Architectural Project Management

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Which one of the following is NOT a type of architectural practice mentioned in the text?

Limited Liability Company

According to the text, what is required to create a commercial corporation?

A legal instrument

What is the definition of a sole proprietorship?

An architectural practice owned and controlled exclusively by one person

What are the first key steps in launching an architectural practice, according to the text?

Develop a business model, business plan, and strategic plan

Which document describes the operational systems that a firm will put into place to deliver products and services?

Business plan

What is one of the most difficult aspects for an emerging proprietor when completing a business plan?

Finding and securing initial commissions

What is the purpose of a strategic plan?

To guide a firm into the three- to five- and even 10-year horizon

What is the alternative to strategic planning?

Allowing external events to unfold and influence a firm's direction

Which of the following is a key resource required for strategic planning?

Skilled facilitation

Which of the following is a common information gathering and analysis tool used in strategic planning?

SWOT analysis

What is the most common type of ownership for architectural practices in Canada?

Sole Proprietorships

What is a partnership in the context of architectural practices?

A group of people acting as a single entity

Which of the following is a key factor in creating a unique and recognizable profile for an architectural firm?

Detailed planning

What is the purpose of a business model in the context of an architectural firm?

To describe the value the business will offer the marketplace

What is the most significant value of building information modeling (BIM) for architectural firms?

Integration of the design-construction industry supply chain

What is the purpose of a business plan in the context of an architectural firm?

To present a detailed description of the firm's proposed structure

Which of the following is a form of business entity that preserves the individual identity of two or more corporations?

Partnership of corporations

Which of the following is a form of business entity created by two or more firms for a single specific project?

Joint ventures

Which of the following is a professional company that includes architects and other professionals, usually engineers?

Multi-disciplinary firms

Which of the following is a structure of an architectural practice that subdivides the office into teams to deal with a project in its entirety?

Design teams or in-house studios

Which of the following external professional services is important for an architect to establish a relationship with?

Legal services

Which type of insurance is specifically mentioned as a requirement for an architectural practice?

Professional liability insurance

What is the purpose of engaging an accountant in an architectural practice?

To handle day-to-day financial operations

Why should architects seek the advice of a financial investment professional?

To ensure proper retirement planning

Which of the following best describes quality management in architectural practice?

Ensuring architectural service delivery meets client expectations

What are the key processes involved in quality management in architectural practice?

Quality planning, quality control, quality assurance

What is the purpose of quality planning in architectural practice?

Establishing the standards for service delivered

What is the role of quality control in architectural practice?

Evaluating the firm's work against established standards

What is the main objective of quality assurance in architectural practice?

Establishing and evaluating quality management processes

What is necessary to achieve quality in architectural service delivery?

Consistent, professional manner

Study Notes

Architectural Practice Types

  • The following are types of architectural practice mentioned in the text: commercial corporation, sole proprietorship, partnership, and professional company

Commercial Corporation Requirements

  • A commercial corporation requires a minimum of two shareholders and a minimum of two directors

Sole Proprietorship Definition

  • A sole proprietorship is a business owned and controlled by one individual

Launching an Architectural Practice

  • The first key steps in launching an architectural practice include creating a business plan, developing a strategic plan, and establishing a business entity

Operational Systems

  • A business plan describes the operational systems that a firm will put into place to deliver products and services

Difficult Aspects of Business Planning

  • One of the most difficult aspects for an emerging proprietor when completing a business plan is forecasting finances

Strategic Planning

  • The purpose of a strategic plan is to guide the direction of the firm
  • Alternative to strategic planning is crisis management

Key Resources for Strategic Planning

  • Key resources required for strategic planning include time, money, and information

Information Gathering and Analysis Tool

  • A common information gathering and analysis tool used in strategic planning is SWOT analysis

Ownership of Architectural Practices

  • The most common type of ownership for architectural practices in Canada is a sole proprietorship

Partnership Definition

  • A partnership is an agreement between two or more people to jointly own and operate a business

Unique Profile Factors

  • A key factor in creating a unique and recognizable profile for an architectural firm is its brand identity

Business Model Purpose

  • The purpose of a business model in the context of an architectural firm is to describe how the firm will generate revenue

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

  • The most significant value of building information modeling (BIM) for architectural firms is its ability to improve design, construction, and operation of buildings

Business Plan Purpose

  • The purpose of a business plan in the context of an architectural firm is to guide the direction of the firm and secure financing

Business Entities

  • A joint venture is a form of business entity that preserves the individual identity of two or more corporations
  • A consortium is a form of business entity created by two or more firms for a single specific project
  • A professional company is a type of business entity that includes architects and other professionals, usually engineers

Office Structure

  • A studio-based structure is a type of office structure that subdivides the office into teams to deal with a project in its entirety

External Professional Services

  • An architect should establish a relationship with a lawyer as an external professional service

Insurance Requirements

  • Professional liability insurance is specifically mentioned as a requirement for an architectural practice

Accountant's Role

  • The purpose of engaging an accountant in an architectural practice is to manage finances and ensure compliance with tax laws

Financial Investment Advice

  • Architects should seek the advice of a financial investment professional to manage their personal finances and make informed investment decisions

Quality Management

  • Quality management in architectural practice involves quality planning, quality control, and quality assurance
  • The main objective of quality assurance in architectural practice is to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Quality planning involves establishing quality objectives and defining how to achieve them
  • Quality control involves monitoring and correcting quality issues during the design and construction process

Test your knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of an architect in project management. Learn about the importance of an architect in overseeing the design and coordination of various departments. Explore the need for external professional services in supporting architectural projects.

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