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ARC 6280 Professional Office Practice (3). Study of the ethical, legal, financial, and managerial aspects of professional practice in architecture.


Academic Health Center 4 -101. Tuesdays: 6:15PM - 9:05PM COURSE EVALUATION:

Midterm 1 (week 1 to 5): 20% Midterm 2 (week 5 to 11): 20% Weekly tests: 5% Final, (contents: All the semester material): 55 %


-It is expected that all students come prepared to class with all necessary reading homework, assignments, and equipment so that work can be accomplished during the class period. No late work will be accepted unless by specific arrangement. Class attendance is mandatory. Tardiness is disruptive to the class. Instructor is under no obligation to repeat information or schedule events accommodate un- excused absences. Absenteeism will affect the development and final outcome of the project.

-More than Two (2) unexcused absences will automatically result in a failing grade for the course.

-Students that fail to participate in the examinations and reviews will automatically fail the course unless absences are justified as specified by university standards.

-No presentation may be missed except in the case of extraordinary circumstances.

-Students must provide an acceptable written excuse in advance. A grade of Incomplete will only be issued for unavoidable (and verifiable) circumstances beyond the students’ control. Student must have a passing grade and be up to date with course work at the time that the request is made.


It is the student’s responsibility to obtain, become familiar with, and abide by all Departmental, College and university requirements and regulations. These include but are not limited to: The Florida International University Catalog Division of Student Affair’s Handbook of Rights and Responsibilities of Students; Departmental Curriculum and Program Sheets; and Departmental Policies and Regulations. This includes student’s responsibilities with regards to plagiarism.


The Department reserves the right to retain any and all student work for the purpose of record, exhibition and instruction. All students are encouraged to photograph and/or copy all work for personal records prior to submittal to the instructor.


Students and are expected to treat one another with a high degree of civility and respect. Students can and should expect the same from the instructor. If a student fails to act responsibly or in a many that disrupts the class or impedes instruction for his/her colleagues, she or he may be asked to leave the class and will still be held responsible for all relevant information missed through this absence.


For the purpose of accreditation students in this class should demonstrate “understanding” in the following areas: C3. Client Role in Architecture. C4. Project Management. C5. Practice Management. C6. Leadership. C7. Legal Responsibility. C8. Ethics and Professional Judgment. C9. Community and Social Responsibility.


(IN) language = "An incomplete grade (IN) is a temporary symbol given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed due to serious interruption, not caused by the student's own negligence. Students receiving an incomplete grade must complete the Appropriate coursework within two semesters (including summer). If coursework is not completed in this time frame, the incomplete grade (IN) will automatically default to a failing grade (F). Students should not re-enroll in the same course to make up the incomplete grade. To change an incomplete grade, the student should speak directly to the course instructor to have the



Students are required to read the reading assignments for each week. Specific quizzes and questions will be asked during class. The required reading will come from the following sources:

American Institute of Architects.

The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice, 14th Edition, New York : Wiley & Sons ISBN-13: 978-0470088692

The book is available at the FIU bookstore. Please make sure the book is the student edition and NOT the professional version.


Wakita, Osamu. The Professional Practice of Architectural Working Drawings. New York : J. Wiley & Sons, 2003 (available as e-book at the FIU library).


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (Schedule will be updated week by week in the class web page depending on

lecturers that will be invited to class)


WEEK 1: Jan 13

Professional Life & Introduction to the Profession and Practice

The Profession, License Regulation, and Registration | Intern Development Program (IDP) | Clients, Architects, and the Forces of Change | Introduction to the delivery process and Architectural Drawings

1. The Profession, License, Regulation, and Registration – Clients, Architects, and the Forces of Change

Reference web site: Board of Architecture and Interior Design, State of Florida. Reference web site: FAQ specific to Architects, State of Florida.

2. Intern Development Program (IDP)

Reference Web site: NCARB's Intern Development Program (IDP) Web site Reference Web site: NCARB Intern Development Program Guidelines

3. Introduction to the delivery process and Architectural Drawings

Reading: Wakita, O., The Professional Practice of Architectural Working Drawings Basics of site design Introduction to Architectural Drawings

WEEK 2: Jan 20

Ethics & Professional Judgment, & Legal Dimension of Practice

Introduction to Architectural Drawings | Ethics and Professional Conduct | Architects Legal Responsibility

1. Ethics and Professional Conduct

Reading, Chapter 1.2: Ethics and Professional Conduct, AIA 2004 Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct 2. Architects Legal Responsibility

