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Learning Hours: 18
The course offers an engaging introduction to the business of architecture with a focus on setting up and running an architectural practice. The delivery format consists of five key lessons offered on three consecutive days.
OAA Architects, LTOAA, OAAAS: $945 + HST
OAA Intern: $756 + HST
Non-Member: $1134 + HST
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Architectural Practice in a Contemporary Context
The context of architectural practice is changing. New project delivery methods, new industry players and disruptive business models are altering the landscape in which architects deliver design services. Architects are no longer as close to the centre of project decision-making as they once were, with the rise of paraprofessionals and the shifting priorities of clients. This session will provide the participant with a contemporary view of the social, commercial, sectoral and environmental contexts in which to make decisions about starting an architectural practice.
Intuition and gifted design ability may lead to a successful practice, but this is not enough for a sustainable and profitable practice. A firm’s principal must make innumerable decisions about the practice’s focus and character by determining which; markets, delivering services, means, methods and, most effective resources are necessary to shape what you do in a way that the customer values your services while also being rewarding to your firm.
A firms’ focus, and character is the objective of developing a “business model”. Most firms have shared the same business model for delivering traditional design services for many years. Today the architectural profession is part of an increasingly, fragmented, competitive and complex practice environment. Although you may desire to deliver traditional services in the traditional way, it is important to understand the complexities and anticipate disruption with changing trends affecting your practice. Hence the need to understand the “design science” approach to developing, managing and implementing market changes for a firm’s focus rather than reacting after the fact. This session will examine the 9 components to a structured business model and how it can inform your firm’s brand, which encompasses everything from; design sensibilities, the values, marketing, methodology and even behavior of the firm's principal(s).Learning Objectives
OAA Regulatory Requirements: Ontario Architectural Practice
There are mandatory requirements for operating an architectural practice in Ontario and Canada. This session will address those requirements that are specific to architectural practice. The next session will explore those mandatory requirements common to all businesses. The two main topics of this session are the regulation of architectural practices by their respective provincial associations and the requirements to maintain insurance.
Mandatory Requirements – Business Structures in Ontario and Canada
Speaker: Elaine Pantel, CPA, CGA
Operating a business in Canadian requires compliance with federal, provincial and in some cases municipal legislation, regulations, and bylaws. This session will examine the options available to a firm in terms of legal structures, and review the various taxes that may apply to a firm including income tax and GST/HST.
Practice Management: Operational Systems - Brand Marketing
Speaker: Naomi KrissThere are two types of systems that function in an architectural practice: operating systems and project systems. Operating systems include processes that continue on an ongoing basis, do not have a defined end, and are, for the most part, repetitive. These include financial management, human resources management, brand marketing (not related to a specific project), and information and technology systems management. The next four sessions will explore the Practice Management systems that are required to be planned and implemented for starting a practice. This session will address brand marketing.
Practice Management: Operational Systems – Finance
Speaker: Basima Roshan, MBA, CPA
The effective financial management of a firm relies on establishing a financial system and applying discipline to manage financial resources. This session will help you develop an understanding of the relationships between income and expenses and being cognizant that much of the income of a firm must be set aside for expenses.
4D - Practice Management: IT
Speaker: Yew-Thong Leong, B.Tech.(Arch.), B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC
There are many factors associated with the selection of technology-based systems that support both practice operations and project management. Other elements to consider includes the stability and service requirements of Information Management Systems, client-server verses cloud-based systems, backup systems, as well as design and production tools.
Project Management: Project Marketing and Fees
Project systems include those activities of a practice that are based on the life cycle of projects. Unlike ongoing practice operating systems, such as financial management, project systems are temporary in that they come to an end and have a defined, unique outcome. Project systems include project planning, project execution, project control and project closer. Being a project-based industry, by far the majority of a firm’s resources are invested in project activities. The two project activities to be discussed in this lesson are project related marketing, including responding to RFPs, and estimating project resources and analyzing market forces to develop an appropriate and competitive fee.
Project Management: Client Agreements
Speaker: Michael Miller, B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC
From the standpoint of practice and project risk management, establishing a system for quickly developing agreements and planning projects sets a solid foundation for firm growth and sustainability.