"the first step is understanding that architecture is not just design …
it's a business"


Understanding primary drivers in architectural practice:

  • design excellence
  • collaboration
  • innovation
  • problem solving
  • value adding
  • sustainability
  • thought leadership
  • client relationships
  • efficiency
  • cost control

Understanding managing and co-ordinating work practices is core to the ‘business’ of design:

  • quality assurance
  • environmental management
  • work health + safety
  • ‘safety in design’
  • industrial relations compliance
  • human resources
  • company policies + standards
  • programming + resourcing
  • research + development
  • technology (BIM/Revit/3D)
  • marketing + public relations
  • leads/enquires/proposals
  • bids + tender responses
  • awards submissions
  • creative services (graphics/branding)
  • finance
  • IT

Understanding best practice brings:

  • consistency at both operational and strategic levels
  • enhanced project delivery
  • value-add to existing infrastructure and processes
  • commercial agility
  • organisational intelligence
  • diversity

Understanding importance of HR function and best talent attraction and retention strategies:

  • recruitment
  • induction
  • policies + procedures
  • equal employment opportunity
  • professional development
  • training/cpd
  • mentoring
  • performance management
  • grievance handling
  • reward + recognition
  • morale + motivation

Understanding project performance monitoring:

  • project programming
  • time recording
  • budget setting
  • resourcing
  • forecasting
  • invoicing
  • reporting