Managing Project Risk: Best Practices for Architects and Related Professionals

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 4, 2008 - Architecture - 260 pages
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Discover the benefits of effective risk management practices

Risk management may not be a standard course in architecture school, but it is an essential concern for architects and related professionals working today. Managing Project Risk is a key resource for integrating good risk management into professional practice.

Based on a popular series of articles in AIArchitect, this accessible volume offers an on-the-ground perspective of what can happen on the job and what architects can do to prevent or mitigate threatening conditions and events. With an engaging, non-legalistic style, authors Atkins and Simpson draw upon their considerable experience and upon AIA Contract Documents to show how sound risk management strategies work in a variety of real-world settings, covering such practical areas as:

  • Risk management fundamentals

  • Contracts

  • Relationships with clients

  • Understanding the architect's role in the project

  • Risk issues with digital drawings

  • The modern architectural workplace

Rendering potentially dry topics lively with wit and anecdote, Managing Project Risk resonates with the experience of contemporary architects, while offering helpful suggestions applicable not only to risk management but also to project management and professional development.

 

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Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter
3
Basic Documentation
12
Another Fine MessThe Onerous Contract Part
18
Working without a Contract
29
Chapter 2
39
The Owners Separate Consultants
49
The Effective OwnerArchitect
55
Why the Architects Documents Cannot
130
Chapter 5
139
Managing Risk in the Change Process
147
The Submittal Process
156
Site Visits and Construction Observation
166
Cautions and Strategies in the Payment
174
Chapter 6
189
Preserving Your Personal Life in a Hectic World
197

Power and Proficiency
63
The Architects Authority
69
Master and Commander Part 2
75
Zen and the Art of Construction Administration Part
88
Chapter 4
99
Betterment
105
Absolute or Absolution? Observations Inspections and
113
Challenges and Risks
122
The Vanished Treasures of Architecture
203
Chapter 7
211
Whos on First? Covering Your Bases in
217
The Challenges of Producing Original Design
224
The Building Exterior Wall
231
Benefiting from Mistakes
242
Index
250
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

James B. Atkins, FAIA, FKIA, has spent the past thirty years as risk manager and senior construction principal with HKS Architects, the world's third largest architecture firm, where he pioneered many procedural advances in architecture services, many of which have been adopted by the AIA. Jim has served on the AIA Documents Committee and was the 2006 chair of the AIA Risk Management Committee. He chaired the AIA Task Group for the Fourteenth Edition of The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice and was a contributor to that volume.

Grant A. Simpson, FAIA, serves several architectural firms, including HKS and RTKL, as a practice and project management consultant. He has provided expert witness services on some of the largest and most complex projects, and has been an active project manager for major projects throughout the United States and internationally for more than thirty years. A member of the AIA Risk Management Committee in 2008, Grant was the 2006 chair of the AIA Practice Management Knowledge Community Advisory Group, and was a contributor to the Fourteenth Edition of The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice.

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