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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.

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Executive Editor Rena M. Klein, FAIA on "Five New Insights on Practice" available in the 15th edition of

The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice


While each edition of the Handbook delivers time-tested knowledge on best professional practices, the 15th edition also offers insights into current challenges of practice in the 21st Century. New material has been included to help owners of small and mid-sized firms succeed and expand the boundaries of what is possible in their practices.

Here are five of the most important new insights.

1. Multi-office firms are a viable option for mid-size firm expansion. The why, the how, and what to watch out for when establishing a branch office is explained by Deborah DeBernard, AIA in her article, “Developing and Managing Multi-office Firms.” The experience of a firm who did just that is described in an accompanying essay by Catherine Calvert, AIA and Wolf Sarr, AIA, “Developing and Managing a Mid-sized Multi-office Firm.”

2. Architect-led design build is possible. How can small firms participate in and benefit from this growing trend in project delivery? In his essay, “Architect-led Design Build and Architect as Construction Manager for Small Firms and Small Projects,” James Walbridge, AIA provides practical information on how to get started.

3. Architects are engaged with the non-profit sector in a variety of ways. Read David Gamble’s article, ”Architects in the Non-Profit Sector,” to gain insight into how architects are engaging in pro-bono work. “Community Design Centers In Context,” by Dan Pitera, FAIA, and “Independent Community Design Centers” by Ceara O’Leary describe how architects are involved in the work of community based design practices. An essay by Susan Chin, FAIA, the Chief Architect of Wildlife Conservation Society discusses the experience of being employed by a large non-profit.

4. Building Information Modeling can be used for small projects and by small firms. Learn how this is done from François Lévy, AIA in his article, “Small Firms, Small Projects, and Building Information Modeling.” Straightforward explanations of the technology and its usage in a small firm context are provided, sharing experience gained directly from practice.

5. Research is being integrated into practice to the benefit of users, clients, and the firm. An entire chapter is devoted to the emerging relationship between research and practice, as the profession advances through knowledge creation and evidence-based design. Travis Hicks, AIA, Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, FAIA, David Wang, PhD, among others contribute comprehensive explanations of research methods and their applications to design practice. Susan Jones, FAIA in her essay, “Research and Small Firm Practice,” describes how research can benefit every design practice.

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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.

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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.

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of America''s architects. As AIA members, over 80,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation''s buildings and communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA-member architect''s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.

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Kevin Olsen
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The "MBA in Architecture" Reference Book
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017
Overall this is an excellent book that every architect/designer should own, especially those studying for their ARE or working towards understanding how to operate the business side of practice. This book might be better described as ''an MBA in Architecture'' reference book,... See more
Overall this is an excellent book that every architect/designer should own, especially those studying for their ARE or working towards understanding how to operate the business side of practice. This book might be better described as ''an MBA in Architecture'' reference book, no really, I mean that. Get your office to order this and have it on your shelf, it should really be a standard since we don''t do a good job of discussing the business of architecture within school and among our peers.

Content (5/5) - This is a must have for ARE studying and general professional use. You''ll find yourself referencing this for a variety of things in everyday architectural practice and I believe it''s a must have.

Organization (4/5) - The organization of the book is solid and the content follows the index well.

**See Update Below** Contract Docs (5/5) - They give you a proprietary code to download PDFs of the AIA Contract documents to have for reference. This is very simple and arguably one of the most important parts of the book. Buying used makes the code unlikely to work so beware when shopping used to save $$, might not be worth it if the contract docs aren''t included.

Layout/Ease of use (2/5) - Page layout is abysmal and difficult to use for long periods of time. The gutter is too narrow and makes reading close to the bind exceptionally difficult, especially on the pages in the middle of the book. The main text could be more narrow to make room for the gutter, Wiley, please change this on the next issue. To make this book more practical for daily professional use and read less like a text book, I would like to see a spiral bound version, otherwise the next one I get will be a PDF version.

