ROle of an Architect as a PM
An article by Miguel Ángel Álvarez
In the previous article, we talked about why architects should consider Project Management as a new opportunity.
Here, I would wish to briefly present you what does a Project Manager needs to do in his daily business. What is the role of a Project Manager?
- If the client decides to go ahead with a project, PM does the planning of the operation regarding quality, time and cost, previewing the cash flow and margin of benefits. If there are different options they possess to be considered individually.
- Once approved by the client, PM evaluates the feasibility of a project or different projects, selects and handles the contracts of the various professionals who will carry out the work: architects, engineers, contractor etc.
- PM co-ordinates the development of the project and establishes the mark of quality, time and cost that have to be followed according to the instructions received from the client.
- When PM receives a proposal for a plot of land, he/she needs to analyse it from diverse points of view, such as urban planning issues; Financial, Legal, Political, Technical & Economical issues; in order to inform the client if it is suitable for the purpose of the operation.
- The PM also co-ordinates the building approval process with the City Administrations.
- Manages the contracts and follows the development of works both at a technical level and at coordination level where he deals with all project partners (architects, engineers, suppliers etc.).
- Follows the development of the previewed planning, implementing the corrective actions that should be needed, this could include the change of people or teams involved if they are not working properly.
- Handles all the modifications that could be brought out during execution phase - ensuring that the goals of time, cost and quality established by the client are achieved.
- Manages the closing of the project, including the elimination of all the contracts and the licenses for the correct operation of the facility.
To perform all of the above tasks, various techniques and skills are required. The experience is one of the most important features that a good PM needs. A PM’s art of juggling between management, coordination, communication and integration can also be learned by architects.