The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice / Edition 14

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Written by The American Institute of Architects, this is the definitive textbook on practice issues written specifically for architecture students. Specifically written for emerging architects, this is the first unabbreviated guide specifically for architecture students about to begin their careers. It is required reading in a professional practice course that architecture students must take within their final two years of school.

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"...looks to be a handy resource for post-secondary and graduate students looking to enter the field of architecture. Providing sections covering practical areas of in-depth professional advice and information, this reference tool does more than just encourage design principles and technical skills. The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice puts at a student's fingertips a thorough overview of what it takes to initiate a practice to highlights of typical operational functions which are integral parts of any firm large or small. A good beginners how-to-book for every architectural student to keep within reach." (; 1/09)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470088692
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 248,824
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Thom Mayne.


About the Student Handbook.


1. Professional Life.

1.1 Architecture as a Profession.

1.2 Ethics and Professional Conduct.

AIA Code of Ethics.

1.3 Leadership as a Vocation .

1.4 Participating in Professional Organizations.

2. Legal Dimensions of Practice.

2.1 Architects and the Law.

Copyright and Intellectual Property in the Digital Age.

2.2 Regulation of Professional Practice.

Mandatory Continuing Education.

3. Professional Development.

3.1 Developing Leadership Skills.

3.2 Mastering Communications.


4. Developing a Practice.

4.1 Starting an Architecture Firm.

4.2 Firm Legal Structure.

4.3 Firm Identity and Expertise.

Establishing a Niche Practice .

4.4 Team Building.

4.5 Marketing Planning and Strategy .

4.6 How Clients Select Architects.

5. Running a Practice.

5.1 Financial Planning.

5.2 Financial Management Systems.

Computerized Financial Systems.

5.3 Maintaining Financial Health.

5.4 Risk Management Strategies.

How to Use Risk Assessment Matrixes.

5.5 Insurance Coverage.

5.6 Managing and Avoiding Disputes.

5.7 Information Management.

5.8 Computer Technology in Practice.

Building Information Modeling.


6. Project Definition.

6.1 Defining Project Services.

6.2 Architectural Services and Compensation.

6.3 Programming.

6.4 Analysis and Research.

6.5 Evidence-Based Design.

6.6 Integrated vs. Traditional Practice.

7. Project Development.

7.1 Sustainable Design.

7.2 Environmentally Preferable Product Selection.

7.3 Design Phases.

7.4 Value Analysis.

7.5 Life Cycle Costing.

8. Project Delivery.

8.1 Project Delivery Methods.

Construction Management.

Design-Build Project Delivery.

8.2 Integrated Project Delivery.

8.3 Construction Documentation.

The U.S. National CAD Standard .


8.4 Bidding or Negotiation Phase.

8.5 Construction Contract Administration.

9. Project Management.

9.1 The Effective Project Manager.

9.2 Managing Architectural Projects .

9.3 Project Controls.

Project Scheduling.

9.4 Construction Cost Management.

9.5 Maintaining Design Quality.

9.6 Project Closeouts.

10. Building Codes and Regulations.

10.1 Community Planning Controls.

10.2 Building Codes and Standards.

The International Building Code.


11. Types of Agreements.

11.1 Agreements with Owners.

11.2 Owner-Generated Agreements .

11.3 Project Design Team Agreements.

11.4 Construction Contracts.

12. AIA Contract Documents.

12.1 The AIA Documents Program.

2007 AIA Contract Documents.

12.2 AIA Contract Documents Synopses by Family.

Appendix A: Resources for Intern Architects.

The Intern Development Program (IDP).

The Emerging Professional’s Companion.

Appendix B: Allied Professional Organizations.

Appendix C: Schools of Architecture.

Appendix D: State Registration Boards.

Appendix E: Glossary.


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  • Posted December 23, 2009

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    A useful resource for architecture students

    "The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice" has 4 parts, including the profession, the firm, the project, as well as contracts and agreements.

    Each part is further divided into chapters and subchapters, including:

    Professional life, legal dimension of practice, and professional development

    Developing a practice, running a practice, marketing and public relations, client relations, human resources, financial management, risk management, and firm operation

    Project definition, project delivery, project management, quality management, and building codes and regulations

    Types of agreements and AIA contract documents

    It also has some useful appendixes: Resources for intern architects, allied professional organizations, state registration boards, schools of architecture, sample AIA contract documents, glossary and Index.

    Most of Americans will open a book, read an average of 18 pages, and then put it away and let it sit on the shelf. I guess most architecture students will look through the table of content of this book, and look up the portion when they need it, and then put it away.

    One suggestion I have for AIA is to publish an abridged edition and reduce the number of the pages to make it more usable, and focus on the stuff that architecture students have to deal with everyday or 80% of the time.

    "The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice" has 720 pages. Overall, it is a useful resource for architecture students.

    Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Architectural Practice Simplified," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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