Practicing ArchitectureArchitect's Knowledge Resource
Business, legal, and technical trends are rapidly altering the environment in which architecture firms practice. In response, the American Institute of Architects has developed a significantly revised edition of The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice.
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. Substantially updated in the 15th edition, this indispensable resource covers all aspects of architectural practice.
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Excerpts – 15th edition
Ethics and Professional Practice (PDF)
by Michael L. Prifti, FAIA
Members of the American Institute of Architects lead the way through the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence. The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is both guide and measurement of those practices.
The Role of Architects in Disaster Response and Recovery (PDF)
by Rachel Minnery, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Architects have an opportunity to fully embrace the unique and valuable contributions they can make as design leaders in communities at risk of natural hazards. This article discusses how architects can be effective in disaster response, recovery, rebuilding and resilience to help shape truly sustainable communities.
Rachel Minnery, AIA, explains why learning about disaster response and recovery is important for today's practicing architect.
Excerpts – 14th edition
Maintaining Financial Health (PDF)
Marketing Strategy and Planning (PDF)
Practicing in a Global Market (PDF)
Resignation, Termination and Staff Reduction (PDF)
Seeking the Project (PDF)
Staff Development and Retention (PDF)
Strategic Planning for the Design Firm (PDF)
An additional resource is the guide to planning an educational program using the Handbook.