**UPDATE** - Disregard comment about Contract Documents, all of the AIA contracts are available from AIAContracts.org website for free. Pay close attention to which version of the contract when you download, otherwise, feel free to purchase this book used as the ''online content'' can be obtained for free.
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Julietta DeForest
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The quality of a $200+ book is not as expected.
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2021
Had an eye on this book for a while. Kept putting it off In Hopes of finding a cheaper option. So when the book came a couple of days ago, you would think it would have come in a better condition for the price I paid for it. There was no disk in the front of the book even... See more
Had an eye on this book for a while. Kept putting it off In Hopes of finding a cheaper option. So when the book came a couple of days ago, you would think it would have come in a better condition for the price I paid for it. There was no disk in the front of the book even though there is a spot for it. And the front and back inside bindings are torn (see pics) the pages inside seem to be okay thank goodness.
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bkou
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Beware Ebook purchases.
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2017
This is not about the content of this book but the way the deal between the publisher and amazon has been made. There is additional online content for this and it ebook says to contact the publisher for a code....well don''t wast your time because after waiting for 20 mins... See more
This is not about the content of this book but the way the deal between the publisher and amazon has been made. There is additional online content for this and it ebook says to contact the publisher for a code....well don''t wast your time because after waiting for 20 mins they told me that because its purchased through amazon there is nothing they can to to give me a code. So while amazon customer support is helpful and yet unresolved....if you do not want to end up in this situation buy the printed version or directly from Wiley as they generate the code.
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Mike Sealander
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and great on the shelf
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2016
Comprehensive, and great on the shelf. For people taking the ARE, this is worth the investment, and you will want to keep it as a reference for years to come. I have a couple decades of experience, and I recently took it off the shelf to read the portions on project... See more
Comprehensive, and great on the shelf. For people taking the ARE, this is worth the investment, and you will want to keep it as a reference for years to come. I have a couple decades of experience, and I recently took it off the shelf to read the portions on project delivery. The IPD section is good, as well as the design-build essays. In fact, one of the nice features are these little essays written by practitioners. It''s almost like being able to call up a knowledgeable architect and chat on the phone for a couple minutes.
AIA should really turn this book into a wiki. The fact that AIA is so far behind on the technology curve is a shame.
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laperr
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great except the sticker on the back
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2019
I have no complaints about the book, as I bought it as a necessary resource for studying for the ARE''s and for future use. However, when I received the book, one of the corners was dented (I don''t really care), and there was a huge sticker (probably 4"x6") basically... See more
I have no complaints about the book, as I bought it as a necessary resource for studying for the ARE''s and for future use. However, when I received the book, one of the corners was dented (I don''t really care), and there was a huge sticker (probably 4"x6") basically promoting the book I just bought. I tried to get the sticker off, only to be left with a sticky mess, and ended up discoloring the back trying to remove the glue residue (which is still there in some places). It just seems kind of dumb to slap a huge, hard to remove sticker on the back of an expensive, professional resource, especially given that it was purchased from the organization that publishes it.
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Emily
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This book is somewhat useful but it is obscenely overpriced
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2018
This book is somewhat useful but it is obscenely overpriced. I am not going to go into detail, but I really feel it is doing the profession a disservice to have such "essential" materials for emerging professionals at such a high price point. I couldn''t find a local... See more
This book is somewhat useful but it is obscenely overpriced. I am not going to go into detail, but I really feel it is doing the profession a disservice to have such "essential" materials for emerging professionals at such a high price point. I couldn''t find a local office or library that had this book. Is it useful? Sure. Is it worth the $220 I paid for it? NEVER.
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Honest Frizz
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Too BIG to Fit in My Pocket
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018
A must have for any architect, designer, or intern studying for the ARE. This is one of the main recommended study guides for the ARE and it is full of information. The price is a little steep, but it''s a resource that can be used regularly, even when you''ve passed the... See more
A must have for any architect, designer, or intern studying for the ARE. This is one of the main recommended study guides for the ARE and it is full of information. The price is a little steep, but it''s a resource that can be used regularly, even when you''ve passed the ARE.
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Chuck Ford
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Excellent book for ARE and professional practice
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2015
If you plan to practice architecture and or pass the ARE...you need to purchase this book. Don''t expect cool pictures and all that stuff...this book is about the business of architecture. The downloads for the actual AIA documents worked perfectly!!!! I would recommend... See more
If you plan to practice architecture and or pass the ARE...you need to purchase this book. Don''t expect cool pictures and all that stuff...this book is about the business of architecture. The downloads for the actual AIA documents worked perfectly!!!! I would recommend this book even though it is substantially pricey. Thanks.//Chuck
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