Reading, Chapter 2.1: Architects and the Law

Reading, Chapter 2.2: Regulation of Professional Practice (quick read) Leadership & Professional Development

Leadership Concepts | Learning Leadership | Understanding Personality Profiles | Firm identity and Expertise

1. Leadership Concepts

Reading, Chapter 3.1: Developing Leadership Skills (quick read) 2. Firm Identity and Expertise

Reading, Chapter 4.3: Firm Identity and Expertise


Practice Management: Starting & Developing an Architectural Firm 1. Starting an Architecture Firm & Firm Legal Structure:

Reading, Chapter 4.1: Starting and Architecture Firm (read only: Start-up Tasks subchapter) Reading, Chapter 4.2: Firm Legal Structure

2. Marketing Strategy and Planning

Reading, Chapter 4.5: Marketing Strategy and Planning (quick read) 3. How clients select Architects


WEEK 4: Feb 3

Practice Management: Running a practice Financial Planning

Reading, Chapter 5.1: Financial Planning Financial Management Systems

Reading, Chapter 5.2: Financial Management Systems Reading, Chapter 5.3: Maintaining Financial Health

Risk Management, Insurance, Managing & Avoiding Dispute

Reading, Chapter 5.4: Risk Management (only read: Project Selection, p. 178-180) Reading, Chapter 5.5: Insurance Coverage (only read: Professional liability, p. 195-200)

Note: Class notes will be very important this week. You must have a basic understanding of Managing & Avoiding Disputes and issues such

as Mediation & Arbitration


Project Management: Project Definition Reading, Chapter 6.1: Defining Project Services Reading, Chapter 6.4: Programming (quick reading)

WEEK 6: Feb 17: MIDTERM 1

Client selection of Architects

Project Management: BIM, Integrated Practice, vs. Traditional Practice Reading, Chapter 6.6: Integrated vs. Traditional Practice

WEEK 7: Feb 24

Project Delivery: Project Delivery Methods | Construction Documents | Bidding | Construction Administration

Project Delivery Methods

Reading, Chapter 8.1: Project Delivery Methods

Construction Documents

Reading, Chapter 8.3: Construction Documentation

Bidding & Construction Administration

Reading, Chapter 8.4: Bidding or Negotiation Phase Reading, Chapter 8.5: Construction Contract Administration WEEK 8: Mar 3

Project Management

Managing Architectural Projects | Project Controls & Project Scheduling | Construction Cost Estimating & Cost Management

Managing Architectural Projects

Reading, Chapter 9.2: Managing Architectural Projects

Project Controls & Project Scheduling

Reading, Chapter 9.2: Project Controls & Project Scheduling WEEK 9: Mar 9-14


WEEK 10: Mar 17

Construction Cost Estimating & Cost Management

Reading, Chapter 9.3: Construction Cost Management

Project Management: Project Development, Sustainability, Life Cycle cost

Reading, Chapter 7.5: Life Cycle Costing


Last day to drop the course with a DR grade

WEEK 11: Mar 23: Project Management

Managing Architectural Projects | Project Controls & Project Scheduling | Construction Cost Estimating & Cost Management

Managing Architectural Projects

Reading, Chapter 9.2: Managing Architectural Projects

Project Controls & Project Scheduling

Reading, Chapter 9.2: Project Controls & Project Scheduling

Construction Cost Estimating & Cost Management

Reading, Chapter 9.3: Construction Cost Management

Project Management: Project Development, Sustainability, Life Cycle cost

Reading, Chapter 7.5: Life Cycle Costing


Project Management: Managing Construction

Invited class lecture: 3 case studies of Project Management by FIU Facilities Managers. Zoning, Building Codes (occupancy and egress) and Regulations

Reading, Chapter 10.1: Community Planning Controls Reading, Chapter 10.2: Building Codes & Standards

Reference: Architectural Services in Historic Preservation

WEEK 13: Apr 07

Client relationship, Legal & Practice Management: Types of Agreements Reading, Chapter 11.1: Agreements with Owners

Reading, Chapter 11.2: Owner Generated Agreements

Reading, Chapter 11.3: Project Design Team Agreements (quick reading) Reading, Chapter 11.4: Bases of payments (page 616-617)

WEEK 14: Apr 14

Client relationship, Legal & Practice Management: The AIA Documents Program Reading, Chapter 12.1: The AIA Documents Program

Reading, Chapter 12.2: The AIA Contract Documents Synopses by Family (quick reading) Reading, Chapter CD: CD-ROM

WEEK 15: Apr 21


FINAL (to be confirmed)


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