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Postgraduate Course: Architectural Management, Practice and Law (ARJA11002)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryArchitectural Management, Practice and Law is a lecture-based course which which engages with emergent priorities for the architectural profession. It develops the students' understanding of the professional requirements of an architect, and awareness of the environment within which architects practice.

The course operates in a hybrid mode. It is structured around a series of pre-recorded lectures and live online discussions, all supported by on-campus workshops and tutorials. The lectures are presented by architects and related professionals involved in the creation of the built environment. They offer the student perspectives on a range of issues pertinent to the profession, which are to be developed with reference to key readings, explored through discussion, and reflected upon through the various coursework assignments.

The course will allow students to:

1. Acquire an understanding of issues which influence the processes and delivery of design and theoretical aspects of project and practice management.
2. Understand the concept of professional responsibility and the legal, statutory, and ethical implications of the title of architect.
3. Introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of the architect in relation to the organisation, administration and management of an architectural project.
4. Develop an awareness and understanding of the financial matters bearing upon the creation and construction of built forms.
5. Develop an awareness of the changing nature of the construction industry, inter-relationships between individuals and organisations involved in building modern day building procurement.
Course description In response to the RIBA's Education and Professional Development Framework, four key themes structure a series of lectures guiding the Architectural Management, Practice and Law course: Architectural Practice, Health and Life Safety, Ethics and Social Purpose, and Climate. Through these four themes, the course introduces and develops knowledge around architectural management, professionalism, practice structures, procurement, specification, regulatory frameworks and legislation, and professional responsibilities. It asks the student to reflect on these key themes through a consolidated Course Report, combining a critical essay, exploring one of the four key structuring themes in depth, and a series of short reflections addressing the breadth of concerns impacting professional practice as framed by the course. A separate study, a ¿Regulatory Drawings¿ exercise, explores the connection between the making of architecture and relevant legislation affecting design and construction.

The course is intended to develop the students' research literacy, awareness of the current socio-political, legislative and environmental context within which architects practice, and ability to study independently. It thus addresses both a mandatory competency expected of architects and encourages habits that will be critical to the continued professional development of the student in practice.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Architectural Design Studio C (Integrated) (ARCH11091) OR Architectural Design Studio D (Integrated) (ARCH11092) OR Architectural Design Studio C (Modular) (ARCH11089) OR Architectural Design Studio D (Modular) (ARCH11090) OR Architectural Design Studio G (ARJA11003) OR Architectural Design Studio B (Modular) (ARCH11096)) AND ( Architectural Technology Research (ARCH11075) OR Studies in Contemporary Architectural Theory (ARCH11070))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  78
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 142 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed through two pieces of summative coursework, designed to align with the course Learning Outcomes: a Course Report (LO1 and LO2), compiling a series of written exercises, and a pair of 'Regulatory Drawings' (LO3). Together these components constitute 100% of the grade for this course; the Course Report is worth two thirds of the overall course grade, and Regulatory Drawings exercise is worth one third of the overall course grade.

The Regulatory Drawings exercise will be completed in small groups. In line with University of Edinburgh regulations, all members of a group will receive the same mark unless there is clear evidence that the quality or extent of contributions has varied.

This course MUST BE PASSED for a student to be awarded the MArch degree. Assessment is made with reference to the ARB Part 2 criteria, which must be met in the coursework submissions.
Feedback Written formative feedback will be issued by the Course Organiser and supporting tutors to guide the preparation of the Regulatory Drawings. Verbal feedback on the essays will be provided by the Course Organiser and supporting tutors during peer-review workshops. Summative feedback on the essay and course report will be provided within 15 working days of submission.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An understanding of codes of professional conduct, practice management, competency, and ethics as relevant to the role of the architect in the design team, and in the context of the construction industry within society.
  2. An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of individuals and organisations at different stages in architectural project procurement, including the management of costs and risks, contract administration and post-occupancy evaluation.
  3. An understanding of the influence of statutory, legal and professional responsibilities on the development of architectural design projects.
Reading List
Bianco, Lino. 'Architecture, values and perception: between rhetoric and reality.' Frontiers of Architectural Research, Vol. 7 Issue 1 (March, 2018): 92-99.

Boys, Jos. Disability, Space, Architecture: A Reader. London, New York: Routledge, 2017.

Cayer, Aaron, Peggy Deamer, Sben Korsh, Eric Petersen, Manuel Shvartzberg (Eds.). Asymmetric Labors: The Economy of Architecture in Theory and Practice. New York: The Architecture Lobby, 2016.

Clancy, Andrew. 'Critical Practice: Can architecture by critical?' Architectural Review, Issue 1473: Criticism (July/August, 2020): 26-30.

Harries, Karsten. The Ethical Function of Architecture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997.

Hawkes, Dean. Architecture and Climate: an Environmental history of British Architecture, 1600-2000. London: Routledge, 2012.

Imrie, Rob, and Emma Street. Architectural Design and Regulation. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Jones, Alan, Rob Hyde, Lorraine Farrelly and Singe Kongebro (eds.). Defining Contemporary Professionalism: For Architects in Practice and Education. London: RIBA Publishing, 2019.

Rüedi, Katerina, Sarah Wigglesworth, and Duncan McCorquodale (eds.). Desiring practices: architecture, gender, and the interdisciplinary. London: Black Dog Publishing, 1996.

Stead, Noami, Janina Gosseye and Deborah Van der Plaat (eds). Speaking of Buildings: Oral History in Architectural Research. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2019.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Contract administration
- Practical experience
- Research and writing skills
Special Arrangements None
Study Abroad None
KeywordsContracts,management,regulations,finance,health & safety,professionalism,professional roles
Course organiserDr Christopher French
Tel: (0131 6)50 2310
Course secretaryMs Louisa King
Tel: (01316) 502306
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