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. The basic principles of architectural practice such as financial management and business planning, time management, risk management, mediation and arbitration, and recognizing trends that affect practice. 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. The architect’s legal responsibilities to the public and the client as determined by registration law, building codes and regulations, professional service contracts, zoning & subdivision ordinances, environmental regulation, and historic preservation and accessibility laws. Ethics and professional judgment including an understanding of the ethical issues involved in the formation of professional judgment regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural design and practice.