The Architect in Practice was first published in 1952. Originally written by a quantity surveyor and an architect it has remained, through its nine editions, a leading textbook used in the education of architects world-wide. While the format of the book has developed, the message and philosophy remains the same as the original: to provide the student of architecture and the young practitioner with a readable guide to the profession, outlining an architect's duties to client and contractor, the key aspects of ...
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The Architect in Practice was first published in 1952. Originally written by a quantity surveyor and an architect it has remained, through its nine editions, a leading textbook used in the education of architects world-wide. While the format of the book has developed, the message and philosophy remains the same as the original: to provide the student of architecture and the young practitioner with a readable guide to the profession, outlining an architect's duties to client and contractor, the key aspects of running a building contract, and the essentials of management, finance and drawing office procedure.

The tenth edition follows in that tradition. The authors, still an architect and a quantity surveyor, have brought the text fully up to date. Major revisions in this edition include:

  • Revised sections on Planning and the Building Regulations
  • Changes to the education of architects in the UK have been detailed
  • Discussion of the new ARB Architects Code: Standards of Professional Conduct and Practice which came into force in January 2010
  • The commentary on the RIBA Standard Form for the Appointment of an Architect 1999 (SFA/99) has been updated
  • The latest RIBA Standard Agreement 2010 (S-10-A) is now discussed
  • All references to JCT contracts have been updated to refer to the latest revisions of the 2005 suite of contracts
  • Now also includes reference to education, registration and CPD requirements of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

The tenth edition of The Architect in Practice will continue to provide the guidance and advice all students and practising architects need in the course of their studies and in their profession.

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"This update of a leading textbook/reference in the field first published in 1952 continues the tradition of an architect and quantity surveyor jointly addressing the architect's profession mainly from the angle of the private practitioner. Chappell and Willis cover the basics of the profession in the UK, running a project from the site appraisal stage to post-construction completion, sources of trade information, finding employment, and marketing practices. The text includes the latest UK building regulations, standards of professional conduct and practice, relevant laws, and forms of contracts; project management flowcharts; and a table of legal cases. Despite the British accent, the book is applicable to the profession globally." (Book News Inc, November 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118659380
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Chappell BA(Hons Arch), MA(Arch), MA(Law), PhD, RIBA with 50 years experience in the construction industry has worked as an architect in the public and private sectors and is currently Director of David Chappell Consultancy Limited. He is one of the RIBA Specialist Advisors and frequently acts as an adjudicator. He was Professor of Architectural Practice and Management Research at The Queen’s University of Belfast and Visiting Professor of Practice Management and Law at the University of Central England in Birmingham. He is author of many books for the construction industry.

Andrew Willis BSc, FRICS, FCIArb, is Managing Director of Franklin and Andrews, and is joint author of Willis’s Elements of Quantity Surveying and Specification Writing for Architects and Surveyors and was formally joint author of Practice and Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor.

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Table of Contents



Abbreviations and Acronyms.

Part 1 Background to Practice.

1 The Construction Industry.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Signifi cance of the construction industry.

1.3 An ever changing industry.

1.4 Clients.

1.5 Contractors.

1.6 Consultants.

1.7 Clerk of works.

1.8 Construction industry bodies.

2 Basics.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 From education to registration and beyond.

2.3 Routes through architectural education and training.

2.4 European Directive, content/structure of architecture programmes, modes of learning, credits/CATS/ECTS.

2.5 Approval of programmes of architectural education.

2.6 Practising architecture in the United Kingdom.

2.7 Practising architecture in Ireland.

2.8 Maintenance of standards, regulation, codes of conduct for architects.

2.9 The ARB Code: Standards of Professional Conduct and Practice.

2.10 RIBA Code of Conduct.

2.11 Continuing professional development (CPD).

2.12 Consumer protection.

3 Employment.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Private practice.

3.3 Local authority.

3.4 Other public sector organisations.

3.5 Large companies.

3.6 Contractors.

3.7 Manufacturers.

3.8 Teaching.

3.9 Other specialisations.

3.10 Adjudicator, arbitrator or expert witness.

4 Types of Practice.

4.1 Sole principal.

4.2 Partnership.

4.3 Unlimited liability.

4.4 Limited liability.

4.5 Public company.

4.6 Limited partnership.

4.7 Limited liability partnerships.

4.8 Co-operative.

4.9 Group practice.

4.10 Developer/architect/contractor.

5 Sources of Information.

5.1 Basic library.

5.2 Classifi cation and proprietary systems.

5.3 Information technology.

5.4 Selected project records and feedback.

5.5 Legal/administrative.

5.6 RIBA information line.

Part 2 Running a Project.

