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1.The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th edition

The definitive guide to architectural practice

Business, legal, and technical trends in architecture are constantly changing. The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice has offered firms the latest guidance on those trends since 1920.

The Fifteenth Edition of this indispensable guide features 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

The Fifteenth Edition of The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice includes access to a website that contains samples of all AIA Contract Documents (in PDF format for Mac and PC computers). With comprehensive coverage of contemporary practices in architecture, as well as the latest developments and trends in the industry, The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice continues to be the essential reference for every architect who must meet the challenges of today's marketplace with insight and confidence.


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 



2.The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design 6th Edition


The time saving resource every architect needs

The Architect’s Studio Companion is a robust, user friendly resource that keeps important information at your fingertips throughout the design process. It includes guidelines for the design of structure, environmental systems, parking, accessibility, and more. This new sixth edition has been fully updated with the latest model building codes for the U.S. and Canada, extensive new information on heating and cooling systems for buildings, and new structural systems, all in a form that facilitates rapid preliminary design. More than just a reference, this book is a true companion that no practicing architect or student should be without.

This book provides quick access to guidelines for systems that affect the form and spatial organization of buildings and allows this information to be incorporated into the earliest stages of building design. With it you can:

  • Select, configure, and size structural systems
  • Plan for building heating and cooling
  • Incorporate passive systems and daylighting into your design
  • Design for parking and meet code related life safety and accessibility requirements

Relying on straightforward diagrams and clear written explanations, the designer can lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes‚Äēwithout getting hung up on complicated technical concepts. By introducing building systems into the early stages of design, the need for later revisions or redesign is reduced, and projects stay on time and on budget.¬†The Architect‚Äôs Studio Companion¬†is the time saving tool that helps you bring it all together from the beginning.

Acknowledgments vii

How to Use This Book ix

Section 1 Designing with Building Codes 1

1. Designing with Building Codes 3

Section 2 Designing the Structure 19

1. Selecting the Structural System 21

2. Configuring the Structural System 37

3. Sizing the Structural System 55

Section 3 Designing with Daylight 139

1. Design Criteria for Daylighting Systems 141

2. Configuring and Sizing Daylighting Systems 151

Section 4 Designing Spaces for Mechanical and Electrical Services 159

1. Selecting Heating and Cooling Systems for Large Buildings 161

2. Configuring and Sizing Mechanical and Electrical Services for Large Buildings 185

3. Passive Heating and Cooling Systems 221

4. Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Small Buildings 239

Section 5 Designing for Egress and Accessibility 265

1. Configuring the Egress System and Providing Accessible Routes 267

2. Sizing the Egress System 301

3. Stairway and Ramp Design 317

Section 6 Designing for Parking 333

1. Design Criteria for Parking Facilities 335

2. Configuring Parking Facilities 343

3. Sizing Parking Facilities 355

Section 7 Designing with Height and Area Limitations 369

1. Height and Area Limitations 371

2. Height and Area Tables 391

Appendix A Example Use of This Book 479

Appendix B Units of Conversion 485

Bibliography 487

Index 489



3.Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code 6th Edition


Uniquely marrying the graphic skills of bestselling author Francis D.K Ching with the code expertise of Steven Winkel, FAIA, the new sixth edition of Building Codes Illustrated is a clear, concise, and easy-to-use visual guide to the International Building Code (IBC) for 2018. Fully updated throughout, it highlights all of the changes to the code for quick reference and easy navigation. It pulls out the portions of the building code that are most relevant for the architect and provides an easy-to-understand interpretation in both words and illustrations. 

The first two chapters of Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code, Sixth Edition give background and context regarding the develop­ment, organization, and use of the IBC. The following sections cover such information as: use and occupancy; building heights and areas; types of construction; fire-resistive construction; interior finishes; means of egress; accessibility; energy efficiency; roof assemblies; structural provisions; special inspections and tests; soils and foundations; building materials and systems; and more.

  • A complete, user-friendly guide to code-compliant projects
  • Highlights all the significant changes in the 2018 IBC
  • Uses clear¬†language and¬†Frank Ching's distinctive illustrations¬†to demystify¬†the 2018 International Build Code (IBC) text
  • Provides students and professionals with a fundamental understanding of IBC development, interpretation, and application¬†

Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code gives students and professionals in architecture, interior design, construction, and engineering a user-friendly, easy-to-use guide to the fundamentals of the 2018 IBC.



4.Architectural Detailing: Function, Constructibility, Aesthetics

The industry-standard guide to designing well-performing buildings

Architectural Detailing systematically describes the principles by which good architectural details are designed. Principles are explained in brief, and backed by extensive illustrations that show you how to design details that will not leak water or air, will control the flow of heat and water vapor, will adjust to all kinds of movement, and will be easy to construct. This new third edition has been updated to conform to International Building Code 2012, and incorporates current knowledge about new material and construction technology. Sustainable design issues are integrated where relevant, and the discussion includes reviews of recent built works that extract underlying principles that can be the basis for new patterns or the alteration and addition to existing patterns. Regulatory topics are primarily focused on the US, but touch on other jurisdictions and geographic settings to give you a well-rounded perspective of the art and science of architectural detailing.

In guiding a design from idea to reality, architects design a set of details that show how a structure will be put together. Good details are correct, complete, and provide accurate information to a wide variety of users. By demonstrating the use of detail patterns, this book teaches you how to design a building that will perform as well as you intend.

  • Integrate appropriate detailing into your designs
  • Learn the latest in materials, assemblies, and construction methods
  • Incorporate sustainable design principles and current building codes
  • Design buildings that perform well, age gracefully, and look great

Architects understand that aesthetics are only a small fraction of good design, and that stability and functionality require a deep understanding of how things come together. Architectural Detailing helps you bring it all together with a well fleshed-out design that communicates accurately at all levels of the construction process.

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