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The new RIBA professional syllabus The Part 3 professional practice syllabus approved at council sets targets which will define the skills of those entering the profession in future

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1.0 The context for practice

1.1 adequate knowledge of the size and relative importance of the construction industry to other sectors of the national and international economy and the role of the profession relative to the industry.

1.2 adequate knowledge of the overlapping interests of organisations representing the built environment and their relation to the role of the architect.

1.3 adequate knowledge of the range of ongoing specialist panels of advisory, consultative or government bodies which have the responsibility for developing policies which guide or control construction industry practices.

1.4 adequate knowledge of the principles underlying the law which is relevant to architectural practice and building procurement.

1.5 understanding of the social and economic context for investment in the built environment.

1.6 understanding of professional conduct and the concept of 'professionalism', with its relationship to a market economy; the codes and standards regulating the profession of architecture; the roles and responsibilities of registration bodies, professional institutes and interest groups.

2.0 The management of architecture

2.1 an ability to identify and articulate a client's brief to meet both first user and longer term needs and society's concerns for sustainable development.

2.2 an understanding of the clients perspective and an ability to communicate effectively with each part of the client body, consultant and construction team.

2.3 an ability to assess the variety and appropriateness of project procurement methods and their implications in relation to client requirements and the architectural and professional input required.

2.4 an ability to assess the architectural services required to deliver a project effectively and the establishment of appropriate contracts of appointment for all members of the project team.

2.5 an ability to programme and manage the flow of information among the members of the design team.

2.6 an adequate knowledge of appropriate fees, negotiation and fee bidding techniques, bearing in mind the funding and procurement

basis for the project, and with reference to other factors listed below.

2.7 an understanding of relevant statutory bodies, construction and development legislation and consultative bodies, and their potential effect on programme cost and quality of design.

2.8 an understanding of legislation on health and safety and its implication on design and construction.

2.9 an understanding of methods and standards intended to ensure and manage quality standards.

2.10 an ability to construct the team; to co-ordinate and integrate the work of other consultants and an awareness of the terms of their appointments.

2.11 an ability to operate quality assurance procedures which ensure the maintenance of design standards and intentions in relation to budgetary and programme control.

2.12 an ability to analyse the appropriateness and completeness for its purpose of forms of documentation including written and graphic communication.

2.13 an awareness of technical standards and sources of specialist information.

2.14 an ability to communicate effectively with the full client body and an understanding of methods of reporting.

3.0 The management of construction

3.1 an understanding of project planning, documentation and execution.

3.2 an understanding of the range of methods of building procurement, tender types and codes of practice for procedure, and the creation of appropriate pre-contract information.

3.3 an ability to analyse contract types and assess their implications for time, cost, quality, information flow and the procedures related to each.

3.4 adequate knowledge of site organisation, mobilisation and the establishment of appropriate lines of communication in relation to the specific responsibilities of the building team.

3.5 an ability to assess and organise a quality control and programming system in relation to the architect's role in administering the building process.

3.6 an ability to use architects' instructions and certificates appropriately, and be aware of procedures for the assessment and valuation of claims.

3.7 an understanding of the implications of collateral agreements such as the nomination of subcontractors and the position of domestic subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers and statutory undertakings in relation to contract administration.

3.8 an understanding of risk management in relation to construction and consultants' contracts, liabilities, indemnities and insurance and awareness of mechanisms such as public indemnity insurance to deal with liabilities.

3.9 adequate knowledge of methods of decision making and dispute resolution including techniques such as value engineering, value management, conciliation, adjudication, arbitration, and litigation.

3.10 an understanding of the value of post completion assessment and appraisal and methods of de-briefing.

3.11 an ability to create maintenance manuals and post-completion information for clients and building users.

4.0 Practice management and business administration

4.1 adequate knowledge of the resources (technical, financial, personnel, etc.) necessary in order to offer professional services for a particular project.

4.2 an ability to use, and to assess the use of, information technology in architectural practice for design, administration, planning and programming to assist both the architectural practice and client.

4.3 an understanding of different forms of architectural practice, for example, sole trader, partnership, company, consortium or joint venture, and their respective legal implications.

4.4 adequate knowledge of the internal structures and organisations appropriate to different forms of architectural and multi-disciplinary practice.

4.5 adequate knowledge of the skills required for the management of people within an organisation and a basic appreciation of motivation, group dynamics, staff appraisal and reward structures.

4.6 adequate knowledge of the techniques and context required to create an effective and efficient ongoing environment for practice.

4.7 adequate knowledge of the financial management of a practice, the structuring of a business plan, sources of revenue for new businesses.

4.8 an understanding of the maintenance of adequate financial control, cost planning, and basic accounting procedures.

4.9 an awareness of the need and techniques for the protection of intellectual property, copyright and patent law and the implications of data- protection legislation and information technology systems.

4.10 an awareness of the requirements for taxation, health and safety, employment contracts, civil liability, and equal opportunities legislation, etc. on different business structures, including working from home.

4.11 an awareness of the various techniques for the marketing of professional services and how architects commissions are obtained.

4.12 an awareness of national and international trends for the distribution and commissioning of architectural projects.

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