Architecture (ARCH) 655

Architectural Practice Management (Revision 1)

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture program, or referral from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) for individuals with a professional degree in architecture from a university outside Canada.

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology

Centre: RAIC Centre for Architecture

Program: Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture

ARCH 655 is not available for challenge. Credit may be transferred for previous work considered equivalent.

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Note: For those students interested in pursuing a career as a registered architect, this course contributes to the RAIC Syllabus Diploma. Information about the RAIC Syllabus Diploma is available on the RAIC website.


Architecture 655: Architectural Practice Management integrates the study of management practice within the context of architecture as a profession. This course provides the necessary skill sets that architects use in the development of a successful practice. It challenges the graduate student to consider management practice issues that architects must consider and promotes strategic evaluation of project design and process.


  • Unit 1: Getting Work
  • Unit 2: Managing the Work
  • Unit 3: Architectural Fees and Services
  • Unit 4: Project Management and Integrated Project Delivery
  • Unit 5: Construction Project Delivery
  • Unit 6: Pre-Design Services
  • Unit 7: Design Services
  • Unit 8: Construction Procurement
  • Unit 9: Office-based Construction Administration
  • Unit 10: Field-based Construction Administration

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, you should be able to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Apply various management techniques to the successful operation of an architecture practice, which include marketing, financial planning and accounting, risk management, and quality management.
  • Determine appropriate fees for a specific project and prepare client-architect agreements.
  • Manage architecture projects properly and efficiently from pre-design to take-over and commissioning.
  • Administer construction contracts.


In order to pass Architecture 655, you must complete four assignments. Each one is worth 20% of your grade in the course. The minimum pass mark for every assignment is 50%. It should be noted that students who wish to be certified by the CACB must achieve and maintain a final grade point average of 2.3 or greater. This means that, while a mark of 60% would constitute a pass in the course, marks of 67% or greater are required for students who wish to pursue registration or licensing in architecture.

Students will also be required to visit a construction site. A final open-book invigilated examination on material covered by the course will constitute 20% of the final grade.

Course Materials

ARCH 655: Architectural Practice Management is taught using a combination of print and digital material, online resources, and instructor support.


Hobbs, J. The Canadian Handbook of Practice for Architects (CHOP), Volumes 1 & 2, 2nd edition. Ottawa: RAIC, 2009. (eText)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice, 14th edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Peña, William M., and Steven A. Parshall. Problem Seeking: An Architectural Programming Primer. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

Canadian Construction Documents Committee. (Full set of CCDC Standard Construction Documents.)

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Field Review/General Review Distance Learning Course, Guidelines for Conducting and Documenting Construction Site Visits, 2003. (CD plus Info Sheet and copy of blank Field Review Notes sheet.)

Nigro, William T. REDICHECK Interdisciplinary Coordination, 3rd Edition. Peachtree City, GA: The REDICHECK Firm, 1992.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, June 8, 2011.

Updated May 06 2016 by Student & Academic Services