ARCHITECTS AND THE M-WORD
Management is a term to which many architects are allergic, so it is wise that one of the latest books on the subject does not use the M-word in its title. Ken Allinson, a practising architect and academic, has written Getting There by Design, which is merely subtitled 'An architect's guide to design and project management'. And for anyone who might still think this book is not relevant to them, a challenge is issued on the back cover. 'There was military project management. There was construction project management. Then there was business project management, a tool described as 'the wave of the future'. Where are architects in all this, professionals whose work has always been project-driven?
'There is design management in engineering, product design, graphics, packaging, management theory and even in politics. Construction consultants talk about managing design. When are architects going to become committed to managing design?'
Getting There by Design aims to equip them for this task. It is packed full of diagrams and combines general management theory with information specifically relevant to running an architectural practice and to the design process. Despite one or two scary chapter headings, such as 'Heuristic trapezoids', it is generally accessible and at times even entertaining. Statements such as 'Stereotyping is sometimes misleading, but often useful,' are to be treasured.
Management for architects is not likely to be presented in a more easily- assimilated or relevant form.
Getting There by Design costs £16.99 from Butterworth Heinemann.
Landscape can be the excuse for a lot of high-faluting theory, but the fourth edition of Spon's Landscape Handbook is at the other end of the spectrum. Edited by Derek Lovejoy Partnership, it provides a guide to planning and landscape law, a review of computer-aided design techniques for landscape designers, and guidance on data to be collected during first site visits.
Because there have been such great changes in legislation, official guidance, the British Standards and the techniques used in landscape and external works since the third edition was written ten years ago, the handbook has been totally rewritten for this edition. The format of the work sections has been changed to comply with smm7 to make it easier to find specific items and to read the book in conjunction with the current edition of Spon's Landscape and External Works Price Book. The smm7 sections are divided into four parts: general guidance; British Standards; data; and outline specification. Diagrams, typical drawings and photographs illustrate each section.
Spon's Landscape Handbook is published by E & F N Spon at £47.50.
MAKING A CHANGE
Times are better for architecture than they have been, but there will still be people with itchy feet, or even those deciding that they are in the wrong job altogether. A book called Career Power is aimed at them. It covers all aspects of job changing and career building, from assessing your career to finding out about jobs. It offers advice on how to cope with a number of job-seekers' problems and anxieties, such as how to approach advertisements that don't make any mention of salary level, the benefits of cold calling, how to capitalise on being the number-two choice when the job has been filled by the other candidate, and how to judge your bargaining power over salary and benefits when you are offered the job.
Career Power was written by Hilton Catt and Patricia Scudamore and published by Ward Lock. It costs £9.99.