PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR ARCHITECTS
The degree of complexity and the magnitude of uncertainty are very high in construction projects; which is why architectural firms need strong Project Management. In the past, architects were solely engaged in the design process. But now, architects are expected to deal with real-estate market know-how, post-construction demands planning, co-ordination and control of diverse stakeholders and new construction technologies. These certainly highlights the need for strong Project Management skills.
Architectural projects are a combination of creation and order, the famous dialogue between form and function. The knowledge obtained in such a way is very important in managing a project as PM. Introducing techniques of controlling time, costs, risks, communication, integration, etc. is the perfect addition to the creative and technical preparation achieved during the years of the architectural career. We must accept that a good PM is a support for architects to produce better buildings which is also what architects want to do. Read more about should architects become project managers?
How to manage the practice of the architectural profession, not only in terms of making good designs technically but also in terms of client satisfaction with our services. That is the foundation for having new commitments and the key to be successful in our profession. Learn more about the field of project management whether it is a technique or a profession.
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Architectural projects are different from other business projects. Architectural projects are design-based and need creative solutions that are unique to each project; unlike business projects where generic solutions can be practised and re-used. Learn more about the skills and capapbilities an architect need to perform as a project manager and what his/her role would be in a construction project.
“In the late 1970s, the rise of construction managers paralleled the unwillingness of architects to take on responsibility for construction. This led to a loss of perceived value and a loss of potential compensation. Owners still had to pay to ensure buildings were constructed properly, But increasingly they were not paying architects for this. Only in recent years has the architectural profession begun to learn to benefit from risk instead of running from it.” - AIA Project Delivery Think Tank, July 1999
Learn more about what new opportunities and responsibilities for Architects arise when adpating arole of a Project manager.