well as Tips on Architecture, Building Design, Construction and Project Management

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ArchiteG, Inc., 2009 - Architecture - 174 pages
For architectural practice and building design and construction industry, there are two kinds of people: those who know, and those who dont. The tips of building design and construction and project management have been undercoveruntil now.Most of the existing books on architectural practice are too expensive, too complicated, and too long to be practical and helpful. This book simplifies the process to make it easier to understand and uncovers the tips of building design and construction and project management. It sets up a solid foundation and fundamental framework for this field. It covers every aspect of architectural practice in plain and concise language and introduces it to all people. Through practical case studies, it demonstrates the efficient and proper ways to handle various issues and problems in architectural practice and building design and construction industry.It is for ordinary people and aspiring young architects as well as seasoned professionals in the construction industry. For ordinary people, it uncovers the tips of building construction; for aspiring architects, it works as a construction industry survival guide and a guidebook to shorten the process in mastering architectural practice and climbing up the professional ladder; for seasoned architects, it has many checklists to refresh their memory. It is an indispensable reference book for ordinary people, architectural students, interns, drafters, designers, seasoned architects, engineers, construction administrators, superintendents, construction managers, contractors, and developers.You will learn:1. How to develop your business and work with your client.2. The entire process of building design and construction, including programming, entitlement, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration.3. How to coordinate with governing agencies, including a countys health department and a citys planning, building, fire, public works departments, etc.4. How to coordinate with your consultants, including soils, civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing engineers, landscape architects, etc.5. How to create and use your own checklists to do quality control of your construction documents.6. How to use various logs (i.e., RFI log, submittal log, field visit log, etc.) and lists (contact list, document control list, distribution list, etc.) to organize and simplify your work.7. How to respond to RFI, issue CCDs, review change orders, submittals, etc.8. How to make your architectural practice a profitable and successful business.You may be interested in other books I wrote: Click here to view Click here to view Click here to view Click here to view LEED AP Exam Guide

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"Exceptional for what it does
"If I were becoming an architect, I'd want this on my bookshelf... but actually it wouldn't be
there long. I'd have it opened every day! Table of Contents alone is an education in what's important and where to go. All in all, it's a thorough and yet digestible treatment about becoming an architect from which any student, intern and even newly licensed professional could glean helpful information and advice."
-S. Freeman
"Gang Chen hits it on the spot!
"In a world of books that contain the words Architectural Practice, Gang Chen's book stands apart. They say the time it takes for a person to decide if a technical book is good or not is a few minutes. Go to any page of this book and you will find something useful. When I made the transition from school to a full time job at an Architectural firm, every day was a nightmare since I would find a hundred things that I didn't know. I wish I had this book at that point. This is a must read and must have for someone making this transition from education to real world practice. Architecture is not just about design but all also the numerous other processes which make it a whole. "Architectural Practice Simplified" makes you aware of those processes which you were not taught at school.
I could write a long essay about why you should buy this book, or I can summarize it one sentence. True to its title, this book does simplify the practice of Architecture into its most simple blocks! Architectural Practice Simplified: A Survival Guide and Checklists for Building Construction and Site Improvements as well as Tips on Architecture, Building Design, Construction and Project Management"
-Prashanth K. Mahakali
"Mother of all Handy books
"An excellent "handy book," Building Construction by Gang Chen. It is probably the only book that can be kept as a guide by both, a student and a practicing professional. It not only talks of codes and standards but also makes an attempt to simply the Architecture profession for the students and the fresh graduates. It subtly hints and prepares you for the jump from academic Architecture to professional practice.
Project Management, Codes, Logs, Forms, Checklists, Standards, Spec writing tips, punch lists, types of bids and every possible detail you can think of from Project inception to Design Development and from Bidding to completion.
Language is simple, well illustrated and easy to understand which I have always found with Gang Chen's material. I am currently using it for my ARE and find it quite helpful. I have also used his LEED books for my exams and have cracked them with ease. A must-have and mother of all handy books."
"Wonderful Desktop Resource
"When I became aware of this book, I knew I wanted a copy. To think that any book would be able to provide a comprehensive reference of that which is architecture is pure folly, but Chen's 'Building Construction' is a wonderful desktop reference.
I believe the book will prove to be of great value to interns and to design/build firms...
In my `previous life', I was responsible for training all sales and research personnel for an international construction data group and I really wish I had this book back then."
-Bobby Darnell
"Concise Compilation of Architectural Office Processes
"Having worked in a variety of offices for architects, engineers and construction firms of various sizes, I have become more and more aware over the years that there's a lot of content covered over the course of an education centered around the AEC industry which seems to be overseen by academics, leaving students ill-prepared for actual work in offices. Typically, internships and professional practice courses attempt to remediate this problem, but more often than not, they are insufficient in providing students with the necessary

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Very Helpful , Clear & Precise, Handy Tool for entry level project management people



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Gang Chen holds a master's degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has over 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, etc. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multifamily housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including: Planting Design Illustrated and LEED AP Exam Guides Series, which include one guide book for each of the LEED exams,

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