6 Stage A: Architect’s Services.

6.1 Enquiries.

6.2 Extent of services.

6.3 Fee negotiation or tendering.

6.4 Terms of appointment.

6.5 Standard forms of agreement.

6.6 Duty of care agreements (collateral warranties).

7 Stage A: Appraisal.

7.1 Feasibility studies.

7.2 Sequential framework and Plan of Work.

7.3 Site and building acquisition.

7.4 Surveys.

7.5 The brief.

7.6 Reporting.

8 Stage B: Design Brief.

8.1 Consultants.

8.2 Project managers.

8.3 Procurement paths and implications for the professional.

8.4 Guaranteed maximum price.

8.5 PFI contracts.

8.6 Partnering.

9 Stages C and D: Concept and Design Development.

9.1 Design data.

9.2 Concept design and development.

9.3 Cost estimates and planning.

9.4 Town planning applications and approvals.

9.5 Other approvals.

9.6 Property.

9.7 Contract selection and implications.

10 Stages E and F: Technical Design and Production Information.

10.1 Technical design.

10.2 Building Regulations 2000 (as amended).

10.3 Production information.

11 Stages G and H: Tender Documentation and Tender Action.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Co-ordinated project information.

11.3 Bills of quantities.

11.4 Specifi cations.

11.5 Schedules of work.

11.6 Activity schedules.

11.7 Tendering.

11.8 Preparing the contract documents.

12 Stages J and K: Mobilisation and Construction to Practical Completion.

12.1 Contractor's programme.

12.2 Meetings.

12.3 Site inspections.

12.4 Safety.

12.5 Architect’s instructions and variations.

12.6 Variations and their valuation.

12.7 Controlling costs.

12.8 Workmanship and materials.

12.9 Certifi cates and payments.

12.10 Delays and extensions of time.

12.11 Financial claims.

13 Stage L: Post Practical Completion.

13.1 Termination.

13.2 Practical completion.

13.3 Rectifi cation period.

13.4 Adjustment of contract sum.

13.5 Final certifi cate.

13.6 Review of project performance in use.

Part 3 General Offi ce Matters.

14 Management Principles.

14.1 Objectives.

14.2 Leadership.

14.3 Communication.

14.4 Delegation.

14.5 Motivation.

15 General Offi ce Practice.

15.1 Introduction.

15.2 Telephone, facsimile (fax) and email.

15.3 Information technology.

15.4 Letter writing.

15.5 Reports.

15.6 Filing.

15.7 Office-based meetings.

15.8 Drawing offi ce practice.

15.9 Computer-aided design.

15.10 Presentation.

15.11 Reproduction.

15.12 Work programming.

16 Finance and Accounts.

16.1 Introduction.

16.2 The accounts.

16.3 Profi t and loss account.

16.4 Balance sheet.

16.5 Assets.

16.6 Liabilities.

16.7 Capital.

16.8 Finance 342

16.9 Cash forecasting and budgeting.

16.10 Books of account.

16.11 Fee invoicing.

16.12 VAT.

16.13 Computerisation.

16.14 Annual accounts/auditing.

16.15 Staff time records.

17 Insurance.

17.1 Introduction.

17.2 Premises and contents.

17.3 Public liability.

17.4 Employer's liability.

17.5 Professional indemnity.

17.6 BUILD insurance.

17.7 Other insurances.

18 The Architect as Employee.

18.1 Finding employment.

18.2 Acceptable job titles.

18.3 Employment.

18.4 Job description.

18.5 Hours of work.

18.6 Overtime.

18.7 Salary.

18.8 Benefits.

18.9 Professional activities.

18.10 Expenses.

18.11 Leave.

18.12 Disciplinary and grievance procedure.

18.13 Notice and dismissal.

18.14 Spare-time practice.

18.15 Monitoring of telephone calls and emails.

18.16 Discrimination.

19 Attracting Work.

19.1 Active marketing.

19.2 Practice brochure.

19.3 Advertising.

19.4 Contacts.

19.5 Competitions 396

19.6 Keeping clients and recommendations.

Table of Cases.


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