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Authored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA), this guide is the updated architecture profession's standard on practice issues. This indispensable resource covers all aspects of architectural practice, including legal, financial, marketing, management, and administrative issues. Content is significantly revised to reflect the changing nature of the business of architecture related to the impact of integrated practice. An accompanying web site contains samples of the latest AIA Contract Documents in PDF format.

Table of Contents






CHAPTER 1: Ethics, and Professional Conduct

1.1 AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Overview

1.2 Ethics and Architectural Practice

1.3 Design Beyond Ethics

CHAPTER 2: Diversity and Demographics

2.1 Diversity and Practice Management

2.2 Demographics of Practice: 2012 AIA Firm Survey

CHAPTER 3: Career Development

3.1 Regulation of Professional Practice

3.2 Intern Development

3.3 The Career Paths of an Architect

3.4 AIA Continuing Education System

3.5 Participating in Professional Organizations

3.6 Participating in Architectural Education

CHAPTER 4: Public Interest Design

4.1 Socially Responsible Design Overview

4.2 The Role of Architects in Disaster Response and Recovery

4.3 Architects in the Non-Profit Sector

4.4 Public Service & Community Involvement


CHAPTER 5: Organizational Development

5.1 Architects and the Law

5.2 Entrepreneurial Practice: Starting an Architecture Firm

5.3 Strategic Planning for the Design Firm

5.4 Firm Growth and Development

5.5 Leader Effectiveness

5.6 Ownership Transitions

5.7 Small Firm Collaboration

5.8 Practicing in a Global Market

5.9 Developing and Managing Multi-office Firms

5.10 Office Administration

5.11 Knowledge Management

5.12 Information Management and Services

CHAPTER 6: Marketing and Business Development

6.1 Marketing Architectural Services

6.2 Developing Marketing Strategy

6.3 Public Relations and Communications

6.4 Networking and Business Development

6.5 Qualifications, Proposals and Interviews

CHAPTER 7: Financial Management

7.1 Navigating Economic Cycles

7.2 Financial Management Overview

7.3 Financial Management Systems

7.4 Developing Annual Budgets and Profit Planning

CHAPTER 8: Human Resources

8.1 Human Resource Management Overview

8.2 Compensation Strategy and Philosophy

8.3 Recruiting and Hiring: Strategies and Methodology

8.4 Professional Development and Mentoring


CHAPTER 9. Design Project Delivery

9.1 Project Delivery Methods

9.2 The Architect’s Role in Construction Manager-Constructor Project Delivery

9.3 Integrated Project Delivery Overview

9.4 Contractor-led design-build

9.5 Architect-led Design Build

9.6 Architect Developer

9.7 Emerging Issues in Project Delivery

CHAPTER 10. Design Project Management

10.1 Managing Architectural Projects

10.2 Project Teams

10.3 Project Budgets, Work Planning, and Monitoring

10.4 Project Management with Building Information Modeling Processes

10.5 Design Phases

10.6 Construction Drawings

10.7 Construction Specification

10.8 Bidding and Negotiation

10.9 Construction Phase services

10.10 Project Completion and Post-Construction Services

CHAPTER 11: Technology in Practice

11.1 Technology in Practice Overview

11.2 Technology in Project Delivery

11.3 Small Firms, Small Projects, and Building Information Modeling

11.4 Collaborative Technologies

11.5 Technology Management

11.6 Emerging Technology in Practice

CHAPTER 12: Quality Management

12.1 Origins and Development of Quality Management

12.2 Quality Management in Schematic Design

12.3 Checklists

12.4 Quality Management in Construction Procurement, Construction Phase Services and Post-Construction

CHAPTER 13: Building Codes, Standards and Regulations

13.1 Building Codes and Standards

13.2 Planning and Zoning

CHAPTER 14: Research in Practice

14.1 Research in Practice

14.2 Research Methods

14.3 Research and Practice

14.4 Evidence-based Design


CHAPTER 15. Project Definition

15.1 Defining Scope of Project Services

15.2 Services and Compensation

15.3 Negotiating Agreement

CHAPTER 16: Risk Management

16.1 Risk Management Strategies

16.2 Insurance Coverage: Business and Professional Liability

16.3 Risk and Emerging Practice

16.4 Dispute Management and Resolution

CHAPTER 17. Agreements and AIA Document Program

17.1 Agreements with Owners

17.2 Project Team Agreements

17.3 Owner-Generated Agreements

17.4 Construction Contracts

17.5 AIA Documents Program

APPENDIX A: Allied Professional Organizations

APPENDIX B: Glossary



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