ARC 482-A582- Professional Practice


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Course No.: 15614

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2014 Spring

Location: Crosby – 301

Meeting Day(s): Friday

Meeting Time: 8:20AM - 10:50AM

Faculty: MacKay

This course will focus on the professional practice of architecture including (the following are the NAAB Student Performance Criteria addressed in the class) an understanding of the fundamentals of building costs, such as acquisition costs, project financing and funding, financial feasibility, operational costs, and construction estimating with an emphasis on life-cycle cost accounting. The client’s role in architecture including an understanding of the responsibility of the architect to elicit, understand, and reconcile the needs of the client, owner, user groups, and the public and community domains and to recommend alternative delivery methods for a project. The methods an architect may use for competing for commissions, selecting consultants and assembling teams.
In addition to the basic principles of architectural practice such as financial management and business planning, time management, risk management, mediation and arbitration, this course will examine new trends and alternative methods of practice. A main focus of the course are the techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process and on environmental, social, and aesthetic issues in their communities. This course will also address the architect’s legal responsibilities to the public and the client as determined by registration law, building codes and regulations, professional service contracts, zoning and subdivision ordinances, environmental regulation, and historic preservation and accessibility laws. The intent of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the ethical and professional judgment involved in architectural design and practice with regards to social, political and cultural issues.