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It's true - architects can learn to be good managers

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Architects are finally going to acquire the management skills common in other professions. The riba, working with Business Link London Central, is launching two courses, each comprising six half days, and plans to run more in London and other parts of the country if these prove successful.

The first course starts on 23 September and the second on 6 October. Each covers business planning, marketing, client management, finance, people management and project planning. Course directors are management consultant Chris Andrews (see People, p28) and architect Caroline Cole, who runs her own consultancy and manages the riba clients' advisory service and competitions office.

One of the skills acquired, says Andrews, will be decision-making, for which architects are often criticised by clients and other professionals. 'You learn,' she said, 'that you never have 100 per cent of the information - but with 80 per cent you can take a decision.'

Each course will take up to 18 students, who should be partners or directors, from a mix of practice sizes. Places are available on both courses, which cost £975 plus vat, with a 30 per cent discount for a second delegate from the same practice. Andrews said: 'I hope architects are going to wake up and realise they need management training.'

Details: 0171 580 3058 or 0171 937 6699.

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