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The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-30882-0
1184 pages
November 2013
The Architect


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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

About the 15th Edition of the Handbook xv


1 Ethics and Professional Practice 2

1.1 The AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct 2

1.2 Ethics and Architectural Practice 13

1.3 Design Beyond Ethics 19

2 Diversity and Demographics 27

2.1 Diversity and Practice Management 27

2.2 Demographics of Practice: 2012 AIA Firm Survey 36

3 Career Development 52

3.1 Regulation of Professional Practice 52

3.2 Intern Development 68

3.3 The Career Paths of an Architect 82

3.4 AIA Continuing Education System 93

3.5 Participating in Professional Organizations 99

3.6 Participating in Architectural Education 113

4 Public Interest Design 117

4.1 Socially Responsible Design Overview 117

4.2 The Role of Architects in Disaster Response and Recovery 131

4.3 Architects in the Nonprofi t Sector 147

4.4 Public Service and Community Involvement 156


5 Organizational Development 168

5.1 Architects and the Law 168

5.2 Entrepreneurial Practice: Starting an Architecture Firm 185

5.3 Strategic Planning for the Design Firm 203

5.4 Firm Growth and Development: How to Build a Creative Culture 216

5.5 Leader Effectiveness 227

5.6 Ownership Transitions 237

5.7 Small-Firm Collaboration 252

5.8 Practicing in a Global Market 262

5.9 Developing and Managing Multiple-Office Firms 275

5.10 Offi ce Administration 291

5.11 Knowledge Management 308

5.12 Information Management and Services 321

6 Marketing and Business Development 332

6.1 Marketing Architectural Services 332

6.2 Developing Marketing Strategy 342

6.3 Public Relations and Communications 355

6.4 Networking and Business Development 370

6.5 Qualifi cations, Proposals, and Interviews 381

7 Financial Management 396

7.1 Navigating Economic Cycles 396

7.2 Financial Management Overview 409

7.3 Financial Management Systems 418

7.4 Developing Annual Budgets and Profit Planning 428

8 Human Resources 444

8.1 Human Resources Management Overview 444

8.2 Compensation Strategy and Philosophy 461

8.3 Recruiting and Hiring: Strategies and Methodology 475

8.4 Professional Development and Mentoring 487


9 Design Project Delivery 508

9.1 Project Delivery Methods 508

9.2 The Architect’s Role in Construction Manager-Constructor Project Delivery 520

9.3 Integrated Project Delivery Overview 530

9.4 Contractor-Led Design-Build 541

9.5 Architect-Led Design-Build 555

9.6 Architect Developer 563

9.7 Emerging Issues in Project Delivery 577

10 Design Project Management 584

10.1 Managing Architectural Projects 584

10.2 Project Teams 603

10.3 Project Budgets, Work Planning, and Monitoring 621

10.4 Project Management with Building Information Modeling Processes 641

10.5 Design Phases 654

10.6 Construction Drawings 668

10.7 Construction Specifi cations 689

10.8 Bidding and Negotiation 701

10.9 Construction Phase Services 713

10.10 Project Completion and Post-Construction 729

11 Technology in Practice 740

11.1 Technology in Practice Overview 740

11.2 Technology in Project Delivery Phases 754

11.3 Small Firms, Small Projects, and Building Information Modeling 764

11.4 Collaborative Technologies 780

11.5 Technology Management 785

11.6 Emerging Technology in Practice 798

12 Quality Management 810

12.1 Origins and Development of Quality Management 810

12.2 Quality Management in Schematic Design 822

12.3 Checklists 833

12.4 Quality Management in Construction Procurement, Contract Administration, and Post-Construction 847

13 Building Codes, Standards, and Regulations 857

13.1 Building Codes and Standards 857

13.2 Planning, Urban Design, and the Regulatory Environment 880

14 Research in Practice 899

14.1 Research in Practice Overview 899

14.2 Research Methods 911

14.3 Research and Practice 920

14.4 Evidence-Based Design 937


15 Project Definition 952

15.1 Defi ning Project Services 952

15.2 Services and Compensation 961

15.3 Negotiating Agreement 975

16 Risk Management 989

16.1 Risk Management Strategies 989

16.2 Insurance Coverage for Business and Professional Liability 1007

16.3 Risks and Emerging Practices 1021

16.4 Dispute Management and Resolution 1030

17 Agreements and AIA Document Program 1040

17.1 Agreements with Owners 1040

17.2 Project Team Agreements 1055

17.3 Owner-Generated Agreements 1070

17.4 Construction Contracts 1083

17.5 The AIA Documents Program 1093

Appendix A: Allied Professional Organizations 1113

Appendix B: Glossary 1117

Index 1141

About the Companion Website 1166

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Press Release

December 16, 2013
The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition

“Architecture has become an adaptable enterprise for a world that requires nimbleness, pragmatism, and no small amount of ingenuity. From one architect to another, I think you will appreciate the strength of the foundation on which this 15th edition rests. I think you will also find it to be an indispensable tool in a time of great change and even greater opportunity for architects.”

-Robert A. Ivy, FAIA, EVP/Chief Executive Officer, The American Institute of Architects

Wiley, a leading publisher for architects releases the 15th edition of The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice (Wiley, December 23, 2013; $250.00). Authored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA), this 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 and includes nearly two-thirds new content and covers all aspects of contemporary practice, including updated material on:

  • Small-firm practice, use of technologies such as BIM, and project delivery methods, such as IPD and architect-led design-build
  • Career development and licensure for emerging professionals and state-mandated continuing education for established architects
  • Business management topics, such as organizational development, marketing, finance, and human resources
  • Research as an integrated aspect of architectural practice, featuring such topics as evidence-based design and research in a small-firm context

This reference continues to be the definitive guide to running an architectural practice with the latest developments and trends in the industry. The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15E includes access to a password-protected website that contains samples of all AIA Contract Documents. It is essential reading for any architect, contractor or related building professionals.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well-being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

About Wiley:

Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice. Wiley’s Professional Development business creates products and services that help customers become more effective in the workplace and achieve career success.  It brings to life the ideas and best practices of thought leaders in business, finance, accounting, workplace learning, management, leadership, technology, behavioral health, engineering/architecture, and education to serve these communities worldwide.

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb), has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's website can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com


Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Publication date: December 23, 2013

$250.00; Hardcover; 1184 pages; ISBN: 978-1-118-30882-0


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